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This vintage movable Valentine printable comes from my collection of vintage and antique Valentines that I collected as an antique dealer.
I have a group of these cute little cards that are from the 1920's and each one of them has an element that you can move. They are in surprisingly good shape considering little fingers probably played with them a great deal.
The secret to their movement is that they are put together with very small split pins (also called round head fasteners). I have been looking for this small size split pin and haven't been able to find them yet but the larger size split pin doesn't take away from the charm when you reproduce them.
These cards were also known as mechanicals and were extremely popular in the early part of the last century and collected today. As they combined both a greeting and something to play with they were very much loved by children, they have survived since they were so cherished.
Print out the image on card stock and they are wonderful to give as Valentine Cards, to use as tags or use in your Valentine displays.
This card is to be cut out and then attached to its movable part.
There is an area on the bottom of the card that can be cut so the card will stand and you can display it. To see how the stand on the bottom is cut look to the photo above.
The card has a split pin in her shoulder so her arm moves up and down.
Cut the cards as close the the design as you can. Use a very small hole punch to make the holes for the split pins. If you find that the split pins are too noticable then you can color the tops of them to match the card
If you are having problems finding the split pins then you can just tape the cards together, they won`t be able to move but you will still be able to use them.
I enjoy decorating around the house with my vintage Valentine Cards and I often use them on the table if I am serving a brunch or lunch for Valentine`s Day
This card is so cute that I am sure that you will find a place to put it to brighten up your home.