Vintage Birthday Greeting Card

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There is nothing that shares those special sentiments like handmade birthday cards. Michelle has used the images from the Mixed Media art Ephemera Sheet 20 – Vintage Birthday Wishes to create this lovely card. The pink image with the works “To a Dear Sister on her Birthday” captured Michelle’s imagination for this handmade birthday cards and she began to pull out pink card and embellishments.

Send your sister love with this handmade greeting birthday cardMaterials & Tools

  • Pink “To Dear Sister” image,
    downloaded and printed from 
    Mixed Media art Ephemera Sheet 20 – Vintage Birthday Wishes
  • Pink card [148mm x 210mm / 6″ x 8 1/4″ approx.]
  • Black card [94mm x 135mm / 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ approx.]
  • Color-coordinate paper [90mm x 130mm / 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ approx.]
  • Pink ribbon [12omm / 5″]
  • 5 chipboard flowers
  • Cutting mat, craft knife and steel ruler
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape
  • Black ink and pink ink
  • Mod Podge Sparkle


1. Print out the ephemera sheet and choose an image that appeals to you. Gather materials that suit the color scheme of the image. You will need card and a few embellishments.

Vintage birthdays

2. Fold pink card in half to create greeting card. I prefer to score the card first to make sure the fold is in the center of the card.

3. Cut black card to size. The measurements provided are approximate only – use your own judgment  to determine what size looks “right” for the layers.

4. Layer black card and ribbon onto pick card with double sided tape

5. Cut printed paper to size and attach onto card with double sided tape

6. Cuto out image from ephemera sheet

7. Edge image with black ink and attach to card

Black ink helps image to stand out from background

8. Color chipboard flowers with pink ink

9. Using Sparkle Mod Podge, attach pink flowers and leave to dry. Add other sparkle highlights to image, as desired.

10. Your handmade vintage greeting cards complete

Pretty pink birthday card with vintage image

Happy creating!


Michelle G. Brown is passionate about mixed media art and enjoys sharing her knowledge and techniques with you to allow you to express your own creativity. Michelle understands that many of us have an inner need to create. By learning a few basic techniques the amazing world of mixed media art is accessible to everyone!

You can see more of Michelle’s work at Mixed Media Art or via Facebook – Creating Mixed Media Art


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Handmade Vintage Christmas Greeting Cards

With the Holiday season approaching, it’s time to get started on our handmade greeting cards. Here we have used our Mixed Media Art Ephemera Sheet 17 ~ Vintage Christmas Greetings to get us started. Once you have downloaded the ephemera sheet and get it printed, it makes it easy to create individual handmade greeting cards.

These Vintage Christmas Greetings have also come from my Aunt’s vintage greeting cards collection. The box is still FULL of cards and interesting ephemera that you haven’t seen yet and I just LOVE going through the musty smelling papers to bring the interesting and the strange vintage images to you.

using vintage images to create your own handmade greeting card

Tools and Materials


1. Download and print off your Vintage Christmas greeting ephemera sheet. Gather supplies together. You can choose the colored card that suits the image that you have chosen.

2. Cut out the image you will be using. I prefer to use a craft knife, steel rule and cutting mat.

3. Cut imaging into roughly thirds, taking the image as a guide to get the best fit. Don’t worry if you make a mistake – just print the ephemera sheet out and start again!

4. Edge three panels with black ink. Let them sit for a minute or so to dry.

5. Use double sided tape to stick three panels onto green card, leaving a gap of about 5mm [3/18″] between panels and around edges. I did this by eye, but you can measure the distances if you would prefer.

6. Cut out the green card, using the craft knife.

7. Layer the green card with three image panels onto the cream metallic paint. Cut it out. I used a slightly smaller border, just to allow the image to sit up off the backing card.

8. My original plan was to put this straight onto the green card, folded in half, but something was missing.

9. I pulled out a holly stamp to tie in with the image theme.

10. Stamp holly around the edge of the green card. Use part images and turn the stamp to add interest and variety from one stamp.

11. Layer image and background onto stamped green card. And admire your work now that your greeting cards finished – don’t forget to sign the back and add the date.

Handmade greeting cards with mixed media art epherma sheet

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