Vintage Paper Crafts

Vintage Cards – Show ‘n Tell

Hi Everyone, I’m back today with a “show ‘n tell” of some vintage cards from my collection. I love looking at the designs used on vintage cards, how they were embellished and how they were constructed; but most of all I love the inspiration they give me. Since a couple of my grandchildren have birthdays coming up, I thought I’d pull out some children’s Birthday cards to share. I hope you enjoy this show n’ tell snapshot of card-making history.

Although I haven’t yet tried to recreate any of the cards shown, I definitely have some of them on my Wish List of “Makes”. If you’d like to try and recreate and put your own spin on any of these cards, I’d love to see them! To help get you started I have included links below to some products I believe would be useful in recreating some of the looks and techniques.

Products used are linked, when available, in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.


The first vintage card was produced by Hallmark and has a copywrite date of 1946 by Hall Brothers Inc. This card is unique, in that it is a cut to a 5-sided card and resembles the numeral “4”. The paper is slightly textured and is folded once. It has an adorable baby giraffe that has been embellished with brown flocking, and despite its age, is in perfect condition with no rub-off! The card measures 3-15/16″ x 5-3/4″ at its widest and tallest points, and the inside of the card is finished with a small, printed giraffe on the lower-right corner. I would love to try and recreate this card using stamps, partial die cutting and flocking.


I chose this next card because of its simplicity and ease of replicating. Stamping and color are the only techniques used on this 5″ x 4-1/8″ card. The back did not have a copywrite date, but I would guesstimate mid-1940’s. The back does contain the following text: “Buzza-Cardozo, Hollywood U.S.A, 10 8 1386”. The card was made with a piece of 10″ x 8-1/4″, light-weight paper, that has been folded over twice, known as a quarter-fold. The inside has the sentiment and a colored illustration of the two girls having tea. Who says a card can’t be simple AND adorable!


This undated card illustrates what I thought was a really unique embellishment technique! As you can see from the second picture above, elements of the design are covered, in what appear to be clear microbeads. I seem to remember this embellishment medium being used, at some point during my crafting past so I’ll have to do some research so I can use this technique in a future project! The card is made up of a quarter-fold, linen textured, paper. The front of the 4-3/4″ x 5-5/8″ card has a scalloped edge, along its top allowing a small checked pattern print from the inside peek out. The inside of the card is also finished with a printed illustration of a white lamb with birthday cake. All in all, a very cute card with some embellishment techniques that I would like to try with brighter colors and different edges!


This simple, undated card has a cute and simple technique that gives the recipient an adorable surprise. The 4″ x 5-3/4″ card was made from a smooth piece of paper that has been quarter-folded. The surprise comes from the printed illustration of the little girl’s skirt. A portion of the skirt has been cut out, reveling a piece of patterned paper glued to the inside of an underside quarter. While you can see the patterned paper from the front, it is not visible from the inside of the card. On the inside is the sentiments and another printed illustration of the little girl opening a present. The hallmark on the back of the card states: The Wishing Well U.S.A. 10A1132. This technique makes for a fast adorable card.


My fifth and final card is my favorite in today’s show ‘n tell. It is also the card that would provide me with the most challenge to recreate! The 4-3/4″ x 5-5/8″ card, is quarter folded like the last few cards. Three sides of the card are cut away from the illustration, in a partial die-cut like technique. Looking closely, you’ll notice that elements of the illustration have been dry embossed, and other elements including the sentiment are colored in a silver metallic finish. If that wasn’t enough detail, upon opening the card, there are two more illustrations that are treated with the same techniques as the front. The subtle details of this card were amazing! I did not know it had been embossed until I unfolded the card and noticed the debossing on the reverse. The back of the card is stamped with: Forget-Me-Not Garden Cards, Copywrite U.S.A. T17Q. I don’t know how many of these were massed produced, but this card is an excellent example of technique and quality in a vintage mass-produced card.


Although only one of the cards was dated, I would estimate all the cards highlighted in this post were produced around the mid 1940’s. I won these cards, as part of a larger box lot of vintage cards and ephemera, at a local auction. As I first looked through them I couldn’t help wondering about the young recipient and the family and friends who thought enough to send birthday wishes.

I hope you have enjoyed my show ‘n tell! If you have and questions or comments, please leave them comment section below…I’d love to hear from you! If you’d like to be notified, by email, of new content, please complete the form. Until next time, HAPPY CRAFTING!!

Hugs and Love, Angie


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