Marking Double-Blank Cards

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Marking Double-Blank Cards

Postby Bob Farmer » July 31st, 2020, 1:04 pm

I'm looking for ideas on how to mark one double-blank card in a packet of twenty-six double-blank cards.

My first solution was to corner short all four corners with a 1/4" corner rounder.

Then I considered a white ink on the white surface.

Any other ideas?

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Re: Marking Double-Blank Cards

Postby Joe Lyons » July 31st, 2020, 1:18 pm

Bob Farmer wrote:I'm looking for ideas on how to mark one double-blank card in a packet of twenty-six double-blank cards.

My first solution was to corner short all four corners with a 1/4" corner rounder.

Then I considered a white ink on the white surface.

Any other ideas?

Use a punch?

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Re: Marking Double-Blank Cards

Postby Bob Farmer » July 31st, 2020, 1:47 pm

Good idea Joe.

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Re: Marking Double-Blank Cards

Postby Joe Lyons » July 31st, 2020, 1:54 pm

Bob Farmer wrote:Good idea Joe.

Thanks.

Conversely you could use luminous marking but the use of glasses can be limiting.

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Re: Marking Double-Blank Cards

Postby Brad Henderson » July 31st, 2020, 2:32 pm

Chelman had the brilliant idea of using the white letraset type decals inside/on the white border of the cards. Largely invisible unless you know where to look.

I’ve just always used a pencil dot at the corner to mark blank cards. No one has ever seemed to notice. I suspect because it looks just like a speck of dirt.

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Re: Marking Double-Blank Cards

Postby Brad Henderson » July 31st, 2020, 2:36 pm

You could also consider removing the sheen/finish of one of the cards and you can see it by contrast

Blob of /liquid paper/ white out? (If they still make it?)

A drop of crazy glue also works as a tactile mark
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Re: Marking Double-Blank Cards

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 31st, 2020, 2:37 pm

Didn't Tom Stone already do this with an entire deck?
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Re: Marking Double-Blank Cards

Postby erdnasephile » July 31st, 2020, 5:53 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:Didn't Tom Stone already do this with an entire deck?


When I read Bob's request, I thought of that as well, but Mr. Stone's deck is grey in color. I wasn't sure if the tech would work with the typical white double-facers.

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Re: Marking Double-Blank Cards

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 31st, 2020, 10:22 pm

It didn't look gray to me.
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Re: Marking Double-Blank Cards

Postby Mark Tams » August 1st, 2020, 7:40 am

Edge marking?

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Re: Marking Double-Blank Cards

Postby chetday » August 2nd, 2020, 3:21 pm

Brad mentioned liquid paper / white out. I recently purchased out of curiosity what I assume is next generation white out, something called Tombow Mono Correction Tape. This product might be something worth considering for what you're trying to do, Bob.

https://www.amazon.com/Tombow-68627-Correction-Non-Refillable-White/dp/B00006IF96

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Re: Marking Double-Blank Cards

Postby Bob Farmer » August 2nd, 2020, 3:43 pm

Good idea. I'll try that.

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Re: Marking Double-Blank Cards

Postby Bob Farmer » August 3rd, 2020, 9:54 am

Place a small piece of Scotch Magic Tape on the card. If the card is tilted slightly you can see the tape. I've also played around with small pieces of this tape on the backs of regular cards to mark a card. It's sort of a DIY Juice Deck. More about this later.

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Re: Marking Double-Blank Cards

Postby Chris Aguilar » August 3rd, 2020, 11:38 am

Bob Farmer wrote:Place a small piece of Scotch Magic Tape on the card. If the card is tilted slightly you can see the tape. I've also played around with small pieces of this tape on the backs of regular cards to mark a card. It's sort of a DIY Juice Deck. More about this later.

If you don't want to use tape, I'd think roughing fluid or a hit from a roughing stick would accomplish the same thing without tape. With the added bonus that you can also use it as a tactile sort of thing. I haven't tried it, but wonder how a dab of "white out" (or a bit of the white paint inking pen) would look on a blank card.

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Re: Marking Double-Blank Cards

Postby Dr. Solka » August 10th, 2020, 9:18 am

Use a razor blade and cut the edge at certain places in a slight angle approx. 1/16 - 1/8". You can feel the cut.
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