Create Victorian Valentine’s Cards

By Grace Dobush Premium

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Advances in printing gave our ancestors license to go wild with handcrafted cards in the 19th century. You can create your own Victorian-style Valentine’s Day cards with these simple materials:

  • cardstock
  • paper doilies
  • ribbon or lace
  • fabric or paper scraps
  • Victorian clip art or other ephemera
  • scissors or a craft knife
  • glue stick or spray adhesive

Download a <a href=”/PDF/victorianclipart.pdf”>printable PDF of Victorian imagery here (right-click to save the file to your desktop). Layer lace and colorful paper or fabric on a flat piece of cardstock. Top it off with a carefully cut out vintage image, and write a cute couplet to finish the card.

To see historical Valentine’s Day cards and learn more, visit and