It’s no secret that I’m a Valentine junkie. I’ve been making crazy Valentines since I was in 5th grade. I was the weird kid checking out vintage font and Victorian Valentine books from the library. I used vellum and colored pencils to painstakingly make individualized Valentines for my classmates. I spent days making them. It was my first foray in to paper crafting and it stuck with me. There’s just something about paper…
When I found these Victorian playing cards yesterday I knew that I had to grab them. Buying ban be damned. Sometimes you’ve just got to go for it.
It’s not a complete deck but the images made my heart jump. I did a bit of research and to the best of my knowledge they are German or Austrian suited, hence the König, Dame, and Bube initials for face cards. They were produced some time after 1870 but before WWI. I gathered this info from the printing on the back of the cards and the style in which they were made (layers of paper, crowns not touching the top, etc…) This go in to my vintage Valentine collection, which has become quite large over the years.
We don’t do anything for the Hallmark holidays anymore around here, but that doesn’t stop me from revisiting things I’ve made in the past.
Here are some of my previous Valentine creations. Just in time to knock out a few. The digital files for many of these are over in the Winter Theme downloads. In case you missed them, here’s a roundup.
If you make anything with them, please post a link. I love seeing what people do with my files.