How to Create Custom Playing Cards

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How to Create Custom Playing Cards
Personalised playing cards make a fun novelty gift. (playing cards image by Mijakowska from

A fun and quirky personalised gift that can be used and enjoyed for years is a deck of customised playing cards. These can be used to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays and weddings, or as a business tool to promote your company. Even a family reunion can be spiced up by a rousing game using these personalised cards. Customised cards done by professional card makers can be fairly pricey; however, emerging technology means you can customise your deck your way with nothing more than some blank pages and a good printer.

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Things you need

  • Printer sheets of plain cards
  • Edger
  • Card design software
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Photos
  • Player card coating spray
  • Card boxes

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    Purchase your supplies. Speciality websites listed in the Resources section sell the materials you will need to complete your task. With the Plain Cards website, you can choose between matt finish or coatable plain cards packages that offer several cards per sheet, and several sheets per package. Prices depend on which product you choose. An edger is sometimes included. Some cards even have the coloured pattern on one side so that you can personalise the face of your playing cards.

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    Download your software. The websites that offer specialised printer paper for playing cards often offer the software to customise your photos to print your cards. QuickCards offers different applications for playing cards, trading cards and tarot cards. Websites like Newts Cards offer free downloads for different tools you can use in conjunction with your own photo editing software to make your playing cards more visually appealing.

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    Create your cards. Follow your photo editing program to include your personal photos or any business logos you wish to include. If you print your own, you can include different photos for every card you will need to print in each suit. You can also design the faces of the cards. Really flex your creative muscle with the kings, queens, jacks and aces in all four suits. You can also include jokers in your deck.

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    Print and trim your cards. The sheets usually come with some sort of perforation to make popping them out of the sheet easier. Use your edger to trim out the edges for a smoother appearance. Use player card coating spray if desired. Repeat this process for each sheet until you have printed all the cards for your desired decks.

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    Place your decks in sturdy plastic boxes. This preserves your cards for your own use or makes it an attractive way to present the gift to others. These boxes can be purchased on any website that sells the tools you will need to complete this task, but you can also purchase them from most playing card supply stores. Wooden card boxes are also available if you are willing to spend a little more.

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