Do you love tarot cards and reading them for your friends or clients, or even just for yourself? And… have you ever wondered what the process of making your OWN deck might be like?
Tarot reading is a great way to connect with your intuition and inner knowing. It can help you tap into the wisdom of your soul as well as give you direction in life. Tarot cards have been around for centuries, but now the barriers to creating a beautiful and meaningful deck of your own are lower than ever. Let’s take a look at the process of making your own tarot deck and give you some starting points.
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Decide on a theme
Tarot decks can be designed around any topic, so it’s important to decide what kind of message or feeling you want to send with your cards. For example: If you’re making a deck centered on crystals, every card must touch on that theme.
Decide on the number of cards
Most tarot decks have 78 cards because this is what works best for divination purposes. However, this is an immensely personal project, so you can make the number of cards anything that makes sense to you and your goals.
Select an artist to work with
Art is subjective, so if someone else loves what you do it doesn’t mean it will resonate with everyone. But at least consider having a professional artist illustrate your deck.
If you don’t want to hire an artist, then that’s totally fine too! You can create your deck using any images or graphics that represent what each card means to you – just make sure you have permission to use those images/graphics, so don’t just use whatever comes to hand – buy them on a platform like Creative Market.
Print, cut and shuffle
Once all the cards are created it’s time for printing a sample! I recommend using minimum 300gsm paper for your cards so they will have some weight to them.
Working with a professional printer is an option if you want to go that route, but there are also many great print-on-demand services like Moo.com or Vistaprint which will work for this project if it’s just for yourself, or you only need a small number of copies.
If you want to make these cards to sell, you will need to have them professionally printed. Have your printer print a sample first so you can get an idea of how they will look when printed – it’s always good to do this before ordering hundreds!
Share with others early
Don’t keep your creative project all to yourself because it will feel even more special if you get some feedback from people who have actually used it. Tarot decks can be used by any type of reader, so you can even get some readings done yourself and see how it feels from the other side of the table, so to speak!
Store your deck properly
Keep the cards in a box or bag that is suitable for them. Your printer can make packaging for you as well, either budget friendly or more luxurious, depending on your target audience (and budget).
Sell your cards
If you made the deck because it has deep meaning for you, but also want to make something with them that other people can use too there are many ways to do this:
Create An Etsy Store
Etsy allows you sell handmade items and is an ideal platform for this genre of product.
Sell at live events – You could even create a tarot reading event or host one as part of an art show with other creatives and share your deck with others there.
Many card deck creators launch on Kickstarter. This is a great way to get your deck out there and connect with like-minded people!
Your Own Website
Building your own wesbite on Shopify is another option too and I have a guide for picking a website platform right here.
Check out this other blog post now that you’re ready to create your own tarot, affirmation or oracle card deck.