I love Victorian Valentines. I’ve been collecting them for several years. I get really excited when I find ones that are in good condition and don’t have a lot of writing on them (although those are fun to read too!)
Those shown here are cards that I found recently. I love the scalloped edges on both and the floral detailing. The second one is 3D with various layers creating an intricate design. Original Valentines from earlier periods often include beautiful short poems from unknown authors. These are my very favourite type of Valentine because there’s something a little obscure and mysterious about them. They make for beautiful artwork and are usually very romantic.
Images and wording from these original Valentines are great inspiration for making your own cards. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, many of the images and poems from early Valentines can be used all year round for various occasions. Many of the oldest cards show beautiful scenes, flowers or a couple in a warm embrace.
Some local museums hold workshops that teach you how to make traditional style cards. I attended a workshop on making Victorian Valentines a few years ago at Eldon House Museum. I learned some great tips, history about St. Valentine’s day and how courtship was aided by the sending of these cards. Workshops like this are great inspiration for making cards for any holiday, so I highly recommend it!
You can check out more examples of cards like these in my Valentine collection.
The Indiana Lilly Library has some beautiful examples of Victorian Valentines in a wide variety of styles.
Visit This Victorian Life to see their beautiful collection of Valentines and other Victorian cards.
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