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The VIC Pictorial: Facebook Freebies for Halloween!
September 27, 2012

Issue #94

Happy Halloween from
Scott & Martin

Is this the greatest time of year, or what? The leaves are crunching underfoot (except for the occasional squish of a slug). We have our orange and white pumpkins on the front porch. Even baked a spice cake last night. Very soon, we'll be making our spooky house decorations and Halloween cards for friends.

Sandi McLean Halloween tussy mussyBut first, we have to catch up with Sandi McLean in Victoria, B.C. She sent us this photo of her Halloween Tussy Mussy, and we were so tickled by it. The black cat chenille figure is one of our favorites. All of her colors, textures and embellishments remind us of being six and peering hungrily into a bag of Halloween candy. This is so delightful.

Sandi shared her photo on Vintage Image Craft's Facebook page. Have you seen what is going on there?

Martin has been "giving away the store" on Facebook. He posts FREE images every few days, reflecting themes, seasons, or some bizarre whim that only he understands. And we trade stories, pose contests, answer questions, and generally rub elbows with you.

We want to you to be among the thousands of artists and crafters who visit us on Facebook, and take advantage of our digital vintage art collections. Visit, linger, comment, "Like" and "Share."

VIC on Facebook. It's the NEW Vintage Image Craft outlet, and you are invited! Be sure to leave a comment on your next visit.

And now, the long awaited (and frankly quite late) Halloween Edition of the VIC Pictorial, featuring:
  • An exclusive Halloween glass etching tutorial by Eric Robert. Etch a Glass! Win a Prize!
  • An Altoid Tin Challenge from author and crafting master, Roni Johnson.
  • A FREE Halloween vintage image by Ellen H. Clapsaddle, for the fashion-conscious witch.
  • An exclusive discount offer on "Ten Vintage Halloween Greetings to Make."
Let's Get Crafting...

Etch a Glass! Win a Prize!

Eric Robert is a glass etching artist, and founder of the informative website Glass Etching Secrets. When he offered us a tutorial for a Halloween craft, we leapt on it (gently... it is glass). So here it is, along with a raffle bonus. You can win the glass below, but only if you Enter Eric's Drawing by Saturday night! Here's Eric's step-by-step:

Glass etching 1

I am going to show you how to custom make a interesting Halloween glass project. What I did was etch a Halloween pumpkin into the glass and paint over the etching to give it some color. You can etch anything you’d like. A lot of times I will also engrave a person's name into the cup. In fact, I will be doing just that and giving this Halloween cup away with my monthly raffle here

Glass etching 1 Part 1: Find a design online, or get one out of a stencil book. When I download an image from the Internet, I often add text to it with my computer software as shown here. With that designed to the size of the glass, print it out.
Glass etching 3Part 2: Place contact paper over the glass, which will serve as the stencil. Then use graphite paper and trace the printed design onto the stencil. Now all you need to do is cut out the design as shown here.
Glass etching 4Part 3: This involves etching. You can use etching cream or a rotary engraver. Most people use the etching cream which works by brushing the cream over, waiting, and then washing the glass. Follow the manufacturer's directions.
Glass etching 5Part 4: If you’d like to paint the glass like I have, follow this step. I left the stencil on the glass and used permanent glass paint. It is helpful to leave the stencil on because it makes it easier to paint. The etching cream abrades the glass and allows the paint to adhere better. If you don’t use the paint, it looks great also.
Part 5: Remove the stencil and wait for the paint to dry. Show off your Halloween cup at parties!

Eric Robert, Glass Etching Secrets

Inspiring Books 'n Blogs

Roni Johnson at a young ageWhen Roni Johnson announces a Creative Challenge, it's time for a 21-gluegun salute. Roni's blog, Ink Stains with Roni, is daily reading for us. Now, Ink Stains is turning 5, and Roni is hosting her first Blog Hop! The theme of the hop is Altered Altoids Tins.

She invites you to share your talent by altering a tin. And she will even supply the tin! As she wrote, "As far as the theme... anything goes, it could be a holiday, a season, dedicated to a person, place or thing... whatever your heart desires. You can ink it, paint it, stamp it, cover it in fabric and ribbons. It's totally up to you."

Roni is the master of small-form crafting. If you don't know Roni's fabulous book, Teach Yourself Visually - Collage & Altered Arts, you owe it to yourself to get a copy.

Roni's childhood photo above proves the old saying, "Crafters are so cute when they are little." The same goes for crafts, and Altoid Tins are the best medium for thinking small. Visit Ink Stains with Roni and read all about her Challenge.

Your FREE Halloween Image

Clapsaddle 1909 Halloween post card

"Love your hat!" Ellen H. Clapsaddle (1865-1934) was a prolific illustrator, best known for her drawings of children. Here, she displays her fashions for well-dressed witches in 1909. Wouldn't this make a great Halloween card!


Spook Your Friends with
"Ten Vintage Halloween Greetings to Make"

Ten Vintage Halloween Greetings to Make, e-book by Vintage Image Craft

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 a different paper-craft technique!

Ten Vintage Halloween Greetings to Make has everything you need to create beautiful vintage-look greeting cards - with professional results the easy way.

As a subscriber to The VIC Pictorial you can get

25% off the regular price.

The 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!

Just go to:


Click on the "Add to Cart" button, and when you complete your purchase with PayPal, type in the secret subscriber discount coupon code:


That's 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 "spooky" when asked for your coupon code.

You'll quickly receive an email with the download link, and you are one click away from creating some of the most unique vintage-look Halloween cards!

If the e-book link above doesn't work for you, type into your browser:

Next Issue

Thanksgiving. It's all about hospitality and welcome, family and friends. Like our guests, our VIC Thanksgiving crafts tend to cluster around the dining table - place cards, centerpieces, napkin rings, and other decorations. This year, we think we have something spectacular for you.

Martin in Annie Get Your GunHere's the photo I promised last time. Martin (on the left), is singing "Moonshine Lullaby" in Annie Get Your Gun. As a member of the ensemble, he had three roles (and three costumes): a cowboy, a train porter, and the King of Italy. Such range! Such nuance! After that great experience, he's now auditioning for The Pajama Game. Wish him luck next week!


Scott & Martin

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