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Crafting With a Vintage Look #048 - Valentine Card of the Moment #2
January 25, 2010

Issue #048 - This is the second installment of our Countdown to Valentine's Day. The Card of the Moment #2 is a very authentic pop up card design, circa 1905. Once you see how it works, you can create your own version. Our series of Special Valentine Editions of Crafting With a Vintage Look will feature a new Valentine card every couple of days, right up to Valentine's Day.

And we've had a couple of head-spinning days at the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show we want to share with you. But there is more, so read on!

  • Our Card of the Moment #2, My Heart Unfolds, which is pretty literally what this card does.
  • Design star Tim Holtz takes time to chat at the Craft & Hobby Association trade show.
  • A new series of Craft Recipes for making your own crafting supplies.

Let's get crafting...

Valentine Card of the Moment #2
My Heart Unfolds

In our never-ending search for vintage ephemera, we came across a novelty Valentine card from 1900. It was a single panel card, like a postcard, with a portrait of a woman wearing an enormous hat and a paper cloak glued to her shoulders. The cloak hides the surprise: when it is opened, it unfolds into a large heart with a romantic message within.

We chose to "upscale" the design a bit for you. Here, we chose a glamorous woman of 1905 (in another enormous hat). For her cloak, we covered a pink cardstock heart with a textured handmade paper to imitate fabric. The edges are antiqued with brown marker (but you might want to try the Distress Ink from Tim Holtz below). Her "broach" is a red heart-shaped gem!

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

As a subscriber to Crafting with a Vintage Look, if you purchase now 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 our Birthday Book. 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 Valentine cards!

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

Correspondence from CHA
(Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show)

Meet Tim Holtz!

They warned us when we registered: Just visiting the 628 exhibitor booths at the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show would involve about 17 miles of walking. We believe it. We hoofed them all along with 12,000 or so other attendees on Sunday, and it was a day we will never forget.

We had staked out the handful of luminaries we had to meet, and at the top of the list was Tim Holtz of Ranger Industries, makers of premium inks, paints and embossing products.

We've been fans of Tim's Distress Inks, and we thanked him personally for creating these versatile, transparent inks. There is truly nothing better for aging the edges of all kinds of papers and surfaces.

Tim was gracious - and busy. He had a worktable surrounded by a dozen crafters, happily sampling a variety of Ranger products. Tim gave everyone personal tips and demonstrations of inking techniques. He took a moment to chat, and posed with me (Tim's on the left) for a newsletter photo.

Would he consider an interview for Vintage Image Craft? "That would be terrific," he said happily. "I'm all about the vintage look!"

So, watch for a future interview with the man himself! You'll be inspired.

Concoct Your Own Craft Supplies!

Liquid Rice Paste


  • 2 tablespoons instant rice
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • Electric blender
  • 1/8 teaspoon sodium benzoate or antiseptic such as Listerine, to retard spoilage

Put the rice n a bowl and cover with the warm water. Let it set for eight hours. Pour the mixture into the blender, add the antiseptic, and liquify for 4 minutes.

This makes 1/2 cup of paste, perfect for making tissue paper collages. The paste can also be colored with food coloring or powdered pigments and used as a poster paint. It can be stored in a covered glass jar for several days.

Next issue:

From now until Valentine's Day, we'll be continuing our Valentine Card of the Moment series. We hope to give you ideas and inspiration for using vintage images on that special romantic card this year.

CHA is soooo big, we are spending another day there tomorrow (so sorry we missed you there on Saturday, Mandi). CHA opened our eyes to some incredible products and manufacturers, and we'll be sharing them with you. Watch also for our CHA visits with Carol Duvall and Marie Browning!

Countdown to Valentine's Day!

Scott & Martin

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