Bright funky colors, bold designs, groovy lettering—what’s not to love about retro? Everything old is new again—whether it’s the hip sophistication of the 1940s, the lounge-chic feel of the 50s, or the free and loose styles of the 60s and 70s. And making cards, party favors and scrapbook pages with that retro appeal has never been easier.
Share the retro fun with the groovy gals and guys in your life by creating these all-occasion cards. There’s something in this section for you, whether you’re looking for a quick card with a fabulous 50s look or a special occasion card for your favorite flower child. And don’t forget to say thanks (or “Thanks-A-Lava”) with a card. Just seal with a kiss and send it on its way.
KISS ME KITTY card
- Trim a piece of white cardstock to 51⁄2″ x 81⁄2″
(14cm x 22cm). Fold to make a 51⁄2″ x 41⁄4″ (14cm x 11cm) card.
2. Stamp one boomerang in lilac
vertically at the top of the card,
and stamp one boomerang in
yellow-green horizontally at the
bottom left of the card. Both
shapes should run slightly off the
edges of the card.
3. Stamp the pool shape in orange at the bottom right of the card,
overlapping the yellow-green
shape. The pool shape should run
off of the edge of the card.
4. Using black ink, stamp the kitty
over the top of the orange pool
shape, and stamp “Kiss Me!”
slightly over the lilac boomerang
shape. Give kitty a crown using
the crown stamp and the pink
5. Finally, randomly stamp three retro
stars with brown ink.
TALL & GROOVY card
- Trim a piece of white cardstock to 71 ⁄2″ x 85 ⁄8″ (19cm x 22cm) and fold to make a 33 ⁄4″ x 85⁄8″
(10cm x 22cm) card. Stamp
down the length of the card
about 1″ (3cm) from the right
edge four times with the palette
stamp. Alternate between yellow
and light green inks, and vary
the angle of the images slightly.
(The images on either end
should run off of the card.)
2. Using brown ink, stamp the
bollio stamp down the center
of the palette images, turning
the stamp upside down when
repeating the image.
CUBIST IN COLOR card
- Trim a piece of white cardstock to 71⁄2″ x 85⁄8″ (19cm x 22cm) and fold to make a 33⁄4″ x 85⁄8″ (10cm x
22cm) card. Trim a piece of the black glossy cardstock to 33⁄4″ x 11⁄2″ (10cm x 4cm). Stamp over the black piece with the block stamp and the black ink pad. You will need to stamp the image twice to fill the paper.
2. Sprinkle on the glittery embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat to melt with a heat gun. Adhere the embossed piece to the front of the card, centered horizontally, and 21⁄4″ (6cm) from the top, using doublesided tape.
3. Randomly stamp a separate piece of white cardstock with the assorted
circle and flower stamps and the
colored chalk ink pads, overlapping
some of the images. Let the ink dry.
4. Stamp over the colored images
with the block stamp in black ink.
Sprinkle on black embossing powder
and heat to melt with the heat gun.
5. Trim the paper to the size of the
embossed image and tape it to the
front of the card, centering it on the
ONE HIP CAT card
- Trim a piece of the pale orange
cardstock to 51⁄2″ x 11″ (14cm x
28cm) and fold to make a 51⁄2″
(14cm) square card. Trim a piece of rectangle paper to 51⁄4″ (13cm) square and dip the edges into the tangerine ink pad. Using glue stick, adhere the
paper to the front of the card.
- Stamp kitty in charcoal ink onto the pink star paper. Dip the edges of the paper into the tangerine ink pad. Layer the stamped kitty onto the right side of the card, using glue stick.
3. Give her collar a bit of sparkle withsome craft glue and orange glitter. Glue an orange rhinestone to the collar as well.
4. Print “You are the Hip-est of Cats” in the Doorkeeper font onto orange
vellum. Trim the text to 3″ x 11⁄2″
(8cm x 4cm) and, with vellum tape,
layer it onto the bottom left of the
card. Using craft glue, add an orange rhinestone to each corner of
the vellum to finish.
PEACE, LOVE & FLOWERS card
- Using the paintbrush, paint the
wooden flower pink, let dry and
then add a bit of red paint to the
edges for an aged look. Set the
flower aside to dry.
- Trim a piece of coral cardstock to 10″ x 7″ (25cm x 18cm) and fold to make a 5″ x 7″ (13cm x 18cm) card. Cut scrapbook papers into strips of different widths and use glue stick to adhere them to the front of the card, in the following order (bottom to top): photo daisies, cherry blossom, brush strokes and flowers on white.
3. Print “Peace Love Flowers” on a
transparency in a red-orange ink
color. Trim to the width of the
flowers on white strip and secure
to the card with pink and orange
brads. Use a T-pin or needle tool
to create the holes first.
4. Cut out a flower shape, similar
to the wooden flower, from the
paisley paper. Cut a smaller
flower from the red floral paper.
Glue the small flower to the
center of the large paisley flower
and, using orange embroidery
floss, sew the hot pink button in
5. Glue the wooden flower to the left side of the card using craft glue.
Layer the paper flowers on top of
the wooden flower with craft glue
- Trim a piece of watermelon
cardstock to 6″ x 12″ (15cm x
30cm). Create a gatefold
card by folding in the card at
31⁄2″ (9cm) on either end of the
cardstock. Trim a piece of
both the orange cardstock and
patterned paper to 57⁄8″ x 27⁄8″
(15cm x 7cm). Dip the edges
of both pieces into the
watermelon chalk ink pad.
Using glue stick, adhere the
orange piece to the front right
flap and the patterned paper
to the front left flap.
- Cut out a lamp base from the red cardstock and a lamp from the scrapbook paper, using the pattern. Dip the edges of the lamp into the watermelon ink pad. Glue the pieces of the lamp to the center of the orange cardstock.
3. From a scrap of patterned
paper, punch several circles of
color, using the two circle
punches. Alternating 1⁄4″ (6mm)
circles and 1⁄2″ (1cm) circles,
glue the “bubbles” in two rows
up either side of the lamp. You
may wish to dip the orangecolored circles into the ink pad
first, to provide more contrast
against the orange cardstock.
4. Print “thanks a” and “Lava!”
onto watermelon cardstock,
in the Charade font. Trim
the pieces to fit the card,
and round the corners using
scissors or a corner rounder
punch. Adhere the “thanks a”
piece to the left flap at an
angle, and the “Lava!” piece
to the right flap at the opposite
ISLAND IDOL card
- Trim a piece of white
cardstock to 51⁄2″ x 11″
(14cm x 28cm) and fold
to make a 51⁄2″ (14cm)
square card. Trim a
second piece of white
cardstock to 51⁄2″ x 31⁄4″
(14cm x 8cm). On the
front of the folded card,
stamp the Hawaiian print
stamp in brown ink. Stamp
along the folded edge and
the opposite edge.
- In the center of the smaller piece of white cardstock, stamp a row of the four Tiki idol images, using brown ink. To create a mask to protect the images, stamp them again, in the same order and the same spacing, on a piece of scrap paper. Cut out the images with scissors, leaving the idols connected at the top, to make things easier.
3. Set the mask over the
previously stamped Tiki
idols on the white
cardstock. Ink up the palm
tree stamp with khaki ink
and stamp repeatedly over
the white cardstock to fill
in all of the white space.
Hold the mask with one
hand as you stamp.
4. Remove and discard the
mask. Using double-sided
tape, adhere the idol and
palm trees piece to the
center of the card. The
fold should be at the top
of the card.
ALUMINUM TREE card
- On a piece of aqua pearl
cardstock, print “Have a Cool
Christmas!” in the Fontdinerdotcom font. Trim the piece so that the text is at the bottom and the finished size is 31⁄2″ x 5″ (9cm x 13cm). Round the corners of the piece, using scissors or a corner rounder punch.
- Using glue stick, adhere the text piece to the textured turquoise cardstock. Trim, leaving 3⁄16″ (5mm) of the turquoise cardstock on all sides (finished size will be 37⁄8″ x 53⁄8″ [10cm x 14cm]). Trim the silver cardstock to 6″ x 81⁄2″ (15cm x 22cm) and fold to make a 6″ x 41⁄4″ (15cm x 11cm) card. Adhere the layered pieces to the front of the silver card, using craft glue.
3. To make the tree, cut silver pipe
cleaners into graduated lengths.
Twist the middle of each row of
branches around a piece that will
serve as the trunk. The trunk here is 4″ (10cm) long, and the horizontal branch rows are 3″, 21⁄2″, 21⁄4″, 13⁄4″ and 1″ (8cm, 6cm, 5.5cm, 4cm and 3cm).
4. Place a dab of craft glue onto the
ends of the branches and slide on
the beads. Glue the tree to the
front of the card, centered above
the text, using craft glue.
VALENTINE KITTY cards
- Trim a piece of red cardstock to 81⁄2″ x 71⁄2″ (22cm x 19cm) and fold to make a 81⁄2″ x 33⁄4″ (22cm x 10cm) card. Trim a piece of white cardstock to 31⁄4″ x 6″ (8cm x 15cm).
- Using magenta ink, stamp the heart once at the top left of the white cardstock. Stamp the heart again in peach ink at the center right of the cardstock, just overlapping the point of the magenta heart.
3. Stamp “Happy Valentine’s Day” in the center of the white cardstock, using black ink. Stamp the kitty at the bottom center of the white cardstock, in black ink.
4. Apply double-sided tape to the back of the white cardstock and adhere to the front of the red card, centering it side to side and place it 1⁄2″ (1cm) from the top of the card.
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