Issue #88 - We have seen Valentines of every variety, construction,
size and color. But they almost always share one shape in common: the
heart. This ancient symbol is supposedly a stylized depiction of
the human heart, usually red.
it doesn't really look like a human heart, so
how did it get started? We may want to blame Aristotle. A teacher and
gifted physiologist of the 4th century B.C., Aristotle was less gifted
human organs, especially the heart. When his inaccurate anatomical
drawings resurfaced in the 14th century, medieval artists liked his
simple symmetry. They colored them red and slapped them on decks of
cards along with the other
suits. A couple of centuries later, Saint Margaret Mary Alocoque drew
familiar symbol when she described her holy vision of the Sacred Heart
of Jesus. Soon, every stained glass window had one.
By then, everyone knew this shape was supposed to be a heart. The
Victorians just stuck lace, feathers and glitter on it and called it a
We Heart Valentines! Among the splendorous Valentine curiosities in
this issue of The VIC Pictorial:
Let's get crafting...
- Create a unique, hanging Valentine Ornament, and you may win our VIC Creative Challenge for
- For some inspiration, a Victorian
"Hankie Doll" to make!
- A FREE vintage image for
Valentine's Day - perhaps for your Creative Challenge project.
- An exclusive subscriber discount
on the VIC
Valentine Card e-Book.
- A chance to own the originals - our authentic vintage Valentines are on auction.
Announcing our February 2012 Creative Challenge
Create a Valentine Ornament!
a romantic Victorian Valentine image to create a hanging Valentine
ornament - and win a prize. Your winning entry will impress your
sweetheart, inspire your crafting friends, and possibly win you one of THREE
The submission deadline is February 8.
FREE Valentine images
are available on our Facebook
page. Click below to see the prizes, meet the judges, and join the
Reviving the Victorian Hankie Doll
Martin saw an example of a Victorian "hankie" doll and knew
there was a Valentine ornament in there somewhere. A hankie doll is a
simple child's toy, made by sticking a ball of cotton on the end
of a wooden spoon, draping it with a hankie, and tying it off to
resemble a head. With tied-off arms, button eyes and yarn hair, you had
a serviceable and economical doll.
as a Valentine Ornament
Well, the hankie doll has gone uptown for Valentine's Day.
This elegant hanging Valentine ornament begins with an antique hankie,
the frillier and more colorful the better. Fold it into a narrow
triangle with many pleats and drapes to make a long gown. Top it with a
high-fashion Victorian bust. Affix your costumed lady to a large,
glittery heart and hang it with satin ribbons.
we'll be providing you with step-by-step instructions and FREE vintage
images and templates to make your own Victorian Hankie Doll. What a
beautiful way to show off a treasured hankie!
Our FREE Valentine Gift to You
If the link
doesn't work for you (it is a very large file and can take
up to a minute to download), try this alternative link: http://www.sendspace.com/pro/1gx21x
Keeping with our "heart" theme, we give you this circa 1910 Valentine.
Perhaps this is the vintage image that will become part of your
Valentine Ornament for the VIC
Exclusive Sale for Subscribers! That's You!
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.
For the next few weeks, we are offering you a special discount of 30%
off the $8.99 retail price. But only
until February 14.
Take advantage of this limited offer. To get your 30%
discount, enter this discount code during checkout:
It's the Real Thing...
Many of the vintage images you can see and purchase on VintageImageCraft.com
come from our own collection of Victorian ephemera and collectibles. We
retouch the blemishes and tears, restore the colors, and generally make
the digital copy "like new" for you.
Rarely do we let the original artwork go... but this week, and possibly
only this week, we are auctioning some of our best vintage Valentines
We've been scanning these Valentine postcards for weeks to offer as
- for our current Creative Challenge. Now, you can actually own the
originals. These have been protected and pampered for a century, so
may be among the most pristine examples existing today.
See these beautiful, romantic originals in all of their authentic glory
We'll be announcing the winners of the VIC Creative
Challenge for February 2012 just before Valentine's Day.
Even if you don't enter a Valentine Ornament of your own, visit the
page each week, view the entries and leave your comments for the
artists. That's the best part!
Then it's full-speed-ahead to St.
Had we ever mentioned that we love St. Patrick's Day? Since this
holiday is always about wearing something green, we've created a
wearable craft each year. What do you think - will we do it again, or
break the trend?
Wait and see.
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