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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Hmwhat would be the best way to make a deck of cards? on: January 30, 2008 02:58:28 AM
[First, a big hello to everyone! I lurked & occasionally posted about 2 years ago, but pesky life/work got in the way and I stopped visiting Craftster for a long time. But I'm back now and ready to craft. Wink]

I want to make a deck of fully customized playing cards. I plan to design all 52 cards (front & back) in Adobe Illustrator and print them out on cardstock, then cut them to size with a paper cutter and round off the corners with my corner punch. So I have that much figured out Smiley but I'm not sure what would be the best way to "seal" the cards.

I'll be printing the cards with an inkjet printer, and although I don't expect them to get a lot of use, if any (they're a gift), I do want to make them usable if desired. That means protecting them in some manner. So far I've come up with:

  • Mod Podge: Maybe I can brush this over the front & backs of each card. However, I'm not thrilled with the fact that the brushstrokes will probably be visible & that the ink may smear. Plus, there's the drying time...
  • Laminate: I could get those clear sticky laminate sheets or take the cards to Kinko's. But, I'm afraid laminating the cards will make them too thick.
  • Protective artist's spray: But I don't think this would be protective enough, and it might dry slightly tacky...

So, Craftsters, do any of you have any brilliant suggestions as to what I could use to coat my playing cards? I would love something as close to "real" playing cards as possible. Please help me out! Thanks so much. I'll post pictures of the final result if they turn out nicely. Grin
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Easy, relatively inexpensive, yet unique craft project? on: January 12, 2006 03:39:20 AM
I am planning to put on a craft program for a group of non-experienced crafters. My first project will be marble magnets. 

I would love some ideas for similarly simple crafts that still have that "cool" factor! These people are 18/19 years old.

Thanks so much in advance for any and all ideas! Smiley
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Valentine's Day gifts and other ideas? on: January 05, 2006 06:13:42 PM
I know Valentine's Day is more than a month away, but from past experience these things kinda tend to sneak up on me, so I want to get a head start this year.

Also, if I try to make something elaborate, I will *need* the extra time! Grin

So - do you have any BRILLIANT, truly creative ideas for Valentine's Day gifts? This will be for my boyfriend of 1 & 1/2 years. My ideal gift for him is something sentimental and thoughtful, yet useful.

I've already done the personalized CD thing, and I don't want to do the scrapbook thing, the photo mug thing, or the picture frame thing. Wink I want to do something truly different.

I also want to give him whatever gift I come up with in some unusual way... maybe I can incorporate it into our date. Please post your ideas! I'll be sure to post mine too, on the off-chance I come up with something amazing. Cheesy
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Has anyone made their own puzzle? With... LOTS of pieces? on: January 05, 2006 05:29:13 PM
I really want to make a puzzle (for a gift), but I'm having trouble figuring out the logistics of the process.

I want it to be a large puzzle, i.e. 500 pieces! ... Okay, maybe two or three hundred will suffice. Wink

I'm not worried about how to get the image onto the cardboard, because if I can't print the image onto paper & glue it onto cardboard, I'm fine with just drawing it onto the cardboard directly.

However, I AM wondering how to cut the puzzle. I want the puzzle to look professional and store-bought, and feel that if I just use an Xacto to cut the pieces, the curves will be all choppy. I really want to make typical puzzle-shaped pieces, not plain squares or such. I don't know what I can use to cut the cardboard to achieve this, nor how to cut it.

So... any suggestions? Tips? Advice? Or will I simply have to lower my lofty goals on this one? Roll Eyes
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidering on a cap? on: December 29, 2005 10:37:13 AM
Just kidding... Wink Message deleted due to realization of self-idiocy!
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