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Originally Posted by aurarcana
I have a question about flattening the cards once you run them through the Xyron; they are bowed in the direction that they ran through the machine. I have them under a stack of books, but it looks like it is going to take more than that. How do you weigh them down and flatten them? If I can't flatten them, this entire process will be useless. Or, it means that I will have to scan the cards and print them up myself on thin paper before running them through. Not a big deal. I now have back-ups of both decks I am using.
aurarcana, I think that you need to 'warm' the bowed laminated cards up
(with a small hair dryer or craft heater) ...or maybe carefully with an iron...
putting a cloth between iron and card... So warm them up this way really good
but ONLY on the BOWED IN side which should stretch them slightly...and QUICKLY
put the card with the problem side face DOWN on something 'cold' to set it
and then quickly put a heavy book on top of the card and leave it over night.

Were these 'new' tarot cards you ran through the Xyron or 'used' cards?
I would suspect that if your cards had been shuffled, that these cards were
weaken somewhat, so that when you ran them through the Xyron it bowed them.

OR if they were new cards, the lamination roll might not have been lined up correctly.
If so, you probably needed to crank out a little of the laminate without a card
in it to make sure that the laminate was lining up properly......maybe just a
few inches or so, then add the card into the machine face down.

To have stopped bowing towards the front side, then you probably should
have run them through the laminator with the back side UP facing you,
instead of the image side up (which would probably have bowed them slightly to their backs).

Hope I made sense

For future info:
If the cards are new when you laminate them, I think you should run them
through the xyron face down. If you are using re-printed images on card stock
made from your scans of the cards (or digital images) then you can run the
card or sheet of cards either face up or face down when you laminate.

If it keeps happening:
The only other thing I can think of, in this case, is that your xyron machine
is faulty
I would be surprised if it is, but then again, nothing is perfect on planet earth,
so I guess it is possible to get a lemon in anything!

Hope that helps some...
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