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Hey all,

Just got done making my custom foil difficulty cards and thought I would share.

If you are going to try this at home, please read all warning labels on all supplies you use. Don't come blaming me if you decided to burn down your house or singe your nose hair!

Stuff Used: MTG Shards of Mirrodin (or newer) Foil cards bough online for $0.25 cents a piece. Acetone picked up from a hardware store, Blue Shop Towels, Something to lay on the table so you don't make a mess.

MTG card after a few rubs with acetone and a towel.

Rub all the ink off of the card.

It gets messy.

De-inked cards are ready. Time to bust out the transparencies. *Note: I printed the images backwards so when I applied the adhesive, the ink would be sandwiched in between the transparency and the card.

Tape everything down so the spray adhesive doesn't get underneath.

After applying the spray adhesive, quickly place the cards. *Note: Roll over the back of the cards with something to make sure the transparency and the cards are pressed firmly together. I used a rolling pin.

After the adhesive dries (I just left mine overnight), cut out the card.

Shiny!

And done.


If you have any questions about this process, or if my quick rundown was not detailed enough, please check out this video which walks through the process step by step (this video is not mine, I just followed the steps ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEt1bsMvvZI

Thanks for the read! And hit the "Thumbs-Up" if you like these!
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Awesome work (as always)! thumbsupthumbsup

Will you be uploading the file, or shall I send you a GM with my email address?
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Robman wrote:
Awesome work (as always)! thumbsupthumbsup

Will you be uploading the file, or shall I send you a GM with my email address?


Thanks man.

Unfortunately since I got let go from my job earlier this week, I do not have access to InDesign which I used to make these. I just happened to have printed the transparencies last week so I had them before everything went down.

I have a friend looking for his old copy now that he said I could have, but right now, all I have is the InDesign file and no way to open it

If I can get past this issue, I will gladly share a PDF for everyone to use.
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This is awesome! I was just thinking about how to do something like this for a project I'm doing for my little girl.

Do you know if it works on both sides?
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I do not know of a way to remove the ink from the back of the card without damaging it.

The only think I can think of is if you wanted to do a different image on the back, you could try something like a large printable shipping label, stick it on and cut it out.
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So awesome, great work man.
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Aloha,

If you send me the Indesign file I can open it and save as a PDF for you and everyone to enjoy.


Thanks,
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Aloha,

If you send me the Indesign file I can open it and save as a PDF for you and everyone to enjoy.


Thanks,
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Thanks Jason! That would be awesome. Due to the file sizes and numerous images, I tossed everything into dropbox.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3uq233ogqprv6ki/4CusTt2Hc5

I also tossed in the only Percolator font I have on my drive. I hope that is the right one. Please let me know if I missed anything and I will post it to the dropbox.

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The font in the indesign file is "Percolator Expert" but the one in dropbox is "Percolator." Easy enough for me to replace the "missing font" with Percolator but not sure if that was your intent.
Also, the indesign file has all the components (images, text) mirrored and backwards (at least for me?).
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Chronophobic wrote:
The font in the indesign file is "Percolator Expert" but the one in dropbox is "Percolator." Easy enough for me to replace the "missing font" with Percolator but not sure if that was your intent.
Also, the indesign file has all the components (images, text) mirrored and backwards (at least for me?).


I thought that was the wrong one. The Percolator Expert is the font I used, I just don't have the file anymore.

Yes everything is backwards so when you print them on a transparency, the ink is sandwiched between the foil card and the transparency. I didn't do that the first time and my test cards came out backwards
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Gotcha.

There is one missing link: 4c5a8a793d6b0c455151aedd6bea11cc.jpg

Is that in dropbox, or even necessary? I didn't see it the first time.
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Chronophobic wrote:
Gotcha.

There is one missing link: 4c5a8a793d6b0c455151aedd6bea11cc.jpg

Is that in dropbox, or even necessary? I didn't see it the first time.


The missing image has been uploaded. It is a duplicate image of Magneto pulling the adamantium out of Wolverine. The one I originally included was named different. Both images are now in there.

Thanks for the catch!
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Ok cool. Let me know if these work for you.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-ZaqSq3dO7QSmx6aXg1VkFQTlU/...
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-ZaqSq3dO7QbzMxSk5ra3M3SEk/...

Note: the previews generated by google don't represent true colors in the PDF, just download them to view
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Chronophobic wrote:
Ok cool. Let me know if these work for you.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-ZaqSq3dO7QSmx6aXg1VkFQTlU/...
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-ZaqSq3dO7QbzMxSk5ra3M3SEk/...

Note: the previews generated by google don't represent true colors in the PDF, just download them to view


It seems the font size is off somehow. Parts of the titles are missing and hyphenated. Not sure how that happened. Did you find the Percalator Expert font or did you swap it with the only one I had?

The black text in the body is spot on because the attack icons are perfectly inline. Could you resize the font that has the outerglow effect?

Man I really wish I had InDesign...Then this wouldn't be a problem.
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Forgot to mention...all instances of Percalator Expert have been replaced with Percalator (which you uploaded).

I'll check the InDesign file when I get a few minutes and see about resizing the font or downloading Percolator Expert from somewhere.
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Chronophobic wrote:
Forgot to mention...all instances of Percalator Expert have been replaced with Percalator (which you uploaded).

I'll check the InDesign file when I get a few minutes and see about resizing the font or downloading Percolator Expert from somewhere.


Sorry I have not made it back to the office to rework the Indesign file to PDF as I am traveling for work.

However, if you are looking for percolator expert font perhaps try the link below (not sure how safe this site is I found it on a google search, so use at your own risk)

Of course you can always pay $29.99 from www.font.com to buy the font.

http://www.fonts101.com/fonts/view/Uncategorized/28098/Perco...

I will be able to reach the office and my Indesign on Tuesday if this has not been resolved by then......I can get it done.
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Either one of you know how I can get a good deal on an InDesign license? If so, PM me please. I want to contiue to make new stuff and update my divider sets I have posted here on BGG, but I can't afford a new license.
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Haven't explored it, but that fonts101 site offers an EXE for download so I'm not trusting it

As for the license, I think I'm in the same boat as you two: InDesign via work
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This time I didn't replace the font, just left it as-is with it missing...
Didn't see any unintended hyphenation?

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-ZaqSq3dO7QUlExMU5UQkgwanc/...
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-ZaqSq3dO7QV0FDMllJU0xzX0U/...
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Chronophobic wrote:
This time I didn't replace the font, just left it as-is with it missing...
Didn't see any unintended hyphenation?

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-ZaqSq3dO7QUlExMU5UQkgwanc/...
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-ZaqSq3dO7QV0FDMllJU0xzX0U/...


The text is too high. I just found a Percalator Expert Font file. Just uploaded it to the drop box.

If you don't want to mess with that, then I would just move the text down so they fit in the box. The percalator expert font is a pain to use. I had to manualy center it.
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As long as you manually centered the font in the indesign file you have on dropbox, it should be fine. I'll play with it tomorrow and try again.
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K, downloaded a free trial for now. PDF copy of foils is now on dropbox.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7d79m1otgqmvang/Foil%20Cards.pdf

Text looks funny in the preview. Download the file to get the outerglow effect to show properly
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^ Awesome, well done
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Well done...

Time to buy up some of these cards to use.......
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Just purchased some MTG foils, getting ready to start this. Love the idea.

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