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Crafting With a Vintage Look, Issue #029 - NEW e-book, Ten Vintage Halloween Greetings to Make!
September 24, 2009

Issue #029 - Halloween greeting cards have become big business - but the stores seem to be brimming with the same old, same old. Even the craft stores are bursting with yet more cartoon pumpkin cutouts and printed ribbon. Do you want to create something really different, but with a vintage flair?

We are excited (and exhausted) to announce something completely new for Halloween 2009. You are the first to know about our first e-book in a series called Cards with a Past.

With that as our lead story, we have for you:

  • Our NEW crafting e-book, Ten Vintage Halloween Greetings to Make, AVAILABLE NOW with an exclusive discount!
  • Don't forget to download our FREE sampler, Black Cats I Collage Sheet.
  • Meet doll artist Wendy Zupan Bailey and her amazing creations!
  • Enjoy another terribly authentic Craft-from-Hell from the 1916 edition of Henley's Encyclopedia.

Let's get crafting...

Ten Vintage Halloween Greetings to Make
A New e-book with Subscriber Discount!

You can make your own unique and dazzling Halloween cards, based on vintage images from bygone days! Entirely NEW, this is the first e-book of our series, "Cards with a Past." Each e-book is published in a convenient, high-quality PDF file format. You download it to your computer, for reading or printing. The vintage images included are high-resolution, in pre-sized format, ready to print at a copy center or on your home ink-jet printer!

Ten Vintage Halloween Greetings to Make has everything you need to create beautiful vintage-look greeting cards - with professional results the easy way.

34 pages of easy card-making magic. The emphasis is on easy, using simple materials and things you probably have 'on hand.'

10 exclusive Halloween card designs by Master-Cardist Martin Bray, using techniques like window cards, pop up cards, paper tole, yarn applique, "shaker" cards, and vellum overlays.

Detailed, illustrated instructions that demonstrate step-by-step how to create each card - well, you know from our website how we do that.

11 pages of restored, pre-sized vintage images to download and print - with tips on how to get professional results on your home ink-jet printer.

Information on papers, materials, supplies, tools and techniques, including personalizing and envelope-making.

A quick download of this e-book and its 11 pages of restored vintage images is now available for $8.99 - if you just stumble across it at Vintage Image Craft.

BUT - here a special offer just you as a subscriber to Crafting with a Vintage Look. If you purchase within the next 10 days - you can get

$2.00 off the regular price.

The catch? You have to promise to tell us what you think of the book, so we can make a really fantastic edition for Christmas. And if you are not satisfied - we have a Money Back Guarantee!

Just go to:


Click on the "Add to Cart" button, and when you complete your purchase with PayPal, type in the secret subscriber discount code:


That's all there is to it -- 1-2-3 -- click on the e-book link above, scroll down and click on "Add to Cart," and enter the $2.00 discount code of "subscriber" into PayPal.

You'll quickly receive an email with the download link, and you are one click away from creating some of the most unique vintage-look Halloween cards this season!

If the e-book link above doesn't work for you, type into your browser:

FREE Black Cat collage sheet

Just a reminder: Exclusive to our subscribers - Your FREE collage sheet this month is a sampler of large images from our newest Halloween image books we call Black Cats I

As our free gift to you for Halloween, click below to download a PDF file of this one-page collage sheet, Black Cats I:

Download PDF: Black Cats I

If the image link above doesn't work for you, type into your browser:

Inspiring Books 'n Blogs

We received an order for a Halloween Image Book this week from Wendy Zupan Bailey. Hmmm. The name sounded familiar, so we checked out her website. OMG! She is only one of the most creative and art-on-the-edge doll artists of the day! Her own words best describe what you'll find:

"Working with a variety of mediums is what really keeps me going…. sculpting, painting, sewing, costume design, beading…and the best of all, total absorption in fantasy! I enjoy finding vintage fabrics and trims, antique pieces to accompany the dolls and making something materialize from my imagination.

"All of my art dolls are individually sculpted, costumed and designed. They are one-of-a-kind. I get my ideas from children's books, fairy tales, memories of things throughout my lifetime, songs, and many times, just things I see in my daily rounds through life."

We think you'll find a smile on your lips as you browse this magical doll shop by a fellow vintage lover: Figurative Art by Wendy Zupan Bailey.

Crafts-from-Hell circa 1916

Halloween brings out the witch in all of us - and we have a tasty potion from those master-crafters at Henley's. The only things we don't understand are: what exactly is mustard paper, what do you use it for, where do you find those ingredients, and basically... why?? At least it "keeps well," because you'll never use it.

Mustard Paper

India rubber.......1 part
Benzol............49 parts
Black mustard in powder, a sufficiency.

Dissolve the India rubber in the benzol, then stir in the mustard until the mixture is of a suitable consistence for spreading. It is further recommended to remove the fixed oil from the mustard by percolation with benzol. It may be useful to know that mustard paper, after spreading, should not be long exposed to light and air (the mustard bleaches out and the rubber soon perishes). Mustard paper thus made is of good quality, very active, and keeps well.

Excerpted from Henley's Twentieth Century Formulas, Recipes and Processes, Volume 1, published in 1916, New York. We enjoy sharing some of Henley's best (or worst) craft instructions, so you will realize how good you have it today. Try these at your own risk!

Next issue:

We have had the MOST interesting emails this past week or so. Sal has been making Halloween tags and 'tussy mussys', and has shared her photos. Absolutely amazing creativity, Sal!

Cathryn in England has unearthed some incredible 1906 artwork in an old album she inherited. More on that in another issue! And Sandy (who swears she lives in Nowhere, NC, and loves it) is making Halloween ornaments, and is trying some of our designs.

And our Halloween Image Books of Black Cats have been running out the door! Thanks to you all!

Next time in Crafting with a Vintage Look? We are negotiating another interview, this time with a leading supplier of vintage artifacts and embellishments!

We have a few Halloween crafts up our sleeves - along with dried paper mache and some glitter.

And Christmas... we promise to get to Christmas before it gets to us. We love suggestions and conversations, so send us a note.

Halloween is still coming - plenty of time to make those cards!

Scott & Martin

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