How to Make Vintage Cards

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How to Make Vintage Cards
Use vintage postcards to make new, inexpensive, original cards. (antique postcard image by Aaron Kohr from

If you collect vintage greeting cards and postcards, you can easily recycle them into unique, handmade cards to send for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, birth congratultions or just for fun. New greeting cards can cost upwards of £2 and lack the charm and old-fashioned look of vntage ephemera. Channel your creativity, save some money and make people smile with your unique, vintage cards.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Vintage cards and postcards
  • Scissors
  • Blank notecards and envelopes
  • Glue
  • Rubber stamps
  • Stamp pads
  • Embellishments such as glitter, ribbon and eyelets
  • Coloured pens or markers

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  1. 1

    Use scissors to cut out images, words, letters and borders from vintage cards and postcards. Arrange and glue them onto a blank notecard.

  2. 2

    Embellish the images with rubber stamps and various coloured inks.

  3. 3

    Write your own personal message inside the card. Decorate the inside of the card with rubber stamps or other embellishments such as glitter, ribbon or eyelets, for example.

Tips and warnings

  • Buy blank notecards and envelopes in bulk. You can typically find them at craft and office supply stores.
  • Visit thrift and antique stores to find inexpensive vintage greeting cards and postcards.
  • You can also use photos and artwork from vintage magazines and books.

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