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Woo hoo! A high quality (USPCC) playing card deck you can also use for storytelling or predicting the future!

About this project

Hello Beautiful Person! 

I'm thrilled to be launching my 4th annual summer Kickstarter project--this time to create a high quality, limited edition deck of playing cards that you can use three different ways to provide hours of imaginative entertainment. If you're just finding out about this project, be sure to look at my updates to see even newer photos as this deck evolves!

If you missed this Kickstarter campaign, no worries! I'll be selling decks while supplies last. Click here for details on where to find 'em!

This deck will be printed by the United States Playing Card Company, makers of the Bicycle Decks. The run will be 2500 decks, and your support of this Kickstarter campaign will help me cover the costs of printing, photography, and the time to create the 57 original pieces of art for the designs on each card face, back, and tuck box.

I've gotten a start on this project so I can give you a taste of how it will look and feel, but my plan is to create all of the artwork this summer to have the decks ready to ship to you by December of this year. As with my past Kickstarter campaigns, I will update you weekly with photos and news on how each component of this project evolves.  

Each Bunny with a Toolbelt playing card deck will always include:

  • Fifty-two playing cards and two jokers – all with original artwork. This can be used as a traditional playing card deck, or use the animals as inspiration for storytelling.
  • Paper insert with information on how you can also use this deck for fortune telling.
  • Two bonus cards that form a two-sided butterfly diptych.
  • High quality printing by the United States Playing Card Company (USPC) on Bicycle playing card stock with an Embossed Finish.
  • 100# paper tuck box with full printing of the pattern created for the card backs.

The backs of each card, and the front of the tuck box will feature my homage to the classic Bicycle blue and white design. Rather than a bicycle rider, my version will be bunnies with tools. Kickstarter backers may choose to purchase prints of this design, and one lucky backer can own the original 20" artwork.

I also hand cut my letters, numbers and symbols for this deck so this tiny detail would also have a handmade touch.

Yes, I will be offering uncut sheets as part of this Kickstarter campaign!!

What's an uncut sheet? It's the term used to describe the high-quality deck as a single piece of 100# paper before it's cut into all the cards. One side of the sheet shows all of the card backs, and the other is the card faces with all of the animals. This would make a beautiful framed piece of art.

Since the figures for this deck are so labor-intensive, it's impossible for me to show you exactly what the uncut sheet will look like at this point. To give the best possible idea, I mapped out how my card deck will as it will appear in the uncut sheet:

My Kickstarter video shows these drawings a bit closer so you can see if your favorite critter is there. 

Uncut sheets are highly collectible and I am only offering them for a limited time. If you prefer to choose a pledge level that doesn't include an uncut sheet, I will make them available them for a very limited time via my Etsy site and notify all backers of this when it happens.

I also have pledge levels where you can purchase one or more high quality 8x10" prints of any card face, including the Bicycle homage back.

The two butterfly diptych have their own reward levels.

As soon as I've finalized the design for the deck and sent it off to the printers, I'll mount each original figure on top of a painted wood box that contains two card decks for my top tier backer rewards. Inside the lid will be a signed playing card of that figure, a tiny pad of paper and pencil, and the accordion folded instructions on how to use your card deck for fortune telling. (Please see update #10 for more information on this box)

I have created a limited edition King or Queen of Hearts Bunny design so that backers can pair a handmade piece a deck of cards for a lovely reward at the $45 pledge level, shipped straight to your doorstep. Each Bunny sculpture will be personally made by me, and the bottom will be signed and dated. You can choose from one of five colors:

At the $95 level, I will mount your bunny onto a painted wood box. 

Or if you want a playing card-themed homage to your own furry best friend, I can create a King/Queen of hearts version of your pet!

For a little bit more, this figure can also be mounted onto a card box with all the aforementioned goodies inside.

Or if you'd rather just have a simple version of your pet on that box, that can also be arranged..... (please note that the box will be the square one shown in the previous images)

Kickstarter backers can add $10 per additional card deck, $15 per 8x10 print, and $35 per uncut sheet to any pledge level. Just be ready to remind me later on when the surveys go out what you wanted!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my Kickstarter project page. I'm excited to spend another summer in my studio sharing a project with you. 

Risks and challenges

This is the fourth major Kickstarter project I will have worked on, and so far have an excellent track record in completing my projects on time. If there are any delays in my anticipated schedule, I will contact backers in October to figure out how to make you happy if you are purchasing this for holiday gifts. I have been making my living for over 20 years as an artist and have shipped thousands of packages in a timely fashion with very little problems. Thank you so much for helping me make this idea happen!

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FAQ

  • I love that people have been doing this for the past few years and am scheduling my project to accommodate this. Currently, my plan is to have the cards to the printers in September so that they'll be ready by the middle of November. If all goes well, I am hoping everyone will have their rewards before December even begins.

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  • Yes--you can add $10 per additional card deck, $15 per 8x10 print, and $35 per uncut sheet to any pledge level. Just be ready to remind me later on when the surveys go out what you wanted!!

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  • I make a lot of custom pet figures for people, and have worked out a pretty good system on my website for you to give me all the information I need. (http://www.bunnywithatoolbelt.com/custom-pets)

    Once I've gotten past the stage of sending my artwork off to the printers for this project—sometime in September--I'll then be able to focus on creating these custom rewards. Since I will be working in a tight timeline to get these figures shipped by December, I strongly encourage you to get your images together in the meantime that show your pet in a standing position from all angles AND make a list of all distinctive markings that you want to see in your figure. This is another challenging part of my Kickstarter campaigns, so I really appreciate your help in getting me the most accurate information possible.

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  • One of the most challenging parts of letting Kickstarter backers purchase the original work from my projects is the selection process. My best advice to you is to pledge early so you get to pick from a wider selection! I've followed this system in the past, which seems to work: When the animals are completed, I set up a special photo album online and send that link to the backers, asking them to pick their top 5-10 choices. The earliest backer gets first pick, and I move down the list chronologically. I think I'll break down the list into thirds this time so the people who pledged last know what's still available.

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  • In the past, I have posted weekly or bi-weekly updates with photos and descriptions of my progress on Kickstarter projects. Many of my updates are for public consumption, but every once in a while, I'll post something that's just for backers only. These updates are sent directly to your email inbox if you are a backer and haven't blocked your mail from Kickstarter in your settings on the Kickstarter website. (You might also want to make sure your email doesn't think it's spam!) If you never received a confirmation email from Kickstarter, you may not have completed the pledge form, so make sure you do that before July!

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  • I hope to do more alphabet books in the future! I signed with a literary agent early this year and my goal is to find a publisher for these books so I can have wider distribution.

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  • At this point, I think they will retail around $15, and that won't even include shipping, so grab yours at these early bird prices!

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  • Awww....sure, I can do that. Please add $5 to orders for playing card decks or 8x10 prints, and $10 for uncut sheets or handmade art rewards. Unless you want the big card back or the butterflies--contact me for a shipping estimate for those. Thanks!

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    Are you a creator who wants to learn some of my tips for your Kickstarter campaign? If you pledge at this level or above, I'll send you a link to download my pdf book that includes the best advice I can give about being a self-employed artist from my two decades of experience in the trenches. A special section focuses on Kickstarter tips on how I integrate grass-roots marketing techniques and how you can take an active role while your campaign is live to increase excitement for your own project. This pledge level also allows you to receive all backer updates so you'll have a front row seat as I create this project.

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    174 backers Limited (60 left of 234)

    ONE DECK SPECIAL - This reward level gets you ONE limited edition Bunny with a Toolbelt playing cards shipped straight to your doorstep!

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    81 backers Limited (30 left of 111)

    TWO DECK SPECIAL -This reward level gets you TWO limited edition Bunny with a Toolbelt playing card decks shipped straight to your doorstep!

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    14 backers Limited (41 left of 55)

    ONE DECK + ONE CARD BACK PRINT - You get one 8x10 inch high resolution digital print on 80# cover stock of the Bicycle-inspired Bunny with a Toolbelt playing card back--suitable for framing, plus one deck of cards!

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    13 backers Limited (42 left of 55)

    ONE DECK + ONE OR MORE PRINTS - You get one 8x10 inch, high resolution digital print on 80# cover stock of any ONE animal image from the Bunny with a Toolbelt playing card deck (your choice of card) plus one deck of cards! If you anticipate wanting multiple prints from this deck, please add an additional $20 per print when placing your pledge for this reward. (Please note that the butterfly diptych has its own reward listing)

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    38 backers Limited (73 left of 111)

    THREE DECK SPECIAL -This reward level gets you THREE limited edition Bunny with a Toolbelt playing card decks shipped straight to your doorstep!

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    2 backers

    BUTTERFLY DIPTYCH + DECK - You get a pair of 8x10 inch, high resolution digital prints on 80# cover stock of one of the two butterfly diptychs created for the two pictorial cards from the Bunny with a Toolbelt playing card deck (your choice of colorful or blue and white Bicycle-inspired butterfly) plus one deck of cards! If you anticipate wanting both butterfly diptychs from this deck, please add an additional $35 when placing your pledge for this reward.

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    9 backers Limited (90 left of 99)

    BUNNY + DECK - You get one handmade King/Queen of Hearts bunny, plus one deck of playing cards in the paper tuck case. (Choose from black, white, gray, brown or pink bunny)

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    14 backers Limited (41 left of 55)

    ONE UNCUT + ONE DECK - MULTIPLE ORDERS ALLOWED. For $45, you get one uncut sheet plus one usable deck of Bunny with a Toolbelt Playing cards!

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    21 backers Limited (90 left of 111)

    FIVE DECK SPECIAL -This reward level gets you FIVE limited edition Bunny with a Toolbelt playing card decks shipped straight to your doorstep!

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    1 backer Limited (54 left of 55)

    BUNNY WITH A TOOLBELT FUN PACK! Just found out about my work? This pledge level catches you up with the crowd--you get one deck and one uncut sheet of the playing cards, paperback copies of Elephabet and Do-it-YourSelfabet, a hardbound copy of Arfabet, DVDs of the animations for Elephabet and Arfabet, buttons, and an Elephabet poster at a screaming deal! (This package would normally be valued over $100)

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    14 backers Limited (41 left of 55)

    CUSTOM ANIMAL + DECK - You get one King/Queen of Hearts animal shown in my promo video, customized to look like a specific dog, cat, rabbit or other critter in your life as long as it could, theoretically, sit upright and hold a heart sceptre! This pledge level also includes one deck of playing cards. (This is one of two pledge levels where I will allow multiple purchases--If you have multiple pets, please add an additional $75 per critter)

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    8 backers Limited (47 left of 55)

    BUNNY BOX + DECK - You get one King/Queen of Hearts bunny shown in my promo video (choose from white, black, brown, gray or pink fur on that bunny,) mounted atop a wood card keeping box painted with grass design! Inside is your very own card deck.

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    3 backers Limited (52 left of 55)

    BRICK BOX SPECIAL -This reward level gets you TWELVE limited edition Bunny with a Toolbelt playing card decks shipped straight to your doorstep!

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    1 backer Limited (54 left of 55)

    CUSTOM PET BOX + DECK - You get one King/Queen of Hearts pet OR a simple pet as seen in the images, customized to look like a specific dog, cat, rabbit or other personal pet of your choosing! This pledge level also includes one deck of playing cards. (Only one animal can be chosen for this pledge level. Please see FAQ section for more information on custom critter specs.)

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    8 backers Limited (44 left of 52)

    ORIGINAL PLAYING CARD CRITTER on BOX + DECK - MULTIPLE PLEDGES ALLOWED -- You get to choose one of the 52 ORIGINAL animals created for the faces of this playing card deck, mounted atop a wood box that holds your deck of cards. Earliest backer picks first and we'll work our way down the list chronologically, so grab this one quick! ***This pledge level allows for multiple purchases, so if you would like additional boxes, please add $300 per box*** Please see FAQ section for additional details about claiming your original piece.

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    0 backers Limited (33 left of 33)

    SUPER WALL ART EXTRAVAGANZA! Want a whole wall of art? At this pledge level, you get an 8x10" high resolution limited edition digital print of every card face and the Bicycle-inspired back on 80# card stock, suitable for framing. (Yes, that's 58 prints, including 52 cards, 2 jokers, and two butterfly diptychs) This pledge also includes one deck of cards.

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    1 backer All gone!

    BICYCLE BUTTERFLY+DECK - The two butterflies I am making for this deck are much larger than the other critters, so rather than mounting it on a card box, you can hang it on your wall. One lucky person can purchase the butterfly (estimated size: 14" wide by 12" high by 2ish" thick) with the Bicycle-inspired pattern on its wings, similar to the card backs. Naturally, a deck of cards accompanies this reward.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    COLORFUL BUTTERFLY+DECK - The two butterflies I am making for this deck are much larger than the other critters, so rather than mounting it on a card box, you can hang it on your wall. One lucky person can purchase the colorful butterfly (estimated size: 14" wide by 12" high by 2ish" thick) with the multicolored pattern on its wings, created as a diptych for the deck. Naturally, one deck of cards accompanies this reward.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    ORIGINAL BUNNY CARD BACK ARTWORK + one card deck - This reward level gets you the original 20x15"x2" blue and white 3d original I created for the card backs plus one card deck.

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