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Martin Gonzalvez of Martin's Print and Play Hideaway demonstrates how to craft professional looking print and play cards using these nine tools:


  1. Fiskars Rotary Cutter

  2. Metal ruler with non-slip cork back

  3. OLFA self-healing mat (24" x 36")

  4. Kadomaru Pro corner rounder

  5. Fiskars Scissors

  6. Hole Punch (single) - used for card alignment

  7. 3M Super 77 Multipurpose spray glue

  8. Crystal clear spray paint - seals ink on cards

  9. Neenah Bright White cardstock (65 lb.)

Need a box for your print & play games? Check out these template tools:


  1. Deck In a Box

  2. Templatemaker.nl

  3. Super Deluxe Tuckbox Template Maker

  4. Board Game Tuckbox Generator

Rounded card corners - Rest in Peace: The Asylum

Image Credit: Cheryl Levy

For print-&-play games, having a color printer is a must as it will be your primary workhorse. The printer is responsible for turning digital files into physical cards, rulebooks, playmats, and other game components.


After printing out the game components, use a corner cutter to round out sharp edges and give your game a more professional look. PnP Paradise highly recommends a Sunstar Kadomaru Pro for this task due to its unparalleled reliability, efficiency, and precision.

Since the games at PnP Paradise were created by many different game designers, you may stumble upon components that are not conveniently formatted for cutting.

This video shows how to use a FREE program (Inkscape) to edit the layout of card game files.


TIP: Use a poker card to back your custom printed card fronts - Gunfighter

Card Sleeves can be used to protect your precious cards. A tip for quickly getting card games ready to play is to place a regular poker card into a card sleeve and use it as a hard back for your freshly cut-out game card.


Alternatively, a laminator can be used with thermal laminating pouches to permanently protect cards and tokens with a waterproof plastic coating.

A paper trimmer is used to quickly cut out multiple pages of game cards at once. Additionally, a circle punch can help with the creation of customized game tokens.


Use an assortment of meeples, colored dice, and game tokens to spice up your creations!

PnP with some color and flair - One Deck Dungeon

Image Credit: Cee Phour (from BGG)

If you are looking to slap a new theme on one of your favorite games, NanDeck is a program that you can use to create your own customized print and play version.

This video is the first part of a four-video tutorial series that shows you how to use NanDeck proficiently.

This video provides a step-by-step guide for crafting the print & play version of Dune: The Board Game.

(materials used in the video are listed below)


  1. Canon Compact TS6020 wireless color printer

  2. Full page labels (8.5" x 11")

  3. Backing board - reinforces game components

  4. Clear spray varnish

  5. Fiskars Rotary Cutter

  6. Alvin GBM self-healing mat

  7. Circle Punch (5/8 inch)