A Vintage DIY Papercraft: Victorian Valentine’s Day Cards

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The Victorian era somehow personifies romance and beauty… and Valentine’s Day.




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These ever-so-sweet cards of sentiment are time capsules of a kinder, gentler and more innocent age.

A time when a handwritten message, a card, a greeting… a correspondence was ever so important and a priority.

 

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Yet these beautiful artifacts of Valentine’s Day need not remain in the past. We’ll show you some easy ways to recreate these historic and vintage cards. See the foot of this post for supplies and inspiration.

 

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But first… a little history.

London’s Victoria & Albert Museum denotes, “The tradition of sending love tokens and notes on 14th February has been around for hundreds of years, with the earliest surviving valentines dating from the 15th century.  Early valentines usually took the form of handwritten notes or poems, and it wasn’t until the 1800s, with the availability of cheap paper and development of new printing techniques, that making valentines really became an industry.”

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Valentine, ‘Barometer of Love’, made by Dobbs, London, ca. 1845. Museum no. E.1552-1929. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

They continue, “The valentine industry grew throughout the 1800s, and up to 60,000 cards were sent in 1836. This greatly increased with the advent of the Penny Post in 1840, and by 1886 so many cards were being sent that the Post Office had to issue a notice asking people to post them as early as possible to avoid overloading the system. The cheaper post also led to an increase in the market for mass-produced printed cards.”

 

Inspiration


Vintage Images

Begin by searching for public domain images online. Here is a link to a Google search.

Vintage images online. Google Search

Simple Supplies to Gather

• Victorian-style card stock or scrapbook paper cut into size of choice

• pinking shears or decorative scissors

• 3D pop foam dots or squares (available at any craft store)

• glue

• paper heart doilies

• marking pens

• boning tool (or an acrylic ruler works just as well)

• scraps of ribbon, material, or cording

• pearl buttons or embellishments

 

Card Making Resources

How to make Vintage Looking Valentine’s Day Cards – Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart video on creating basic cards with scrapbooking supplies.

Martha Stewart: Antique Style Valentine How To
http://www.marthastewart.com/913837/antique-style-valentine

Victorian Embroidery & Crafts: Making a Victorian Valentine
http://www.victorian-embroidery-and-crafts.com/victorian_valentine.html

Victoriana Magazine: How to Make a Victorian Valentine
http://www.victoriana.com/Valentines/victorianvalentine.html




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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.