I have been looking through the sampling of Valentine's Day cards in the Treasury of Greeting Card Designs from Dover and I find it interesting to observe the differences in today's Valentine's Day cards and those done in the late 1800's.
Two of the changes I noticed right away are that the cards of yesteryear used the color red much more sparingly and frequently incorporated violets, a flower which is not seen nearly as often in today's Valentine's cards. Roses were also popular, but were usually interspersed with other flowers as well.
Here's a card I made using one of the images from the Dover treasury as a base.
To create the tiles for the tea bag medallion, I loaded the image into Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 and zoomed in on the violets that were in the lower left corner. Here's the tile:
I printed it out at 1.75 x 1.75 inches. The fold I used can be found here:
After folding the medallion, I gave it a border by mounting it on two, two-inch squares of dark green card stock. I also added a little pink jewel-flower to the center.
Materials & equipment used to make this card:
- 4" x 6" card blank (ivory)
- Art from Treasury of Greeting Card Designs
- 8 tea bag tiles
- Gold peel-off border
- Queen & Co. flower-shaped jewel
- Tea bag folding instructions
- Dark green card stock.