Special Delivery ~ Vintage Truck Birthday Card


When I was a kid we had a neighbor down the road with a big farm 
where they grew nothing but vegetables. The biggest gardens I had ever seen. 
The elderly man and his wife planted and reaped these vegetables that
 supplied our 2 local grocery stores all summer and fall with cucumbers, 
tomatoescorn, potatoes, carrots and such.
Every few days, they made their way out the driveway from the farmhouse and down the road they went just a mile or two into town to deliver goods in a 
truck just like the one on this card.
This couple were the sweetest people I had ever met, and I will still stand by that. They were greatly admired by everyone in the community and many times created jobs for individuals who were in dire need of work.
From the moment the Trucking Along stamp set was released, I knew I had 
to see if I could make the truck look just like Ol' Pete's!

The truck on the card above is my first attempt to create a patina look that would be reminiscent of the old truck that lingered in my mind from my childhood.
I inked up the stamp in Coastal Cabana, stamped off and then stamped inside the outline of the truck. I used a sponge dauber to dab some Versa mark onto the bumpers and rocker panel area, applied some Lindy's Stamp Gang - Verdigris embossing powder on that area and heat set. This created the rusty, 
aged look on the truck.
**I created a 2nd truck using a stiffer paint brush to apply speckles of Versa mark and Copper Metallic embossing powder, which also turned out great... and you'll see that truck on the next card!  

The rest of this card is pretty much set to appear the way it looked back then as I watched the truck travel down the old dirt driveway from their farm to the main road, including the big old trees that sat along the lane. I added the pots of flowers from the stamp set since there were no barrels of vegetables in the stamp set. 

Would you like to create this card?! πŸ‘‡

Measurements to create this card:
Coastal Cabana Cardstock - 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, Scored at 4 1/4
Designer Series Paper - 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 , 5 1/4 x 3/4 ( card inside )
Basic White Cardstock - 5 1/2 x 2 1/4,  4 x 5 1/4 (card inside) 
Scrap of Basic White for Stamping the truck

Supplies used to create the card:

Cut & score card pieces.
Assemble card horizontally.
Attach DSP section to front of card base.

On a scrap of Basic White cardstock stamp the truck outline using Memento Black Ink.  Using the truck filler stamp and Coastal Cabana Ink, stamp off once and then stamp inside the truck outline.
Using a paint brush or a sponge dauber dab some Versa Mark Ink around the fenders and rocker panel section of the truck.
Add embossing powder over the Versa Mark areas.
Check at this point to be sure that the embossing powder is kind of scattered to look like rust and not full coverage. You are only trying to achieve tiny dots of the embossing effect.
You can use a small paint brush to brush off areas that you don't want embossed.
Fussy cut the truck using paper snips.

Using Memento Ink stamp the flower pots, and the racks for the truck on scraps of Basic White cardstock. Use the filler stamps to fill in these images. 
Fussy cut the images and glue the rack to the back of the box of the truck.
Then adhere the flower pots to sit just above the racks of the truck.

 Stamp the clouds using Coastal Cabana ink and stamping off twice before stamping onto the 2 1/4 x 5 1/2 of Basic White section.

On this same layer stamp a tree. Color in the branch using a shade of brown marker or pencil crayon and use the tree fill in stamp to color the leafy area. 

Using Crumb Cake Ink stamp ground image stamp to sit underneath where you will be placing the truck.  

Stamp "Special Delivery" using Memento Black Ink onto this same panel.

Attach this layer to the card front centered on top of the designer paper layer.
Using dimensionals attach the truck to the card front sitting just slightly above the ground image. 

Attach the remaining piece of Designer Paper to the bottom of the inside card panel and stamp desired sentiment. Adhere to the card inside. 

Add gems to the card front for a little added interest. 
I hope you have enjoyed this card and that it has left you with a
 little creative inspiration...