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Crafting With a Vintage Look #044 - Christmas Stamp Card and Free images!
December 17, 2009
Issue #044 - We know we promised you one issue a month - but it's Christmas! This Special Edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look just couldn't wait.
In our last newsletter, we said that we were hard at work on getting our Christmas cards made and in the mail. As much as we wanted to add another 1,500 VintageImageCraft friends to our Christmas mailing list, we chose sanity instead. So, we are sending our 2009 Christmas Card to you through the miracle of Internet technology.
As a gift, we are also including the step-by-step instructions and the FREE vintage image we created for our cards. So you can make one, sign our names, and send it to yourself. Or better, make some for special friends!
Read on in this Special Edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look for:
Stampy Holidays from Scott and Martin
We created this One Cent Stamp Christmas Card as a nostalgic look back at an earlier, more economical day. You know we avoid fancy crafting gadgets and paraphernalia, so the scalloped stamp edges are simply nipped with a plain old hole punch. Painting the evergreen sprig is just a few quick strokes of green craft paint with a dry brush. Best of all - this is a small, 4.25" x 5.5" card, so you can make two from one piece of cardstock (thanks for the suggestion, Russell, at TwistedPapers!).
The inside is a simple printed panel - but we added our signatures with a heartfelt wish for a wonderful holiday season for you!
Click the link for everything you need to make your own Christmas Stamp Cards - The FREE vintage image (created exclusively for this card), and the step-by-step instructions:
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The History of Christmas StampsLet's begin with the first-ever postage stamp. Until the 19th century, sending mail was free - the recipient paid for the postage, no matter how unwelcome the letter might be. Then in 1837, an English schoolmaster named Rowland Hill (1795-1879) changed it all. He noticed that the post office lost money when recipients refused delivery. He wrote a pamphlet proposing prepaid adhesive stamps, even suggesting that the postage rates should be based on weight. In 1840, the first "Penny Black" stamps went on sale in Britain. The stamps had to be cut apart with a knife or scissors, but in 1854 the first perforated stamps were introduced in England, and in the US in 1857. A few years later, Rowland Hill was rightly knighted for his service to the British Post Office.
The first stamp with a Christmas connection was the December 1898 Canadian stamp that had the word "Xmas" printed under a Mercator map of the British empire. The story is actually funny: The stamp was designed to commemorate the birthday of the Prince of Wales. When Queen Victoria was informed by the Canadian Postmaster General that the new stamp was to "honor the Prince" she bristled with Royal one-upmanship and asked icily, "What Prince?" The quick-thinking Postmaster replied, "Why, the Prince of Peace, ma'am." She bought it, and the designers quickly added "XMAS 1898" to the design.
Philatelists agree that the first postage stamp created specifically for the Christmas season was the 1937 Austrian "Rose and Zodiac" stamp, although the images are hardly traditional. In 1939, Brazil issued four stamps with designs featuring the three kings and a star, an angel and child, the Southern Cross and a child, and a mother and child. In 1941 Hungary also issued a stamp whose additional fees were to pay for the "soldiers' Christmas". The first stamps to depict the Nativity were from Hungary in 1943. The next Christmas stamps did not appear until the 1950s, when Cuba issued designs with poinsettias and bells (1951), followed by Haiti (1954), Luxembourg and Spain (1955), then Australia, Korea, and Liechtenstein (1957). Many more nations took up the practice during the 1960s.
The first US Christmas stamp was issued in 1962 (Four cents!). Designed by Jim Crawford, it featured a Christmas wreath and candles. This was followed in 1963 by Lily Spandorf's design of the National Christmas tree and the White House. In 1964, Thomas F. Naegele designed the four-stamp set of holly, mistletoe, poinsettia and pine.
Christmas stamps by the billions have been issued every year since. Today, the US Post Office prints more than 4 billion Christmas postage stamps each year.
Christmas Treats I
Don't forget, your FREE collage sheet this month is fresh out of the oven and ready for you to download and print!
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