Pimp Your Credit Card!

Credit cards look stupid, but you can trick yours out with a DIY design using this guide and these materials:

  • 3M spray mount.
  • Credit card
  • Knitting needles
  • X-Acto knife
  • Premium T-shirt transfer paper
  • Iron
  • Photo editing software
  • Color inkjet printer
  • According to the guide-makers and this video, (warning: boobie), it’ll still work in machines.

    Pimp My Card [Zug] (Thanks to neosavant!)


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    1. Jaysyn was banned for: https://consumerist.com/5032912/the-subprime-meltdown-will-be-nothing-compared-to-the-prime-meltdown#c7042646 says:

      “Credit card look stupid stupid..”??

    2. bluegus32 says:

      (warning: boobie)

      That is priceless.

    3. winnabago says:

      Love it.

    4. Credit cards make Alan Greenspan cry. :`(

    5. JayXJ says:

      Tips for people with too much free time…

    6. Jaysyn was banned for: https://consumerist.com/5032912/the-subprime-meltdown-will-be-nothing-compared-to-the-prime-meltdown#c7042646 says:

      “Credit card look stupid…”

      Please guys, if you fix a typo, fix the whole typo.

    7. rublind says:

      this looks really cool. I’m skeptical about doing the back side o the card, with the magnetic strip and what not.

      On the site, the guy cuts his card down to look more like flames, would that work in a credit card reader (the kind that takes in your card..)?

    8. hc5duke says:

      “THIS CARD WILL TURN BLUE IF STOLEN” = best design ever

    9. Nemesis_Enforcer says:

      @Jaysyn: I think the orig. Credit card look stupid stupid was actually funnier…but then again I am off kilter for the most part..

    10. TVarmy says:

      @rublind: It’s magnetic, so I assume that so long as the layer of paint isn’t really thick or metallic, it should be fine.

    11. rublind says:

      @TVarmy: My concern is that the mechanism that slides the card in and out might not work properly because it can’t grip part of the card or something.

    12. LatherRinseRepeat says:

      Some credit card companies let you customize your card with an image that you send them. No boobie images of course.

    13. jcarrnelson says:

      this isnt the greatest idea. i used to work at sears and they now instruct all the cashiers to view each credit or debit card under the ultraviolet light thats by the registers. the revamping of the cards may cover up the markings that card companies place and what caashiers are instucted to look for, therefore not accepting your card.

    14. allstarecho says:

      @rublind: The directions specifically tell you to cover the magnetic strip with masking tape.

      What I can’t figure out is how he got such a clean cut around the numbers and his name.

    15. akalish says:

      Possibly the coolest thing I have ever seen. I’m going to pimp out my mom’s cards with some really crazy images so she’ll have a shocker next time she reaches for one in a store. :D I’m thinking something that says “Aging homemaker with a passion for guns, liquor, and dangerous men.” ;) (She’s really a sweet, gentle little old lady). :D

    16. snowferret says:

      Okay no one wants porn on their credit card more than I do. But what happens when i hand that credit card that looks like its been home made with an exacto knife and hot iron to a cashier? Do you figure she’ll call the cops? Or will i get lucky and she’ll laugh me out of the store?

    17. Porn on your credit card? Now that would be funny as hell at the store…

    18. di5ad says:

      Zug is one of my favorite sites, and some of the pranks are excellent. (The fake credit card signature prank is classic.)

      But a word of warning. The application of the thin layer of plastic may cause some small problems.

      Although they are less common these days, some stores still use card imprinters, especially if the mag-stripe has been compromised. The additional layer may reduce the ability of the imprinter to print the numbers clearly.

      This is not the end-of-the-world. If the numbers are legible the clerk can hand-print or enter the number into the computer, but it may slow down the transaction and make for a less pleasant transaction.

      That being said, often a card that has been used a lot will no longer register in a card reader. This is due to the mag-stripe being badly worn, the card having come in contact with a magnet, or, most often, the plastic of the card having become compressed in the users wallet (this happens a lot to guys with overstuffed wallets).

      In this last instance, the card becomes so thin that it does not activate the card reader. A quick fix that some clerks use is to wrap a thin plastic bag around the card to increase its thickness.

      So the mod suggested might resurrect one of these thin cards.

    19. TBurkett says:

      Porn on your credit card… now what will I do when I pay the Geek Squad to install iTunes??

    20. exoxe says:

      …or you could just use a credit card company like mine that lets you use an uploaded image. Of course, I don’t think they’ll let you upload nudie pics.

    21. pestie says:

      I love boobies. That is all.

    22. tande says:

      @jcarrnelson: For some reason I think that is the last thing in the world to worry about. Considering I’ve had “see id” on the back of every credit card I’ve ever had and 99.999% of the time they don’t even get that far I can’t realistically see any cashier really being bothered to check it under a different light.

      Not to mention the fact that when I was at sears it took us almost 5 straight months of nagging to make the cashiers realize the counterfet detection pens weren’t just there for people to write out checks with.

      Zug has a whole series on how he signed his cards.