Deck mods

Thought I’d do a little intro to deck modification here, show you the tools I use and stuff πŸ™‚

If you want to see the modified decks, there are lists with descriptions on the subpages to this one. Pictures may be added to those later πŸ™‚

Tarot modsLenormand modsOracle modsOther deck mods


Cutting tools:

I use scissors and nothing else. I did actually buy a paper cutter just for this, but it didn’t work. It cut the cards, but also pushed the edges down and made the cards (and therefore the deck) a lot thicker, to the point that I could barely reach around it with one hand. Which of course was the exact opposite of what I wanted. Bleh. Shoved the thing in a closet and never used it again. Scissors ftw πŸ™‚

Corner rounder:

I’m using a cheap thing from ebay, corner is 5mm. The one I saw in the craft store was insanely expensive and also too big. In hindsight I should probably have invested in a really good one, because I’m currently on my fourth (!) cheap-ass corner rounder πŸ˜› Also recently got a 3-in-1 cutter, which has three different sizes (3mm, 5mm and 8mm). I’ve only tried the smallest one so far, but it seems to work fine.

Marker pens:

For coloring the edges (sides) of the cards. In the beginning I used the gold and silver Edding pens, but they’re oil based and dry slowly. I still feel like I get some rub-off from the decks, even months later. They have round tips and are a little soft, so they will leave a small line of visible ink on the front and back of the cards.

I recently bought a set of three metallic sharpies (they are way too expensive here), with gold, silver and bronze. They have rounded tips, but the felt is harder and it’s easier to edge the cards with less bleed on the card faces. On thick cards, if I’m really careful, I can do the edges without getting any ink on the front of the cards (and just a minimal amount on the back).

For cards that have a black border (preferably both front and back), I use the black permanent marker. It has a fairly hard chisel tip, so it will work on borderless cards until I’ve worn a groove in the tip. Then it’s time to get a new one πŸ™‚

Ink pads:

I have two kinds of ink pads. One kind is soft like a sponge and dries fairly slowly. This means I have plenty of time to wipe the ink off the card faces πŸ™‚ Unfortunately the gold and silver ones don’t stick very well to the card edges, and while wiping the card faces clean, I tend to take most of the ink off the sides, too. They are also incredibly smudgy, so if I get any on my fingers (which is unavoidable), there will be sparkly ink smudges all over the cards. A pain to use, in other words… The green one works, though, so I’ve used that a lot πŸ™‚

The Tim Holtz distress inks have a hard inkpad, so you don’t get as much ink on the card faces. Plus you have time to wipe whatever mess you do make, so they’re great πŸ™‚ For some reason the black one is way messier than the others I have, so whenever I can, I use the permanent marker instead. I only have the small pads that come in sets of four, and so I’ve worn some of them out completely. Not sure if the big pads would last longer, or if you end up with a ragged inkpad that’s still got lots of ink left…