Create Victorian Valentine’s Cards

By Grace Dobush Premium

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

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