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« on: March 02, 2014 08:40:01 AM »

When I saw this month's new collage sheets from Alpha Stamps, 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.


Corset trading cards: collect them! Keep them! Trade them with your friends!
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2014 08:46:58 AM »

These are wonderful!   Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2014 08:57:59 AM »

these are nifty!  and fancy with their own pretty storage box and everything Smiley

the idea is quite hilariously brilliant too Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2014 09:42:24 AM »

Corset trading cards! What a fun idea Smiley.

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.
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« Reply #4 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. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2014 01:06:41 PM »

Who knew they weren't 100 years old? Just amazing!
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2014 02:55:35 AM »

Do you use the distressing tool a lot, racky? How does it work?
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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2014 05:13:42 AM »

LOVE! I agree with alteredmommy - hilariously brilliant idea!
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« Reply #8 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.
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2014 06:53:08 AM »

Cool! Could you also use it with fabric?
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