Last week I decided to free my deck from the black borders that contained them!
Allow me to elucidate a few points: I had planned on the finished cards being no bigger than 3″x5″ but when they arrived from the printer they were a full 3.5″ x 5.5″. Fantastic for the art, but a bit unwieldly. I wanted the deck published borderless but because of the limitations the printer had to work with it was not an option. Further, they required quite a large border.
Trimming off the border brought the size of the cards back down to about 2.75″ x 4.5″ a very nice size for shuffling! They now look beautiful without the border and the lines and shapes in the images can flow into one another how I intended them! It’s a very nice effect.
I chose to trim off the titles as well, though you could leave the border on the bottom if you like. What I did was use a gold pen and wrote in the titles. It’s readable but subtle and doesn’t take away from the image. I probably would have used a silver pen if I had one handy. I didn’t round the edges like many people like to do just because I personally like them squared. To round them you can purchase a corner rounder for fairly cheap at any craft store.
To trim I used a rotary paper trimmer. I didn’t do any kind of fancy measurements, I just eyeballed it and they are all close eough to shuffle nicely. For the occasional card that still had a tiny strip of black showing I used some small, sharp, pointy scissors, the kind you would use for collage, to carefully trim it off.
Here are some pictures!