|I am intending to make my own custom deck of cards - I only want to make one copy and maybe a few for friends, it's not something I want to produce and sell. Currently, the best quality-for-cost method I can come up with is this:|
My concerns with this setup are as follows. Guillotining the cards seems like it may lack accuracy - sub-millimetre deviations in size would make for a deck that's unpleasant to handle. Corner-punching 81 cards means punching 324 corners - that seems likely to get awfully tedious. Finding a fixative spray that gives the desired feel is likely to be tricky.
- A cheap inkjet printer (20 quid or so)
- A decent thickness of matte card stock (say 5 quid)
- A spray fixative of some sort to make them a bit plasticky (about 5 quid)
- A guillotine to cut the cards out neatly (30 quid)
- A corner punch to round the corners (5 quid)
Has anyone reading, or anyone you know, done something like this before with decent results? Anyone have a good suggestion? Plaincards is an idea I've already decided against, as I think the perforated edges would be unpleasant and getting the printer to align the sheets identically seems unlikely. Third-party printing services are also out, as prices for a single-print fully-custom 81-card deck start at about 30 quid, which may be cheaper than the 65 quid listed above, but also wouldn't leave me with a set of tools I could reuse for other decks of cards or other non-card-based purposes. Craft Robo is a tempting solution for the cutting and cornering, but very expensive at over 200 quid, and unclear what the cost would be in consumables or if it would even do the job right.