We have long been enchanted by scraps and diecuts. In our set of 2 Vintage Krampus Devil** scraps each little devil carries his switch for punishment as well as his pitchfork and chain.
Each of these malevolent fellows is standing in his most comfortable spot - a flaming fire! Now, where might that be?
These early 20th century die cuts are embossed and nicely printed and ready for you to trim. The colors, especially of the fire beneath their hooves is artfully done.
These are very, very old and they do show some wear on the bodies of the scraps, as you can see in our photo.
Each die cut scrap measures just about 3-1/4 inches high and about 1 inch wide.
** From SilverCrow's More Info Page
Devils and diablos are most often associated with Hallowe'en, but the Krampus Devil is a companion to Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus). Together they visited the children of Austria and Germany at Christmastime. While St. Nick rewarded the good children with candy and fruit and tiny treasures, the Krampus left switches fro the less well-behaved so that their parents might spank them!
For those children considered beyond repair, worse was in store from the Krampus: they might be shackled or perhaps even snatched up by the Krampus and trotted off to hell! This unkindly fellow is not present in modern American celebrations of the Yuletide. However, there are some families that have brought other dark old Christmas traditions from their European heritage lands that are similar to the story of our quintessential bogie man - the Krampus. Because of his kidnapping predication for bad children, he is most often represented by a devil-like figure - but he is never 100% scary. He often exhibits comical traits as well as frightening ones. In any case, he will encourage children to be nice rather than naughty - that's for sure!