I've been seriously considering getting into designing and making actual custom cards recently. Although I've made some original cards before they live mostly in the digital world. I think I'm going to start with an Andy Pafko card (of course) and want to work a cut autograph into the design. Well, I've tracked down the autograph I'm planning on using which came straight from eBay for just a few dollars. And thankfully I won't have to destroy another card or photograph to create my card.
Overall, one of my favorite designs is the 1960 Leaf set and I think I'm going to try to start with something black and white and clean looking. I'll certainly update you on my progress and if you have any tips or tricks, give me a comment below.