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Printable Tarot Cards
The Growing Need For Printing Tarot Cards At Home
There is a new growing trend in making your own tarot decks using printable tarot cards. But the question is why would anyone go to the trouble of printing a tarot deck when there are so many decks available online to buy. Personally I have over 25 bought decks and I still keep buying. So why make your own cards?
Well, I have a few such printable tarot decks at home as well, and one of the reasons for creating my own deck was because the actual deck was OOP (out of print). You could not buy it online anymore.
Another reason to make the cards at home is because you might want to unleash your creativity and simply draw on your plain cards or creating collages of cards that allow you to bring into play you own, more personal card meanings interpretations.
Another reason is that you might want to give somebody a handmade gift. Many people appreciate such gifts as opposed to getting something from the store.
Whatever your reason, creating printable tarot cards is a great way to get a new tarot deck for yourself or for a friend or family member as a personal token of love and care.
So here you will learn the best places to find interesting, popular and wacky tarot deck pictures that you can print out for your own decks. Also you will learn how to create these decks, what materials and tools you need and anything that will help you get the best results in the process.
When you see a deck you like, simply click on the big picture to go through to that website. Just don't forget to come back and leave your comments on how you found your experience with that deck!
All these places are FREE. You should not have to pay anything for printing out the pictures from those sites.
Photo credits: marciag - how I make my own tarot cards
Blank Tarot Cards To Start Your Collection
These are some cool looking very popular blank tarot cards that can be used as printable cards to make your own favorite deck.
They have the right size for a tarot deck, so if you're looking instead of printable regular sized play cards, these will not work that well (the size is larger than that of the average play cards).
Btw one tip - when you buy your regular tarot cards, check for any blanks. It has happened more often than you'd think that a deck of 78 cards has extra 2 in the pack. Usually one has some artistic value or info about the author, and the second is blank - which is perfect to use when making your own tarot deck.
Where To Start With Printable Tarot Cards
To start creating your printable tarot deck, you need a couple of things:
- A blank tarot deck (the most popular one seems to be from US Games Systems and you can find it cheaply at Amazon - see the link above)
- A set of tarot images from a deck that you want printed
- Some scrapbooking supplies to glue the images to the blanks, such as fixatives such as some spray glue.
- if you can afford it, a card laminator machine to laminate your cards for extra sturdiness and protection (and let's face it, the laminated cards look nicer and more professional as well!)
You can either do it yourself, or simply check around who is doing nearby digital printing in color. These days printing on card stock or glossy cards is quite cheap and it might save you from some of the problems when you print them yourself. Depending on the paper you use to print your pictures, you might get bleeds through the card and smudges that simply don't dry fast enough.
Note: Don't confuse printable tarot cards with print on demand tarot decks, which are used for self-publishing.
Rider Waite Smith Printable Tarot Cards
If you're looking to print the most popular tarot deck ever, this site has every card from the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana in the Rider Waite Tarot deck. Worth checking out for some great images (see image above)
Creating Your Own Tarot Decks With Printable Tarot Cards
When you have everything ready, this is how you create your own deck.
Note: There are several ways to create tarot decks, this is just the way I go about it. You can do it any other way you prefer.
- Save the printable tarot cards to your computer. Avoid printing directly from the browser as you might end up with some weird and unwanted results (trust me on this)
- Print out the tarot cards on your chosen paper. Make sure that you print them in the standard tarot deck size. If you're not sure that the size is right, do a test print of one card so you don't destroy the entire paper.
- Carefully trim the edges of the cards - some people like rounded edges, so make sure you have enough place for the borders.
- If you printed the images on regular paper and want a paper backing, then you need to use spray adhesive to glue the paper to the actual cards.
- Once the cards are printed, let them dry and then seal them with a varnish spray
- I have a small laminator machine from the times I was creating bookmarks for fun, so I use this gadget to laminate my cards. These days the laminators are quite affordable, and if you find yourself creating lots of tarot decks, you might want to invest in it.
Check out below for some laminators I recommend from Amazon based on what I am using to make my own cards.
How To Laminate Tarot Cards
I love my little Xyron 510 laminator - I bought it in white color, but I've seen it recently in green at Amazon - it's the same design, except the color is different.
Laminating the card with the Xyron - or any other laminator for the matter - is easy. Once you print the deck out 6 to 8 cards on a sheet 8.5x11 of card stock paper, you cut the cards using a pair of scissors or a rotary cutter (actually the rotary cutter is recommended for more accurate results.
You then turn on the machine, position the card at one end of the laminator and start turning the lever. The laminated card will come through towards you on the front.
Btw it doesn't matter whether you put the card face up or down because this particular laminator is two sided, so it laminates it on both sides.
Once the card is out on the other side, simply cut it away, and finally cut it to size to get rid of the extra laminate material.
Once You've Printed Out The Cards You Need To Cut Them To Proper Size
After printing - or after laminating, depending on what size you printed out your cards on, you need to cut them to proper size without sharp edges and in a straight line. This video shows you how to do it the right way.
Marseilles Tarot Deck
If you don't yet have the popular Marseilles tarot deck and you want it printed, here is your chance. All the cards are shown here. Just click on any single cards to enlarge it (see image above).
Home Made Printable Tarot Cards
While it is fun to recreate your own copies of existing tarot decks, how about getting some interesting home made tarot cards, designed by people like you and me who wanted to give interesting meanings to their readings? Some of these are certainly worth looking through.
Some are depicting Hollywood actors, others Barbie dolls, yet others cartoon characters. Usually the images are quite sharp, crisp and easy to print so you won't have problems creating your own decks from your favorite images - and collages.