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Rural Victoria, Aus-(Oz)-tralia
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Using heavy stock paper, ensure you open the platens of the printer to prevent snagging of paper and resulting smudges(platens are the feeder rollers)

Use photo grade stock or...

when dry, use an aerosol dispensed lacquer paint. this helps seal the edges and adds to lasting ability of cards. do a couple of coats with light sanding each time to ensure a sheer gloss finish. Most lacquers are brittle in finish so talk to a paint dealer for a more flexible type. tell them the purpose is for protecting cards and wearability. they should point you in the right direction.

I have been known to water down lacquer with spirits and use an air brush too.

When laying out, I use MS WORD and the table function (with margins at extremes of printability minus 1 mm for safety. then by adjusting size of columns and rows can get excellent custom sizing of cards for my individual needs.

or use some of the ideas above.
I'm a cheapskate and love to do things myself if I can. Just a quirk of nature I think.
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When I was Building the Dr Jaks effect years ago I used Photo paper placed the card face and the card back, Back to back and laminated them together. worked well
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Use Krylon Workable Fixatif #1306 to put back the finish on the cards.
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I'll second The Giz's suggestion about "Versitile Monte and Beyond". Those guys really did the work for making your own custom cards.
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