Category Archives: Vintage Photo Cards

Graphic 45 Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card

Graphic 45 Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m kind of excited about today’s post, because I think a LOT of you are going to have loads of fun with this quick and easy idea.  Today I’m going to share a Graphic 45 Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card with y’all.  When my dear sister-in-law celebrated a “landmark” birthday, my husband and I wanted to give her a really personal and special gift.  I was digging through old black and white family photos and found this great picture of Dale and Becky.  Then I found the perfect paper collection and sentiment to go with it.  Take a look!

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Dale and Becky have always been best buddies.  When I found this “Forever Friends” Tag from PPDF Tags and Pockets, I knew I was on the right track!  I really love the way this adorable photo taken in 1956 pops against the vibrant colors and patterns found in Penny’s Paper Doll Family. This 5” x 7” easel style card will look great on a shelf, mantel or side table. It’s great when a card can double as a gift, isn’t it?

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card: Tips for Working with  Old Family Photos

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TIP: Scan old photos  into your computer and print out on photo paper, or take it to a photo developing booth to make a copy. This way, you preserve the original.

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TIP: Amateur photography can be challenging to work with.  The subjects of this photo were not framed well, making the composition a little unbalanced.  To fix this, I adhered the buckle from PPDF Tags and Pockets on the right hand side of the image, added a Staples Metal Key and a burlap string bow.  This fixed the photo problem, and added an interesting element to the card design at the same time.

 

TIP: Easel style cards are a great design choice for cards that feature a cherished family photo because they can stand upright for display.

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card: Make it easy on yourself!

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Tags and pockets are a quick and easy way to add a designer touch to a card.   They are also very easy to modify.

TIP: Don’t be afraid to alter, fold or cut pockets, tags and ephemera cards to make them work with your design.  It was easy to cut this pocket right along the pre-scored fold line. Then I was able to use the other half on the inside of my card.

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TIP: When choosing embellishments like flowers and ribbons, let the color palette of the paper guide you.  I chose buttery yellow and faded blue flowers for this card based on the colors in the chipboard frame.  I knew all these colors would work well together, because they look great on the papers I used.

TIP: Create a “stopper” or a “brake” to keep your easel card standing upright.  I did this by adding a layer of waste chipboard to the green striped paper layer. Then I topped it with this pretty chipboard wreath from the collection.  

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

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TIP: You can extra color and design to the inside of your easel card by covering the top half with complementary papers.  Just be sure not to adhere papers over the fold line, or the easel mechanism won’t work.  And don’t forget to create a space where you can write in your own personal greeting.  This journaling ephemera card works perfectly for that assignment!

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And where did the other half of that pocket end up?  Inside the card! I backed the edges with small foam tabs, punched a little thumb hole, then turned it on its side to be used as a chocolate pocket.  

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures!  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags

RRR Heart Challenge: Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Bonnie wants to see projects that feature hearts and trim.  I printed out some digital files from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop and put together some darling Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and tags.  These simple cards and tags can took just minutes to make, but look like you spent hours on them.  You have to love that!

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 5I paired each card or tag with some of my favorite ribbons from RRR.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 4This black and white houndstooth plaid is a perennial favorite ribbon for me.  It’s soft and supple and ties the most beautiful bows.  it also looks great paired with the striped background of the Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine images.  This Graphic 45 Staples Tag is turned upside down for a fun presentation.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 3It also looks great turned right side up!

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 2For this sweet little 4×6 card, I topped a 1/4″ micro gingham ribbon bow with a pretty red rose. The black buttons and the plaid ribbon help to anchor all the elements on the card.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 1I love the way this 3/8″ red gingham picks up on the pattern of this cutie pie’s dress.

These lovely little  Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and tags are being tucked into my Kathy by Design ETSY Shop orders this month as a special Valentine treat.

Now it’s your turn to join the party!  Create your own project with hearts and ribbon or trim and link it up on the RRR Challenge Blog so we can all enjoy it.  Here’s the link with all the information.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy