Our 2010 Vintage Tag Christmas Card sports an 1890 Santa Claus
"scrap" printed on a shop tag. The Victorians would have approved. They
were "scrap-happy" by the end of the 19th Century. Printers were
turning out sheets of die-cut,
embossed, color paper scraps, and people were pasting them in books, on
ornaments, cards, furniture, and anything not moving.
This card is very easy to make. We provide the printable template and
tags. You create the traditional shop tag using a manila file folder as
stock. Add a grommet and tie on some hemp string.
We chose to make this card small, so you can print two cards on one
8.5" x 11" piece of cardstock. Office supply stores now sell boxes of
envelopes sized at 4 3/8" x 5 3/4", which perfectly fit standard paper
Distressing ink or strong tea for aging the tags (optional).
Deckle-edge scissors or other deckle-edge cutter (see Tips).
Paper cutter or scissors.
card template (page 2 of the PDF document) on 8.5" x 11" gold or brown
cardstock. Cut the cardstock in half to form two 8.5" x 5.5" cards.
With the printed text on the inside, score both cards
across the center and fold with a bone folder to form two 4.25" x 5.5"
card and lay it inside up on the cutting mat. With a
deckle-edge cutter or scissors, cut away a 1" wide strip from the
leading (left side) edge of the card (see Tips).
Yes, this photo has the card upside down and we are cutting away the
right side. Choose whichever is more comfortable for you. Notice too
that we have a 1" wide piece of blue masking tape on the cutting mat.
That made it possible to quickly measure and cut the 1" strips from 100
Highlight the deckle-cut edge on the front of the card with a
silver paint pen. You may choose to use distressing ink or even glitter
Print the tags (page 1 of the PDF document) on manila cardstock
or an 8.5" x 11" piece cut from the back of a manila file folder. Cut
them out with a paper cutter or scissors, being sure to cut away the
black template lines.
grommet through the hole marked at the top of the tag template. In our
photo, you can see our "vintage" 1940s Bates Eyeleter grommet setter,
still working like a charm.
Now, if you wish, you can age the tag with distressing ink or
maybe tea staining.
Cut an 8"
length of hemp cord for each tag. Loop the cord, push the looped end
through the grommet on the front of the tag, then slip the loose ends
of the cord through the loop behind the card and pull them tight.
Cut four small squares of foam mounting tape, stick them near the
corners on the back of the tag, and then stick the tag to the center of
the front panel of the card.
There! Easy enough that you may want to make a few hundred!
The tag on this card was
attached to the front panel with a few squares of foam mounting tape,
to give it some dimension. You may choose to use double-stick tape,
glue, or even tie the tag to the card and let it dangle. If you do, you
can write the traditional "To and From" message on the back, and it can
be used as a gift tag!
Artist and crafters often try to simulate rough deckle edges by
hand tearing the edges of paper. Since tears usually follow the natural
grain or imperfections in the paper, you really have little control
over the result. For this Vintage Tag Christmas Card, we chose to use a
Fiskars rotary paper edger with a deckle blade. Deckle-edge scissors
will get the same result. If you are more adventurous and want a more
authentic look , we suggest you
try these methods:
Purchase a deckle edge ripper. This metal or Lucite
straight-edge has small, varying teeth which rip a jagged edge when
paper is torn (usually upwards) against them.
Fold the paper on the line you want deckled. With a serrated
knife, cut through the fold with small sawing motions, from the inside
Cut the paper apart with a fine-toothed saw, like a coping or
Soften the paper fibers first by brushing a thin line of water
along the desired tear line and waiting a minute. One artist
recommended a portable watercolor brush, which is like a fountain pen
filled with water. The paper should be torn by laying it flat and
pulling the paper away from the water line, not up or down. The water
helps to constrain the tearing, however it can also stain or cause
inkjet printer inks to run.
was our personal Christmas card for 2010, and we made and sent 100
Here is a photo of Martin, practically lame with paper cuts, to prove
it. Rather than torture our ink-jet printer, we had the card template
and tags printed at the local copy center. These were still the easiest
and most economical cards we have made.