As a postcard collector some of my favorite cards are beautiful vintage scenics of Paris. I also love romantic English roses and the time worn aesthetic of shabby chic styling, which provided the inspiration for the vintage Paris printables and projects in this post.
With Paris brocante style in mind, I created a digital mood board of some of my favorite vintage images. I scanned an old black and white Eiffel Tower postcard and added soft tints of color in Photoshop. And I used my favorite rose images from a beautiful antique rose book given to me by friends.
The background line art is a toile coordinate from a fabric collection I designed. The touches of French lavender are watercolor illustrations I painted years ago, and the Paris type is a font with an added digital wind effect. I combined the elements in Photoshop until I achieved the desired look for the box labels, frame and vintage rose paper cone projects.
I purchased an unfinished wood box and painted it with a wash of acrylic paints in natural tones, and sanded the edges to give it an aged look. I then printed the designs for the cover and inside cover.
The free printables pictured are available at the end of the post. Laser prints will provide the best quality and color reproduction. If using inkjet prints, the prints need to be thoroughly dry before applying Mod Podge to the printed image, as the color pigments may smear when wet. Sometimes I lightly spray a matte clear acrylic spray to the print to seal an inkjet print. When dry, it should be fine to coat the print with the Mod Podge as a sealer. I would test a small area first.
To finish the box, I cut out the Paris keepsake box cover print and used Mod Podge Matte waterbase sealer, glue and finish to glue it to the top. I then glued the Paris box inside cover print in place. I smoothed out any air bubbles that formed as the prints dried and when they were completely dry I applied a coat of the Mod Podge as a sealer over all the surfaces. Make sure the box dries open!
For the rose frame, I purchased several ready to finish $1 wood frames at Michaels craft store. At that price I stocked up for future projects! They had several different flat 4×6 designs and all would work great for this project.
I printed the vintage rose frame printable and applied a coat of spray adhesive to the front side of the frame. When the adhesive felt tacky to the touch (per the can instructions) I placed the front of the frame on the back side of the rose print and smoothed out any air bubbles on the print. When it was totally dry, I cut around the inner and outer edges with an exacto knife. It would be fine to use Mod Podge or another adhesive to affix the print to the frame. Just make sure to burnish out any bubbles so it dries flat.
To protect the finished frame, I applied a coat of the Mod Podge to the front and edges of the frame. It’s now ready to display the Eiffel Tower printable or a 4×6 photo of your choosing.
I love paper flowers and a simple and lovely way to display them or give them as a gift is to tuck them into a paper cone holder. They are so simple to make and the printable for the vintage rose paper cone shown here can be found at the end of the post.
The finished keepsake box is the perfect place to store or display treasured heirlooms. And for me, it provides a special place for displaying a lovely photograph of my beautiful Mother and her pearls.
The printables are for personal use only. Print quality will depend on your printer and laser printers will produce the best results in color and detail. Laser printers are available at FedEx Office centers, and your local copy centers and office supply stores.