Vintage Easter Pop-up Card

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This article is written by Michelle G. Brown

Last year, we had not one but two Easter Ephemera sheets to download – #11 Vintage Easter Wishes and #12 Cute Easter Cards but I hadn’t put them to good use, so for this month’s ephemera sheet, I thought I’d revisit these cute little vintage cards, with their lovely sayings, and turn them into a cad, ready for Easter this year.

Vintage Easter Card by Michelle G. Brown

Materials

  • Mixed Media Ephemera Sheet #12 Cute Easter Cards (scroll down until you find #12)
  • Yellow and white card
  • Glue stick
  • Double sided tape
  • craft knife and rulers
  • Ink and sponges, to decorate

 Instructions

1. Gather materials

EasterCard materials by Michelle G. Brown

2. Cut out images for card. Here I added a bit to the airplane wing and cut a cloud around the front greeting.

Mixed media vintage Easter Card

3. Cut the yellow card to 165mm x 110mm [6 1/2” x 4 1/4”] and round top corners

Cute vintage Easter card - round corners

4. Cut out a cloud template from leftover card

EasterCard04

5. Sponge clouds onto card front

Cute vintage Easter card with ink clouds

5. Sponge blue around the greeting. Edge the main image with black marker. Stick onto front of card with glue stick.

Cute vintage Easter card front

6. Cut inner card to 160mm x 105mm [1/8” smaller than the outer card]. Mark out the tab for the pop-up; 15mm from the bottom, 10mm to the left of the centre fold, then 25mm to the right, then another 10mm. Cut along lines parallel to bottom of card.

[**Note careful measuring is needed for pop-uo cards, so take your time here. it is important to have the lines parallel to the bottom of the card and parallel to the centre fold.]

Pop up card tab

7. Carefully fold tab out and close card to check it will fold flat

Pop up tab folded

8. Decorate the inside of the card with the same cloud template as on the card front and add some green grass.

Inside of vintage Easter card

9. Add double sided tape to the top of the tab

Add image with double sided tape

10. Add on the pop-up image and sentiment

Inside of card, ready to go

11. Now to add the inside into the card front. Again, care is needed here to make sure the card will open and close properly. Firstly hold the two sections together and check it will work as you expected.

Double sided tape on inner card

Add a line of double sided tape to the outer edges of the inner card.

12. Attach to one side of the card front, leaving  a little room in the spine to allow for the inner section to move a bit. then peel off the backing from the second piece of tape and close the card to stick these two pieces together.

Half stuck in

13. Now your cute little Easter card is finished.

Michelle G. Brown makes a vintage Easter card

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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!

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Vintage Ephemera

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I am having a bit of a vintage ephemera fetish at the moment and thought I’d share what I have collected and learn so far.

Vintage ephemera consists of “vintage” being anything old. Often this will be from the turn of the century to about the 1950′s. The 1960′s to 1980′s seem to fit more into the retro category, but this era may also be covered when searching for such things. “Ephemera” refers to things that are fleeting or short-lived, which may seem like a contradiction, but in my search, it usually refers to paper and cardboard type products; old pages of text, receipts, sheet music, postcards, greeting cards, posters, cigar cards, swap cards and playing cards all may feature is the collection. Old books often feature in this product grouping as well.

Finding vintage ephemera from the source is the best place; collections from old relatives are the best find as they also have a personal connection. Some second hand shops, flea markets or church fates are good places to go looking for them. If this isn;’ your style (these places can be very dusty and not always the best odds of finding soothing worth while and at decent price) there are places now that have done the hard work for you and have compiled vintage ephemera kits (see L’Uccellos and Meet Me at Mikes ~ both in Melbourne, Australia)

To use original or copies?
This debate continues to rage across the mixed media art world. Some artists love using originals to add authenticity to their work, using rich papers, tinged with age and passed down. Others will scan the originals which preserves the original and allows for multiple reprints and re-sizing.  Books in particular are most argued about.

I personally will decide on a case by case basis; if it is something that I have multiples of, or doesn’t have a significant emotional attachment, I will often use originals. If the piece has intrinsic or emotional (family) value, the scanning to print copies is preferred.

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I would love to hear about your favourite place to find ephemera ~ leave a comment telling us about your best find!



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