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Crafting With a Vintage Look #035 - Christmas Card #4 and Christmas Curiosities
November 14, 2009

Issue #036 - You may have noticed that we use the term "scraps" often. Our image book descriptions usually say the book contains "large images and exclusive scraps." What the heck are scraps?

"Scraps" are basically Victorian clip art. Scrapping was a favored pastime of women in the early 19th century. They would scour the magazines and advertisements for small black and white illustrations, cut them out, often hand-color them, and paste them in albums and journals. By the 1820's, printers began to produce materials just for scrapping, and scraps soon became more elaborate with embossing, color printing and gilding, and finally die-cutting. By the time Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837, Victorians were "scrap-happy" and decorating everything from furniture to greeting cards with these little, cut-out pictures.

We used the venerable "scrap" tradition on today's "Christmas Card of the Moment", Santa's Workshop Window.

Peek into this Special Edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look for:

  • Our Christmas Card of the Moment #4, Santa's Workshop Window, plus our (one more day!) Subscriber Discount!
  • Think you know Christmas? Check out Christmas Curiosities.
  • Buyers speak out!.

Let's get crafting...

Christmas Card of the Moment #4
Santa's Workshop Window

A window card is a generic term for any card with an opening that reveals something inside. Sometimes, this window can be depicted as a... window!

A little girl in her white snow togs secretly gazes into the workshop window, spying on Santa engaged in some woodworking - a doll perhaps?

The window cutting is simple enough with just four equal rectangles (we give you the template). The girl and the tree are applied to the front of the card like traditional Victorian "scraps." They have some dimension because the front of the card is layered with corrugated paper, ribbed to look like wood siding.

Inside the card is a gorgeous color image of Santa hard at work making toys - oblivious to his peeping-Thomasina.

This Card of the Moment is the fourth in our new e-book, Ten Vintage Christmas Greetings to Make. It is published in a convenient, high-quality PDF file format. You download it to your computer for reading or printing. The vintage images are included in high-resolution, pre-sized format, ready to print at a copy center or on your home ink-jet printer!

Only for you, as a subscriber, purchase before November 14, and 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 Valentine's Day. 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 Christmas cards this season!

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

Christmas Dogs I
image book

Christmas Dogs I is flying off the shelves - they run in packs, you know. Unlike the cats in Christmas Cats I, which sort of wander off the shelves and hide in the ferns.

Preview the four pages of Christmas Dogs I or Christmas Cats I by clicking the appropriate link below. You know who you are.

Dog Lovers Click Here by Licking the Computer.

Cat Lovers Click Here by Chasing the Mouse.

Our goal is to create the "picture perfect" image resource for your crafts, cards, scrapbook and altered art projects. We are proud to invite you to browse our Vintage Image Download Gallery.

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

(And you can also visit our Etsy store at VintageImageCraft on Etsy!)

Inspiring Books 'n Blogs

Christmas Curiosities by John Grossman.

"Odd, Dark, and Forgotten Christmas," is the subtitle of this intriguing book, and it promises that you have something to learn about the holiday you thought you knew so well. Author (and collector) John Grossman explores the evolution of Christmas through the illustrations, games, books and greetings of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Since the story is told through vintage images, the most we can do here is pique your interest. During the Twelve Days of Christmas, Victorians were very concerned about witches flying down their chimneys to do mischief. Equally scary, St. Nicholas was given a companion on his gift-giving rounds - a horned devil called Krampus who would carry off the misbehaved children. Other Christmas characters who have passed along the wayside include clowns, Harlequin and Pantaloon, Mother Christmas, King Winter, the Lord of Misrule, and a host of faeries, talking animals and dancing food. Virtually every page presents another gorgeous illustration or piece of rare ephemera that will raise an eyebrow or spark a chuckle. Christmas Curiosities is published by Steward, Tabori and Chang ( in 2008, and available from

Buyers Speak Out!

On Ten Vintage Christmas Greetings to Make:

"I work in behavioral health and have spent the last month using the crafting ideas from my first e-book purchase with the clients I work with in art therapy groups. Using this as an outlet for my clients has given both them and myself the opportunity to open dialogue in a relaxed setting. My clients spend so much of their time concentrating on clinical issues that they have forgotten to have fun. I have used these crafting ideas to help them feel like there is so much more to life... It has been a terrific experience. I want to say thank you for sharing your ideas with all of us. :-)" Deborah

(Deborah's note is one we'll treasure. Martin knows the value of crafting with Kindergarten children, and how the process and pride of creation can help them connect with the world around them. As adults, we tend to pooh-pooh the simple joy of making something with our hands and our imaginations. Deborah uses art therapy to restore those good feelings that come so naturally to children.)

Next issue:

Look for our Christmas Card of the Moment #5, Victorian Embossed Panel Card. Paper embossing is probably the simplest paper craft, but we tend to overlook its impact. Here is a great example of framing an image with an embossed panel.

Who knew 1970s Hallmark yarn ornaments would be such a hot item? Visit our vintage image eBay auctions if you want to see the pictures and get some ideas for making your own tangled yarn ornaments.

I(f you haven't downloaded your FREE collage sheet, Pumpkin Pie I, just click below to download this PDF files of four delicious images.

Download PDF: Pumpkin Pie I

The inbox is overflowing, but we'll write right back if you contact us. We get some of our best ideas from you!

Don't forget to make some Thanksgiving Napkin Rings for the big dinner.

Scott & Martin

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