How To Make your own double sided Tokens/Chits/Die Cuts, What ever you want to call them...
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So I have this disease of sorts. I CANNOT make a lousy prototype for my game. Sure I made a few white index cards for my initial game decks, but after the first game or two I cant resist the urge to make the components look pretty...

So i figure i'll share my technique so that other geek users can catch this same darned disease...

In this Geek list I shall demonstrate how to make your own Hex Tokens, and with little augmentation this same process can be applied to Game boards, Cards and the like...


Here goes...


(Edit: The only way I could figure out to do this was post the same item over and over with a different picture so please ignore the links to my designer page.)
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These are my starting images. Notice the Registration marks in black to help line up both sides. Also make sure your layout is mirrored.
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I used Xyron Laminate Sheets to add a nice finish to the tokens, here you see me pulling the wax paper from the laminate. I find this is the best way to smoothly apply the laminate to a full sized paper sheet. Printed Sticker paper would go face down next.

http://www.xyron.com/enUS/Products/Adhesive_Solutions/Lamina...
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Here you see the label paper applied to the Laminate

These are what I printed the Starting images on:

http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/683185/Avery-White-Ink...
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Here is the other side with the excess laminate cut off.
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Make sure your section of chipboard is large enough
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Using a Thumb tack pre-puncture the registration marks in the corner on both sheets.
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The holes should line up back to back.
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Now apply the front label sheet to the Chipboard and smooth out any bubbles.
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Now, using the existing holes in the paper, puncture the Chipboard as well.
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Punctured, view from the back.
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Next line up your existing holes on the back paper to the tacks on the chipboard. I find its best to line up all four tacks, and then pull up one corner and remove the wax paper from the label a section at a time, keeping the label mostly pressed against the chipboard.
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Now time to cut!

I used a rolling paper cutter, which I highly recommend over an x-acto knife. And a Ruler is a must!

I was worn out by the end of cutting these though, a mounted rolling paper cutter would be easier if you have access to one.
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One smooth, slow cut with alot of pressure works best. You can feel when your through the chipboard especially when you begin the cut.
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Cut away!
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These smaller cuts are much easier, still I recommend the ruler.
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Keep it up your almost done!
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The Final Product. (the backs lined up perfectly!)

Sorry for the blurry photos, all I had was my phone.

Hope your project goes well!
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Also, Here is a shameless plug for my new game design, The one I was cutting these for...

Look here for updates on how the playtesting is going...

Thanks again and I hope you liked the tutorial.

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