|**handmade deck in picture from Sweet Laraine on Etsy**|
Creating Your Own Tarot Card Deck
Merry Meet :)))))) Have you ever considered making your own tarot cards for use? It's a great way to learn the cards and to bond with the deck that you will be using. It is also a great way to obtain a tarot deck if you are in an area that you cannot buy tarot decks. I know a few of you are in places where they are extremely hard to come by. The easiest way I know of is to use card stock and laminate your images. You can get card stock and laminating sheets at lots of stores. I know where I am located they are available at Staples, Wal-Mart, and the Craft Stores. They are pretty inexpensive as well.
Once you get the card stock you want to choose what size you want your deck to be. Pick a size that is comfortable for you hand. You may want to base the size on a deck that you already have that is comfortable to use. The next thing you need to decide is what type of deck you want to make. You can make one based on the Rider-Waite system, or you can create a deck based on your own personal system, more like an Oracle deck.
Now how to design your cards. :)) There are several ways that you can do this. I am familiar with photo shop so am actually making the card designs right in photoshop. I am doing a set right now based on the Rider-Waite tarot system. This is something that I've been working on very slowly over the last few months. If you wind up creating your own deck on the computer you could print your cards on card-stock.
Another method that I like is the collage method. Use magazines, pictures printed off the internet etc. and cut pictures to correspond to the cards you wish to make. You can choose one image for each card or a combination of images. Use glue to hold them in place until you laminate them. For those of you who love to paint or draw you may wish to hand paint or draw each card. Another method is taking photos to correspond to each card. Whatever you choose, get creative and have fun with it!
When the cards are the way you wish them to be, you can use laminating paper to laminate them. You may wish to have them done at a place as well. I know our Staples out here does it for really cheap. For most of you this will most likely not be a quick project. However, it is the best way I know to really get in and learn the tarot cards. It's an amazing experience that brings an incredible light to this method of divination. You will also have a greater personal connection with your deck making it easier to read as you are the one who designed it! :))))))
Below are some decks I saw on Etsy that may inspire you. Not all of them are handmade, but you can still see the idea. :)))) Under each deck is the link to the Etsy shop where I found them. :))
Much Love and Many Blessings,