#69 - Nursing sore fingers, bandaging paper cuts and scrubbing
the glue off our tongues, we have just finished mailing 100
hand-made Christmas cards. Just kidding . It was a breeze this year. We designed a simple but classy card for 2010 - and we're sharing it with you in this Special Christmas Edition of The Vic Pictorial!
We're stuffing this issue with Christmas goodies:
Let's get crafting...
- Wish your friends "Scrappy Holidays" with our Victorian Tag Christmas Card (FREE
- Shhhh! Exclusive subscriber
- Download this authentic FREE
Victorian scrap and make something festive.
- The story of the VERY FIRST
- A visit with Michael Strong
and his vintage card class.
Wish Your Friends
with this Hand-made Card
the month before Christmas
And we'd just bought a house.
All our craft stuff was packed up -
"Our Holiday card-making! Up it will
So we got creative. We scrounged until we found some empty manila file
folders. And the grommet setter and some scissors. We bought some hemp
string and a silver paint pen. We were in business again! A day later,
we had 100 of these little cards assembled, addressed and in the mail.
You too can make these "scrappy" little Christmas cards for your
scrappy "tag-along" friends. We provide all the artwork: a page of six
Victorian shop tag designs and two card templates!
Click here for the website page with the FREE downloads and full
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Exclusive Sale for Subscribers! That's You!
card-making e-Book is flying off the shelves. "Ten Vintage Christmas Greetings to Make" has
everything you need to make classy Vintage-inspired Christmas cards
that will amaze your crafty friends.
Each of the ten cards is unique and exclusive to VIC. We provide
step-by-step illustrated instructions, and beautiful ready-to-print
vintage images! All in an easy to download and print PDF format.
For the next few weeks, we are offering you a special discount of 30%
off the $8.99 retail price. But only
until December 24.
Take advantage of this limited offer. To get your 30%
discount, enter this code during checkout:
A Classic Victorian Scrap
Here is a FREE 1890s Christmas "scrap" image to wish you a wonderful
start to the Holiday Season!
CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: http://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/45du4c
This image is in PNG format, which is much like a JPG image but it has
a transparent background. You can layer it on top of another image, or
print it on paper, labels, decals, transparencies, fabric,
tattoos, billboards, bus benches, x-rays, or the artistic medium
of your choice!
We printed this note about "scraps" inside our Vintage Tag Christmas
This is a Victorian scrap from the
1890s. Scrapping became a favored pastime of women early in the 19th
century. They would scour magazines and advertisements for small black
and white illustrations, cut them out, often hand-color them, and paste
them in albums and journals. By the 1820's, printers began to produce
materials just for scrapping, and scraps soon became more elaborate
with embossing, color printing and gilding, and finally die-cutting. By
the end of Queen Victoria's reign in 1901, Victorians were scrap-happy
and decorating everything from gift tags to furniture with these little
The VERY FIRST Christmas Card
As they say, there is a first time for everything. The year 1843 marks
the first documented commercial Christmas card! The idea came from Sir
Henry Cole, the first director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. He
enlisted British painter John Callcott Horsely (1817-1903) to design
the cards, a prominent London lithographer to print them, and a
professional 'colourer' to hand-color each one. The original edition of
1,000 cards went on sale in London at a cost of 1 shilling each.
The cards were 5 1/8" x 3 1/4", with artwork depicting a merry family
party flanked by acts of charity. An original copy of this card is very
rare (only 10 are known), but it was reproduced in 1881 and then again
Michael Strong Goes Vintage with VIC
Michael Strong is known internationally for his
distinctive rubber stamp designs and his engaging workshops. We were
honored when he asked to use several VIC vintage images for one of his
Southern California classes.
The theme for the class was Halloween, and the lucky participants
carried home several vintage-inspired cards, all designed by Michael.
can honestly say, one reason we would move back to Southern California
would be to take more classes with Michael.
Christmas always presents too many wonderful, crafty things to squeeze
into one issue of The
VIC Pictorial. So, we will send you several
Special Editions for your crafting enjoyment!
Did you know that gingerbread was one of the original babyfoods? It
could be softened in milk, or left to dry as a teething biscuit. Today
it is one of the staples of the holiday menu.
We promise you a recipe for Pumpkin Gingerbread Bars that you will
love. Oh so simple. So healthy. So delicious.
And we have some vintage gingerbread images to share! Are you gleaning
the theme of our next issue?
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