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Pop Art colors and a burlesque monarchy make this custom, hand-drawn deck scorching hot but entirely playful.
Pop Art colors and a burlesque monarchy make this custom, hand-drawn deck scorching hot but entirely playful.
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Hello! Thank you for stopping to look at our project! We are Peter Dunham and Linnea Gits, the designers and artists behind the Chicago design studio, Uusi and we are excited to introduce our project to you: an entirely hand-drawn deck of Limited Edition Playing Cards called "Hotcakes."

  "Hotcakes" is the fifth deck in our eventual six-deck series that began a little over two years ago. With every deck we have created for our series we try to push the boundaries of what this genre has seen. No two are the same in style, medium or theme, but all are created using traditional artistic methods. Whether using the Fine Art medium of oil paint as we did with our Pagan deck, or the expressionistic, colorful washes of gouache that gave Bohemia its signature look or, rubbing soft pastels over color pencil to add a velvety look and texture to our first deck Blue Bloods, our goal is always to create a unique style and theme for each deck.  With "Hotcakes" we reached for the most spontaneous medium in our art tool bag – markers! 

Following in the historic, playing card tradition, our Ace of Spades is always the title card for our decks.  With Hotcakes we wanted to give it the same saucy attitude of the court and felt nothing could be more fitting than two naughty cherubs!

True Hotcakes Fools! Our courting Cock and his bashful Hen add just the right amount of old-fashioned, "awe-shucks" charm to this racy little deck.

Our Diptych Ad Cards are unique to Uusi. We were the first designers to develop a diptych for playing cards and used it for the first time on our "Royal Optik" deck. The diptych was originally inspired by cards of transformation decks, that when pieced together form a larger image. We feel they add an original, artistic flair to what otherwise would have become a throw-away set of cards in the deck and bring the perfect last touch to the uncut sheets.  

Nothing but a borderless, lacy back would be right for Hotcakes! The "tighty-whitey" borders have been thrown off for a full-pattern reveal. The hot-neon magenta design makes for an eye-popping fan and a flush of excitement on every deal.

Ooh la, la! Our Hotcakes tuck is royally good fun.  A hand colored bustier barely covers this buxom nobel's treasured assets and is printed on luxurious, uncoated, premium paper stock. The design is unzipped in the back adding the perfect, naughty hint at what's inside. 

Our Limited Edition, Hotcakes "Modesty Sleeve" keeps all this cheekiness discreetly hidden with the beautiful Hotcakes back pattern printed on very heavy paper stock– the perfect cover to protect and hide a deck of misbehaving royals! These LE cases and decks will not be cello wrapped, they will be vellum wrapped together with a special, Hotcakes seal.

NEW UPDATE: BY POPULAR DEMAND MODESTY SLEEVE AVAILABLE AS AN ADD-ON! FOR THE SLEEVE ONLY (BLACK OR RED) ADD $12 TO YOUR PLEDGE. 

 Vellum Wrap and Oversize Seals for Hotcakes Modesty Sleeve Decks

*All images of the deck and tuck boxes you see in these photos are prototypes made at Uusi's studio. The finished product may vary slightly from what you see here – backers will be kept up-to-date of any minor changes that may occur. The overall design and theme will remain UNCHANGED throughout the funding and printing process. 

 Our inspiration for Hotcakes came from traditional 17th Century, full figure court cards that have a cartoonish flair and lent themselves easily to a burlesque-style exaggeration. This new and "naughty" court was then mixed with the Pop Art era's hot-neon colors, Andy Warhol's playful illustration style, the one-off art decks of Charles Pry and the distinctive quailty of the Italian designer & artist, Emillio Pucci's gorgeous patterns to arrive with the final look of Hotcakes.  

Using a one-way court does make Hotcakes more of an "art deck" for us than all our other decks, but we were very careful to keep the deck as playable as we could. We made sure – as always – that our indices are large and easy to read when held in your hand, as are the small suit symbols below them. As product designers, creating a deck of playing cards always means keeping a very strong emphasis on the "playing" – we want you to have a deck that is not only pleasing to look at, but one that you can enjoy and share playing any of your favorite games with your family and friends. 

  • Fifty-two playing cards and two jokers – all with original, eye-catching artwork that makes them ideal for magic and card games, yet at the same time very familiar and immediately recognizable by players and spectators alike.
  • Two illustrated Uusi Ad Cards that form a diptych. 
  • Printed by the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC). *All our artwork has already been pre-approved and is ready for print.
  • Limited Edition of 5000 Black decks. 
  • Printed on Bicycle Playing Card Stock with an Air Cushion (linen) finish.
  • Heavy, premium paper for the tucks and a bit heavier paper for the sleeve.

Each deck we create is a labor of love. We put an enormous amount of time into designing these unique decks and rewards as we truly want you to have something of value to enjoy for years to come – as will we! The Kickstarter experience has introduced us to people from all over the world, like yourself, who share the same passion we do for this humble item. You have enriched our work and our lives with your generosity, your own stories and invaluably helpful suggestions. 

We have been producing Limited Edition decks for over two years now and with each one we maintain a high level of artistry and continue to raise the quality of the overall product. On Hotcakes we have sustained that tradition with our premium grade tuck, deck and rewards.  We truly love creating these decks and are grateful to a community of backers who have supported us and allowed this series to come into the world. We couldn't do it without you!!

HOTCAKES SINGLE DECK ADD ON – $11 EA. (INTERNATIONAL BACKERS ADD $1 PER DECK ADDED).

HOTCAKES MODESTY SLEEVE ONLY - ADD $12 PER SLEEVE.

HOTCAKES COLORING BOOK - $32. Because we know you wanna. Full color cover with black and white line drawings of the Hotcakes court on the inside. All our Hotcakes royalty will be fully rendered with added artwork that will be unique to this book on every page. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite drink, splurge on the super-sized crayon set and let yourself feel like a kid again!  

Hotcakes Back & Front Cover
Hotcakes Back & Front Cover
Hotcakes Coloring Book Exlibris Page
Hotcakes Coloring Book Exlibris Page
Hotcakes Coloring Book Inside Page
Hotcakes Coloring Book Inside Page

HOTCAKES CUSTOM PRINTED, LIMITED EDITION BRICK BOX: We have created a very special, extremely limited, custom printed box for this project.  Each one will be signed & numbered and holds 12 Hotcakes decks, (Modesty Sleeve not included on decks in brick).  

HOTCAKES UNCUT: With every deck we have made we create an extremely limited, never to be offered again, edition of uncuts.  This is not a poster, but an actual sheet of cards pulled from the press immediately after the print run.  Each uncut backed will be signed and numbered and comes with two Hotcakes decks.

LIMITED EDITION HOTCAKES HOT-YELLOW, EDGE PRINTED DECK: A Limited Edition run of neon yellow edge printed decks. Each deck in this run is hand bushed with high-pigment ink from Germany.  Only fifty LE Decks and fifty RED decks will be made for this project. Decks will not be cello wrapped, but wrapped in vellum with a special "Hotcakes" seal. 

HOTCAKES ONE-OFF ART SUITES: Hand-inked and colored by the artists on heavy, archival paper – each drawing is a unique piece of art. This is an extremely rare chance to get original drawings from the Uusi team behind the cards, Linnea Gits & Peter Dunham.   The One-Off suite of drawings includes one large format hand-inked and colored court from the Hotcakes deck and one of the Ace artwork. 

  • Court One-Off Drawing overall dimensions: 11" x 16" 
  • Ace One-Off Drawing overall dimensions: 9" x 10"
Hotcakes Ace Of Clubs One-Off Artwork. (Painting on right is by Anna Kunz)
Hotcakes Ace Of Clubs One-Off Artwork. (Painting on right is by Anna Kunz)
Hotcakes Queen of Clubs Artwork Detail.
Hotcakes Queen of Clubs Artwork Detail.
Hotcakes King of Clubs Artwork Detail.
Hotcakes King of Clubs Artwork Detail.

With every project we create there are a handful of people to whom we are especially grateful for lending us their skill, talent and generosity of time and spirt that enhance the look and feel of our project in the following ways:

Martin Nelson Video Editing martinnelson.com

Tyler Mallory Cinematographer www.tylermallory.com

Don Boyer Magician and Playing Card Consultant

Liz Dunham Copy Editor liz.dunham@outlook.com

Risks and challenges

Peter Dunham and Linnea Gits have been designing products for the market for over eight years. As designers and as consumers we understand the need for delivering a high-quality product, represented as accurately as possible and shipped on time. We have had five successful projects on Kickstarter with over 6000 backers total. We completed four of our five projects on schedule and shipped to all our backers in the US and around the world within our promised delivery date, with a 99% satisfaction rate. Our fifth project, "Pagan," was successfully funded on December 21, 2013. Printing is complete on that deck. We are waiting to receive it and will begin shipping it withn the goal date set on our project. We are committed to delivering a great product on time that you enjoy. Your happiness is our business!

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    HOTCAKES CUSTOM PRINTED SPLIT BRICK – A second chance at our custom printed, heavy paper box! Includes (6) SIX LE BLACK Hotcakes decks and (6) SIX RED Hotcakes decks Domestic shipping included.

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    TWO HOT YELLOW EDGE PRINTED HOTCAKES DECKS WITH MODESTY SLEEVE - (1) ONE LE BLACK Hotcakes deck with a hot yellow edge and Modesty Sleeve (1) ONE RED Hotcakes deck with hot yellow edge and Modesty Sleeve.

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    HOTCAKES DIPTYCH HAND INKED AND COLORED – The original artwork in this one-off drawing has been hand inked and colored by the artists on heavy, archival paper stock. No two are exactly alike. Signed and numbered. PLUS (1) ONE LE BLACK Hotcakes deck and (1) ONE RED Hotcakes deck both in LE Modesty Sleeves. Domestic, insured shipping via UPS included in price.

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    HOTCAKES JOKERS HAND INKED AND COLORED – The original artwork in this one-off art suite has been hand inked and colored by the artists on heavy, archival paper stock. No two are exactly alike. Signed and numbered. PLUS (1) ONE LE BLACK Hotcakes deck and (1) ONE RED Hotcakes deck both in LE Modesty Sleeves. Domestic, insured shipping via UPS included in price.

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    HOTCAKES CLUB COURT, HAND INKED AND COLORED ONE-OFF ART SUITE – The original artwork in this one-off art suite is hand inked and colored by the artists on heavy, archival paper stock. This suite contains the King, Queen, Jack and Ace of Clubs. No two are exactly alike. Signed and numbered. PLUS (1) ONE LE BLACK Hotcakes deck and (1) ONE RED Hotcakes deck, both in LE Modesty Sleeves. Domestic, insured shipping via UPS included in price.

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    HOTCAKES DIAMOND COURT, HAND INKED AND COLORED ONE-OFF ART SUITE – The original artwork in this one-off art suite is hand inked and colored by the artists on heavy, archival paper stock. This suite contains the King, Queen, Jack and Ace of Diamonds. Signed and numbered. No two are exactly alike. PLUS (1) ONE LE BLACK Hotcakes deck and (1) ONE RED Hotcakes deck, both in LE Modesty Sleeves. Domestic, insured shipping via UPS included in price.

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    HOTCAKES SPADE COURT, HAND INKED AND COLORED ONE-OFF ART SUITE – The original artwork in this one-off art suite is hand inked and colored by the artists on heavy, archival paper stock. This suite contains the King, Queen, Jack and Ace of Spades. No two are exactly alike. Signed and numbered. PLUS (1) ONE LE BLACK Hotcakes deck and (1) ONE RED Hotcakes deck, both in LE Modesty Sleeves. Domestic, insured shipping via UPS included in price.

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    HOTCAKES HEART COURT, HAND INKED AND COLORED ONE-OFF ART SUITE – The original artwork in this one-off art suite is hand inked and colored by the artists on heavy, archival paper stock. This suite contains the King, Queen, Jack and Ace of Spades. Signed and numbered. No two are exactly alike. PLUS (1) ONE LE BLACK Hotcakes deck and (1) ONE RED Hotcakes deck, both in LE Modesty Sleeves. Domestic insured shipping via UPS included in price.

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