This week I finally received my 5mm rounded corner cutter and got round to something I’ve been wanting to do for a while – give my Universal Waite deck a borderectomy!
In the past I de-bordered my Londa Tarot and I regret it immensely. Not only because that deck is now OOP (out of print) but I completely butchered it and tried to round the corners with scissors <FACEPALM – DON’T DO IT PEOPLE>. Now that I have my corner cutter I will be working on repairing the deck as best I can.
For the future – I would never recommend cutting a deck that is not widely available or that you don’t have a back up for already. I felt quite confident de-bordering the Universal Waite deck as it was very cheap and there are still a ton of these decks in circulation, so had I NOT liked the finished result, I can just replace my deck.
I recommend using either a guillotine or rotary cutter OR very sharp scissors, like tailoring scissors, this is the only way to get a nice clean edge. Rounded corner cutters generally come in 5mm and 10mm sizes, I chose 5mm because on this particular deck some of the titles – especially the Page’s – come very close to the edge so I didn’t want to cut too much off.
I took some before shots of my Universal Waite:
One thing that really bugged me about the Universal Waite deck was the little copyright notice up the side – I personally think it looks tacky. I will admit the borders give it a clean look, however, I really wanted to achieve an effect whereby the images kind of ‘blend’ into one another. I was also not keen on the borders on the back of the cards – I know picky picky! That’s purely from my personal tastes, I just don’t like the look of it, I don’t think it looks good for fanning.
On a practical note, I also wanted to make the deck a more convenient size for sideways shuffling – before the borderectomy I was shuffling long ways, and it really isn’t as satisfying for me!
I took a couple of pictures during the process:
As you can see I used very sharp tailoring scissors. If I was to do another deck I would opt for a guillotine or a rotary cutter, as my thumb still has pins and needles from the repetitive pressure on it. That pink contraption is my corner rounder – I did each card one by one and it gave a very nice clean edge. I wouldn’t personally do more than one card at a time, especially with a slippery deck like this, as it would be all too easy to slip. I actually held the card and corner rounder up in my hand and used my thumb to push down – this photo is for visual effect only 🙂
Introducing my brand new Universal Waite tarot deck!
I am really pleased with the finished look – the images blend into one another nicely and those horrid borders are history.
I don’t think EVERY deck would benefit from a borderectomy, but I definitely feel like my Universal Waite has had a much needed facelift!
I especially like how the backs look fanned out on my reading table – those stars really pop out now.
The size is also much more user friendly, and easier to shuffle.
I am looking forward to using the modified Universal Waite deck in a reading, and plan on posting a video reading to my Youtube channel soon!
I’m currently running a video series of real tarot readings on Youtube – if you do a search for Tarot Ninja it should come right up 🙂
Thanks for reading – feel free to share your own modified Tarot Decks in the comments below!
You can buy the Universal Waite deck by CLICKING HERE.
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