Monday, October 17, 2011

Vintage Christmas Cards from the '40s and '50s

You might know that I have been collecting vintage Christmas cards.  I have found them at craft stores and estate sales.  My plan has always been to cut the cards and make them into new cards to send out.  I thought it might be hard for me to actually cut the cards since they are over 50 years old, but I found I had no guilt cutting the cards.  I am also using my scrap papers to make these cards.  Here are my new "creations"...

All of the cards are folded into panels, which I open up to use as much of the card as possible.
On most of the cards, I used Stickles, added ribbon, metal embellishments, or maybe stamped a message.  Above is the outside of my first card.
"Before" photo
"After" photo
 Inside panel of the square bell card.
This one is my favorite.  I love the scene of the winer creek and the holly bush.  I have to confess that I probably won't send this card out.
This is not the last card I made.  I'll post more on another day, once they are all done.  Have any of you started making your holiday cards?  Is anyone done?  I generally make about 100 cards, so to quote my dad, "I need to get the lead out."
Have a great day!


ArtyMarti said...

I too collect vintage cards, but have had a problem using them. You give me courage.

tainted with a positive view said...

The hard part will be giving them because they are one of a kind cards. :(

Laurie said...

I LOVE these. Use them! I have used favorite old cards in art and then found another one at a future sale, making me realize that they were usually mass produced and what you give away comes back to you!