Recently, there was an article in the newspaper about the Painted Lady butterflies migrating through Colorado on their way to Mexico for the winter.
I have noticed an increase in Painted Ladies in my garden! I have a space in my garden that I call the "weed patch." It is a collection of oregano, sage, mint, clover, and alfalfa. The clover and alfalfa bloom early. The oregano, sage, and mint are in full bloom now for the fall. Most people would consider this truly a weed patch (especially with the clover and alfalfa), but I love this little garden space. It attracts bees, butterflies, and a number of other pollen-seeking insects.
Here is a photo I took of a Painted Lady in my garden.
In celebration of the migration, I created the card above covered with Painted Ladies using the 3-step stamp set, Watercolor Wings.
This is such a great stamp for creating all kinds of butterflies.
And it is easy to use.
The medium-sized butterfly in the set is a 3-step stamp. Randomly stamp the solid image first using Pumpkin Pie ink.
Next, stamp the outline image using Basic Black ink.
Then, stamp the wing image using Cajun Craze ink.
Stamp the body and antennae using Soft Suede ink.
That's it. Done!
To complete the card, randomly stamp the 3 dot image using Old Olive ink. Stamp greeting on scrap piece of Whisper White card stock. Banner cut the end, and lightly sponge Pumpkin Pie ink along the edges. Mat to an Old Olive piece that has also been banner cut. Attach to front of card using Dimensionals. Layer to Basic Black mat, then to Pumpkin Pie card base.
Thank you Painted Ladies for stopping by.
Safe travels to Mexico!
Stamp Set: Watercolor Wings
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Archival Black, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive
Accessories: Mini Dimensionals