When I saw this Vintage Van (you can also purchase at Simon Says Stamp -SSS) stamp set by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, I had to have it in my collection. In my opinion, this is one of the best retro VW van illustrations I’ve seen. I love the style, the heart on the front, and the entire set of accessories. The additional elements in this set allow this cute van to cruise from fall to winter with a flip of the front flap in my card today. I paired stamp sets, Vintage Van (SSS) with Through the Trees. The two work perfectly together, both including elements to use for fall and winter scenes.

This 5″ X 7″ top-flip card includes a peek-through window, allowing a portion of the inside panel to show through from the front view. I have this adorable vintage turquoise van (backed with 4mm black foam) showing in both scenes. On the outside, I stamped the trees from Through the Trees to create a narrow, tree-lined dirt road and added the colors of autumn to fill the tree tops, ground covering and air. Fallen leaves line this dirt path.

Closer to the van, I drew in more distant and smaller, tree trunks around the van to provide perspective in this scene. These will be viewable in both scenes. The van’s rooftop luggage carrier is filled with seasonal pumpkins. They stand out in their bright orange skins, against the bright blue skies in the background.  The cute phrase, “Tis the season to be thankful” was stamped in the foreground.

You can see the open window from the front panel in this photo. Everything, BUT the van and those small distant gray trees right next to the van are left on the front panel to allow the scene to change from autumn to winter.

On the inside, winter arrives with its leafless trees, cascading snowflakes, evergreen branches and a snowy lined road. The van has been transformed for the holidays with a luggage rack now filled with a Christmas tree, wrapped gifts and a seasonal wreath. Snowy mounds and barren birch trees line the path for this retro ride.

To keep my window simple, I manually cut a basic square with the top side arched a bit to allow the luggage rack to fit over the vans roof’s arch in each scene. Notice I cut separate 5″ X 7″ panels out of white cardstock to stamp and color my two scene panels. I then attached them to the front and inside panels of my 5″ X 7″ card card base. This covers up the Copic marker bleeding on the other side. I think both scenes celebrate the seasons in a festive way.


If you love these scenes and/or this card, you can cruise on over to the online store and shop these stamp sets today at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. Here’s the quick links to the sets:

Vintage Van  (or shop this one at Simon Says Stamp here SSS))

Through the Trees

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