The Victorian era somehow personifies romance and beauty… and Valentine’s Day.
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.
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.
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.”
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)
• 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
Victorian Embroidery & Crafts: Making a Victorian Valentine
Victoriana Magazine: How to Make a Victorian Valentine