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Crafting With a Vintage Look #049 - Valentine Card of the Moment #3
January 27, 2010

Issue #049 - Welcome to the third installment of our ten-issue Valentine Card of the Moment series. The techniques in our Card of the Moment #3 include cutting a profile window and sponge-painting through a stencil. This gives us the perfect excuse to tell you about a remarkable stencil manufacturer we discovered at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Trade Show this week.

This series of Special Valentine Editions of Crafting With a Vintage Look feature a new Valentine card every couple of days, right up to Valentine's Day. Our hope is that you will bring away an idea or a technique to try in your own card-making.

Browse on, and you'll see:

  • Our Card of the Moment #3, Cupid's Window.
  • Carol Duvall swamped by her fans at CHA!
  • Prepare to be dazzled by Dreamweaver Stencils.

Let's get crafting...

Valentine Card of the Moment #3
Cupid's Window

Who says a stencil has to be complicated? One of the charms of a stencil is how the final design seems to magically contain itself on the paper, with no visible outlines. It works just as well with a simple heart shape as it does with an intricate pattern.

For this card we applied a vintage image of Cupid to the front of the card. Then we cut away the background around Cupid to create a window into the card. We created a simple heart-shaped template a little larger than the window and cut it into a stencil.

With the stencil positioned inside the card, we lightly sponged red paint onto the card. From the cover, the final result is a textured background that gives Cupid some depth and shadow. And inside, the simple heart is striking. Glitter glue and turquoise jewels embellish the cover, just as the Victorians would have loved.

This Card of the Moment is the third 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!

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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!

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Correspondence from CHA
(Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show)

Carol Duvall Greets Her Fans!

Carol asked us to meet her at the Provo Craft (Cricut) booth, where she would be signing copies of her book, "Paper Crafting with Carol Duvall."

There she was - swamped by a mob of excited people in a long twisting line, waiting to meet the famous "Queen of Crafting." We managed to catch her in a quiet moment before the book-signing began, and she seemed truly invigorated by the crowd. "Yesterday, we had even more," she told us. "I heard so many stories about how much my show meant over the years. Those expressions are so important to me. I just kept signing books and grinning for the cameras!" We stopped back several times over the next hour. The line continued to grow while Carol signed books, listened to her grateful fans, and grinned for the cameras.

Are You Ready for Serious Stencils?
Discover Dreamweaver Stencils

With over 628 exhibitors at the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show, the miles of aisles of craft products tended to blur together by the end of the day on Sunday. A few were so exceptional that they really stood out, and one of those was the beautiful display by Dreamweaver Stencils.

We stood there for a long while, mesmerized by the intricate metal stencils covering the walls. Mostly though, we marveled at the designed cards that accompanied each stencil. The creative woman behind both the stencils and their realized artwork is Lynell Harlow. She was there, fielding questions from the people gathered around her work. All we know is - these were the best, most sophisticated stencils we had ever seen. As a "vintage lover," you will be attracted by her elegant, classic designs, including floral and geometric patterns, delicate botanicals, holiday images, exotics, texts and much more. Visit Lynell's website and see what a great stencil can be. She even has a line of inks, paints, texture mediums and tools, as well as samples of the many ways stencils can be used.

Next issue:

In a couple of days, we'll send you another Valentine Card of the Moment. We hope we're giving you some inspiration and motivation to try your hand at some vintage-inspired Valentine cards this year.

Our Valentine Card of the Moment #4 is an unusual and special one, because the concept of a custom CD jewel case was suggested by one of our favorite crafters, Darlene.

We also have news from one of the most creative and prolific craft-book writers, Marie Browning! And an intimate travelogue from Jessica Helfand, author of "Scrapbook: An American History."

Countdown to Valentine's Day!

Scott & Martin

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