19 Nov Custom holiday playing cards make the perfect gift
Get in the dealer’s seat with these simple steps to design your own deck
Looking for the perfect one-size-fits-all gift for your entire list this holiday season? Design your own custom set of holiday playing cards!
A deck of cards is the gift that keeps on giving, providing endless hours of entertainment every time they are pulled out. We especially love them as a gift to your friends, family and coworkers as we are encouraged to stay inside and social distance. Instead of your company holiday party, send your employees a branded deck of cards to encourage them to spend time offline with their families. Normally have a large family reunion every December? Send them cards decked out with family photos instead. Missing the annual neighborhood potluck? Spread the joy house by house with your playing cards.
Custom designed playing cards look really impressive but trust us, you don’t have to be an expert graphic designer! At Mr. Playing Card, we make it easy to create your deck of cards in just a few steps!
Choose a Theme
Before starting the design, brainstorm an overall concept. The theme will tie into all of the deck elements, creating a full experience. Think about the recipients of the deck. What do they all have in common or what will they all enjoy most? If you are gifting to your employees or clients, consider using your brand colors with a few holiday icons. Maybe you are a company, maybe use your brand colors but with some holiday icons. Family themed? Use family photos or an inside joke as your theme. Or simply go all-in on the holidays. Choose your favorite holiday decoration and make that your theme. When in doubt, use Google or Pinterest to search for some inspiration.
Design the Back
The back of the cards is the pièce de résistance of the deck. After all, there are 54 cards, each with the same back image so it will be seen a lot. Build on your theme and design an image around that. And remember, they don’t have to be elaborate designs to shine!
Style the Pips
Now, let’s move on to the front of the cards and the pips (the small symbols on the front of the card that determine the suit of the card and its rank). You can choose classic faces in red or metallic. However, if you want to really step up your creativity game, you can design custom faces! We provide a template so you can just focus on making those pips come alive.
Pull it all together with the tuck
You’ve designed the deck! Now all that’s left is to tuck them into the box. The tuck box that is! You can choose to just shrink wrap it, or choose a window box and let the back of your card design do all of the talking. But we like to go the extra mile with a custom tuckbox. Add to the theme of your cards with a new design or add a message to all your gift recipients on it.
Have an idea but not the design skills? No worries! We have talented designers on staff that can take care of that for you. Just drop us a line and let us know what you are thinking and we can work together to turn your playing card idea into a great gift this holiday season!