Crafty Secrets Vintage Typewriter Card

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Crafty Secrets Vintage Typewriter Card

Hello, Friends!  One of my most vivid childhood memories is of the sound of my mother tapping out a letter on her vintage Royal typewriter. There were no cords, no word processor screens, not a mouse in sight.  Just the rhythm of my mother’s agile fingers pounding out a message, slapping the return lever and the soft whirring noise of the roller knob being turned to go back to a previously typed section for proof reading.  It was a kind of music , and since Mom wrote a lot of articles for the local paper and credit union newsletters, it was frequently heard.  When a friend asked me to make a card for a woman who had just opened a new office, I immediately thought of the fun images in the digital Office 101 stamp set and got busy making this retro Crafty Secrets Vintage Typewriter card.

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Here’s a look at all the images in this fun digital art set:

I love the ladybug sitting at the computer, don’t you?

Here’s a list of the products I used to make this 5″ x 7″ top fold card:

Office 101 DAS, Radiant digital paper collection, Creating with Vintage Typography CD 3, and the ribbon is Yellow Delicate Stitched Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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I loved the combination of the yellow paisley paper with the pink polka dot paper.  So I had to make my typewriter keys pink…and then I colored the rest soft blue grey.  I printed the fabulous ephemera sheet from the Typography CD, and the sizes were just right for this card.  I aged them with ink, distressed them and added them around the typewriter.  The pink polka dot paper was punched on one side with a large bubble scallop punch from Martha Stewart.   Messy stitching was added around the edges of the card and quick as a wink, this card was finished.  I just needed to add the bow and button. The paper clip sticker is from Office Altered Heartwarming Stickers, which is on sale for 99 cents. I added a button to the top of the clip, just for fun. I had enough of the paisley paper left over to decorate my pink envelope.  Here’s a peeky at the inside of the card:

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I took Personal Typing in high school, and i still maintain that it was the most valuable course I took in all four years!  I started out learning to type on a manual machine and then got bumped up onto the IBM Selectric, which was pretty darn high tech in 1973!  Hehehe!  What did you learn to type on, or do you just hunt and peck?  I’d love to know!

Thanks for stopping by!  Sharing this Crafty Secrets Vintage Typewriter card with you  makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!



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3 thoughts on “Crafty Secrets Vintage Typewriter Card

  1. Robin Ludwig

    Kathy – Your card is lovely and the girl with the new office is going to love it! I learned to type during summer school because my daddy didn’t think typing was something important enough to spend regular school time learning. It was the summer of 1967 and the class was divided into two groups – my group learning on old fashioned manuals and the other group learning on new technology – electric typewriters! Class was six weeks long and during one of the weeks, we switched up the typewriters. I kept getting a billion letters each time I struck a key because you had to use so much more pressure to type on a manual than on the electric! So fun to recall this long ago memory!

    I love old typewriters and wish I had one to type tiny sentiments!

    Always lots of fun commenting on your blog – have a super day!

  2. Paperesse

    Such a pretty card! I remember learning to type on an electric typewriter and although it wasn’t manual, still…seems so old-fashioned now.

  3. smithgfb

    Kathy this is just so cute! I love the little typewriter! I’m going to date myself and tell you my first job I had I typed on a manual typewriter. Seems like a hundred years ago!

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