Vintage Camper Card

by Dina Kowal

Use simple shapes to create an adorable vintage camper card, inspired by a 1973 Bell Travel Trailer.


  • Cardstock for base, scraps for other pieces
  • Circle dies for wheel and corner template (1/2", 1", 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" sizes used here, various brands)
  • Other dies for cutaways and handle - use what you have! (Quickutz oval, Sizzix tag, Whimsy Stamps letter B die used here)
  • Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Scoring board and tool
  • Adhesive
  • Blender brush
  • Grey ink


  1. Step 1

    Cut a panel for the card front, 5 1/2” x 3 3/4". Turn to the back side and from the short end, score every 1/4”.

  2. Step 2

    Line up a 1 1/2” circle die in the top corners and trace a rounded corner on both sides.

  3. Cut the corners away with scissors.

  4. Step 3

    Brush the panel lightly with grey ink to highlight the scored ridges and add a little distressing. You can brush the edges if you wish as well.

  5. Step 4

    Mark an oval or tag die on both sides to help align for a cut away from the bottom corners. In the sample, the cutaway portion is 3/4" tall and 3/8” wide. It can be a curve or angle – you can cut with scissors if you don’t want to fiddle with dies.

  6. For the wheel well, use a rounded oval or tag die (or get creative with an alphabet die, maybe an upper case D?). Tape in place. In the sample, the wheel well is 1 1/4" wide and about 1/4" high, 1 1/4" from the edge of the panel.

  7. Step 5

    Die cut, and repeat the corner cut on the other side.

  8. Step 6

    Cut and glue a decorative strip, 1” x 5 1/2", across the panel above the corner cuts.

  9. Step 7

    The wheel is made of 3 concentric circles, 1 1/4", 1”, and 1/2". Glue them together.

  10. Step 8

    The camper door is 1 1/4" x 3”. Cut a window 3/4" x 1 3/4" and center it toward the top of the door piece.

  11. Cut and adhere a small door handle – for the sample, the handle piece came from the inside of a die-cut letter B.

  12. Step 9

    Glue the door to the card about 1” from the right and 1/4” from the bottom edge.

  13. Step 10

    Cut two windows, each 1” square. The base for the windows is 1 1/4" x 2 3/8”. Mount the squares onto the base. There will be an 1/8” border around the edge and at the center.

  14. Adhere on the left side of the panel, centered between the door and edge, and overlapping the accent stripe.

  15. Step 11

    Glue the wheel to the back side of the panel so that the bottom of it creates a height of 4 1/4".

  16. Step 12

    Cut a strip of cardstock 1/4" x 1 1/2" and score at 3/4". Fold in half.

  17. Add glue to the strip on both sides of the fold. Adhere the folded strip so that it’s glued to the front and back of the panel and to itself , also aligned so that the bottom of it creates a height of 4 1/4" for the panel. This will allow the card to stand up nicely when it’s displayed.

  18. Step 13

    Cut a card base 5 1/2" x 8, and score at 4 1/4".

  19. Trace the cut-away corners using the camper panel as a template.

  20. Step 14

    Cut away the top corners on the fold, and the bottom corners from the front only.

  21. Adhere the camper panel to the base. Embellish more if desired.

  22. Step 15

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Vintage Camper Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Oh my goodness! That camper is adorable! Thank you for this tutorial as it is very timely for me ... I have been eyeing dies to make a camper like this but have not actually bought any yet!
RJP111  |  Wed Sep 7, 2022 at 4:50 AM
This is great! There are so many things that can be made with the dies I already own and this just gave me another idea. Thank you. Great tutorial.
kami55  |  Wed Sep 7, 2022 at 6:35 AM
“So cute” is a total understatement! We have a vintage camper and I can’t wait to make some cards like this to match the color or our camper … decorated for Christmas, maybe? I love your resourcefulness. Odd question: is that a teacup with a damp sponge for holding your glue upside down? Also resourceful!
LuRae  |  Wed Sep 7, 2022 at 7:14 AM
Dina, this is SO COOL! What a FUN, fresh, and incredibly exciting tutorial! Now all I have to do is come up with a good excuse to make it (aka a worthy recipient!). Thank you SO MUCH!

Hugs & blessings,
DancesWithHooves  |  Wed Sep 7, 2022 at 8:32 AM
adorable and THANKS for all the tips on bits and bobs for details to be right! : )
aztk  |  Wed Sep 7, 2022 at 11:05 AM
This is a clever design and I'm so happy to have seen the tutorial. Shall be giving this a try at some point and maybe adapting the idea to make a boat as a masculine friend would love that.
Lavender House  |  Wed Sep 7, 2022 at 2:40 PM
Love this card. I haven't purchased dies for this card and am so glad! Thank you for the tutorial!!

ret  |  Thu Sep 8, 2022 at 6:01 AM
THAT is amazing and SO creative. Thank you for sharing with us how to do 'old school' die cutting using dies we have in our collection without buying ANOTHER die for a one or 2 time use
i look forward to seeing MORE of your creativity in this respect
mariannek  |  Thu Sep 8, 2022 at 3:04 PM
As always, you amaze me. I plan to get to this soon.
muscrat  |  Mon Sep 12, 2022 at 8:32 PM
what an absolutely adorable project, thanks for sharing
stampencamper  |  Tue Sep 13, 2022 at 8:33 AM
Dina, once again, you continue to amaze us all with your resourcefulness and talents. Thanks so much for being so generous with your gifts. This little camper gives me a great first card for my son’s girlfriend. They camp out in a camper a lot and she has a December birthday; it’ll probably be spent in the camper🥳
mitchygitchygoomy  |  Tue Sep 20, 2022 at 5:43 PM

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