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8/25/2015

DeeDee's Classic Truck - Thinking of You

Good evening, and I'm back with a Thinking of You card for one of our neighbors who just had some serious back surgery. Mr. and he are car/truck enthusiasts, so my mission was to have a truck on it. Had a cute classic car set from DeeDee's, so that was my first thought.  Then it took me a while to think of just how to present it...can't just plop a picture of a truck on a card! I knew it couldn't be 'frilly' - so should I do sponged hills with a highway, some trees? What? So had to wait for inspiration to strike.

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Now, on to the Classic Truck. 
 
 
 
- Sized and printed the truck, added coloring with red copics to the pre-colored red truck. Some white gel pen on the highlights, silver spica pen on the tires, Sakura silver star pen on  hubcaps and running board. Glossy Accents on windows and other trims like the mirror, handle, gas cap and bumper.
 
- pierced shape behind the truck was a snippet leftover from another project. The white spots showing along the piercing are not visible IRL, guess it's picking up the silver background, as I didn't notice until I saw the photo. :-)
 
- Butterfly tree had been done weeks ago with a white snippet, and decided to leave it off that project...so it's just been traveling around in the desk debris. Think I used WoS pens to color the butterflies and trees, but don't honestly remember now. The truck needed something more on the card, and I thought this would work.
 
- The 'road' was also a leftover snippet from a previous card, that had been sprayed, embossed with a brass stencil,then stenciled with color, and had some other stuff done to it. Didn't use the whole piece, so thought 'hmm...would that work for a road to ground the truck?'. Yep, it would. Then found the black shape and decided to place it behind the truck...why? I dunno. Seemed to work there to my eyes! :-)
 
- Ditto for the filigree corner. The sentiment (which I just noticed needs the 'eye' back over the 'i') was 3 layers from a black snippet. This was Bazzill, a bit thicker than the usual GP I layer 3 deep for some dimension. I think it is just a mite too thick to look as crisp as it should, but too late this time. Will try to remember that for next time. Used clear WoS, then added some glossy accents.
 
- What I really like with the truck, is the silvery embossed background, from an old C/Bug EF. When I was trying to pull all of this together, I remembered having this folder. It's always reminded me of the heavy embossed metal design on a truck's toolbox or in the bed of some trucks. The silver is a textured snippet and used some Hero Arts Wet Cement ink over the folder before running through the B.Shot.
 
Thought the Mr. might disapprove of the butterfly tree & the corner bit, but he just said "It looks good. He'll like it". So I'm home free. I find I do not work well with a specific request to accomplish..particularly for a guy. I do better with feminine things.
 
Since I have so many snippets on this one, I wonder if Parsnip of Pixie's Snippets Playground would approve? It's Week 191 and there's some FAN-tastic cards already on display, and a marvelous couple of dies for prizes. So c'mon and let's play!
 
Thanks for joining me this evening. Hope to be back tomorrow with August's Rudolph Day Card.
Big Hugs.
 


41 comments:

dutchess said...


hi Mary what a great image and perfect for your recipient....that an imaginative layout and you have some great elements to make up your scene...he will love it!.....xxxx

Sarah said...

That's what I love about handcrafted cards Mary, the ability to get it "just right" for a particular person as this fabulous card demonstrates xx

Patricia said...

Brilliant card Mary, love the fact you have added the Truck.
The person getting it will be delighted that you thought of him.
Hugs
Patricia x

Veerle said...

This is really great Mary and I love that background.
Hugs Veerle

Hazel said...

Brilliant Mary. Just right for a man where frills not needed. Hazel x

aussie aNNie said...

Gorgeous creation that butterfly tree is awesome, love the beautiful image and gorgeous colours...xx
{The Journey Is The Start aNNie my personal blog}

brenda said...

I still seem to be on holiday catch up Mary, not sure where my time is going.

Lovely card today, super colours and design which sounds perfect for your friend with his love of trucks, the embossed background works very well and gives the appearance of brickwork. And of course I love the butterfly tree.

B x

Sue said...

That should cheer your hubby's friend up.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Maxine D said...

What a great card Mary - I too sometimes find commissions hard, and other times they just flow. I have a 21st card coming up that I am well and truly 'stuck' on!
Blessings
Maxine

Donna Hanley said...

I love old trucks, such a classic. I'm sorry to hear about your neighbor's surgery and my best wishes go out to him. I think you picked the ideal backdrop for your truck with this diamond plate silver paper. The card show how nice the road to recovery can be. Thanks for sharing.

Faith A said...

I Love it so will your friend, a lovely scene and a masculine background AND hubby approves, what else do you need :)
xx

Pat said...

A very inventive and creative card Mary and I adore the red truck and the embossing is just perfect also the butterfly tree and corner add extra interest and work really well. This will cheer up your poorly neighbour no end. x

Barb said...

Morning Mary, Yes you've used lots of snippets on this one. I love how you've put this sweet little scene together and all the detail on the truck is great. It's a really lovely fun card. Barbxx

Marilyn said...

Cute!! Love that butterfly tree

Bonnie said...

Love the truck and that embossing behind it that does look like a tool box! Hope your neighbor feels better soon.

Sandy said...

A butterfly try -- I have seen bottle trees but never butterfly trees. You did find a way to use that bright red truck. Good for you kid!
sandy xx

Di said...

Oh Mary, I thoroughly approve of this great card! LOVE how you created a wonderful scene - the embossed background is great, just like tyre tread marks. I have that folder and have used it to depict the same - but your card is a stunner - that tree is wonderful!

Hugs

Di xx

Jean said...

Hi Mary, this is a super "man card", you have put so much effort into creating it. The red truck is cute and I love the background texture.
Jean x

cuilliesocks said...

Super card Mary, the truck image is fab and so is your little scene, hugs Kate x

Pia S said...

Snippets were turned into a lovely male card. It's not frilly, I think you managed to make a very detailed design with a masculine feel to it, very cool background....

jimlynn said...

Fantastic plus!!! This will be a great card for a guy. Love the accents you added to the truck and that butterfly tree is above and beyond outstanding and so cute!!!!!! LOVE IT!
Lynn

KT Fit Kitty said...

Gorgeous card, Mary! I think your neighbour will appreciate it very much. So many awesome details to look at - love your butterfly tree and the embossing folder you used - that looks great with the truck!

Donna Ellis said...

Great card, Mary! Fantastic idea to create a butterfly tree! It is always fun to ultra- customize a card! Your creation will be thoroughly appreciated!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Another great snippets card, Mary! I think Parsnip with adore it - and your neighbor will, too! Enjoy your day!! Hugs, Darnell

Lisa said...

What a beautiful card, Mary!! I love the truck and the embossed background!! The butterfly tree looks amazing...so colorful and fabulous!! Your neighbor will love it!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Redanne said...

The butterfly tree looks fantastic, I love the red truck and the lovely scene you created. Great use of snippets too! Hugs, Anne xx

Carol said...

Fabulous use of your snippets Mary, love the tread background. Carol x

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
what a great card for your nieghbour.
Love the truck design, and your fab butterfly tree.
The embossing background is wonderful too.
I do hope all is going fine with his recovery after his op.
This should make him feel much better I'm sure.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

pam said...

Great card for your neighbour Mary, hope hie surgery went well and is recovering.
brilliant truck and background.. I hate doing MEN cards..
hugs Pam x

Brenda in IN said...

That is a great card for a guy. I'm glad Joe gave the seal of approval. I couldn't think of what that embossing folder looked like and you nailed it. It is exactly like the tool boxes on trucks. I'm so happy Sharyn stopped by. You will like each other.

Donna said...

Catching up on all your lovely creations, enjoying them all, as alwsys. Sounds like you had a nice getaway too Mary!

Anita in France said...

What a perfect card for your truck loving neighbour, Mary ... the image is brilliant against the metallic checkerplate embossed background! Hugs, Anita :)

Carol L said...

This is so beautifully detailed with all the butterflies and grand old truck! I love the diamondplate embossing and the black tag behind the truck really makes it stand out and take the spotlight! Very nice card!

Jacee said...

Wonderful design Mary, I'm sure it will make your neighbour feel a little better, a lovely thought.
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

alexandra s.m. said...

What an adorable card Mary!!
I love that scene you created
Thank you~

Stampsnob. said...

Great card > I just bought that tree die must get it out You are an enabler .........Lis

April Cheetham said...

Hi Mary, such a lovely card. The metallic embossed background looks amazing! Following your super blog :-) Xx

Jenni's Jems said...

What a great scene you have created and I am sure that it will be greatly appreciated ...as I did the lovely comments you left on my blog and thank you so much for visiting! x

Greta said...

Perfect ef to use with that great truck image! I know he'll like it, Mary!

crafty-stamper said...

Great card and love the embossed background-all the better for being personalised
Carol x

Petra Swart said...

Love how you've put everything together, Mary!!! The embossed bg is really great!! And all the little butterflies are just so much fun!!! Surely your neighbor loved it a lot!!!
Hugz