The Ultimate Guide to Making Gaff Cards





Introduction: The Ultimate Guide to Making Gaff Cards

"A gaff deck is a full collection of special art cards designed to fit quietly in with your normal deck. This allows you to perform amazing illusions that were never thought possible."

Hey everyone and welcome to the ultimate guide to gaff cards! What are gaff cards you ask? Well gaff cards are special playing cards used by magicians to perform illusions that boggle the mind and amaze people. In this step by step guide I will be teaching you in detail how to create these amazing cards.

Step 1: Materials

To make these cards you will need a few things;

- A normal deck of playing cards
- An eraser
- A roll of double sided tape
- A high quality printer
- An Image editing program (eg. Photoshop)

Step 2: Erasing

Now that you've gathered all of your supplies let start erasing! You will need to erase any section of the card that you want to be printed on to. It will take a while but the ink will gradually fade as you erase, leaving you with a blank card to print on.

Step 3: Design Your Gaff!

Now we're going to design the image that we are going to print on the card. I have put links to some of the designs I have made, or you can make your own using any image editing program, like Photoshop or Gimp.

Gaff Design Links
[file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Karen%20Mullins/Desktop/dripping%20four.jpg Dripping Four of Clubs]
[file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Karen%20Mullins/Desktop/half%20spades%20copy.jpg Half of an Ace]
[file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Karen%20Mullins/Desktop/Ace_of_Clubs_Reveal%20copy.jpg Ace of Clubs Reveal]
[file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Karen%20Mullins/Desktop/8d.jpg Smeared Eight of Diamonds]
[file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Karen%20Mullins/Desktop/skullcard.jpg Skull Card]

Those are just are just a few of the things I have come up with. With a bit of graphics skills and some creativeness you can make some really amazing cards!

Once you have designed your gaff you're going to want to print it out. It must be the exact size of the card. When I make mine I used the size 180 pixels wide by 252 pixels tall. Once you've sized your gaff and printed it your ready for the next step.

Step 4: Positioning and Printing Your Card

Now that you've printed your design. You're going to go grab that double sided tape. Now take the card and tape onto the back of the card with the blank side up.Now put the paper with the card taped to it back in the printer and print again. Now just peel your card off the paper and your done! A professional looking card that you made yourself!

I hope this will be helpful for some people looking to make gaff cards for little or no cost at all. I hope you enjoyed this Instructable. In the future I may post Instructables on tricks that you can do with these cards.



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    20 Discussions

    the links don't work

    The links aren't working.....

    Good instructions for a first step into making your own playing cards (gaffed, custom, marked, ...) But there are a couple of problems with it. One being the dull coating where it was erased, and two that it is a cumbersome process if you want to make more than two or three cards.

    If you want to make your own cards which are indistinguishable from store bought playing cards including coating then read this webpage

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    Hiya buddy. Do you send playing card sheets to UK and do you know estimated shipping prices. Or know of any distrubuters in the UK?

    I tried printing onto a blank card, it looked a bit pixelated but ill keep on trying! If anyone wants the design I made here it is:


    i cant open a link when i click on the design links. the normal text curser comes up, not the pointing finger.

    I think that i saw somewhere that you can also use nail polish remover for faster results, though it was for blanking the whole card.

    is a lexmark regular printer good enough for this project

    You need to upload your images. We can't see them it they're on your computer.

    Nice instructable. I'm not a card guy myself, but I can definitely see many applications. If you're not using a laser printer, you might consider using Tester's clear matt to protect the image. Most card magicians will have a can kicking around for making rough and smooth decks.

    Good instructable, however no one can see the graphics you made, they did not work because, it is on your computer, use to download photos to make it easier to put on instructables.

    558 views and only 1 rating? C'mon people please rate if you read.

    and could somebody rate the instructable please!

    to answer your questions, uglymike the spot where you erase does look a bit duller, but you could put a finish on it to make it shiny(hairspray or varnish) and my cards have never faded at all so I wouldn't be worried about that

    Great project. 2 questions though. Is there any evidence left on the card showing that it was erased? It looks like the part of the 5 of Diamonds that was erased is a bit duller than the rest of the card. Also, how dies the new, printed, designs hold up? Does the ink from the printer penetrate deep into the card, or does the printed image scratch/fade with repeated shuffling and handling? These questions aside, it's a really great instructable with endless possibilities. I'm thinking pin-up girl deck.... Yeaaaahhhh

    this is great. i didnt know you could just erase the cards. ive been trying to find an easy way to make my own so i didnt have to go blow $30 on ellusionist. thinks

    Thanks a lot! How does my instructable compare with the other gaff card instructables?