#83 -- Leaf-clogged downspouts. Morning frost on the windshield. Blue
Jays stealing peanuts. It must be autumn!!
And with autumn
comes Halloween. We thought we were too busy to come up with much
news for The
VIC Pictorial. But, now that it
is done, it turns out to be chock full of Halloween Horrors, gallows
humor, inedible recipes, and corn-pone wisdom. Heat up some apple cider
and let's have a visit.
Halloween edition of The
VIC Pictorial, you can enjoy:
- Make a "Headless Horror" Halloween Card with a leatherette-like
- Facebook Friends come through with Halloween Headlines!
- Grab a big 25% discount on our popular e-book, Ten Vintage Halloween Greetings to Make!
- Be a-MAZED by our corny
FREE vintage image for Halloween!
- Mix up a batch of homemade embalming fluid, as vividly described
in the 1916 Henley's! No tasting!!
Make a "Headless
Can you forgive us for a sick sense of
humor? We were looking through some antique cabinet card photographs
from the 1900s. There were some remarkably homely, grim-looking
portraits. After a few jokes about retouching noses and mouths and
hair, Martin said, "Let's just take off her head." And the Headless
The original albumen photos were displayed in traditional leatherette
folders. To mimic that look, we used a slick and easy technique
involving cardboard, wax paper, ink and your iron. You will use this
texturizing trick again and again!
Best of all, these creepy Halloween cards lend themselves to wacky
messages inside. We give you TWO photos and TWO funny messages -
courtesy of VIC's
Click here for complete instructions and FREE vintage images:
"Hats Off" to our
"Heads Off" Facebook Friends
designed our "Headless Photo Card," we turned to our VIC
Facebook friends for ideas for funny
messages. OMG. We got so many great, sick, twisted, and hilarious
The two winners
were: Crystal Chavarria ("Bertha always wanted to get a head in
life...") and Jen Hill ("When I said I wanted to be put on a pedestal,
I meant ALL of me!"). Loony, completely loony. For their winning
entries, we sent them both handmade cards.
"Heads off" to
our other favorite entries:
think I'll just put my head down for a moment and rest a little..."
Arthur B. Morrill III
you lost your head? That apron make your butt look fat." Mary
said if I didn't do it, I'd find my head on a platter." Cindy Schram
I told you to lay off those Pop Rocks." Sally Hackney
told you he's not worth losing your head over!" Sharon Marie
Could. Not. Listen. To. Her. Anymore." Mementos Designs
Ethel said she was going to cut her hair with a razor, we knew it would
end badly." Diana Perry
"Ten Vintage Halloween Greetings to
You can make your
own unique and dazzling Halloween cards, based on
vintage images from bygone days! This is the first e-book
of our series, "Cards with a Past." Each 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!
These are VIC
Exclusive designs, all based on colorful remnants of
Victorian Halloween greeting cards and decorations. Every card teaches
different paper-craft technique!
Halloween Greetings to Make has everything
you need to create beautiful vintage-look greeting cards - with
professional results the easy way.
subscriber to The VIC Pictorial you can get
off the regular price.
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!
on the "Add to Cart" button, and when you complete your purchase with
PayPal, type in the secret subscriber discount coupon code:
all there is to it -- 1-2-3 -- click on the e-book link above, scroll
down and click on "Add to Cart," and enter the 25% discount code of
"bertha" when asked for your coupon code.
quickly receive an email with the download link, and you are one click
away from creating some of the most unique vintage-look Halloween
the e-book link above doesn't work for you, type into your browser:
Free Vintage Image
A Corny Halloween Greeting
If that link
doesn't work for you (it is a very large file of 4.86mb,
it might take a minute or two), you can try this alternate link: http://www.sendspace.com/pro/u67cl9
what is there to do for two city boys wandering the back roads of rural
Washington? Woo-wee.. looky there! A sign for the 4-H Club Corn
Maze! We paid our $5 and started confidently down the path hacked into
the two acres of dense cornstalks. You know, after a while, all corn
looks alike. After 30 numbing minutes, we stumbled out the other end,
desperate to see anything but corn.
We wish we had
run into this friendly ear of corn in that confusing corn maze. Perhaps
you can print his image and make a special Halloween card or table
decoration. We wish you an a-MAZEing Halloween this year!!
To keep with
our ghastly Halloween theme, we are resurrecting one of our
early VIC Newsletter features; A Craft-from-Hell! Today, we teach you
how to concoct useful embalming fluid, right in your own kitchen!
"Success in the
use of any embalming fluid depends largely on
manipulation, an important part of the process being the thorough
removal of fluid from the circulatory system before undertaking the
injection of the embalming liquid.
One gallon solution zinc chloride
6 ounces solution sodium chloride
Four pints solution mercury hichloride
Four pints alcohol
Eight ounces carbolic acid (pure)
24 ounces glycerine
Mix the glycerine and carbolic acid, then all the other ingredients,
until a clear solution of 3 gallons results, which is the proper amount
for a body weighing 150 pounds."
Excerpted from Henley's
Twentieth Century Formulas, Recipes and
Processes, Volume 2, published in 1916, New York. There were
actually several recipes for embalming fluid in this
edition. One recipe included several drops of clove oil, for the lovely
holiday scent we presume. We enjoy sharing some of
Henley's best (or worst) craft and cooking instructions, so you will
realize how good you have it today. Try these at your own risk!
be announcing the VIC
soon. The theme is Christmas
Over the next several weeks, we'll be providing FREE vintage images of
(naturally) Victorian cats at Christmas. Use one of those images to
make something "purrfect" and you may win a prize from Sterling
a wonderfully Horrible Halloween!!
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