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« on: June 26, 2005 10:56:21 PM »

Does anyone have a tutorial or any ideas on how to make your own deck of playing cards? Has anyone done it before? I thought it might be a neat summer project for me, as my friends and I play a lot. I wanted to make a normal deck and a phase 10 deck, I'm just concerned about uniformity while also wanting a very cool design and or shape.
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2005 12:42:14 PM »

experiment, have fun, and don't worry about messing up! let your imagination be your guide! I've never made playing cards before but it sounds like a fun project! Maybe I'll try to make a deck after I write my book!  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2005 07:49:37 PM »

Sounds like a great idea!

You might want to laminate the cards when you finish. Are there different thicknesses of lamination? I think you'd want something pretty thin so that the cards still have a playing card-y feel to them.

I have seen themed Uno sets with various characters - that would be another fun one to do.
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2005 08:38:42 PM »

You could use blank index cards - Then all would be the same size, the shape isn't very interesting, but they are fairly durable, easy to get, and inexpensive.  Easy to pop a few in your purse and work on them whenever if that would be an issue.  You could run them through a printer too!
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2005 03:59:47 PM »

Thanks guys!
Now...what about the backs of the cards? They have to be exactly the same so no one knows what you have. Any thoughts?
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2005 05:00:44 PM »

well i have a friend that got really bored in sports med class so he made a whole deck of cards out of athletic tape.  i have to admit they were extremely cool.
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2005 07:30:20 PM »

Thanks guys!
Now...what about the backs of the cards? They have to be exactly the same so no one knows what you have. Any thoughts?

This might be where running them through the printer would REALLY be helpful.
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2005 05:35:12 PM »

I just saw a Crafters Coat To Coast episode where a woman made silkscreened cards.Maybe she is on here?She was from Massachusetts
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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2005 06:46:39 AM »

I'd be careful with laminating htem - my experience of laminated cards (as a teacher I had sets of number cards) was that laminated cards don't shuffle well - they almost stick to each other.  I guess it's the tradeoff between that and durability.
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