Creating Your Very Own Card Game!

So, you think you have a unique card game idea that you just know will create so much fun and banter at family parties!

But how do you get from concept to having it made professionally? Snapajack has got you covered with five effective steps toward creating a successful custom card game.



Whether your custom card game idea involves a fun twist on learning the different breeds of cats, a hilarious game of family comparisons, or something else altogether, your game needs to break your topic down to the absolute basics.

This will allow you to properly streamline the concept and then transform your game idea into reality.

A big part of narrowing your theme is doing a bit o research on some ground rules so you can add them into your card game idea to provide clarity for your users. Inspiration often comes from pre-existing games, including tabletop games, video games and other forms of interactive entertainment, so be sure to think about why those rules or elements attract you to the game and see how you can incorporate similar ideas into your own game (without flat-out stealing the idea).

One of the most important things to be mindful of with your theme is that you’ll want to make sure the design and rule ideas always match up. For example, if your card game involves a lot of rules of one card trumping another card, you’ll want to ensure you have established the rules right away.

If you find yourself stuck, try adding or removing certain parts of your game idea and see if that makes it more clear.

  • How does it change?
  • What is essential?
  • What was a good idea until it threw off the main goal of the game?
  • How did that element interrupt the game flow?

Answering these questions will get your brain thinking about the mechanics of your game design and ultimately how well your users interact with it.


After step one, your game idea is rushing around in your head. The best way not to forget anything is to write it all down—even if you end up changing it later on. Everything from rules, to the card design and other factors should be written down or drawn out.

With your info at hand, you can begin to tweak, eliminate, add in variations, simplify or embellish your game.

By solidifying how your game is played, you’ll be narrowing down the concept so that it’s actually playable.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when narrowing down the logistics of your game:

  • What do you want players to do?
  • How can they win the game?
  • What are the rules?
  • Are there exceptions to the rules?
  • How many people can play at once?
  • What is the minimum and maximum amount of players?
  • Is it meant for teams or individual play?
  • Can there be a tie?
  • Is the game timed?
  • How does the game progress (turn-based or rounds)?
  • How will the players interact?


Design each card by hand or digitally. If this is something you have confidence in, you can probably create something really amazing on your own.

If you are creative, but have limited design skills, sits such as Canva and Adobe Spark are very easy to use and will help you to create some very professional looking without much effort.

There are also some fab Apps that we can advise!

If you have the idea, but can't even contemplate designing it all, then talk to us at Snapajack as we can help you with that for an artwork fee.



Now that you have your game, your images and your big ideas, you can easily upload the card game using own online personalisation tool! We advise that for big games and lots of upload, you use our desktop editor with a computer or laptop. Our mobile site is great, but can be very fiddly to do a big project on a very small screen.


Now, you’re finally make your custom card game dreams come true, we will get it all printed for you on high quality "magic approcved" playing cards / card stock!

We really hope you do decide to create a card game, and we can't wait to find out what you come up with!

If you ever decide to mass produce your card game, we can help with that as well and do discounts for large quantities!

Start creating your card game today at

2 Responses

  1. Rachel Wood
    Thank you! We hope it will inspire people to create their own amazing card games!
  2. Rachel Wood
    Hi, Are you interested in creating a card game?