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Title: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: rackycoo on March 02, 2014 08:40:01 AM
When I saw this month's new collage sheets from Alpha Stamps (http://www.alphastamps.com/), featuring corsets, for some reason I thought of baseball cards. Wouldn't it be funny if young girls in Victorian times collected and traded corset cards? With that in mind, I designed a set of cards to look as though they had been handled and poured over, and perhaps traded with friends. This photo shows a box I made for storage, the fronts of four of the cards, and the back of one. I used the same corset ad on the backs of all the cards.


Making the cards was fun. I started with cream colored card stock, cut it to ATC size (2 1/2" by 3 1/2"), and slightly rounded the corners. I dabbed the top with Antique Linen Distress Ink, and then roughed up the edges using a Paper Distresser. After I layered on the images from the collage sheets (plus a measuring tape and a number for each card), I bent corners, folded edges, and sanded down the images.


The finished cards. Not only do they look old, they actually feel old!


I felt they needed a special box for storage, so I decorated a 3" Chipboard Memory Box using a pretty striped paper, pieces of a doily, and some pearl garland. The top finial was made with an old toy wheel I had, plus a painted wooden ball. Some painted wooden finials made perfect feet.


A pretty little scene cut from scrapbook paper makes a nice surprise on the inside of the box. The cards fit the box nicely, if you store them at an angle. If you'd like a complete list of products used for this project, click here (http://www.alphastamps.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=140302kbvc).


Corset trading cards: collect them! Keep them! Trade them with your friends!


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: Ludi on March 02, 2014 08:46:58 AM
These are wonderful!   :)


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: alteredmommy on March 02, 2014 08:57:59 AM
these are nifty!  and fancy with their own pretty storage box and everything :)

the idea is quite hilariously brilliant too :D


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: LimeRiot on March 02, 2014 09:42:24 AM
Corset trading cards! What a fun idea :).

You distressed these perfectly! They really look like they've been in trading rotation for centuries.

I'm going to look for that antique linen color distress ink. It seems like a nice light shade.


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: HSG on March 02, 2014 11:30:32 AM
These are beautiful, racky. And really different for you with the muted tones. Like this side of your artwork, too. :)


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: pottermouth on March 02, 2014 01:06:41 PM
Who knew they weren't 100 years old? Just amazing!


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: HSG on March 03, 2014 02:55:35 AM
Do you use the distressing tool a lot, racky? How does it work?


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: Killam Creative on March 03, 2014 05:13:42 AM
LOVE! I agree with alteredmommy - hilariously brilliant idea!


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: rackycoo on March 03, 2014 06:42:08 AM
Do you use the distressing tool a lot, racky? How does it work?

Honestly, I've had the distresser for a while, and haven't made use of it, so I was glad to pull it out and experiment with it for this project. Basically, all you do is slide the paper along the blades (nicely protected so you don't distress your fingers!) and it shreds and softens the edge of the paper.

I like the way the distressed edge looks, and I'll probably use this little gadget more now.


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: HSG on March 03, 2014 06:53:08 AM
Cool! Could you also use it with fabric?


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: rackycoo on March 03, 2014 06:59:03 AM
Interesting question.

I did not know the answer, so I just gave it a test run. The answer is "no". If you want to distress the edge of fabric, it's just as easy (perhaps easier) to pull a few threads.



Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: HSG on March 03, 2014 07:03:14 AM
Thanks for testing.  :)


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: bunny1kenobi on March 03, 2014 07:26:38 AM
This is really cool!  I love how the cards came out.  The box is adorable, too.  Beautiful work!


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: kittykill on March 03, 2014 08:49:55 AM
I just love these to death! WOW! They are wonderful.


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: I Sew Cute on March 03, 2014 11:08:06 AM
What a clever idea! I like the detail of the tape measure going through all of them. It makes you think about how hard they worked to make their waists so incredibly tiny.


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: WeeFreeRhie on March 03, 2014 11:44:42 AM
That is so awesome!


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: LisaMarieNY on March 03, 2014 01:36:00 PM
So pretty and feminine!  Love it.


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: Knickertwist on March 03, 2014 10:26:40 PM
I love love love this project. You're a genius. I'm not just saying that. From the idea to the final product - brilliant.


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: rackycoo on March 04, 2014 06:53:12 AM
Thanks, everyone!

And oh my, knickers, you flatter me so. That is high praise indeed, coming from you.


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: cackle on March 05, 2014 06:06:29 AM
Love them!


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: lindyv321 on March 05, 2014 02:13:23 PM
What a fabulous wonderful idea!  They turned out great!


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: Mistress Jennie on March 06, 2014 06:03:01 PM
Absolutely in love with these my dear....  I've made so many real corsets, but now I want to make my own set of trading cards!  All my students would collect them in a heartbeat.  :D


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: rackycoo on March 07, 2014 07:41:36 AM
Maybe we're on to something here!  :D


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: SenatorOrgana on March 12, 2014 02:16:36 PM
What a fantastic idea! The details are super. This is amazing... very inspiring!


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: SouthernCraftyLady on August 25, 2014 06:28:03 PM
These are awesome!


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: PaperWrangler on August 27, 2014 11:33:14 AM
So beautiful! Amazing detail, too.


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: rackycoo on August 27, 2014 02:15:30 PM
Thanks! They were fun to make.  :)


Title: Re: Corset Trading Cards and Storage Box
Post by: Garasu Wonderland on October 11, 2014 07:43:33 AM
So beautifully made! You've distressed them beautifully  :)