Vintage-Shabby Chic Postcard

If you like vintage and shabby chic styles then you’ll love this handmade card using the Postcard and Postage Due stamps from Stampin’ Up!   If you’re wondering what makes a card vintage and/or shabby chic, read on–you’ll learn the differences and similarities between the two styles.

Vintage Postcard

When I saw the Postcard stamp in the new catalog, I thought, “This has some interesting possibilities.”  If you’ve followed my work for a while, you know how much I like making vintage and shabby chic cards.  Combined with Postage Due, the images definitely take you back to a different era.

Postcard:  W-130366, C-130369

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Postage Due:  W-132064, C-126397

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If shabby chic is the look you’re going for, then Gorgeous Grunge is a set you’ll reach for often.  Well placed splotches and splatters help to give a card that well worn look.

Gorgeous Grunge:  W-130514, C-130517

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If you’re confused about the difference between vintage and shabby chic, let me explain.

  • Vintage style cards use images and embellishments that look like they come from an earlier time, as in this card using Fan Fair Designer Series Paper (retired).  This was a project for the Mad Stampers Club a year ago, and you can see the card in the open position in this post:  Vintage and Trifold Shutter Cards. 

Handmade Vintage Trifold Shutter card from Stamping Madly

  • Vintage images may have some distressing in the images themselves–for example, the Eiffel Tower has areas that look like they got partly erased.  Or the stamped background shape from Everything Eleanor (current stamp set) has a mottled look to it.

Everything Eleanor Handmade Vintage Card from Stamping Madly

  • One way to think about shabby chic style is this:  It’s as if you found some old, soiled, slightly torn mementos in Grandmother’s attic, and put them together with some new pieces, like this Daring Adventure card.  Edges of the paper have been distressed, or roughed up, even torn and crumpled. 

Daring Adventure and Well Worn

  • You’ll usually find a lot of layering with shabby chic cards, both with papers and card stock, as well as with stamped images. 

Vintage Shabby Chic cardmaking techniques from Stamping Madly

  • If you want to learn some of the techniques used in these vintage/shabby chic cards, you’ll find a series of videos on The Mad Stamper YouTube channel: 

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Order supplies for your cardmaking and paper crafting projects in my Online Stampin’ Up! Store:

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When you’re ready to try your hand at handmade vintage and shabby chic cards, the Postcard stamp will give you an easy place to start!

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2 Responses to Vintage-Shabby Chic Postcard

  1. bernice July 31, 2013 at 7:23 pm #


    • Sage July 31, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

      I thought you might!

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