I’ve been having fun creating cabinet card collages. Cabinet cards are vintage photos taken by professional photographers in the late 1800’s. They are extremely thick which makes them perfect for mini collages as they absorb paint without wrinkling or warping. To make a collage using cabinet cards, you use the same collage techniques you would use on any other project. Just a reminder, you must use transparent paint so that you can see the layers underneath. I used watercolor paint.
You can find cabinet cards on eBay, Etsy, antique stores, estate sales and flea markets. If you’re looking for cabinet cards in an antique store or flea market, they can usually be found in a box of vintage photos. This is where you can get them for the best price.
The best cabinet cards for this project will have a white background. If your cabinet card has a dark background, the project becomes more difficult.
I purchased this cabinet card because I fell in love with the angelic faces of these children. Unfortunately I didn’t pay attention to the background. I’m going to paint the background white and see if I can make it work.