I know this goes without saying but … Always respect copyright laws.
I have made dozens of decks by hand over the years. I like to make prototypes to flesh out ideas, to find mistakes and to get feedback from other people. I only really know if I like something for size, layout and color if I’ve seen it and held it in my hand.
I’ve also made copies of very rare decks that I’m to afraid to use. I helped my friend Linda make a usable deck with her BOTA cards that she spend years coloring. (more about that later when we talk about embellishments.)
Just as a fair warning it is very expensive and time consuming to make decks in this manner. Appreciate what a value your commercial decks are.
There are some basic supplies that you will need.
- Card stock (Type depends on method)
- Decorative Paper (for the Backs)
- The use of a ink jet printer, color laser printer, or color copier
- Laminator (method 2) & 3 mil Pouches
- Xyron 900 (method 3)
- Sharp Scissors
- 2? Portable Paper Trimmer by Fiskars
- Corner Rounder (You can use scissors with a little technique)
There are a number of considerations when making the deck and the qualities can work against each other.
- Usability (how well it shuffles)
- Deck Thickness
- Very Heavy Card Stock
- 2 page Adhesive
- 2 page Adhesive/Lamination Com
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