Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vintage Ice Cream

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. 

I'm partying at...

Mondays          Le Chateau des Fleurs       The Graphics Fairy    
                                      Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday
Tuesdays          Knick of Time       Tutus and Tea Parties       Coastal Charm  
                                      Boogie Board Cottage    A Stroll Thru Life
Wednesdays     Savvy Southern Style         Ivy and Elephants
                                     Faded Charm Cottage       Fine Craft Guild      
Thursdays        Embracing Change     The Shabby Creek Cottage    No Minimalist Here 
                                     Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday    Fishtail Cottage
                                     Rustic Restorations Homespun Happenings
Fridays            French Country Cottage       My Romantic Home        Miss Mustard Seed
                                    At the Picket Fence     Potpourri Friday     Common Ground
                                    The Charm of Home    Decorating Insanity   Rooted in Thyme
Saturdays        Funky Junk Interiors

Sundays           It's Overflowing


Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

Very, very creative, Maggie! and, I like your sticky scrolly mess! Looks old to me!

cathywhatisoldisnew said...

This sign turned out wonderful-and the process you used to age it worked out well. Ice cream is my favorite food group!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love your ice cream sign! The colors really make it look retro!

Pat C. said...

There you go again, Maggie--turning your "oopsies" into amazing works of art! xoxo

Anne said...

Great job!Looks like an authentic old sign!

NanaDiana said...

It looks like the "real deal", Maggie. I love it---how about some "imitation" ice cream? UGH- xo Diana

Bliss said...

I love it. I'm pinning yet again. You the sign queen lately.


Gail said...

Your ice cream sign is adorable Maggie!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Fabulous job, no one would write made with vegetable fat now LOL...Wouldn't be a big selling point!


Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Maggie,
Love your ice cream sign, and you did a great job of duplicating it I must say. A very nice where
do you plan to put it???

Blessings, Nellie
and thanks for coming by my blog and your sweet comments.

Budget Design Girl said...

I love it! You are so ridiculously talented!!


karen@somewhatquirky said...

I remember Mellorine! Surely that's not how my ice cream addiction began! Love this project. Love the colors.

Tammy said...

I think it looks wonderful with the white scraped--very distressed! Love the color on this sign! Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend :)

Brandi said...

I love your vintage sign. You did such a great job.