Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Removing Paper from the back of Vintage Greeting Cards

Those cute greeting cards that are found in vintage scrapbooks can be removed and cleaned up a bit. It's not real difficult to remove them from the book and get the paper off the back. Most vintage scrapbooks have very brittle paper that turns brown and cracks very easily. This is the best type of book to salvage from, and here is how I do it.
First, gently remove the cards from the book being very careful not to tear the cards. The more page paper that remains on the back of the card, the better. You will need:
  • Iron
  • Ironing surface
  • Small square of fabric (a bit bigger than your iron)
  • Clean sponge
  • Clean water in small container
  • Large, heavy book
1. Let the iron warm up. I use the cotton setting and no steam.
2. Place the greeting card on the table with the back of the card facing up. Get your sponge fairly wet and start dabbing the glued paper with the sponge, until you see the paper starting to turn darker from the water. Then put the card aside for about 5 minutes. If you have several cards to work on, then start dampening another card.

3. After the card has set for about 5 minutes, lightly dampen it again.
4. Put the card on your ironing surface with the damp paper side facing up. Place your square of fabric over the card and iron it for about 5-10 seconds.
5. Remove the cloth quickly and start pulling the paper off the back. If it does not come off real easily then repeat the dampening process. Do not pull on stubborn paper because it might tear the back of the card. 
6. Once the paper is removed the card might still be wet, so place your cloth over the card and iron it for about 20 seconds or until the card seems dry.
7. Immediately place the card in the book to cool and be flattened.
Sometimes a signature and message is revealed, which is always an added bonus.

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