We always try to send a handmade vintage Christmas card each year - but
we admit succumbing to the after-Christmas
half-price card sales. For 2008, though, we are proud to say
we again made our own cards, and they are the best and simplest ever.
This design and construction was so easy, we want
to share it with you. With a little planning and production-line
process, you can churn out a hundred of these. We did, and we
have the paper cuts to prove it.
The secret is buying stock panel cards and
envelopes in bulk. Depending on the quality and quantity, you might
spend between $.30 and $.70 per set of card and
envelope. Our source was www.clearenvelopes.com,
for envelopes (#E101) and embossed panel cards (#N101).
The glorious post card illustration of Santa and his sack of
apples is by Samuel L. Schmucker,
published in 1913 by John Winsch.
your greeting inside the panel card. You can use the message we
provided ("Wishing You All the Bounty of the Season") or your own.
Using your word processing program, format your document size to match
the dimensions of the unfolded card stock. Position your text, and
print the inside of the cards (see Tips).
Using a paper cutter, trim the vintage image.
Affix it to to the embossed panel with double stick tape (see Tips).
Fold your cards on the score line using a bone
We printed our vintage image on standard matte
photo paper. You can print the image on any kind of medium weight or
heavy weight paper, textured paper, or even vellum for a translucent
The embossed panel on our vintage Christmas card is almost
exactly the size of the original postcard - 5 5/8" X 3 3/4". If
your image doesn't quite fit, resize it in your word processing or
graphic program. Slightly stretching or shrinking one dimension
probably won't be perceptible. Just disable the "lock aspect ratio"
check box when you enter the new dimensions.
You'll need a printed image for each card. To
save paper, copy the image from the PDF document into a word processing
or graphic document, squeezing as many copies of the image onto the
page as possible (we could fit three on a page by rotating one image
We used a rotary blade paper cutter to get
straight cuts around the image. More decorative, but more time
consuming, is trimming the image with decorative edge scissors for a
vintage deckle edge.
You can print the message inside the cards
using your word processing program. Other methods include rubber
stamping the greeting inside, printing your message on vellum and
tacking it into the cards with glue stick, or printing on self-adhesive
Don't want to buy blank panel cards? Make your
own cards with card stock cut to size and scored with a bone folder.
With no embossed panel to frame the image, you might want to mat your image with paper in
a coordinated color a metallic finish, perhaps trimmed with
decorative edge scissors. Or a frame of ribbon. Or glitter. Or a rubber
stamp border. Or... or... or...