Cake picnic party card with Beetles & Bugs

Dreaming of paper, not cake, is how this card came to life. I often lay in bed and think of new card ideas. I’m not particularly creative at night, I’m a morning person by nature. But when the day closes and things at last become quiet, my mind needs help settling down and ideas seem to appear in abundance. I have been working with Party Animal designer paper on a few projects now and trying to come up with an idea on how to use this side of the paper. It reminds me of a picnic and what is a picnic without ants?



It was no trouble making this idea come to life. I imagined the ants munching away at the paper until the cake was free to haul away. To make it appear as if bite marks were on the paper, I used a teeny tiny handheld circle punch to free the cake image from the paper. After cut away, I used a marker in Crumb Cake to distress and color the newly cut edges and allow this area to really be seen. The ants were stamped all in a line right up to the cake piece. I wanted them to appear to be carrying the cake away and for the ants in the front of the row to be carrying small pieces as well. I used the small punches from the handheld punch to put in front of the ants to get this look.



The card base is made from Thick Whisper White card stock which measures 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″ once score and folded. A layer of Crumb Cake card stock is used as a frame and it measures 3 1/2″ high by 5 1/2″ high. The designer paper is also 5 1/2″ wide and is 2 1/2″ high. The patterned paper sits on a layer of white card stock that measures 3 1/4″ high, just tall enough to allow room for the ants to be stamped at top and bottom.

There are no sentiments in the Beetles & Bugs stamp set so I grabbed Balloon Adventures since it has so many great word images. I left this as a “let’s celebrate” card instead of a birthday card, as I can use it with more flexibility. I stamped it on a piece of white paper and set it on a strip of vellum, to set it slightly apart from the patterned paper.


Here is a list of supplies I used to make this card project. Links are here that you can click to get product info and purchase items, at no additional cost to you, as well. Thank you for your support with your purchase 🙂


It’s great when an idea for a project actually comes out as a success. It is an incentive for me to keep fleshing out more ideas to bring you loads of creative inspiration. Try adding these stamps to your Starter Kit list as FREE during Sale-A-Bration! Being a Hobby Demo has so many bonuses and not one set back I can think of. This is the right time to join my creative group. Thanks for stopping by!

-Jenny Hall
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