How to Make Vintage Victorian Greeting Cards

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How to Make Vintage Victorian Greeting Cards
Make your own Victorian style card. (Victorian Christmas bell image by Randy McKown from

During the Victorian era, people made their own greetings to give on special occasions. Bits of lace, buttons and foil made ornate expressions of love and friendship. Victorian cards often featured images of flowers, children and women. Before greeting cards were mass-produced, they were handwritten with silver and gold calligraphy pens. Take an afternoon and some glitzy craft materials to create your Victorian cards. These projects makes a fun craft for a group or work them by yourself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 sheet of burgundy card stock
  • 1 sheet of deep pink card stock
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears with a scalloped edge
  • Vintage card with a floral image
  • Glue stick
  • Calligraphy pen

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  1. 1

    Lay the burgundy card stock in a portrait layout with the short sides at the top and bottom.

  2. 2

    Use a ruler and pencil to draw a line through the centre of the paper, horizontally.

  3. 3

    Cut the paper in half with scissors. Do the same with the pink card stock.

  4. 4

    Lay the two card stock pieces on top of one another. Trim the edges with pinking shears that have scalloped edges.

  5. 5

    Lay the pink card stock on the table. Set the burgundy aside.

  6. 6

    Clip out the floral image from a vintage card.

  7. 7

    Swipe a glue stick across the back of the image. Center the image over the card stock.

  8. 8

    Write your greeting across the top of the card with gold calligraphy pen.

  9. 9

    Turn the pink card over. Squirt white glue around the border of the card. Add the metallic fabric to the glue. Do this all around the card.

  10. 10

    Place the burgundy card stock in front of you. Write your personal note using the calligraphy pen.

  11. 11

    Add glue to the top of the fabric on the pink card. Push the burgundy card, with the writing facing out, down on top of the fabric.

  12. 12

    Allow the glue to dry before giving the card to your loved one.

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