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Transfer any design you want onto your credit card, from your own photo to porn. Your card will still work normally, and do you REALLY think that clerk at the supermarket is going to care what your card looks like? They never even check your signature, for Pete's sake.

(For the full uncensored versions, see our Pimp My Card feature.)
 
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Step 1: Design your credit card skin

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Design your credit card in Adobe Photocrap. You can use this free student credit card template (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

Step 2: Print your design

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Print onto the T-shirt transfer paper on a color inkjet printer. Do a test run first on regular paper to make sure it prints correctly. Allow for a little bleed over the edges.

Step 3: Cut it out

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No, really, I mean it. Cut it out.

Step 4: Spray with spray mount

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Spray the card with the spray mount.

Step 5: Place skin on card

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Peel the backing from the transfer paper and place onto the card.

Step 6: Iron skin onto card

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Place the ironing paper (comes with the T-shirt transfer paper) on top of the card. Iron on LOW heat for 30 seconds. (Too hot and it will warp the credit card!)

Step 7: Slice away excess skin

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With the X-Acto knife, turn over the card and carefully slice away the excess transfer paper.

Step 8: Voila!

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Repeat for the back side of the card, but use masking tape to cover the magnetic strip before you spray mount.

Voila!

"THIS CARD WILL TURN BLUE IF STOLEN."

Step 9: Gallery

For a gallery of some of our favorites, check out ZUG's Pimp My Card feature.

A few additional tips:

- Patience is key! Take your time at every step of the process, or you will tear the paper, leaving ragged edges around the card.

- You can use the knitting needle to push the transfer paper into the crevices around the raised number, etc. You can also get reasonably good results by just smoothing it down with your finger, getting the air bubbles out that way.

- Use the flat edge of the X-Acto knife, rather than the tip. Be patient, making several cuts until the paper tears away easily.
kachup5 years ago
how cool, some credit card companies used to allow customising your card but its nolonger popular, maybe it was too much work for them.
browe8185 years ago
What i did(and it works) was i did every step listed in this instructable, and a little bit more, but this takes more time than it looks.  after you apply the spray mount and place the immage onto the card, you need to iron it for about 1-2 minutes, and then leave it somewhere safe for 3 days.  after that you need to get some white t-shirt transfer paper, cut out a card sized amount(a little more than your card size), and then put it under water and rub the white base from the paper.  once that is completely soaked, the transfer film should slide rite off.  dry the now clear film, and then (after the 3 days wait) apply more spray mount on top of the image, and this time place the clear dry film on top of it, and iron for 1-2 minutes.  after this, wait atleast 10 minutes for the heat in the cards to disapate, and then proced to trim the edges. this gives it a glossy finish, and it also makes it so the ink wont rub off.
also, whenever your applying a skin, use the ironing parchment as a barier between your finger and the film.  this will make for a smooth finish without wrinkles or bubbles.
pathojen5 years ago
I'd think that this wouldn't work... perhaps, if you put it into an ATM that sucks your card in, the card would be just thick enough to get stuck? I don't know. Super cool idea, but I'd be afraid to try it. Haha.
Genetastic5 years ago
Imagine the look of the cashier's face when you hand THAT to them. As in the one in the first picture.
This card will turn blue if stolen. love it. you should have made the background blue.
berky935 years ago
be careful with the iron though. I know that irons can easily melt credit cards (theyre also used sometimes to forge credit cards by rubbing the ink off of the numbers and using an iron to melt them flat, then pressing in new numbers.
Browncoat7 years ago
Ok, I was just looking more closely at doing this, and the tshirt transfers I have don't seem to have a way to peel off a front part of the sheet. Nor is there "ironing paper" included. Any hints as to what to do/look for more specificly to be able to do this?
You need the kind that work on dark t-shirts. More expensive, and getting harder to find, but much better quality.
Ah, of course! Once someone tells you, it seems so obvious! Thank you very much! :)
Anything for a fellow browncoat. :-)
linhui7 years ago
i wonder if this could be used to skin mp3 players? instead of a iron a hairdryer could be used.
TheTruth7 years ago
If you're not into melting your credit card, these guys are the originator of the trend: http://creditcovers.com

chacal7 years ago
doesnt ironing damage the card?
Miss World7 years ago
oh wow! this instructable rocks! :)
yea but how do the numbers and all that appear?? and the visa sign great idea though :)
most of the important information is molded on the card so you can see it through a skin
Darkshot7 years ago
can you do this with your school id??? >:D <---evil grin :)
aiden1200007 years ago
does the magstrip work when you cover it
After looking at your site you are hilarious, the michael jackson prank was the funniest thing I ever read. keep it up
jhargrave (author) 7 years ago
The numbers will show as raised ridges. If you scrape the paper with something like knitting needles, you can get the ink to rub off the paper, and it looks like the numbers have been printed on the paper.
This is funny I'm gonna do this to a wal-mart gift card and put like "We kill Americas economy by importing crap from China"
xboxteen017 years ago
awesome,now all i need is a credit card or 4
You could always use an old gift card (or a new one)