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Crafting With a Vintage Look #051 - Novelty Valentines and Card of the Moment #5
January 31, 2010

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Issue #051 - Victorian Valentine greetings enjoyed their complicated zenith between 1840 and 1860. Die-cutting had been perfected, and paper lace was all the rage. With that as a starting point, Victorian card makers started piling on the embellishments, like honey-comb paper, ribbon, fabric, feathers, flowers, and, of course, embossed "scraps." Sentimentality could not be overstated.

But our favorites are the novelty cards. These were cards with a bit of wit and humor. Cards started appearing with realia (yes, that is a word) attachments, like the mid-century card shown here (you can click on it for a closeup image). On the front is a little folded book and the message, "Will you do me an occasional favor? A friend in need is a friend indeed." Inside the book is a button, needle and thread.

An incendiary topic like love might be depicted with a real match, a piece of sandpaper, and the message, "Let Us Strike a Match." Another card had a small packet of Forget-Me-Not flower seeds on the cover.

One popular card was shaped like a hand mirror, with an actual mirror and the note, "Look into this mirror dear, and my true love will appear." (You can find a nifty tutorial for making a card like this at Sandy Babb's Quill Cottage).

Puzzle Purses were intricately folded squares of paper that revealed a secret message. Lover's Knots were long messages written on paper or ribbon in a twisting, looping design, which had to be turned repeated to read.

So we thought - why not a vintage-inspired booklet of Valentine coupons that could be redeemed by the recipient? Sounds Victorian to us.

In this Special Edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look:

  • Our Valentine Card of the Moment #5, Valentine Coupon Book.
  • A remarkable online source for authentic Victorian "scraps".

Let's get crafting...

Valentine Card of the Moment #5
Valentine Coupon Book

For this "interactive" Valentine card, we cut and folded a simple matchbook-style cover of red cardstock. The blank "Valentine Coupons" inside have lines for writing the loving gestures that your sweetheart can redeem, like "One Evening Watching a DVD of Your Choice" or "One Week of Anything but Frozen Pizza." You'll know the things that are really meaningful in your relationship.

The coupons are perforated and inserted into the cover and attached with a staple. On the cover, we adapted a vintage image of a loving couple of Cupids (redeeming several coupons, it appears). This card is simple to make, and is guaranteed to please - coupon after coupon after coupon.

This Card of the Moment is the fifth 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)

Authentic Victorian Scraps from PaperDreamsFactory, Inc.

There we were, wandering around the acres and acres of shiny-new papers, stickers, pens, adhesives, inks, stencils and craft paraphenalia at CHA, when suddenly...

Vintage. Real vintage. Three big velvet-lined walls covered with vivid 19-century figures, animals, angels, hearts and flowers. Embossed, gilded, glittered. We had stumbled upon PaperDreamsFactory, Inc., and we were transfixed. Company president, Andreas Hamm, led us through the beautiful display, talking about his European sources for these vintage treasures. We'd seen scraps before, even lots of scraps. But never of this variety, in such pristine condition. His website is impressive, but to see it all in person is overwhelming. If you want to add vintage embellishment that Queen Victoria herself would have recognized, drop in to PaperDreamsFactory for a grand tour.

Next issue:

We're continuing our rapid-fire newsletter series with our Valentine Card of the Moment #6, Cupid's Going Postal. This small card mimics a postage stamp starring chubby little Cupid swinging on a love-letter. We set out to show you TEN exclusive Valentine card designs before Valentine's Day, and gosh-darn if we aren't going to make it in time!

This newsletter will also have a beautiful FREE Valentine vintage image for you to download and save.

Oh, before I forget - Cindy of Cindy Is Crafty sent us this picture of her Queen of Hearts paper doll ATC, and we thought it was royally wonderful. Cindy - "We ARE Amused!"

Thank you for notes and Valentine wishes. You know we love to correspond, so please write to us!

Countdown to Valentine's Day!

Scott & Martin

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