Saturday, October 1, 2016

Jimmy's Toys Custom Cardbacks

For several years, I have been interested in either recarding vintage figures or creating my own custom cardbacks.

After watching a few YouTube videos, I ordered a few supplies and started out with a couple of tests.

Premium InkJet Photo Sticker Paper
Ultra Pro Comicbook Board
Fiskars Corner Punch

The first test cardback was a vintage Han Solo.  I found a decent scan of that carback online in a forum and printed it on the Premium InkJet Photo Sticker Paper.

I applied the Han Solo sticker to the Ultra Pro Comicbook Board.  After cutting the board, around the sticker.  I was not completely happy with the color, so I adjusted the color and printed a second copy of the Han Solo cardback and applied to the back of the first.  After trimming around the edges, I used the Fiskars Corner Punch, to round the four corners of the cardback.

I was pretty happy with the results, so I moved on to starting work on a custom cardback.  In Photoshop, the font of the cardback was based on the vintage style, but it was my own version of that extended the yellow lines around the card.  The cardback that created was based on the Vintage Collection cardbacks.  Below are the work in progress front and back of the card, as well as the front and back after printing and attaching to the comic board.

I have had a hard time finding bubbles for my cards, so I have not actually completed the process of adding Captain Phasma to my custom card back. I have seen some on eBay, but they are very expensive. I have also seen some people suggest buying figures at the dollar store and using those bubbles. However, I have not found any action figures that have bubbles that would work for the traditional Star Wars carded figure look.

Once I find a supply of bubbles, I plan to make more custom cards.

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