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How to make an ID Card at home

Printing ID card at home is easier than ever! All that is required is and Inkjet or Laser printer, some silica-based synthetic paper such as Teslin or Artisyn, butterfly pouches and a ID card laminator.

The first step is to choose the most appropriate type of synthetic paper. Artisyn is likely to produce a higher resolution print than Teslin and may be used with any type of printer. Teslin on the other hand comes in two different grades depending on your printer type: Inkjet and Laser. Artisyn and Teslin both come in full sheets. Once printed, the ID cards will have to be individually cut with scissors or an X-Acto knife. To simplify the ID cutting process and to lead to a higher ID card finish we recommend using 8-up micro-perforated sheets and 1-up micro-perforated sheets of Artisyn and Teslin synthetic paper. UV inks are a great way to ensure that your ID is temper-proof. The UV ink will not appear under a normal light and will only be seen with a UV light.

Next comes the butterfly pouch selection process. A choice has to be made between matte or glossy finishing, whether to have a magnetic stripe or not and the thickness of pouch. A 10mil pouch will create a 30mil ID which is the industry standard. To make a thinner 24mil ID which will take less space in your wallet the 7mil pouches may be used.

Thirdly, heat the laminator to 250°F. Please check your laminator’s owner manual to see if it requires the use of a carrier. If it does, place the cut-out synthetic paper printout inside the butterfly pouch and into the carrier. If your laminator does not require a carrier simply place the cut-out synthetic paper printout inside the butterfly pouch and insert it into the laminator.

During the lamination process, the silica from the Artisyn or Teslin forms a permanent bond with the butterfly pouch. The ID card is now temper, weather and water proof. To add additional security to your ID card we recommend adding a holographic overlay ID. Different types of holograms exist with multi-spectrum images that can be seen when tilting the ID in different directions.

Once the ID card is laminated take a piece of 400grit superfine sandpaper and smooth the edges out. This leaves you with a perfect professional looking ID card. This ID will have the same look and feel as an average card.




Make ID Cards at home!