Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Cute Retro Christmas Card

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Dec 15, 2015

Cute Retro Christmas Card

My Christmas cards are done!  I made more than 130 this year.

Two of the designs I made used this Etch-a-Sketch base.

You can use any suitable black and white line drawing, or stamp a seasonal design.


retro Christmas card etch a sketch frame
How to make an etch-a-sketch inspired card

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How to make this retro card

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Cut frame from red card stock.  (Frame size is 5.5" x 4.25".)  Cut knobs from white card stock. (Sizing rectangle around them is 2"x 1.5").

Select a drawing for your "sketch."  I purchased this retro image of a woman cooking from Retro Clip Art.

Resize to fit the window opening, which is 3" x 4".  Print on light grey paper or card stock.  Cut out, leaving it maybe 1/2" larger than the window opening on all sides. This doesn't have to be exact, or neat, it won't show.

Cut a card base, 4.25" x 5.5".  Fold in half.

Optional: cut a piece of acetate slightly larger than the window opening.

etch-a-sketch card pieces


Adhere the acetate to the back side of the window opening.  I used regular clear tape around the edges.

add acetate




Adhere the sketch to the back side of the window opening, with the picture showing through to the right side.  I used glue runner tape.

add retro picture or stamped image


Adhere the frame to the front of the card base.

Add the knobs.

finished etchasketch Christmas card with retro image

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