The Antiquarian Lenormand's first edition had hand-inked edges applied to all 150 decks using black permanent ink. In my opinion, the cards are beautiful with this additional detail. However, the next printing will not come with this black edge treatment. It's very easy to do on your own, but way too many decks for me to tackle. I invite you to edge treat your decks! It creates a finishing touch that gives the Antiquarian Lenormand its elegant aesthetic. You can use this process to edge treat any of your card decks that have a black border on both sides.
The video post below shows how to do this yourself. It's very easy and takes about 10-15 minutes to do one deck. I use the jumbo size Avery Marks-A-Lot Permanent Marker but you can use the medium size. As long as it has the chisel tip you're safe from making mistakes. This wide chisel tip prevents accidental clumsy marks that can occur when using a non-chiseled tip. Since it is perpendicular to the card, it's rather fool proof. Watch the video, you'll see what I mean. I only show one card as an example to keep the video short but I think you'll get the idea. It's important that you ink one card at a time. It doesn't take that long and it will eliminate any bleed through that may happen from trying to ink all the cards' edges in a stack.
The reason I use The Avery Marks-A-Lot Permanent Marker is because it is non-toxic, low odor and non-fading. Other brands smell and fade over time. I have no affiliation with this company. I have tested a few markers out and this marker particularly is the best, IMO.
When you're finished, you'll have a lovely black faux-gilded edge treatment. It can become addicting, trust me. I've edge-treated several decks in my collection. :) I also use Tim Holtz Ink pads for some of my decks. You have to be careful with his inkpads as they are water-based and could be too wet for your more precious decks. His inkpads fade easily since they are not permanent. I have also used his markers, which are also water-based and act the same way as his inkpads. So please choose your decks carefully when using the water based or the permanent inks for that matter. I would suggest that you don't use your delicate or treasured cards!
*It's best if the borders on the front and back match.
*Try any of these tools on a test or title card first if your deck came with one.
6/4/2015 09:54:45 am
This is wonderful, thank you so much for sharing! I wonder, are there any permanent metallic markers out there that might achieve the gilded edge effect that some cards come with? I would really love to gilt the edges of my Röerich Tarot in silver someday, but I don't want to risk anything on it until I know exactly what I'm doing!
6/4/2015 12:09:59 pm
Hi Tess, I've actually tried a couple metallic markers from Sharpie brand and they did not work to achieve that flashy gilded affect like I wanted. Though I have heard that they do work for some people. It's just that the metallic Sharpies are notorious for drying up quickly so you really have to make sure you have a fresh one. I must have had a lemon. There's another brand called Tsukineko Brilliance that come in metallic shades. They have several metallic ink pads but they are messy to work with. I would not recommend them unless you want to test them out on a guinea pig deck. Good luck!!
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