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Create a Floral Postcard Keepsake with a Vintage Look

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Posted on March 25, 2021 by Jan Hunter
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Scrapbooks put together during the 1930s, 40s and 50s can offer a bounty of treasures with finds of old postcards and greeting cards.  Replicating some of the treasures is the basis for this project.  If you don’t have access to old scrapbooks then take a look around the internet – and you’ll find some very lovely examples… and maybe you’ll spot something similar to what you find here.

Materials Needed

  • Snowdrops – using the image from Creative Fabrica (Gentle Snowdrops by Maycat)
  • Roses – Image from Creative Fabrica  (Vintage Rose Garden by fleurartmariia)
  • Violets – SVGs from Creative Fabrica (Pop Up Violets by Patrizia Mascone)
  • Daffodils – SVGs from Creative Fabrica (Pot of Daffodils by Patrizia Mascone)
  • Hawthorn flower –  SVGs from Creative Fabrica (Lovely Candy Bar Bouquet by Carina Gardiner and Spring Paper Flowers 01-08 by lasquare.info)
  • Poppies – SVGs from Creative Fabrica (Poppies Box by Patrizia Moscone) leaf is a royalty free image from the internet
  • Sweet Peas – SVG file from Dreaming Tree (Sweet Pea Treat Box)
  • Frame –  SVG file from Creative Fabrica (3D Bunny Frame Paper Craft Easter by lasquare.info)
  • White cardstock (AC Smooth White and Textured) (1 12 x 12 sheet Textured for each frame) Additional Cardstock for print2cut Print images and postcard bases.
  • Additional colors for flowers leaves and stems as desired
  • Printer
  • Old Paper Distress Ink and blender tool
  • Craft knife or sharp detail scissors
  • Foam pop up dots
  • Foil Quill – Glimmer Mist heat activated foil
  • Glue
  • Markers, watercolors, gel pens (optional)
  • Electronic die cutting machine (Sizzix eclips2 and eCal3 were used)
  • Some additional supplies may be noted below

Frames

Open the software and manipulate the frame – resizing as needed.  Adjusting the frame size so the back of the frame will accommodate your postcard measuring 3.75×5.5. The outside of the frame should measure approximately 4.25 x 6.25 finished. Leave one side open to slide the postcard into. Cut one frame per finished postcard.

Postcards

All cards are cut to 3.75 x 5.50. The cards can be used in portrait or landscape. Complete any printing, foil quilling or drawing as desired before cutting the card with the electronic cutting machine.

Snowdrops

Open the software for the cutting machine. Using a basic shape, create a rectangle 3.75 inches (w) x 5.5 inches (h).

Import the PNG image and place in the lower part of the rectangle and center.

Using a font of your choice and the type tool in your software program, type the poem:

The Snowdrop
Winter’s timid child,
Awakes to life
Bedew’d with tears.

Set the type to Print2CutPrint in the software. Size to fit in the rectangle as desired and center in the upper portion of the rectangle.

Using copy and paste, copy 2 additional images to the side, these will be used to cut individual flowers from to add to the image dimensionally.

Add a vintage look by using some Old Paper Distress ink and a blender tool and rub the color over the edges toward the center of the card.

Daffodils

Prepare your card back and add the poem making the sure the text is set to print:

And
then my
heart with
pleasures fills
And dances with the daffodils
William Wordsworth

Cut the daffodils reduced to 85%. Following the directions included with the file, create a trio of daffodils. Adhere the leaves to the cardstock and glue the blossom to the cardstock as desired. Insert into frame.

SweetPeas

For the postcard backing, you’ll need to create the wording in the upper right-hand corner and the lover left-hand corners of your postcard.  Be sure to leave about .25-inch margin so the upper and lower edges of the card can slip into the frame to secure it.

Sentiment:

Little Sweet-pea sisters three
Feel as merry as can be
Take all through the summer day
(They’re dreadful gossips, so they say!)

This piece is a little heavier than the others due to the wrapped wires.  Secure to the postcard using a hot glue gun or E600 glue.
TIP: The flowers and leaves are reduced in size by 50% for this framed piece.

Poppies

Reduce the pieces for the blossoms to 75%. Cut and assemble.
TIP: to add additional texture to the blooms, spritz a bit of water to dampen the paper and scrunch into a ball and smooth out a bit. And let dry before assembling.

Print the sentiment on the postcard – be sure to set the text to print.

Health be with you
Joy attend you
Love surround you
All the way

Roses

Using the same basic instructions as in the Snowdrops tips above, print the rose on the post card piece and print an additional two copies in the same size. Using a gel pen, draw a line along the edges of the cut layers. Use pop up dots for dimension. Instead of a poem, doodle an edge with a gel pen.

Hawthorn Branch

Foil Quill the word hope in your favorite script font (see Violets below). Cut the card backing.  Cut the flowers from (name collection) and the stamens from (name collection). Leaves are extras from the sweet pea file. Branch is hand cut from chip board and glued to the card. Shape the flower by creating a cup shape. Add a bright red or pink tip to the stamens and color the center of the stamen in a yellow green using markers. Glue to the center of the bloom and adhere to the branch as desired. Add leaves.

Violets

Additional supplies:

  • Foil Quill, standard tip with appropriate adapter for your machine.
  • Glimmer mist gold foil
  • Gold/Yellow glitter (optional)
  • .003 black pen
  • Glue
  • Foam Pop Up dots

Open your software, place a 5.50 inch (w) x 3.75 inch (h) rectangle on the mat.
Add the sentiment to the upper center of the rectangle. Set the text to DRAW:

Six Purple Violets
Hanging in a row
Carrying Good Wishes,
Everywhere they go

To the bottom of the rectangle, arranging as desired and make sure each line is set to DRAW:

Number One brings Happiness
Number Two brings Health
Number Three bring Luck in Love
Number Four brings Wealth
Number Five Contentment – best thing on the list
Number Six brings Everything that the rest have missed

TIP: Make sure that your foil quill has been heating for at least 10 minutes before using for best results. Since the font is very small, choose a single line font or something very similar from the myriad of fonts found on Creative Fabrica. Following manufacturer’s directions, foil the poem to the card.

Remove the foil, but do not remove the mat. Remove the quill and place the blade back in the holder. Cut the rectangle. Age the rectangle using some ink and the blender tool. This will soften the brightness of the foil but won’t detract from the sentiment. Set this piece aside.

You will only be using the pink (flower petals only), purple (flower petals), yellow (flower centers) and green (loose leaves and stems). You’ll only need to cut 6 flowers for this postcard, but if desired, cut the full dozen, and you’ll have a few extra flowers for another project.

Assemble the flowers, using the example showing in the tutorial included in the file. If desired, add a little additional detail using the black pen and some glitter to the yellow flower center.

Draw a line across the card as a guide to “hang” the violets and leaves from. Place the leaves as desired. Add the violets popping up one or two using the foam dots.

Hoping to see your versions of some dimensional postcards soon! Feel free to drop by Jan’s author page or blog for more inspiration.


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6 Comments
Fernanda Rafagnin

May 13, 2021

Those turned out great! I have a bit of a hard time with paper flowers and you make it look so effortless. Great job!

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Jan Hunter

May 13, 2021

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Thank you for your kind words, Fernanda. I've had very good teachers and have learned that taking your time and not being in a rush helps with the outcome. Hope you'll give a few of the florals a try. :)

Linnea

March 29, 2021

Love this project Jan!

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Jan Hunter

March 29, 2021

Author

Thanks, Linnea.

Joyce Migliore

March 26, 2021

Beautiful Jan!

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Jan Hunter

March 26, 2021

Author

Thanks so much Joyce.


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