A Fun Retro Style Coffee Themed Card Idea

Get the details to use this retro style coffee themed card idea to make cards for all your java loving friends!

I didn’t set out to create a retro style coffee themed card idea when I first started playing with Rubbernecker’s new Coffee Pots and Cups die set. But when I paired it with this pattern from their Modern Floral 6×6 Paper Pad there was something about the gears set with the retro coffee grinder that just popped for me. I used a sentiment from their Coffee Girls Set and used their Window with Double Stitch die to help me both highlight and position the different elements. And looking at the other patterns in the Paper Pad collection, I see lots of other designs that, despite their modern design, feature elements that complement a retro look perfectly. After all, everything old is new again and Rubbernecker has masterfully baked that into these gorgeous designs.

Let me show you the details for the making – this card is relatively easy to make and if you like paper piecing, this will be your cup of …….. coffee!

A retro style coffee themed card idea with realistic die cut elements of a vintage grinder, pot and cups all made with die cuts.

Card Base and Frame

  • Cut an A2 card base using white cardstock.
  • Place the 11.00″ side of the cardstock along the top of the Scor-Pal and score at 4.25″.
  • Cut a 5.25″ x 4.00″piece from the Modern Floral 6×6 Paper Pad and attach it to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Use white cardstock to cut the Window with Double Stitch frame.
  • Stamp the Coffee Girls sentiment on one of the negative frame sections using Versamark and heat emboss it with gold embossing powder.
  • Turn the frame face down and attach the sentiment layer back inside the frame using double stick tape.
  • Apply 1/8″ foam mounting strips to the back of the frame and attach it to the card base.


Retro Style Coffee Pot, Cups and Coffee Grinder

  • Use purple cardstock to cut the body of the coffee pot and cups.
  • Cut the pot lid, handle and a second set of cups using metallic gold cardstock.
  • Attach the lid and handle to the pot using  connect glue.
  • Trim the top and bottom off the gold cups to create borders and attach them to the cups using connect glue.
  • Cut the coffee grinder parts using tan woodgrain and metallic gold cardstock.
  • Apply dark brown ink to the base of the grinder and light beige ink to the drawer and trim pieces using a mini applicator.
  • Use connect glue to attach the gold top pieces to the back of the grinder and the drawer section to the front.
  • Apply strips of rolled up double stick tape to the back of the two trim pieces and attach them to the grinder.  Pro Tip:  You will want to heat dry any sections where you have applied water based ink because adhesive don’t stick well to wet cardstock. 
  •  Attach the grinder, pot and cups to the card base using pieces of mounting tape.


I use a lot of different dimensional adhesive – rolled up tape strips, different thicknesses of foam adhesive, etc. – to help build up dimension on my cards. You can see in the photo below how many different depths I achieved with the different elements on this card. This is such an incredibly easy way to add TONS of visual interest to even the simplest of cards. When the eye has to “go in” to a scene to absorb all the details, the brain gets more engaged and so what it sees is more interesting and likeable. Try it out with any added elements and see what this does for your own designs!

Die cuts from Rubbernecker were used to create this project using a retro style coffee themed card idea complete with a pot, cups and a vintage style grinder.

Here are the goodies from Rubbernecker that I used on today’s card.  

5607-05D Coffee Pots and Cups Die
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Window w/ Double Stitch 5148-03D
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3331 Coffee Girls Set
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2007 Modern Floral Paper Pad
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A retro style coffee themed card idea show using die cut elements for the coffee pot, cups and classic coffee grinder set against a retro-modern patterned paper.

I hope you can use some of the ideas and tips I shared for this retro style coffee themed card idea. I love that it is so flexible – you can swap out the papers, the colors, use a three window frame, and so on. Tuck this away and see what YOU come up with!

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