Tuesday, 17 April 2012

1950's Birthday Card by Alan Scott

This card was inspired by the 1950’s Art movements that were going on. The way that they used block colours and over painted original half toned images. The main image itself came from a fab set of stamps by PaperArtsy called HOT PICK 1207. This set of stamp sets are very RETRO, so if you like your 1950/60’s style images then these stamp sets are just made for you!

The backing paper is an original design by myself and is available for FREE and it comes in several colour ways. Follow the link to a download page. DOWN LOAD PAGE LINK


PaperArtsy Stamp Set Hot Pick 1207 
Happy Birthday Text Stamp
ProMarkers/Spectrum Noir pens in several strong colours
Dye based ink pad like Memento Tuxedo Black
Retro Style A5 in size Papers
Sheets white card stock made up into a 8ins x 8ins card - I Used Neenah Classic White Card
Normal crafty equipment and stock items


After you have made up your 8ins x 8” card base, print out your choice of backing paper and then secure into place. You don't want to cut your other paper toppers out just yet, as the finished size of your printed topper will be the dimension for the final cutting.

Taking a sheet of Neenah catd, trim this into two A5 pieces. You want to do two stamped images and have some spare so that you can test out the ProMarkers and check the colouring. I always test out like this on the card stock I'm going to be using.

As you can see, I have used at most 5 or 6 pens. There is not too much shading, as you're going to let the image you have stamped do that for you. Try to keep lines clean and straight. Don't forget you have 2 stamped images, so practice on your 2nd one.

When you're happy and have finished your colouring, this is when you're going to trim down to size. Take your time leave a border around the edge. If you have a square set of Spellbinders, then use them to make to shape your looking for.

When you're finished with the topper, place this onto your 1st of the two papers you have chosen but have a few of the same colours in. I used a square design for one and then a striped one for the 2nd.

You can see I placed the stamped image at a angle. This again goes with the style of the art that was being made by some of the artists. They didn't do square! Then I cut this out, leaving a good border around the image, making sure l had enough space to stamp my text.

The final paper was secured onto the card at an angle. Now then, if you look at the two corners you will see I have tried to place the same distance for each corner on the band. This will give the card some symmetry.

Anyway here is my 1950’s feel card. Hope it will maybe inspire you to try for yourself. Don't forget this stamp set comes with a very big thumbs up. 

Happy Crafting,



  1. Really like the retro vibe on this. Off to dl the paper, cheers :-)

  2. Fabulous card, love the beautiful intense colours, it is stunning. xx


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