Summer weather always brings out the bugs and while I tolerate them outside, inside is a different matter. Having lived in Canada for almost 9 years now I couldn’t imagine not having screens on my windows as is the case in the UK. That said, I do love the new Wiggly Worm Stamp Set and coordinating Wiggle Bugs Dies from Stampin’ Up! They’re cute and there’s absolutely no danger of bites or rashes.
As you might expect, there is a worm image in the stamp set, but for this birthday card I went with this smiling bug. I thought I’d start with the inside of the card and envelope first.
On the front of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope I used Old Olive ink to stamp the grass and flower image. Then with Mossy Meadow ink I added the bug.
There are two different options for the centre of the bug and I went with the chevron pattern, stamping it in Mint Macaron. To add just a pop of extra colour I coloured inside the bug’s mouth with a light Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends marker.
Next, on a layer of Very Vanilla Card I stamped the same mini scene. Then I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix it inside a card base of Thick Very Vanilla Card.
That just left the front of the birthday card.
I began by cutting some grass from Old Olive Card using the die from the Wiggly Bugs Dies. The die was a little shorter than I wanted but it was a simple job to cut once, then move the die along and cut again to create a longer piece. The die only cuts along the top of the grass and not the sides or bottom so you can make your die-cut piece as big as you need. For my project I cut two extended pieces and layered them together with liquid glue.
Next I attached my grass to a layer of Very Vanilla Card using liquid glue just along the bottom edge. This would allow me to tuck other die-cut pieces in behind. With the grass layers attached, I then trimmed off the excess at the sides using Paper Snips.
After that and using another die from the Wiggly Bugs set, I cut a large leaf from Granny Apple Green Card. This was also added to the scene with liquid glue.
Finally I stamped my bug onto some Soft Sea Foam Card using Tuxedo Black ink. This was a mistake as I’d planned to use Mossy Meadow, but it wasn’t horrendous so I just kept going.
As before, I added the chevron pattern to the centre of the bug in Mint Macaron, then coloured the mouth.
This time though, I used the coordinating die from the Wiggly Bugs set to cut him out. Then I ‘painted’ his wings using a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. As Tuxedo Black ink is water-soluble I had to take care not to smudge it, but it wasn’t too difficult.
With the bug all done, I tucked my finished bug in between the leaf and the grass, and secured him in place with liquid glue.
Finally I used Old Olive ink to stamp the happy birthday sentiment from the Wiggle Worm Stamp Set onto a strip of Very Vanilla Card. Using liquid glue I mounted the sentiment into Old Olive Card, then added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
And that was it, my cute birthday card was complete.
I really like the Wiggle Worm Stamp Set and coordinating Wiggly Bugs Dies. Although at first glance it might seem to be a set for projects aimed at children, I can see a lot more possibilities. In fact, before I knew it I’d made a second card that is a lot more grown-up. I’ll be sure to show you that another day.
For now though, I’m headed back up to my studio where lots more new stuff is calling my name.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Wiggle Worm Stamp Set and coordinating Wiggly Bugs Dies as a ‘bundle’ using a single item number. This saved me 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. You’ll see I have included both options in my product list in case you want to compare these choices.