Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Deux Chevaux

I was very flattered recently to be invited as a guest designer on the Ready Steady Stamp challenge. The brief was Grand Prix/Cars and my project had to incorporate the following:-

So, 'what to do?' I thought, quite a tough challenge, but I came up with this 2CV theme. Of all the cars I have owned the Citroen 2CV was my favourite, or I should say favourites as I have owned two. Here is a (very faded) photo of the first one I owned, approx 26 years ago!

These cars, sadly no longer in production, had some very special features-

1.The canvas sunroof that you could roll back and hold in place with straps.
2.The hinged windows that were held in the 'open' position with a kind of popper.
3.The removable seats (great when you had no deck chairs!)
4.The jack that also served as a cranking handle.
5.The horizontal gear stick.
and the ability to go from 0-60mph in one day!

As you can no doubt tell, I'm quite nostalgic about this vehicle and was inspired to produce this card as a sort of 'homage' to the 2CV.

The Paris-Persepolis (Iran) Rally in 1971 was promoted by Citroen and must have been a huge adventure.

This card was made with an image I found on a 2CV site and the larger car image was taken from my old car handbook! I painted it with Twinkling H20's and Cosmic Shimmer. The compass is a Clear Choice stamp, and as I had no UTEE I embossed it with clear EP about 8 times in the hope of making it appear like glass. However, as usual it doesn't look at all shiny in the photo. The white mat is inked with Mustard Seed D.I. and I inked the wheels of a toy car borrowed from my nephew and ran the car over the card to get the impression of tyre tracks.

Can't imagine who will be the recipient of this card as I don't know anyone who likes 2CV's as much as me. Don't forget to have a look at the fab creations the design team at RSS have come up with.

Fiona x


  1. Congratulations on your guest DT and a fabulous card Fiona.
    It's lovely to read about your much loved former cars and really gave me a chuckle when I saw how you made the tyre tracks.

  2. Love those cars !!! they were unique ! They should have done a grand prix just for them, that's what I say LOL.
    Great card, and we are so pleased to have you as guest designer

  3. Now this is one FUN card, the layout, the paper clip, the colors, its so much fun!

  4. Brilliant Fiona and I could tell you a story or too about a friend who had one of these and the amount of times it broke down and I had to push it LOL! Absolutely brilliant cars though and a brilliant card too, love the images you found and your design. Hope you're well and speak soon, Chris xx

  5. I can see how much you love this car.... your card is full of passion for it! Great photo too.
    Have a great weekend.
    Sandra x

  6. Love the theme of your card Fiona, very original, and reminds me of my much beloved cars that I've had in the past!
    Thank you again for your kind comments on my blog, my curves are actually drawn free hand! Just a sweep with a pencil and hope for the best!
    Love Sarita xx

  7. Hi Fiona

    G.R.E.A.T card they always remind me of comedy programmes where they used to finish up in a skip outside someones house, and also have heard them called French peasants cars.

    Look forward to seeing you on your days off.


  8. I had the same car when I was younger , but in red Colour!!!!! so lovely rea!!! bizz Fiona!!

  9. Wow Fiona, this is stunning! I love the vintage feel to your card, and what a great challenge! I love your distressing too! :) Love, Georgia xx

  10. Congratulations fiona! You really rose to the challenge! Your card is fabulous! Only been in a 2CV a couple of times, very memorable though!
    Alison (craftytrog)

    p.s. As your blog only allows comments from blogger blogs, I couldn't link!


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