Vintage Terracotta DIY Card


Vintage Terracotta DIY Card

Make handmade birthday cards, like this Vintage Terracotta DIY Card, that will take the recipient back to the bygone days of the French noblemen. The handmade card resembles the terracotta tiles that were characteristic of the castles of old. The card speaks of opulence and grandeur, and will make the recipient feel much more noble than before. Because it is blank, it’s not just for birthdays. This vintage-style DIY card could also be used as the unique invitation for a French-themed wedding or any other classy occasion.  

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

MaterialsPaint, Paper

Primary TechniquePaper Crafts

Project or Page SizeCard

Type of Paper UsedCardstock


Materials List

  • 11" x 5.4" natural colored cardstock
  • 12" x 12" cork scrapbook paper from Kaisercraft Base Coat Collection
  • 3.3"-sized square cut from white textured cardstock
  • 2.2"-wide cream lace
  • 3D self-adhesive foam squares
  • 3.1"-high stencil with a French motif
  • Marrom-colored (maroon brown) acrylic paint 
  • Two paintbrushes
  • Rolkem gold dusting powder
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Standard scissors
  • Quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)
  • Quick-drying gloss spray varnish


  1. Score the natural colored cardstock to create a card sized 5.4" x 5.4".

  2. Cut a 5”-sized square from the scrapbook paper. With the fold at the top, center and glue the square cut from the scrapbook paper to the front of the card.

  3. Use marrom paint and the paintbrush to add the French stencil design to the white textured cardstock square. Carefully lift the stencil and allow the design to dry thoroughly.

  4. Use the second (dry) paintbrush to brush gold dusting powder over the white textured cardstock square. This will add a gold shimmer to the cardstock.

  5. Spray the white cardstock with the varnish and allow to dry thoroughly.

  6. Glue a strip of lace horizontally across the card and cut off any protruding edges.

  7. Add 3D self-adhesive foam squares to the back of the white cardstock and then affix it to the front of the card.

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This Vintage Terracotta DIY Card has opened my eyes to a possibility with some specialty cork paper that I was given that I quite honestly thought was ugly. I'm seeing that there are ways to work with it that enhance it and soften its look. It lends itself to shabby chic in a way I would've never seen before seeing this card! And now I'm off to look for a stencil to grace a card with a cork background. Thanks for sharing!


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