Hero Arts Vintage Car Birthday Cards

I am over at a2z Scrapbooking today with another card and it goes along with the monthly challenge Birthday Bash.

Vintage Travel Digital Kit

I was taking a look at the digital images at a2z Scrapbooking and I really liked the images in the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. They are really good ones for masculine cards. Those are the hard ones to make for me. My inspiration for my card was a very similar one I made for my Dad which you can see below along with a story.

For the background I first did a wash of blue watercolor on some watercolor paper. I decided it needed just a little bit more so the second time I put some Oxide Distress ink down on my craft mat and spritzed it with water and laid the panel over it. Then set that aside to dry and I don’t like to waste ink so I made another panel for another time.

For the billboard I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out. I had to resize it to fit a 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 size card. For the “sign” part I first printed the map image, which is included in the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. I then loaded the map paper into my Cameo and cut out the “sign”. I stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts set It’s Your Day. The balloon is from a set by Avocado Arts. I colored the balloon with Copics and accented it with a white pen.

The ribbon is glued down with red line tape.

The car is also from the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. I sized it to fit my card and printed it on Neenah cardstock and cut it out by hand.


Take a look at the a2z scrapbooking store they carry a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button in the shop.

Birthday Card for my Dad

I made this card for my Dad after seeing this car in the Hero Arts Vintage Travel Digital Kit. The details about making the card are above. The difference is the “sign” on the billboard. I put that together using an old photo of my Dad, text and the hitchhiking symbol.

There is a story behind all of this. It’s about a time when my Dad was young when he and a friend were hitchhiking from Oklahoma to St. Louis to watch a baseball game. This is the story in my Dad’s words.

“Along the way darkness crept up on us. In the darkness we couldn’t get a ride and also needed to sleep.  We had never thought about having to sleep on our journey and weren’t prepared for the circumstance. We found a large billboard sign.  It was raised well above the ground and there was a service platform across the front of the sign.  It was six feet up and about two feet wide.  We climbed up the ladder to the platform and laid down to sleep.  We quickly found that it was too cold and we couldn’t sleep.  We climbed down and returned to the side of the highway to await sunrise.  We discovered that the blacktop highway had absorbed heat during the day.  We hadn’t seen any traffic for quite a while. We decided to lie on the edge of the roadway, on the blacktop, which had retained heat from the sun during the day.  It was hard and uncomfortable, however, the warmth was a welcome change from the cold sign platform. We both fell asleep and sometime during the night were awakened to the sound of a car horn.  We were momentarily blinded by the car headlights.  We scrambled to our feet and moved off the road as we watched the tail lights of the car fade into the darkness.”



Entered over at A Blog Named Hero for the July/August Challenge Birthday Cards.




8 thoughts on “Hero Arts Vintage Car Birthday Cards”

  1. This is Karen Bull, a design team member with A Blog Named Hero. These most certainly are vintage – love the look and feel for these. Thank you for playing along with us this month.


  2. This is very cute! I like that you used a map for the backdrop of the billboard. It looks really cool. I love your beautiful blue background too. Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.


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