Santa Claus Scrolls Clipart
Free Christmas Clipart
I found this fabulous vintage image at a local antique shop a couple of weeks ago. The Tuck postcard from the 1912 “Santa Claus Scrolls” series was less than $5.00 and was in the junk postcard pile, because it was in bad shape, full of dings, flayed edges, and even holes. Actually, it looked like someone had inflicted the holes with a hand held punch–perhaps a child as it was originally sent from an “Aunt Electra.”
Yet despite its flaws, the beautiful Santa image captivated me and drew on some sentimental Christmas thing deep within. As vintage ephemera goes, the postcard held little collector value due to its condition, but I saw the potential of its artistic value. I love this cheerful Santa, how his arm is full of toys and his hand holds a lamp that emits warm light. I love his position–how he appears to be looking over something below. The message is even nice with lovely text–I often wish that the old text on Victorian ephemera could be turned into fonts.
And after I scanned him in, I was in awe.
I’d recently watched an Emeril video on Youtube about making pancakes. Emeril was “ahhhing” and “ohhhing” as he prepared a batch of light and fluffy pancakes that made my mouth water. I felt the same type of awe when I saw this scan. Santa had scanned in beautifully. I immediately went to work and cleaned him out and cut him out for you. He’s on a PNG file with a transparent background.
The file size was very large, so I optimized it in Photoshop. I’m going to write a tutorial about how I did that.
Anyway, I hope you will find him useful for your craft and other design projects. As for those Emeril buttermilk pancakes, they were fantastic too, the best I’d ever had. Here’s the recipe: Emeril’s Buttermilk Pancakes.
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