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Ross
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Hello everyone,

I'm looking to make up some test cards for an effect and wanted to enquire if anyone (particularly in the UK)could recommend a particular type/brand/style with a good finish - as close to the Bicycle 'air-cushion' style as possible. I have blank cards, but want to print my own words onto A4 sheets. The standard thick card I currently use is too rough and difficult to shuffle - the cards even stick a bit.

Any advice much appreciated.

Warm and squishy regards,

Ross
Ross
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Or - if anyone knows if rough card can be treated with some sort of spray (would fanning powder work?) to help my home made cards shuffle more easily, let me know.

Regards,

Ross
Jim-Callahan
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Use fanning powder it does work.

-Jim
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Ross
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Thanks Jim, I'll try it, never used the stuff before.

As an aside, for anyone else interested in home made cards (and wanting to avoid using hand written ones) - I've been producing some cards this afternoon and have been using blank Bicycle cards (white on both sides) and adding text using self adhesive sticky labels used for address marking (you can run the A4 sheets of the labels through the printer). This allows for a nice professional looking finish with the printed words, and also they handle just like bicycle cards.

Regards,

Ross
Ugly Phil
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I read a way to rub the dimples out of blank cards which makes them printable using wire wool. If I remember a light coating of wax is added after the printing - I will try and find the a link.
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I have made my own cards using photo paper run through a color laser printer ... they still do not have the feel of standard cards, nor do they shuffle with the same ease. But that suited my application ... ESP cards. I did NOT want them to handle the same as ordinary cards, because I did not want specs to think of the routine as being a card trick. I have also made larger cards the same way for effects with famous paintings.

I find the regular card stock that will go through my printer to be too thin for a lot of applications. So I sometimes print fronts on one sheet and backs on another. Then use a spray adhesive for mounting photos to glue the two together before cutting out the cards. After cutting, you cannot tell that it is two pieces glued together, but they have a nice thickness to them for my purposes.

Cheers ..... Charles
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