I’ve moved around the country a lot for my career over the last decade or so, and everywhere I’ve lived during that time brought with it a different household pest. In the south, it was the palmetto bugs (if you don’t know what those are, don’t look it up…yuck!!) and in New England, it was stink bugs. The mountains of Virginia brought…well…every kind of bug to my backyard, but spiders of all kinds (and sizes!!) would especially find their way into my basement. My hometown has the least threatening type of pest though – ants! So, thanks to the perspective provided by the many places I’ve called home over the years, I find ants to be almost charming (almost…).
The new “Picnic” stamp set by Pink & Main really does have cute ant images in it though and my favorite was this one poking his head out of a hamburger. After stamping him in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto some white cardstock, I colored him with my Spectrum Noir markers and cut him out with a stitched circle die (My Favorite Things).
I added a red plaid die-cut mat (Stampin’ Up) to mimic a picnic blanket and popped this up over some woodgrain paper that I thought looked like a picnic table. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and I heat-embossed this in brown directly on the patterned paper. To finish the card off, I added a dark brown mat and some natural jute before placing the whole thing onto a heavy white cardbase (Neenah 110# Solar White).
I do love insect stamps and buy a lot of them, but I can assure you that if I ever see a palmetto bug stamp, I’ll be running in the other direction. I hope you enjoyed this quick card project and would love to hear your comments!