I love ice cream and I love vintage ice cream advertising. I have shared a few of my vintage boxes with you already. For today's project I used one of my less than pristine boxes for my inspiration because I loved the colors and the words. Totally retro! The way this evolved I think I could also call it the Rorschach sign.
I started with a cabinet door I found at the salvage yard. It had nice moulding around the edges. I sanded the door and painted it with heirloom white. Then I used cardinal red acrylic paint and Victorian teal blue. For the lettering I used stencils I had on hand. Everything but the script was created by using inexpensive stencils from the craft store. By inexpensive, I mean under $5. However, after I stencil, I do go back in with a liner brush and go over the letters again to give it a more hand painted look.
The inspiration box had snow flakes in the background behind the lettering and although I have several snowflake ornaments, the thought of dragging them out in July was just too daunting of a task so I used some sticky scrolly designs that I thought would work. When I pulled them away, I had a huge mess left behind.
Since I wanted an old looking sign, I just sanded back the mess and left the white paint underneath exposed and then put the printing on top.
To continue the aged look, I took a paint scraper and scraped the white edges so they would chip. Below is my inspiration box. I love this sign. Even though it surely is not perfect, it reminds me of happy times and childhood laughter. Ice cream is a special treat no matter what your age. Thanks for taking a look.
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