How to Make an Old-Fashioned Greeting Card

Use a vintage postcard and ornate stamp designs to create a traditional greeting card.

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Materials and Tools:

5" x 6-3/4" blank folded card
vintage postcards
sponge
adhesive
scissors
deckle-edged scissors
ink pads (pink, olive green, gold, copper)
tulle fabric, any color
sewing machine
tiny paper flowers (flowers #1-z and #2-z, roses-z)
tiny eyelets
eyelet setter
hammer
1/8" hole punch
6" ribbon
Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers stamps:
Ornate Background (997-M)
Chocolate Mold with Bees (1217-D)
Pastilles (1218-H)
French Envelope Marking-Z
Foreign Labels #2-Z
Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers collage sheets:
Valentine Stuff #2-Z
French Stuff #1-Z

Steps:

  1. Using a sponge, apply pale pink ink to portions of the blank card.
  2. Stamp "Ornate Background" in olive green twice, once in the top right and once in the lower left.
  3. Stamp "Pastilles" in gold in the lower left, going off the left and bottom edges.
  4. Stamp "Chocolate Mold with Bees" in copper on the upper left side.
  5. Stamp "Gala Peter" from the "Foreign Labels #2-Z" sheet, twice randomly in olive green.
  6. If using a fairly inexpensive postcard, use the original; if you want to keep and save the original postcard, color copy it on good-quality paper or a textured paper, such as watercolor. Cut around the edge with deckled-edge scissors.
  7. Glue the postcard or copy to your stamped card in the lower right corner. Leave a border of the base card showing.
  8. Cut out the "Scribe" green oval label from the "French Stuff #1-Z" sheet and glue it about one inch up from the bottom of the postcard, half on and half off the card.
  9. Cut out the vintage "Chocolaterie" label from the "Valentine Stuff #2-Z" sheet and glue it in the upper right corner of the postcard, covering the corner with the label.
  10.  Stamp "Par Avion" and "Avignon Post Mark" from the "French Envelope Marking-Z" sheet randomly in gray, overlapping slightly onto the postcard. Stamp another postmark from that same sheet in olive green on the upper right side going off the edge of the card, on top of the French chocolate label.
  11. Rough cut the tulle to be about 7" x 9", slightly bigger than the front of the card.
  12. Using a sewing machine, sew the tulle to the card about 1/4 inch from the edges. Stop sewing about 2 inches before you close off the sewn rectangle; insert the 10 tiny paper flowers (stems cut off) and finish sewing.
  13. Trim off excess tulle using the edge of the card as a guide. Trim any hanging threads.
  14. Punch two 1/8-inch holes for the eyelets in the center left side of the card. Set tiny pink eyelets into the holes with an eyelet setter and a hammer. Push the ribbon through the two holes from the inside of the card, tie into a bow and trim excess.

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