Printer Studio mini cards

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Printer Studio has a good reputation in the game community and certainly has good pricing. For Mint Tin Pirates and Mint Tin Villagers, mini cards will be used. These are half the size of a poker card and fit well in the mint tins.

However, I’ve never seen the cards first hand and needed to before finalizing the Kickstarter page. I needed business cards and typically use mini Moo cards but figured I’d get a 54 card deck of mini cards instead. A bonus is that these cards are much less than the mini Moos and come out to about a nickel a piece.

What better to spark a conversation about upcoming Kickstarter projects than to have a quirky business card.

When researching game components, I came across two posts about Printer Studio cards that helped me decide to use them. And I’m happy with what I received. To add to the online info about Printer Studio cards for game designers, I’ve snapped some pics and added captions to them. You can see a bigger version of each pic by clicking it. =)

These are the 310 gram per square metre cards with a linen finish. Even though these are printed in California, the paper comes from France and has a great feel, springiness, and snap. The linen finish creates a cushion of air for effortless shuffling.

Only the 54 card decks come with this little box, other sizes are just shrink-wrapped (these were shrink-wrapped as well).
The plastic window is small and meant for a bar code – the first card you upload into their online designer tool will be the top card visible
Colour was true to what I expected and I created the art at 600 dpi (300 dpi would have been fine, but I’m a bit persnickety) =D
You can see the printing and cutting drift and I won’t be using a border like these in the actual games. I wanted to see if the colour filled the sides and it does not.
The linen finish is clearly seen here and these cards have a plastic coating to help them last longer.
A nice fit in the mint tins, leaving plenty of space for the dice, meeples, and cubes.
There’s a black layer of mesh patterned paper sandwiched between the card face and card back to prevent being able to see through the cards. In normal light you absolutely can’t see through them.