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Beautiful DIY Antique-Inspired Card

The plaid scrapbook paper was the inspiration for this beautiful vintage-look card. And, Martha Stewart's incredible collection of paper art materials at the craft store made this card super easy to put together.

All the trim, from the self-adhesive white border to the decorative ribbon, the multi-colored string, and a couple of the tags were from Stewart's line. Thanks Martha!



  • 1 sheet brown cardstock (8 x 11 inches)
  • 1 sheet pink and brown plaid design scrapbook paper
  • 1 sheet pink textured paper (complementary pink shade to plaid paper)
  • Scissors
  • Double-stick tape
  • Self-adhesive brown and white design ribbon
  • Self-adhesive white trim (Martha Stewart brand pictured)
  • Pre-made gift tags in pink, brown and white designs with string
  • Pre-made round and rectangle gift tags
  • Holiday rubber stamps
  • Brown inkpad
  • Mini grommet and setting tool

Step 1: Fold brown cardstock in half to make a card (Tip: Use a bone folder along the folded edge to make a nice flat crease). Note this card is in a "landscape" format and opens from the bottom up (refer to photo).

Step 2: Cut plaid paper into an 8 x 2 -inch rectangle (Tip: I cut the plaid paper so that the pattern appears as diamonds on the card). Cut the pink paper into an 8 x 2 -inch rectangle.

Step 3: Use double-stick tape to attach both the plaid and the pink rectangles to the front of the card. Place the pink rectangle on top and the plaid on the bottom (refer to photo).

Step 4: Apply self-adhesive brown and white ribbon across the card where the pink and plaid paper seam meets. Apply self-adhesive white trim along the top of the pink rectangle (Tip: I tucked the ends of the ribbon and trim under the rectangles to keep a brown border all around the card front).

Step 5: To give the round tags on the card a layered look, I used a combination of pre-made tags with pink, brown and white patterns along with smaller white round tags. First, stamp a holiday design on to the round tags using a rubber stamp and brown inkpad. Attach the stamped tags to the patterned tags using double-stick tape.

Step 6: Give the tags an aged look by holding the plastic base of the brown inkpad and lightly wiping the surface and edges of the tags with the pad. Stamp the rectangle tag with a holiday design and age it as well.

Step 7: Age the white trim across the top of the card in the same manner. Add a metal grommet to the top of the tag using a setting tool if necessary. Thread string through the tag holes and knot them in the tags' front.

Step 8: Position the tags on the front of the card and use double-stick tape to attach the tags to the card.

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