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Crafting With a Vintage Look #056 - Love's in Fashion, Valentine Card #10
February 10, 2010

Issue #56 - Ten new Valentine cards...ten newsletters...and a hundred delightful emails from you!

We made it. Our newsletter series called Valentine Card of the Moment ends today with our tenth and final card, Love's in Fashion. Each of these cards came from our e-book, Ten Vintage Valentine Greetings to Make. The book includes all of the images, templates and instructions for those of you who like everything right at hand. We hope our newsletter overview gave you some ideas and inspiration on how to use vintage images to say "Happy Valentine's Day" in a new/old way.

Before we start - here is a FREE vintage image that expresses our fondness for you this Valentine's Day - you've captured our hearts.

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:

I guess you could say the theme for today is "fabric." Our Valentine Card of the Moment is appliqued with fabric. Our special guest is an expert on fabric. You are probably covered with fabric right now. We hope.

So, on to the Table of Contents:

  • Our Valentine Card of the Moment #10, Love's in Fashion.
  • Glue is nice, but we're sticking with fusible web.
  • Meet the crafter with the velvet touch, Mary O'Neil.

Let's get crafting...

Valentine Card of the Moment #10
Love's in Fashion

Just look at her. Draped in a pleated gown with a trailing aquamarine sash. Her formal gloves, fashionably shoulder-high. Her hat - as large as a hot-tub adorned with ostrich plumes. This is a woman born to fashion.

When we saw this illustration from around 1915, we wanted to frame her on a card. And frame her in a style that suited her meticulous ensemble.

For Love's in Fashion, we began with a plain white, 8.5" x 11" piece of cardstock. Next, we selected a lightweight cotton chintz in brown, printed with metallic gold swirls. Very art nouveau. With fusible web, we adhered the fabric to the face of the cardstock, trimmed it to 10" x 7", and folded it to 5" x 7". The matting paper behind the image is a brushed gold metallic paper. Finally, our fashion-plate Valentine was printed on matte photo paper and added. All together, it looks and feels like a card that Bergdorf-Goodman's would have been proud to send to its best Fifth Avenue customers.

This Card of the Moment is the tenth and final 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:

The Miracle of Fusible Web

Fusible web is a man-made fiber that melts into an adhesive when heated with an iron. Its usual application is in adhering two fabrics together. You can buy it at fabric stores in narrow rolls like tape, in small sheets, or in bolts by the yard. It is also made in various weights, just like fabric. The savvy sewer knows to match the weight of the fusible web with the fabric because a too-heavy web can seep through the fabric or toughen it enough to resist a needle. She also knows to follow the instructions on the product; watch your iron heat setting and never touch your iron to the actual web.

The savvy crafter knows that fusible web can adhere fabric to almost any surface that can be ironed. Paper, wood, metal, glass... did we mention paper? When we ironed our first fabric on to a piece of cardstock, we learned the other wonderful quality of fusible web. It seals the fabric's fibers so it will not ravel. Once you fuse the fabric to the paper, you can cut it with scissors or a paper cutter and the edges will stay clean. You can create fabric-covered cards with a tailored look and a professional finish!

Correspondence from CHA
(Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show)

Mary O'Neil, With the Velvet Touch

We remembered Mary O'Neil from the Carol Duvall Show. She was demonstrating her technique for embossing velvet, using a rubber stamp and a hot iron. Well, at the CHA we were hanging around, watching Carol signing books, when, there she was, introducing herself. Mary was as vivacious and enthusiastic as she seemed on TV. We talked about her current business, Hot Potatoes where she creates fantastic fabric and wall stamps. "Yes, I still emboss velvet," she said with a laugh.

Better than that, at, Mary teaches you how to emboss velvet, and a whole lot of other nifty fabric and stamping techniques. You can also find some projects on the HGTV website, like her Embossed Velvet Shoe Ornament and beautiful Embossed Velvet Bookmarks.

So if you are itching to get into fabric crafts, but you aren't so sure about skills like sewing, you now have a couple of things to try: fusible web and embossed velvet. Mary O'Neil can tell you all about that!

Next issue:

This was the tenth and final Special Edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look, celebrating Valentine's Day. Our next issue will be back to our once-a-month schedule - unless we think of something really enticing to tell you.

So, what's next? St. Patrick's Day is one of our favorite holidays, both of us being partially Irish and all. We'll be putting together some "craftin' o' the green" for you.

We're taking a card-making class in a few weeks from the famous rubber-stamp designer, Mike Strong, so we'll tell you all about that.

If you have purchased one of our new "image packages," From Your Valentine I or Musical Valentine I, please let us know how you like the collection of PDF, JPG and PNG files. Are they working for you?

Hugs From Us for Valentine's Day!

Scott & Martin

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