#72 - This Valentine's Day edition of The VIC Pictorial
is all about a special pairing. Dearly beloved, we are proud to present
the blessed marriage of Valentine's Day and paper dolls.
We hit on this match made in heaven by reading Terry Taylor's wonderful
book, Artful Paper Dolls. The paper doll craze has been
long-lived. In 1857, the McLoughlin Brothers of New York became the
first mass publishers of paper dolls in America. Many illustrious
publishers were soon to follow, and paper dolls were big business
for more than 100 years.
Grab your scissors, because you have your work cut out for you:
Let's get crafting...
- A FREE vintage image of the 1927 Dolly Dingle's
Valentine paper dolls!
- Clip Art: Our Queen of Hearts Valentine Card, easy
to make and fun to give. Will the real Queen of Hearts please stand up??
- Get playful with Terry Taylor's Artful
- Romance Times Ten! Make these vintage Valentine greeting cards with us -
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1927 Paper Dolls
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Dolly Dingle was one of Grace
most endearing and enduring creations, next to the Campbell's Soup
kids. Drayton created Dolly in 1913 for the popular magazine, Pictorial Review.
Over the next 20 years, she would illustrate more than 200 paper dolls
in the Dolly Dingle series. Her artwork took Dolly and her friends
around the world, through two World Wars, and brought them together for
every holiday - like Valentine's Day! You can read a lovely history of
Grace Drayton's work at www.dollkind.com.
The Queen of Hearts
Dresses Up Our New
Happy Valentine's Day from the Queen of Hearts, herself! Here she is,
fashioned as a jointed, Victorian paper doll. Much of her comes from a
vintage deck of cards, but we added Victorian puffed sleeves, bloomers
and a medieval crown. Her heart-shaped skirt is clipped from the 18th
Century nursery rhyme, "The Queen of Hearts she baked some tarts..."
All you need to make this jaunty card is some red cardstock, scissors,
grommets, and our FREE templates and images. We think this is a royal
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The Queen of Hearts
Not Just Another
Pretty Face Card
So who was the real Queen of Hearts? For that matter, who were all of
the royal images we know so well in a deck of cards?
medieval-looking monarchs we know as the "face cards" can be traced
back to a single historic deck of cards, now preserved in a museum in
Rouen, France. The design for these cards, known as the Rouen Pattern,
was the work of Pierre Maréchal in 1567.
Maréchal created all of the familiar poses, along with the traditional
of office, the spears, scepters, flowers and swords. The dress is
distinctly medieval with Tudor touches, such as the Queens' headgear.
Were they modeled on any specific historic figures? No, not really,
although later cards were produced with the likenesses of
ruling monarchs, both reverential and ridiculing. That's the risk
of being famous.
Inspiring Books 'n Blogs
Artful Paper Dolls by
Terry Taylor is an inspiring
craft book, history book, and a bit of a personal memoir. Taylor was
smitten with paper dolls at an early age, and they continue to feed his
creative life. In this beautifully designed book, he has curated
contemporary paper doll interpretations by 23 exciting artists.
These eclectic projects redefine paper dolls as figures,
puppets, altered books, scrapbooks, cards, collages, shadow boxes, and more.
Each project is displayed from all angles and includes a simplified
step by step description of the artist's construction process.
Our Queen of Hearts Valentine Card
craft was inspired by bits and pieces from several of the works in this
book. You too may find inspiration in these adult variations on a
childhood toy. You can find Artful Paper Dolls at Amazon.com and many major craft stores.
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card-making e-Book is flying off the shelves. "Ten Vintage Valentine Greetings to Make" has
everything you need to make classy Vintage-inspired Valentine 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.
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Valentine's Day is so close, you can blow a kiss to it. We plan to send
you pictures and descriptions of our Ten Vintage
Valentine Greetings one at a time, before the big day.
Martin got it in his head to create a Valentine gift bag.
It has all of the charm of a crocheted Victorian clutch, and all of the
expense of a brown paper bag. He's working like a dog and should have
it done in a couple of days. You'll get all of the instructions and
vintage images, including a vintage gift tag!
heading to Los Angeles next week for the Craft & Hobby Association
(CHA) Conference and Trade Show. We'll be hob-nobbing with fellow
wizards like Michael Strong of Strong Stamps,
Cherryl Greene, Judi Watanabe of Judikins,
Marie Browning, Barbara Trombley of Art Institute Glitter, and
anyone we can track down and corner. If YOU will be there, please drop
us a note, and perhaps we can get together!
Happy Valentine's Day!!
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