In The Cards

In The Cards Personalized Papercraft

Personalize a printable paper craft playing card and box as a romantic way to communicate that your love was always "in the cards." A standard deck of 52 cards fits inside the box.

playing card front back

Replace one of the cards in a full deck with a unique photo playing card and have your loved one search for your hidden message; or just use the customized box to present a single personalized playing card.

The playing card has a heart shaped photo on the front and a note on the back where you may write a romantic message such as "It was in the cards for us to be together."

You may also personalize the letter of the card to a Q or K and write "You will always be my Queen / King" or related message.

Fill in the PDF text fields to personalize the name and the front and back message on the box.

Get the free Adobe® Reader® PDF viewer to open and print this file properly on your computer. The free Foxit MobilePDF app for iOS or Android is required to fill PDF forms if using a tablet or phone.

The template should be printed on heavy card stock US Letter or A4 Paper sizes.

PDFIn The Cards Template



In The Cards Text Step 1

Download the personalized template PDF above.

Click and highlight the wording in the PDF form fields to personalize with the name of your sweetheart and your own message.

In The Cards Print Step 1

Click the print button or File, Print and select Current page (page 2 only) before printing the box.

Set paper quality/type to best on card stock paper before printing and load printer tray with card stock paper.

In The Cards Score Step 3

Use the paper clip to score the fold lines on the back. The fold line guides are the blue dashed lines.

Line up the paper clip on the fold line guide, then place the ruler next to it to keep straight. Push down and slide clip along guide lines. Repeat for each fold line.

In The Cards Cut Step 4

Once all fold lines are scored, use the craft knife to cut out each piece. When cutting, keep the cut path on the line so that you do not see white around the edges. A ruler can be used for long straight lines.

You can also use scissors.

In The Cards Line Cut Step 5

Cut the thin black line as shown. This will help keep the flap secure when closed.

In The Cards Full Cutout Step 6

The final cutout is as shown.

In The Cards Fold Step 7

Fold down on each of the score lines to form the card box. Start with the middle by folding in half, then the sides and top.

Place double sided tape or glue on the grey rectangles along the sides.

In The Cards Tape Sides Step 8

Place the side with writing on top of the double sided tape grey squares.

The sides should be flush with the bottom fold and top tab as shown before pressing down.

In The Cards Press Down Step 9

Use a pen or scoring tool and place inside to press down on the tape or glue to secure along the whole side as shown.

Repeat for the other side.

In The Cards Box and Playing Card Step 10

Follow the Personalized Playing Card Instructions to make your own card.

Once the card is complete, you can add a deck of real cards to make searching for one card more fun.

Fold the top flap in to complete the box.

Presentation Ideas

  • The next time you play cards together, replace your old deck with this.

  • If neither of you play cards, ask for some quiet time alone and give this to your sweetheart. Learn some basic card game rules and play together or make up your own game.

  • Mail to your loved one if you have a long distance relationship.


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