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Picture of Custom Magic the Gathering Valentine's Deck
This valentine is a variation of the “52 reasons I love you” card decks.  My boyfriend plays Magic the Gathering so I wanted to use those cards.  Since Magic cards already have text on them, I decided to use that to my advantage and design my own cards.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Here's what you'll need:


- A deck of Magic cards.  A standard Magic deck is 60 cards, so I used 60 (plus a cover card), but you could really make a deck of any size

- A list of 60 (or the number you choose) reasons why you love your loved one

- Photoshop or another photo editing software

- Printer

- Scissors or paper cutter

- X-Acto blade

- Glue or spray adhesive

- Stickers, gems, or other accoutrements

- Matte ModPodge

- Hole Punch (optional)

- Ribbon or loose-leaf binder rings (optional)

Step 2: The Cover Card

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I first designed the cover card.  My boyfriend and I frequently say “I love you XX much” with a random number, so I decided to use that with the number 60 (a standard Magic deck).  You could just say “60 reasons why I love you.”

For the title card, download a life-size image of the back of a Magic card and use Photoshop to personalize it.  Use the clone stamp tool to remove existing text and find fonts that are identical or very close to those used on real Magic cards. I used this font for the titles:

http://www.searchfreefonts.com/free/magicthe-gathering.htm


Use Photoshop to duplicate the patterns within the main titles.


bmciver2 (author) 2 years ago
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ElisaR made it!1 month ago

Hey there! First of all I simply loved this idea! I've made the cards and they look lovely! However Im having trouble making the back of them (where you replaced the Magic for the I Love You) anyway you could maybe explain it in a little bit more details? Im sorry to bother you, I'm just a huge n00b when it comes to Photoshop (I did the front of the cards using a collage app)

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bmciver2 (author)  ElisaR1 month ago

Other users had this question as well and I answered it as best I could in my response to their comments. I basically used the Clone tool to copy the background pattern over the existing text, essentially "erasing" it. I then created new text (in the same font) over that. Hope that helps!

ElisaR bmciver21 month ago

I guess I managed to do it, btw the font for the back part is called Satans Minions !

What kind of cardstock did you use to print the cards?

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kris10pauley4 months ago

How did you get the font coloring?

bmciver2 (author)  kris10pauley4 months ago

For the title, I believe I found a pattern/effect in Photoshop that was pretty close to the original. Then I adjusted the color until it was also pretty close.

BrendaY4 months ago

Thank you so much for this idea! I was debating on what I should give my boyfriend for valentine's day and I happened to come across this, which is awesome! I kind of struggled because your instructions weren't in full detail but thanks to youtube, I figured out how to do everything and it turned out great!

kara.wood.5035 months ago

How did you actually do this? These steps don't really explain anything at all. I have no idea what I'm doing. How did you clone the title card and change the text?

I was confused as well while I was attempting this. You can search on youtube to understand how to use the clone stamp tool to cover the original text.

bmciver2 (author)  kara.wood.5035 months ago
I'm not really sure what you're asking. Please refer to step 2 for the cover cards. I didn't clone the cover, I just "download[ed] a life-size image of the back of a Magic card" and edited it. If you do need to "clone" it just copy and paste. Step 2 also explains how I "Use[d] the clone stamp tool to remove existing text" (by covering the existing text with the background pattern), and then write new text over. I can see how that would be confusing if you aren't familiar with Photoshop and the clone stamp tool.

Could you please remove your 10 duplicate comments?

Thanks for viewing my Instructable!
RoseRaven6 months ago

Such an awesome variation on a cute idea! I love this!

jcole249 months ago

This is AMAZING! My fiance and I both love playing Magic!

nsias1 year ago
What were the dimensions for the life size card? Or where did you download it? Oh and what kind of paper did you use? P.S. This is awesome!!!! Totally gonna do this for my hubby
bmciver2 (author)  nsias1 year ago
I'm not sure of the exact dimensions, but you can get them by measuring a real card. I just did a google image search for magic cards to download them. Just print one to be sure the dimensions match up to the real card before you use it as a template. For the paper I used light card stock I believe.
rubyjeans2 years ago
Wow this is amazing! My boyfriend plays magic too and I always struggle with what to get him for valentines and his birthday cos he always just buys whatever he wants for himself. :D