DIY Clear Playing Cards

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Introduction: DIY Clear Playing Cards

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Playing cards come in so many different themes nowadays. After seeing some clear, see-through playing cards on Facebook I decided I needed to make my own! I went through a lot of ideas before coming up with how I wanted to put it all together and what material I wanted to use.

A version for sale on Amazon that I was trying to imitate.

*Thanks to audreyobscura for help with the photos!

Step 1: Supplies

Supplies:
During the planning process, I considered using some type of plastic or acrylic and laser cutting it out.  I was disappointed when it didn't work out, but it ended up being better that it didn't.  After putting stickers on the front and back of the transparency cards, the deck got pretty thick.  If the material I used had been even a slightly thicker plastic, the cards would have made an unrealistically thick stack.

Step 2: Cutting Cards

This step is very easy.  Just load in a transparency on the cutting mat and cut out the cards!  I tried to put all the cards next to each other in the document, but since you use most of the sheet anyway, I just left them separate because they cut better that way.  Go until you have enough cards which is 54 if you want all 52 playing cards and 2 jokers.

My document makes 8 cards so you need to cut out 7 transparencies to get all the cards, plus a couple extras just in case.

Step 3: Designing and Cutting Stickers

I talk all about how to make stickers in my DIY Stickers Instructable, but I will give you a little bit here to get you going.

I made these entirely within Silhouette Studio.  It is basically basic shapes: circles, diamonds, hearts, clover, spade (which is an upside down heart).

You can make these as unique as you want.  I went fairly basic.  My circles are 1/2 an inch in diameter.  If you want to design your own, you can do whatever you want, but keep these things in mind.
  • You need two of each sticker per card (one for each diagonal corner).  Seems obvious, but I forgot this the first time.
  • Distinguish between 6 and 9.  You can tell based on how you put them on the card, but it is nice to have some way to tell them apart.  I used a ~ and put that under the numbers so you knew which way they faced.  Again, I didn't think of this until it was too late and I had to reprint them.
  • Playing cards do not go 1 - K, they go A - K.  Yep, I made that mistake too.

Step 4: Putting It All Together

Time to put on the stickers.  I decided to print out a fake card and lined up where I wanted the stickers to be.  Then, all I had to do is lay the transparency card on that template and then lined up the stickers.  (I've attached the template if you want it.)

Once you have the number stickers on, flip over the card and put on the back image that will go on all the cards.

Remember, you want the stickers to always have the top of the sticker being the closest edge.  Meaning when you look at the card one sticker should be right-side up and the other upside down.

Step 5: Instructables Version!

Why not make an Instructables deck!  I decided to have the robot on the backs of the cards and use orange and yellow backgrounds since those are the main colors of the site.

The text on the cards is in Complete in Him which is the Instructables "share what you make" text.  Uber authentic!

Step 6: Play Some Cards!

Have fun playing with your cool cards!

I plan on making my own box to put these guys in, so watch for that Instructable in the (hopefully) near future!

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    64 Discussions

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    Handy_Bear
    Handy_Bear

    4 months ago

    Nice idea!

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    craftyMC
    craftyMC

    4 months ago

    Cool!

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    seerena
    seerena

    5 months ago

    It is really smart

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    malialtin
    malialtin

    5 months ago

    From the picture I see that you can see the signs of the opponent's cards. It could be better with sticker printed on black paper. A very nice project in deed.

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    Reply 5 months ago

    If you are referring to the third image in the intro step that is actually the online image that inspired me. I put stickers with a picture on the opposite side of each suit sticker so you would hopefully not be able to see it :)

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    John Made it
    John Made it

    7 months ago

    These are so cool. Nice work 👍

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    Littleladoo
    Littleladoo

    7 months ago

    Super! Thanks for sharing. This is a great idea

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    Reply 7 months ago

    Thanks for checking them out :)

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    waydabbles
    waydabbles

    8 months ago on Introduction

    These see-through playing cards are so cool! Great job! Really well done!

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    Kevindewaine
    Kevindewaine

    10 months ago

    Thank you for being honest enough to admit to errors made during that assembly if these cards. Not everyone is humble enough to admit to errors they have made. Mistakes are processes where we are permitted to learn and education can never be taken away.

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thank you :) I think it helps prevent others from making the same mistakes too :)