How to trim Tarot cards + a lesson in facing fears

how to trim tarot or cards

I came across a rather heated argument on a Tarot forum recently, and thought I’d weigh in with my 2 cents. The argument started when someone posted pictures of a Tarot deck that they had modified by cutting the white borders around the card. While a lot of people chimed in with pictures of their own modified decks, there were some who roundly criticized the lot of them for “disfiguring” and “ruining” their Tarot cards.

I share my take in this video, and show you how I trimmed the borders on one of my old Oracle decks. You can see the huge difference that trimming edges off your cards can make to the cards!

To trim or not to trim Tarot cards: that is the question!

Of the two main arguments put forth, the one I found rather amusing was the idea that Tarot cards are “sacred” and should not be “disfigured”. Even though the Tarot is a deeply spiritual tool for me, I believe that the magic, so to speak, is in me, not the cards. The cards are just a medium through which the “magic” {a.k.a. intuition} awakens. So to trim or not to trim is a rather moot point from that perspective.

The other argument was around cutting through the lamination on the cards, and the fear that it would somehow ruin the cards or the artwork. However, this was also roundly debunked by a number of people who had trimmed the borders off their cards and had been using them since years.

But isn’t trimming a Tarot deck just a waste of time?

I will admit that I have seen a lot of trimmed Tarot decks, and thought it was just a waste of time. I mean, why would anyone want to spend hours cutting the little white borders off a deck? It isn’t going to make that much of a difference in how they look, or so I thought.

Until, that is, I saw pictures of a trimmed Wisdom of the Oracle deck. This is one of my favorite card decks; I love the images and I thought that I was perfectly happy with the white border around it. But when I saw how the images popped once the borders had been trimmed off, I just knew that I HAD to trim the deck!

Of course, trimming your favorite card deck isn’t for the faint of heart! I experimented by trimming the borders of an unused and unloved card deck that has been languishing in my drawer since ages. Turns out, it’s really not all that hard. In fact, I found it to be quite a meditative process.

In the video above, I’ve shown you exactly how I cut and cornered the cards – so take a look if you haven’t already! And do hit like and subscribe to the channel- I am planning to post more art and Tarot videos there. Plus, you can see how much of a difference trimming the borders made to this deck. From absolutely hating it, I’m thinking I may be tempted to give it another try!

Not into Tarot and are never going to trim a card deck?

No problem! Some of the techniques I’ve demonstrated can help you with other art + craft projects too. I see a lot of uses for the corner trimmer, for example, apart from just trimming Tarot cards!

Plus, I found this entire exercise to be quite a lesson in working through fears. There are so many little things we are afraid of doing for fear that we may mess it up. But as I learnt, it always helps to start small, with something that isn’t that big a deal, to get over the fear and build up your courage + confidence!

Hope you enjoyed this video + post. Do let me know what videos you’d like to see me do next! πŸ™‚

Materials needed:

A good pair of scissors – I like these ones, but any good, sharp pair will do.

Corner cutters – I used this one, but you can use any 5mm corner cutter.

Note: Corner cutters require a little pressure to work well. I recommend cornering some scrap card stock to get a hang of how they work before you use it on your final project.

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  1. This is an informative post for sure! Next one I hope you dedicate a video to cancerians πŸ˜‰

    Not into tarot cards but I did get a session done ages ago!
    I can definitely use these scissors for projects of my kids!

  2. I have changed the layout of my own cards after I saw a deck someone cut and it looked SO spectacular! I think that cutting a deck is worth it, I am going to do it with my ceccoli tarot soon, as I love the cards so much and reading them is very easy. For other decks I still need the subtitles as the art isn’t as intuitive.

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