The Vintage Workshop

Paper Craft Tips and Tricks


Part of the fun of computer crafting lies in experimenting with different print materials. To achieve that vintage look, we recommend using cardstock or inkjet papers having a matte finish.  

Folded Card (vertical format)

You will need: heavy paper, cardstock, or high quality inket paper with a matte finish.

Helpful Hint : When using inkjet papers, print image using only one sheet in the printer at a time for best results.

  • Cut a piece of heavy paper or cardstock twice the width or finished card by the height. (For a 5" x 7" card you will cut a 10" x 7" piece.) Bring short edges together and firmly press fold in card.
  1. Size and print image on high quality inkjet paper. Trim image to desired size for card.
  2. Use a glue stick or spray adhesive to adhere image to front of card. Add embellishments as desired.
  3. Better yet, print images directly to card stock weight paper such as The Vintage Workshop's Fine Art Paper, score with a craft knife for a crisp clean fold and trim to size.

Additional Card Embellishments

  • Use eyelets for dimension alone or clustered. Weave ribbon through eyelets and tie ends. Set an eyelet at the opening edge of front and back of card and tie a ribbon through hole for a cute card closure.
  • Add a frame of vellum with center cut from corner to corner in an "X" shape over a vintage image. Roll the center vellum back to reveal the image underneath.
  • Use a large needle to punch evenly spaced holes around the parameter of the card and hand stitch with embroidery floss or linen thread.
  • Layer image with fabric and/or decorative paper backgrounds for dimension and charm.

Scrapbook Page Techniques
You will need cardstock (12" x 12") for scrapbook page, high quality inkjet paper - matte finish for printing vintage image(s), coordinating decorative papers or cardstock for backgrounds and matting, mounting adhesive.

The key to an attractive scrapbook page is to remaining true to the feeling, theme, moment, or idea you want to communicate in the page. Secondly keep it simple. Start with your photograph, then choose a vintage image that compliments your mission, finally add one to three designer touches (see list below) to build your page.

Designer Techniques

  • Layer one or two odd shape decorative paper pieces for a background.
  • Consider tearing edges of paper randomly instead of trimming straight.
  • Single or double mat images and photos allowing for at least a 1/8" border to make them stand out.
  • Wrap a few textured yarns or fibers along one edge of page or around a matted photo or image. Cut or tear a narrow strip of paper to edge the page.
  • Use an oversized paper tag as a background for an image. Tie fun fibers through the tag hanger and mount to page with foam tape.
  • Coil a copper wire into a "clip" and place on one corner of a picture frame. Secure photos, vintage images, or vellum overlays to page with small metal eyelets in corners or along top of piece.
  • Title and journal each page with simple phrases for a more artistic touch. Hand write or print words on a vellum sheet and trim to size and adhere to page.



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