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Crafting With a Vintage Look #052 - FREE Valentine Image, Card of the Moment #6 and Groundhogs
February 02, 2010

OOPS! You may have noticed that I mailed out a mangled Issue #54 yesterday by mistake. I write a few days in advance and I'm oddly susceptible to human error. Please forgive me when I send it out again on Saturday, as scheduled. Scott

Issue #052 - I was so torn on this Special Edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look. Valentines Day? Groundhog Day? The decision was all too much, so I went with both.

Valentine's Day first. Did you know that for the Victorians, Valentine's Day cards were much more popular than Christmas cards? Whole industries were built on producing Valentine's Day greetings. They flooded the mails every February, possibly because it was one of the few socially-acceptable ways to express romantic sentiments in those delicate, tactful times.

We wanted to give you a FREE takeaway from this newsletter, and this charming 1908 card by Katherine Gassaway fit our theme perfectly. Gassaway was a respected book illustrator, but between 1906 and 1909 she produced postcards. Her specialty was drawing cute, wide-eyed children, and none were more delightful than for her Valentine cards.

Download an enlargement: You can open a large copy of this FREE illustration by clicking on the image. Your Internet browser will open to a full-size copy of the image. Just right-click and "Save image as..." to download it. If this doesn't work for you, open your Internet browser and type this URL into the address bar:

In this Special Edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look:

  • Our Valentine Card of the Moment #6, Cupid's Going Postal.
  • Exclusive Subscriber Dicount on our new PDF/JPG/PNG Image Package, From Your Valentine I.
  • FREE Valentine craft ideas at Vintage Image Craft.
  • Not a shadow of a doubt, Groundhog Day is here!

Let's get crafting...

Valentine Card of the Moment #6
Cupid's Going Postal

You may remember the first US Valentine's Day stamp issued in 1973. It was the iconic "LOVE" design by Robert Indiana. You probably saw one - 320 million were printed. Since that date, the US has produced Valentine's Day stamps every year.

We wondered, what would a Victorian Valentine's Day stamp look like? For sure, it would have Cupid on it, because his chubby little likeness was on everything. We found a 1909 vintage image of Cupid swinging on a love letter, added the standard one-cent postage, and our card design was "in the mail."

The image floats on the cover of the card on foam mounting squares. On the four corners we added dimensional hearts, created by sticking foam tape onto velour ribbon and cutting them out. For style, we cut the corners of the cards to match the curves of the hearts. And the scalloped perforation around the stamp? Simple nips with a standard hole punch.

This Card of the Moment is the sixth 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 in the shopping cart window, 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 then enter the $2.00 discount code of "subscriber."

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:

***NEW*** PDF/JPG/PNG Image Package

And Subscriber Discount!

From From Your Valentine I

Savvy crafters (like Kathy and Pat) have been asking us for JPG (jpeg) and PNG formats for many of the images in our Image Books. We came up with what we think is the ultimate offering: a PDF/JPG/PNG Image Package. For the same price as our regular Image Books!

From Your Valentine I celebrates vintage Valentine cards and love letters, with Cupid as the lighter-than-air mail carrier. Click here to see a thumbnail preview of the four 8.5" x 11" PDF pages comprising 12 large images and four exclusive "scraps." In addition to the PDF document, you'll receive individual JPG files for all full images, and PNG files for the transparent "scraps." You are in creative control!

We're offering a super-exclusive $1.99 discount, only in this newsletter. All you need to know is the super-secret subscriber discount code:


Here's how to purchase: It's as simple as 1-2-3

  • Visit our Download Gallery and find From Your Valentine I. Click on "Add to Cart."
  • Enter the $1.99 discount code of "love."
  • Click on "Checkout" to proceed to PayPal.

Quick as a wink, you'll receive an email with a download link. Click on it, and you'll download a ZIP file containing the PDF, JPG and PNG files. You'll receive this complete image package for only $3.00!

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!)

FREE Valentine's Day Crafts and Images

If you haven't browsed our Valentines Day crafts for a while, we wanted to remind you of some of our favorites:

We call this one "Silver Threads Among the Gold." This traditional Danish woven heart is crafted with gold and silver metallic papers. They are so simple, you can make a bunch, fill them with candy, and leave them on doorknobs from "The Office Fairy."

Valentine Heart Basket

This easy pop up card is so popular, we have seen it "pop up" on card-making websites from Cambodia to Peru. This is easy enough for kids to make, but with your own personal embellishment, it can be a great card for your own Valentine.

Valentine Pop Up Card

The old legend says, "If you kiss under a dangle, your hearts will entangle." Okay, we made that up. This is basically paper, string and some beads, but it looks quaint and romantic.

Valentine Kissing Dangle

SAVE THOSE HEART-SHAPED CANDY BOXES! Our Valentine Clock craft will tell your sweetheart that it's "time for love." Dressed up in Victorian finery with a vintage image clock face, gold braid and maribou feathers, no one will know it started as a recycled heart-shaped Valentine candy box.

Valentine Clock

SAVE ALL BOXES! This Lacy Love Letter Box will keep your treasured mementos safe. This project is an interesting combination of decoupage and antiquing, with a beautiful embellishment of a vintage Ellen Clapsaddle Valentine card.

Love Letter Box

Vintage Groundhogs

Finally, we reach the fur-bearing super-star of the day! Today is Groundhog Day. Fascinating history here.

The earliest American reference to Groundhog Day can be found in Pennsylvania storekeeper James Morris' diary, dated February 4, 1841... "Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate."

According to the old English saying:

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.

Or, as they wrote in America:

If the sun shines on Groundhog Day;
Half the fuel and half the hay.

If the sun made an appearance on Candlemas Day, an animal would cast a shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of Winter. Germans preferred badgers (who wouldn't?), but in Pennsylvania, the groundhog, upon waking from mid-Winter hibernation, was selected for the honor.

Pennsylvania's official celebration of Groundhog Day began on February 2nd, 1886 with a proclamation in The Punxsutawney Spirit by the newspaper's editor, Clymer Freas: "Today is groundhog day and up to the time of going to press the beast has not seen its shadow." The groundhog was given the name "Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary" and his hometown thus called the "Weather Capital of the World." His debut performance: no shadow - early Spring.

Next issue:

The next Valentine Card in our Valentine Card of the Moment series will be in your in-box in a couple of days. Valentine Card #7, Face to Face has the distinction of being our only card embellished with toilet paper. Hey, it was good enough for Carol Duvall! You'll see!

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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