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Monday, January 16, 2017

A Modern Take on a Victorian Valentine

Lately I’ve been immersing myself in learning about all things Victorian.

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Did you know that most of our Valentine traditions come from the Victorian Era?

Namely, the Valentine card itself.

People have exchanged handwritten love letters for centuries. But after the industrial revolution printing techniques became truly advanced in the area of cardmaking.

The stationary firm of Joseph Addenbourke of London is often cited as a main contributor in the transformation of penned love tokens to the commercially produced Valentine beginning in the 1830’s.

It was Addenbourke who found that a lacy look could be created by filing off the raised relief of embossed paper borders. This technique of creating lace paper, now known as doilies, became a huge fashion in the Victorian age.

Antique Valentines - Bunnies, Birds and Butterflies - The Graphics Fairy:

The golden era of Valentine’s occurred between the 1840’s and 60’s. The process of chromolithography (gorgeous decorative design) was developed.  It was faster and less expensive that its predecessors, woodcuts and metal engravings. A much larger consumer audience could afford to purchase Valentine cards and they were smartly marketed to go beyond the idea of cards reserved just for sweethearts and became tokens of friendship.

Antique Victorian 3D Pop-Up Valentines Day Card Diecut Ornate German Vintage:

From there elaborate honeycomb designs were added. It was often a secret element that was not revealed until the recipient opened the card revealing the surprise.

Clock Tower, Cupid ~ Large Antique Honeycomb Valentine:

All of the elements combined resulted in spectacular works of art.

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While honeycomb tissue can still be readily purchased in all shapes, colors and sizes I was looking to create cards of a simpler style, such as this one.

Vintage Valentine Pop Up Card Germany Antique by willowpaige, $18.00:

Here are the tools you will need to create your own Victorian inspired pop up Valentines;

Cutting mat~you can find them in a variety of shapes and sizes HERE.

A good paper glue. I like Coccoina.

Paper scissors

A bone folder ~ to create sharp creases in paper.

An exacto knife for interior or delicate paper cuts.

To elevate paper on paper I use pop dots.

For quick paper application double~sided mounting squares work brilliantly.

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A paper cutter is also an amazing time saving tool.

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Then of course you will need scrapbook paper, die cuts and embellishments. You can purchase paper making kits or collect various elements in the scrapbooking section of most hobby stores. Some of the various elements shown here came from various Anna Griffin kits purchased over the years.

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A fantastic template for pop up cards, along with step by step instructions, can be seen at Extreme Papercrafting.

TIP: I printed the template onto the back side of the scrapbooking paper and then made my cuts with a straight edge and an exacto knife. You then can make folds with a sharp crease with a bone folder.

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Layer your background elements first. I applied the top strip of paper with glue. The bottom strip was applied to the left hand side pop out column with a double~sided mounting square.

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A second layer is then added at the top with a decorative flourish. To add a bit of definition and interest I used pop dots to lift the scroll.

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I chose to add the decorative front layer of my card to the back of the interior section of the card at this point using double~sided mounting squares. I made sure to carefully avoid the areas where the pop out columns were.

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Then comes adding all of the fun pretty bits. Some were joined together with pop dots.

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This was also applied to the left hand pop out column with a double~sided mounting square.

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Here is a bird’s eye view of the three pop out columns.

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Then a German scrap paper rose was added to the middle and right columns.

TIP: German foil Dresden paper trims also work beautifully to decorate cards.

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TIP: Make sure that all of the decorative elements you apply fit within the card when it is closed.

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Here is the finished card viewed from the right hand side.

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You can see why you do not want to attach the front of the card to the interior of the card in the areas where the pop outs are.

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This is what the card looks like straight on. It is a pretty surprise for the viewer.

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I created two cards of each design so you could see the front of the card and the interior at the same time.

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The cards were created in an assembly line fashion to make the process flow more quickly and smoothly.

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I hope you have enjoyed these Victorian inspired Valentines.

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Because it’s Monday, let’s also end with a photo blooper. This happened several times (it felt like a million) during the photo shoot. #goodtimes  #nopatiencefornonsense

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Will you be sending out cards this Valentine’s Day?


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Dazee C. said...

So So Pretty! This was a great tutorial and learned a lot. I have been thinking about trying my hand at paper crafts and you have given me some beautiful ideas. Thank you for sharing! Now I am off to the craft store!

Eilis said...

What a pretty way to share someone that you care!

Sarah said...

Beautiful! You are always very creative.

Mildred said...

I have always loved anything Victorian and these cards are gorgeous. As a child, I always enjoyed making and giving Valentine cards.

Hena Tayeb said...

I won't.. but if I did those lace cards are beautiful

Weekend-Windup said...

Your hands are having magic. Your art looks amazing :)

GSGreatEscaper said...

Exquisite, Laura, just exquisite!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Laura, You are so talented with all of your tiny paper creations! The details are always exquisite! I am impressed!

Jeanie said...

Laura, Laura, Laura! You are amazing. (If you think to bring a show and tell, I'd love to see this in person!) For all the crafting and carding I do, I am abysmal at making pop ups. I made Rick an entire valentine poetry book of experiences from our year back maybe 10 years ago using our photos to pop and I really thought I'd plunge the exacto through my heart.

This is gorgeous and your instructions are outstanding. I think I might print this one out so I can keep it at hand and try again. Thanks!

Joan Defino said...

Laura, This card is beautiful and thank you for the tutorial. I also enjoyed the lovely, vintage cards. Joan-My Cookie Clinic

Leanna - Of Faeries and Fauna said...

These are absolutely beautiful, handmade they are a lovely Valentine

Angelina PeoniesandOrangeBlossoms said...

oh I love these!!! I love the old Valentine's and I like your modern take on them!

The Charm of Home said...

Laura how sweet is that card with the teacup! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

mamas*little*treasures said...

Love your beautiful Valentine's and the vintage touch you've given to them! Just popping in from the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine's Corner to let you know I'm featuring your Valentine's on my blog post for this week's hop. Hope you'll stop by for a visit at Vintage Mama's Cottage. See you at the hop tomorrow! Nina @ Vintage Mama's Cottage

Auntie Em said...

Your cards are so romantic! Anna Griffin's products are so much fun to work with. Great tutorial. Thank you for sharing :)