Happy Valentines Day!

valentineLet it be known, I have a thing for vintage paper – books, sheets of music, advertising, and especially vintage cards and imagery. I think it’s pretty amazing the colors and details that were possible back in a time before photoshop. I’ve used vintage style graphics and typography in logos I have designed for several businesses, and I love working with this unique style for personal projects and crafts. I purchased some vintage Valentines  from a dealer on e-bay years ago, just to stir up inspiration for some decorating projects, and thought I would share them with you today.

You see, Valentine’s Day is pretty special around our house. It’s not just that I love the nostalgia and sweetness of this holiday, but it was also my late grandmother’s birthday and happens to be my now 9 year old daughter’s birthday. No, we didn’t schedule it that way. It was honestly of her choosing, but I see bits of my grandmother’s charming character in my daughter on a daily basis – from her petite stature and vivid blue eyes, to her sassy comments and affinity for heels and bright lipstick when she’s playing dress-up. I think these two are kindred spirits, even though they never met, and we always celebrate Valentine’s Day a bit more than most families probably do.

Here’s some photos of a few of my favorite Valentines for you to enjoy today.

These are 2 small stand-ups that I can imagine were tucked into tiny envelopes and given to a dear friend.

vintage valentines

This simple folding card shows a dapper young man bringing a bounty of sweet nothings to his gal.

vintage valentines

This card is a true dimensional pop-up with multi-layers adding depth to the overall image.  She’s a sweet little thing sitting amongst the flowers.

vintage valentines

This little gem is the epitome of Valentine’s Day with it’s swarm of darling cherubs.

vintage valentines

This is one of my favorites.  It has several layers of pop-up graphics and I love the die cut detail of the tiny blue flowers and greenery. And those sweet faces…

vintage valentines

The last one has a bit of wear at the top where the heart got folded over time, but it’s a large one with heavier stock at about 8 inches tall and just as beautiful with it’s lovely colors and stacked graphics.

vintage valentines

Most of these dandies were addressed to a sweet lady named Ella. I assume she must have been sweet to receive such lovely Valentine greetings from so many admirers.

I hope you have a lovely Valentines Day today wherever the day may take you.

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