Finally, after a two-day delay, due to the loss of my sepia pen, and subsequent trip to town to buy a new one, I can show you three finished Reproduction Valentines. All will be offered for sale on ebay later this afternoon.
The first is a silhouette of an old wooden weather vane, on the banner it reads, "You are my true North". Framed by a primitive old frame which used to be the inner velvet-covered frame housing a tiny oil painting (which now resides in my bathroom!) now the frame is perfectly rough and rustic, and I absolutely LOVE how it looks with this tiny cutting. Overall dimension framed is just 5 1/4 by 7 inches.
A two-layered Valentine. Cut hearts and diamonds over a water-colored base layer. Both sheets were aged before being attached to one another. This is a reproduction of a true old valentine, color scheme and all. I simply added the words around the edge, which I found on another period Valentine "My Dearest I've pictur'd here your Heart - As turns the needle to the pole So my fond heart's inclin'd To the bright magnet of my soul And you my Valentine. 1875". Framed size is 6 1/4 inches square.
And finally, another reproduction, again all hand-cut by me even though it looks like a paper doily! The original was COVERED in writing. I chose only my favorite little quotes to include, since I simply couldn't write that tiny on this smaller version! Some of the words are, "Sweetest Heart tis you I adore... Oh! That I were a little fly I'd sit neath your pretty eye... My cherished Dear here I sit in a burning loving fit!... If I've written badly tis because I love you madly". And the date: 14 February 1790, the date on the original. Framed size is 6 inches square in a very pretty vintage frame.