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The VIC Pictorial: FREE Thanksgiving Turkey with Trimmings!
November 24, 2010


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Here is a FREE vintage Thanksgiving image to say
"THANKS" for subscribing to The VIC Pictorial!

Vintage Thanksgiving postcard 1912


As you may know from our Facebook messages, we have been "traveling." In September, we packed up all our earthly belongings and moved from Glendale, California, to Bellingham, Washington. Our new home is wonderful, and even our crafting room has a view of the ocean!  Now, if we could just find anything.

We chose this calendar-conscious turkey for you as our FREE image because it reminds us - "when the going gets tough, it's the tender ones that should get going." Martin checked the calendar dates, and found that this postcard was published for Thanksgiving, 1912.

In this Thanksgiving issue of the VIC Pictorial, you'll stumble over:
  • An exclusive "Subscriber Sale" on our ever-popular Christmas Card-making e-book!
  • How to craft a faux sealing-wax embellishment from hot glue!
  • Two answers to the question, "Where do you get all of your vintage images?"
Let's get crafting...


30% Off our card-making e-book


DISCOUNT CODE: thanksgivingsale

Ten Vintage Christmas Cards to Make cover imageYou can make your own unique and dazzling Christmas cards, based on vintage images from bygone days.

If you don't have your copy, this is your opportunity to purchase our Christmas e-book at 30% off the $8.99 retail price. The e-book is published in a convenient, high-quality PDF file format. You download it to your computer for reading or printing. The vintage images included are high-resolution, in pre-sized format, ready to print at a copy center or on your home ink-jet printer!

"Ten Vintage Christmas Greetings to Make" has everything you need to recreate ten vintage-look greeting cards - for professional results the easy way!
  • 40 pages of easy card-making magic
  • 10 exclusive Christmas card designs
  • Detailed, illustrated instructions
  • 14 pages of pre-sized vintage images to print
  • Information on papers, materials, supplies, tools and techniques, including personalizing and envelope-making
This book gives you tips on how to download and print  the beautiful vintage images from Victorian Christmas greetings - all included in the book. The ten exclusive card designs display a range of card-making techniques, including window cards, pop up cards, paper tole (dimensional layering), fabric inserts, textured collage, hot glue craft, and more. You can create these Christmas cards with simple, readily available materials and supplies that allow you to substitute what you may already "have on hand." All cards are 5" x 7", which will fit a standard A7 envelope!

To get your 30% discount, enter this code during checkout:

DISCOUNT CODE: thanksgivingsale

(Expires 12/24/2010)

CLICK HERE to purchase your copy today!

Craft a Sealing Wax Medallion from Hot Glue!


As early as the 16th century, sealing wax was used to protect the content of envelopes and packages, as well as display the unique imprint of the sender. We found a very modern substance that can mimic the glossy form of sealing wax – pigmented hot glue.

The front of this card is wrapped up like an elegant package, with Santa’s own seal to prove its authenticity.

Christmas Card Book image

To make the Sealing Wax Medallion:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks, opaque red glitter color
  • Glazed tile, or baking sheet covered with foil
  • Vintage image trimmed to a 1" diameter circle with decorative scissors (provided in the e-book)
  • Sealing wax medallion, step 1When the hot glue gun is ready, squirt out a 1” diameter blob of hot glue onto a piece of smooth, glazed tile. (We rubbed our tile with WD-40 silicone spray, to help the glue to release when it cools.)
  • Sealing wax medallion, step 2Working quickly, gently press the trimmed image into the hot glue until it is slightly indented and the glue has formed a puffy ring around the image. Be careful – the glue is really hot and sticky. Let it cool and harden.
  • Remove the cooled seal from the glazed tile by sliding a razor blade under the edges until it can be lifted.
  • Glue the seal onto the crossed ribbons on the front of the card.
You can use these seals to embellish cards, scrapbook pages, packages, candles, ornaments and all sorts of things!

Where Do You Find All Those Vintage Images?

Days Gone By Antique Mall photo

Ah, to have a dollar for each time we hear that question. We usually mumble something about "antique stores, library sales, thrift stores, eBay, and grandma's attic."

Today, we have some more specific answers from our new home state of Washington! We just discovered the Days Gone By Antique Mall in the historic seaport town of Anacortes.

Wendy Granville greeted us like old friends, and pointed out her neat boxes of ephemera. An hour later, knee-deep in sheet music, Martin found this beautiful 1910 copy of Marigolds. That was our first find of a bag-full by the time we were done.

Maryanne Cottmeyer at Lynden Craft ShowThen just a few weeks ago, we visited the Lynden Craft and Antique Show. We found ourselves drawn to a booth filled with pristine vintage Roseville pottery, china, glassware, and paper treasures. Within  a few minutes we were swapping stories with  Janice Williams and Maryanne Cottmeyer, "kindred spirits" who definitely knew their stuff.

And those are just two of the many troves we have discovered around Bellingham and Seattle. Next on the vintage treasure itinerary - Canada!

Next Issue

We know, we know - we didn't send you The VIC Pictorial in October, and we are very sorry. But you should have seen our house in October. It was jacked up on posts to get a new foundation. The electricians were pounding holes in the walls to rewire. The painters were standing around waiting for the electricians to finish pounding holes in the walls.

House in the snow imageAt last, the dirty work is done. Just in time, because we had our first snow. Scary stuff to us Los Angeles guys.

Next issue will be ahead of schedule, so we can show you how to make our special VIC Christmas cards for 2010. We call them "Scrappy Holidays" because - well - we used Victorian scraps. We'll give you the scraps and the simple instructions!

Thank you for your notes by email and on Facebook, and all of your questions! We've been answering crafting questions from India, the UK, Pakistan, the UK, Panama and the UK. Crafty bunch in the UK.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving - we know we are thankful for you!

Scott & Martin

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