Antique Flash Card Printables

Today I have some free printables that I think you’ll really enjoy!
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One thing I’ve never been able to find at any antique store, auction, yard sale or thrift store, is a set of antique flash cards.  I’ve looked at many sets online, but they are hot items and the prices are high – even for just a few cards.
Rather than continue to wish I had some, I decided I would make my own “antique” cards, and am sharing the template with you, so you can make your own as well! 

Here’s how I did it.  I always save well-aged pages from old books, so I scanned one at high resolution

Antique Flashcard Template Printable from Knick of Time

Then, I took that image over to Picmonkey, where I cropped it down into a flashcard shape.  This image serves as my template for any card I want to make, so I saved it to my computer and labeled it as a template, so it would be easy to find later.  Now, I can use that image to create cards with any words I want on them, without spending a small fortune!

Antique Flashcard Printable Template from Knick of Time
To add words, I created a text box for the center of the card, and selected the New Times Roman font.  Since I wanted my cards to look old, I faded the words to 21%.  For the smaller numbers in the corner, I duplicated the same text box, then resized it smaller.

I saved each card as I made it, then just changed the word and number to create more cards.
Free Printable Antique Flash Cards from Knick of Time
Buy one pack of white card stock paper, and you can create flash cards to your heart’s content!  Once I had lots of cards created and saved, I opened up a blank image in Picmonkey (under the “design” tab at the top), and grouped 3 cards together, so I could print them 3 cards per page.
Antique Flash Card Printables from Knick of Time
You can start by creating cards with specific words you want, like I did above, but if you want to create a large set of flashcards, I found a list of 1,000 of the most common words in the English language that is very helpful.  They are arranged in groups of 100, based on their usage frequency, and the first 300 words are used in 65% of all written material.  You could also do names and other proper nouns as well.

I numbered the corners, according to the order on the list, but just made up higher numbers for some of the cards.

I hope you have fun creating some great sets of your own!  If you do, please be sure to send me photos, showing how you use your own cards – I’d love to brag about you!
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  1. Thanks, Angie – I LOVE these! You would die if you knew how many old flash cards I have seen in my years of teaching destroyed because our school district did not allow us to keep out of date materials.

  2. Angie, this is great! How smart! I have a few flash cards that I display in my home and I love them. You should have seen me at the flea market sorting through them to find the ones I wanted, since they were sold individually, but I found some great ones! I’ll have to share them soon. By the way, your graphics page is terrific! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Anonymous says

    Angie, this is genius!! I have many old flash cards, but this is fantastic!! you should sell them
    Love your blog and ideas

  4. The other day I saw some framed flash cards on FB, loved the idea, but I don’t have big ones and they really are hard to find. Love this idea and will have to try it.

  5. I love this idea. LOVE it! Thanks for the tute!

  6. Awesome idea Angie! I’m working on a playroom for my grandkids…a flashcard banner would look perfect in there! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Ahhhhhhh! Thank you Angie!!! I am SO doing this NOW!!! <3 Huge hugs!

  8. Very cool, Angie! Thanks for sharing with us!

  9. Angie I love these! Thanx for sharing them with us. Off to Pin!:)

  10. Really clever idea! They look so authentic! Well done!!

  11. p.s. I’ve featured you in this weekend’s Party Junk! 🙂

  12. Oh my gosh! You are so amazing to create this! And even more amazing for sharing!!!

    Thanks so much!

  13. Thank you!!!

  14. Hi! These look perfect as I’m in the process of labeling everything in our house to teach my preschooler to read! I can’t find the link however. Can you help?

  15. thank you SOOOOO much for these! i have been wanting to make these for forever! i can’t do pickmonkey with my old mac, so i hope that i can reproduce these by simply opening the template you so generously provided, putting in the text boxes and having at it. if i’ve missed a step, would you please let me know? thank you again for this!

  16. Hi Angie, I wanted to share with you a project where I used your template to crate the vintage style flash cards. Here is the link. Thank you so much.

  17. Hi Angie,
    I just LOVE your website! I am trying to get to your flash card printable and your BlogSpot address doesn’t seem to come through for me. Is there somewhere else it is accessible?

    Thank you so much for all of the inspiration!

  18. This is perfect – just what I was looking for! Thanks for making this available. I also like your idea of scanning a vintage book page to get that great patina!

  19. Marsha Love says

    Angie, I’ve been wanting to make some of these & happy to come across this. Your tutorial didn’t mention if you cut these out by hand once printed??

  20. Hi there!

    When I tried to use the link for the cards the page was unavailable.
    Any idea what is going on? Has anyone else had this happen?
    These cards are so cute–I would love to make a set!
    Thank you!

  21. Laura Edwards says

    Hi! I LOVE THESE!! I have tried to locate the printable but am obviously looking in the wrong place. Can anyone assist? I am hosting a baby shower for my new niece who is to arrive in May and these would be PERFECT!!

    • Laura, the printable is in the post – it’s a blank flashcard template, with instructions for adding whatever words you want on them. Just click on the image, then right click to save it to your computer.

  22. Thank you!


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