How Do You Make Printed Card Games?

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By Monica Bates

Are you a game lover interested in creating your own printed card game? With the rise in popularity of tabletop games, it’s no surprise that more and more people are turning to game creation. Here’s a guide on how to make printed card games.

Step 1: Choose Your Theme

The first step in making a printed card game is choosing a theme. This could be anything from fantasy to sci-fi or even something as simple as animals. Your theme will help guide the design of your cards and the overall feel of your game.

Step 2: Design Your Cards

Once you have a theme, it’s time to design your cards. You can use software like Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape to create your designs. Make sure each card has a unique design and includes all necessary information such as the card name, any special abilities or rules, and any necessary icons or symbols.


Consider using different colors for each type of card (e.g., blue for character cards, green for item cards, etc.) to make them easier to distinguish during gameplay.

Step 3: Choose Your Printing Method

There are several ways you can print your cards. One option is to print them at home using a high-quality printer and cardstock paper. Another option is to use an online printing service like Printer Studio or DriveThruCards.


If you’re planning on selling your game commercially, consider getting quotes from multiple printing services to find the best price and quality.

Step 4: Cut Your Cards

Once your cards are printed, it’s time to cut them out. You can use scissors or a paper cutter for this step, but make sure each card is cut precisely so they all have the same size and shape.


Consider rounding the corners of your cards to prevent them from getting damaged during gameplay.

Step 5: Playtest Your Game

Before you release your game to the world, make sure to playtest it thoroughly. This will help you identify any issues with gameplay or card design that need to be fixed before release.


Consider reaching out to friends or local gaming groups for playtesting feedback.

Step 6: Publish and Promote Your Game

Once your game is ready, it’s time to publish and promote it. You can publish your game on websites like BoardGameGeek or Kickstarter. You can also promote it on social media or at local gaming events.


Consider creating a demo version of your game that people can try for free before purchasing the full version.

  • In conclusion,
  • Creating a printed card game takes time and effort, but it can be a fun and rewarding experience.
  • Remember to:
  • Choose a theme
  • Design your cards
  • Choose your printing method
  • Cut your cards
  • Playtest your game
  • Publish and promote your game.

With these steps in mind, you’re well on your way to creating a successful printed card game. Good luck!