Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Rusty Old Truck


On weekend summer mornings (long ago) our dad would load my sisters and I into his truck and hit the road to the farm to check the bluebird house trail. The Rusty Old Truck...the kind where you are you look down can see the asphalt between the holes in the rust as he drives. The kind where the noise of the exhaust cannot even be drowned out by loud tunes on the radio. The kind that will forever hold memories dear to my heart because now I know that it was his truck, it lasted through the many harsh Wisconsin Winters and it was part of a ritual of time well spent with my dad that I could only wish for today.

My creativity has been a little lax lately-so the thought process for this card was a journey. I knew I wanted to try out my new stamps (thanks Amy!) to create a masculine card for The Paper Variety's For they Guys Challenge and also use the Skipping Stones Design Sketch. Thus began my search on Pinterest for inspiration, as recommended by the talented and super sweet Virginia, for her Stamp Your Heat Out Challenge, and I came across this photo.


A little girl in a rusty old truck. A flood of memories came back (see above) and I pulled out my supplies to recreate the rusty old truck bed.



Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (Very Vanilla) SU, (Gray)
Stamps: (Grunge) Skipping Stones Designs
Ink: (Wild Honey, Vintage Photo Distress) Ranger, (Buckaroo Blue Pigment) SU
Embellishments: (Staples) Tim Holtz, (Brown Burlap String) May Arts

42 comments:

  1. wonderful! Look at your rockin' the Skipping Stones Design goodness!!!!

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  2. Straight into my guy card inspiration file with this fabby card, Karen! Love the rusty-truck look!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  3. Love the guy feel to this and the staples are perfect. Did you have ink up the card stock or was it grey to begin with?

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  4. I hope you know just how realistically rusty your card looks, that photo for inspo, wow, and you executed it flawlessly!

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  5. I hope you know just how realistically rusty your card looks, that photo for inspo, wow, and you executed it flawlessly!

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  6. Fabulous card Karen! It looks so real, and appealing somehow! A beloved old truck . . . indeed.
    Hugs!

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  7. Karen this is amazing! You really nailed that rusty look.

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  8. Oh my! How seriously cool Karen! You did a fabulous job recreating the texture and feel of a rusty truck! What wonderful memories to have as well. Love this!

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  9. your memories and that awesome card blend beautifully together, karen!! amazing work!

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  10. This sure reminds me of the old yellow rusty truck!! I'm wowed (again) by your creative take on the photo from Pinterest! Love this very much, Karen! Thanks for playing Stamp Your Hero HeART Out Stamp (Hero Arts stamp giveaway).

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  11. I love the texture you created on this Karen...can visualize the truck too...wonderful memories!

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  12. You got the rusty truck feel PERFECT! Awesome guy card!

    lisa a.

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  13. Wow, Karen! I am speechless! This is indeed wonderful!

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  14. I especially loved your story about your Dad and his rusty truck! Great inspiration for a great guy card! Where in Wisconsin did you grow up?

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  15. Fabulous inspiration and I just love this card! You really captured your muse :)

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  16. Wow I really want to reach out and touch this as the texture and colours are so appealing, Brilliant card :)
    Jenny x

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  17. This is just so creative Karen. Love the texture and the Rusty look. TFS.

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  18. Fabulous Karen! Love this card and what you have done with the distress inks... would love to see some tutorials from you, you make the most amazing backgrounds/cards.

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  19. you rocked it, Karen! Totally looks like a rusty truck.. I have that in my memory bank too, blue and white Ford. The thing was so beat up, my parents didn't keep tags on it anymore and just used it to go to the back field.

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  20. Your technique is amazing, Karen. This card really looks rusty. Brilliant execution and design!

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  21. love love the sweet memory/story behind this card, Karen. and wow! love how you make your card look so fabulously rustic! you are amazing, girl! love love this! hope you have a beautiful weekend!

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  22. Brilliant colouring! I actually thought the design was embossed because it has so much depth. Awesome. And I love your stories too. Thanks for sharing them with us. :)

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  23. Wonderful story, Karen! Those memories become more precious as we get older. You did a great job recreating that rusty metal. Perfect guy card!

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  24. Wow! Love the rusty effect! And what a lovely childhood memory!

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  25. Absolutely stunning. Your creativity might have been feeling a little 'rusty' ;) but it always looks amazing from this end!

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  26. Stunning Karen!!
    I can almost smell the rust ;-)

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  27. Karen this is amazing! As always you work magic with distressing and sprays. :)
    LOVE it!

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  28. I just love your awesome memories here, the look on the card brings back memories for me riding along in the old dodge and I can see the ground beneath me too. Awesome work my friend. Melxx

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  29. Perfectly executed! The card looks so realistic! What a special card.

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  30. I'd say you nailed this. that is rusty truck to perfection! and what great memories....
    xoxo

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  31. Hi Karen, here is just a note about the Stamp Your Hero HeART Out challenge, it is required to use a Hero Arts stamp. Thank you for entering though.

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  32. Wow Karen! Such a cool technique! Love your clean style-this card is fab! Thanks for sharign it with us at The Paper Variety!

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  33. Fabulous card, Karen! I love the rusty inking! So well done! Thanks for playing along with us over at SSD!

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  34. Ok, this is amazing Karen! How do you come up with this?!? Your fabulousness amazes me!

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  35. Love your inspiration! Beautiful card - thanks for playing along at Skipping Stones Design this week.

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  36. This is fantastic, Karen! I loved your story, too.

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  37. This is so great Karen! I love the story behind it and your interpretation is perfect! Thanks for joining us at SSD!

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  38. THIS is perfect!!! What a fabulous card!!! Great job!! Thank you so much for playing along with Skipping Stones Design this week!!!

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  39. utter genius. Enough said.

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  40. You are the MASTER of creating texture on your cards!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!

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