I brought my borderless Thoth to the Study group on Sunday. It hadn’t occurred to me to do it to my Universal Waite until Linda suggested it. There were some questions on the tools to do it. This is what I used.
- 12″ Portable Paper Trimmer by Fiskars – These are available every where. I also have the 9″ which is annoyingly small if you want to trim an 8×11 page.
- 1/8″ radius Corner Rounding tool from Oregon Lamination – They are 1/2 mile from my house but they do mail order. I found out about them from this article on making decks at Tarot Passages.
The cards are very long and tall now. They looked funny before the corner rounding. I compared the image portion to a regular Rider-Waite deck and the Universal Waite is about 3mm narrower width while the height is the same. The edges felt rough and sharp so I sanded them down with fine grit paper.
As you can see from these pictures the cards look fine. But since I can’t leave well enough alone I put gold paint on the edges with the first gold paint pen I could find around the house. I’m pretty sure I bought it at Michael’s Crafts: Metallic Painters Calligraphy, Opaque Pen Marker by Hunt Corporation – Gold.
Wow! The paint ran over the edges a bit so they have a gold border on both sides. Much better than the white sanded edges. This really did the finishing trick.