How to make your own clow cards

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If you're putting together a Cardcaptor Sakura costume, chances are you might want to create a few Clow Cards as props. While Clow Cards are commercially available, they are out of print, and you might encounter difficulty purchasing a set. While homemade Clow Cards will not be as durable as the ones you can buy, the Clow Cards you make yourself should be able to serve you well on a temporary basis.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Image editor
  • Ivory card stock
  • Colour printer
  • Paper cutter
  • Adhesive
  • Corner rounder

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Visit an online image gallery, such as AnimeGalleries.net. Save pictures of the Clow Cards you wish to make to your computer. Be sure to save a picture of the design that appears on the reverse of the cards as well.

  2. 2

    Open your Clow Cards in an image editor, such as Photoshop. Size your images to the dimensions you wish to print them. Official Clow Cards are approximately 16.8cm tall by 7.4cm wide.

  3. 3

    Print the faces of your cards onto ivory-coloured card stock; Clow Cards are not stark white. Trim the cards down with a paper cutter. Print as many copies of the card's reverse side as you need, and trim those down as well.

  4. 4

    Take one copy of your Clow Card and one copy of your card's back, and place them blank side to blank side. Use your adhesive to glue the two together. Trim the cards again if needed to match all the edges together, and then use your corner rounder to round the corners of your cards.

Tips and warnings

  • There are designs for both anime- and manga-style Clow Cards. Although the images are basically identical, the manga-style cards are executed with more delicate detail and shading; the anime-style cards are much more flat-looking. Choose the artwork that appeals to you the most.

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