Bonus Offering with the 2020 Metaphysician’s Day Planner
This blog post will showcase the do-it-yourself printables for a Vitruvian Mini tarot deck. These digital files are a bonus offering that comes with the 2020 Metaphysician’s Day Planner, so if you want these printables, then you’ll want to order the 2020 Day Planner!
It started with having to configure the template for the box design of Spirit Keeper’s Tarot Vitruvian Edition. To make sure everything fit as it’s supposed to, I printed out the box design template, cut it out, folded, and assembled it into an actual box to make sure the designs were aligned as intended.
Of course my initial thought was to print the mock-up and assemble at actual size. However, in the moment, I didn’t have the means to, and could only print it smaller, to scale, on a standard 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper. So I did.
I cut, folded, and assembled a teensy tiny little 1.5″ x 2.25″ x 0.75″ box, top and bottom lids. Then I thought, you know, how cute would it be to print out at least a handful of my tarot cards in a size that would fit in the box? Then I realized it would take only 4 sheets of paper to print the full deck of cards at 1.24″ x 2.13″.
So I did. I cut the mini cards out, tucked them into the mini box I made, and squealed with delight.
This was too cute. Another reason this is a fun experience is because you’re reenacting what it’d be like to craft and produce the physical printed copy of a tarot deck and its box.
In the deck production process, the layout of the box lids would be printed out, and then someone would manually fold, assemble, and glue it together. The cards of the deck are printed in sheets, and then cut down to individual cards, then stacked into the assembled box. Now you’ll be going through that whole crafting process to gain some more empathy and insight into what it takes to produce a deck.
Readable? Probably not without a magnifying glass. Durable? Errr… Well, I used 24 lb (90 gsm) business letter paper, so admittedly, these cards are flimsy. Compare: Standard tarot cardstock is 300 gsm and the SKT decks are printed on 350 gsm. I used 90 gsm letter paper.
Some of the Big League hotshot office printers today will be able to print the card sheets out for you on 300 gsm cardstock. Neither my home nor office printers could handle that, unfortunately.
Does any of that even matter when the mini tarot deck is this effing cute? Nope!
If you want to craft your own copy of this deck, which I’m dubbing the Vitruvian Mini, you’ll need access to the following:
- Printer that can print double-sided
- 6 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ paper (or cardstock)
- Glue stick
- Clear tape
- Optional: Letter opener to score the edges before folding
Start to finish, this takes me under 30 minutes to produce the 80-card mini tarot deck with top and bottom lid box. If you know you’re not terribly crafty, then this may take closer to 1-2 hours.
The good news is you’re going to be getting the digital files, and they’re so, so very easy to print from any home or office printer. Print and try-try-again as many times as you need until you get it right.
You’ll print out the digital templates I provide you with, then follow a guided video tutorial so you know what to cut, how to cut and fold, where to glue or tape, etc.
Yes, you’ll get a guided video tutorial so it’ll sort of be like I’m sitting right there with you walking you through each step of the crafting.
The final result is a deck of SKT tarot cards that are 1.24″ x 2.13″ in their own tiny box. What you see in the photos here are a grayscale version, but that’s just because of the printer I used. If you have access to a printer that can print full color, then these will come out in the same sepia tones as the SKT Vitruvian.
The instructions I’m providing is basic. Once you get a handle over the basic instructions, you can go as fancy and as creative as you’d like. Print on sturdy cardstock, print in grayscale or full color, laminate the cards, round the edges, go nuts.
The Digital Printables
The digital templates come as PDF files to be printed on standard US letter size, 8.5″ x 11″. If you print on any other size paper, like European A4, then make sure your printer settings are configured to “Print Actual Size,” that way none of the dimensions of the image files are changed. Otherwise, if your printer prints the images “To Fit,” then everything will go wonky. You have to “Print Actual Size” for this to work.
I used 90 gsm (24 lb.) business letter paper for both the cards and the box, mostly because my printer doesn’t take anything thicker. You’ll need to first check the maximum thickness of paper your printer will take before you go off buying crazy fancy cardstock.
The pro to using 90 gsm business letter paper is nearly any printer at all will be able to print your project without trouble and this type of paper is easy and budget-friendly to acquire.
The con is 90 gsm is rather flimsy, so you’d have to handle your mini tarot deck with care. You can somewhat reinforce the box by layering on glue when you fold and assemble. The layering of glue does help make it a bit sturdier.
The quality of your mini deck is in your hands, not mine. For what should be very obvious reasons, I can’t guarantee your production outcome.
The digital files are as aligned as I could manage and after 15 tries myself, I was able to get my printer to print out one copy of the deck and box where the front and back card images were perfectly aligned. However, the way paper is fed into your printer isn’t always precise, and just a little itty bit of misalignment and the front and backs won’t align perfectly. So there’s that to contend with.
You’re Purchasing a Limited License
Here’s what that means in plain English.
- Print out and put together as many physical copies of the Vitruvian Mini as you like for personal, non-commercial uses only.
- You are not permitted to commercialize the Vitruvian Mini in any way whatsoever. You cannot make and then sell these. That is in clear violation of the license granted.
- You are not permitted to cause the Vitruvian Mini to be mass-produced. It is expected that you are printing the files to produce a single physical copy of the deck, one at a time, and not in bulk quantity.
- You can use these digital files for any personal, non-commercial purposes. Commercial purposes not permitted, unless you’ve otherwise spoken with me about purchasing a license to do so.
Why Purchase and Print the Vitruvian Mini?
Straight talk. No reason at all. There’s no good reason to purchase and print the Vitruvian Mini.
Other than it being really stinkin’ cute.
Like I said, I am assuring you it’s a very simple craft DIY project. No one is asking you to format the box design. All the work is done for you. If you have a printer, you just print the digital files on regular paper, follow the video tutorial, and cut along the lines I tell you to cut.
It is kind of a cute talisman to keep tucked away in your handbag or coat pocket.
Look at this thing. It’s the size of a binder clip.
How To Order
License for unlimited printing of the SKT Vitruvian Mini tarot deck digital files, so long as the purpose is for personal, non-commercial uses only.
This will be a bonus offering included with the 2020 Metaphysician’s Day Planner purchase. More about the 2020 Day Planner here.
Important Note. NOT INCLUDED:
- Tech support is not included in your purchase order. I am so very, very sorry, but you are on your own when it comes to your printer settings, how to feed paper into your printer, where to print, how to align for double-sided printing, how to change the ink cartridges in your printer, you get me, right? You are on your own when it comes to all that. And for those of you snickering at me for writing this out, don’t snicker. These questions will come up if I don’t write this out.
- I cannot guarantee the production quality or outcome of the physical deck you produce. If you’re not very crafty, you may have to try, try again. Heck, I made, messed up, and recycled a ton of attempts before I got one where the backs and fronts were aligned in a satisfactory way. I know it can be done, because I did it. However, depending on how well your printer aligns the paper for double-sided printing, getting that alignment just right can be rough.
“May I send the digital files of the deck to others?”
“May I transfer, re-grant, or assign my license rights to others?”
“May I craft and produce many copies of the mini deck and gift it to my friends?”
Yes, you may gift physically produced mini decks you assemble and craft yourself, with your own two hands, to as many loved ones as you like. Please gift freely. That would actually make me quite happy to know that’s what you’re doing.
“May I craft and produce many copies of the mini deck and have my friends pay me the actual cost of materials?”
No. I don’t know what culture of gifting you’re from, but that’s not a gift.
“May I craft and produce many copies of the mini deck and sell it?”
No. Personal, non-commercial uses only.
“May I modify the digital files to add my own unique, creative flair and design, then print and craft a physical copy of the deck?”
Omigosh yes! Please! And will you please share your deck modifications on social media? How cool is that! If that’s how you roll, I’m going to put you up to it and challenge you to really, really get creative! Just how awesome can you make your deck mod be?
“May I print a physical copy of the deck, using the digital files I received, to produce a much larger size version of the SKT Mini?”
Well, I mean, you can try. I don’t know how well it’ll turn out. The resolution might not be sharp enough for larger size printing beyond the Mini.