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Christmas with Krampus

Traditionally illustrated Christmas cards, gift wrap and ornaments featuring Krampus the Christmas demon.

Christmas with Krampus

Traditionally illustrated Christmas cards, gift wrap and ornaments featuring Krampus the Christmas demon.

$8,232
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, October 27 2019 1:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

We feel Christmas needs to be a little weirder.

My name is Daniel Gelon and along with my wife, illustrator Heather  Hudson, we are Studio WonderCabinet. Our goal is to make awesome art and products that embrace the magical and fantastic.

We both grew up at a time when the holidays meant cards - a mantel full of them.  We still love getting holiday cards, but even more we love giving them. We love cards that reflect our special view of the universe. For years we made our own cards by hand, but 4 years ago we wanted to do more. We  wanted to share our cards with the world so you too could give your friends and family cards that reflect the weirdness of the holidays. We’ve had 3 successful Christmas card campaigns. The first campaign was for HP Lovecraft-inspired Cthulhu mythos cards. The second was was for cards inspired by Robert Chamber’s King in Yellow. The year before last we finished our "trilogy" with Christmas cards inspired by Lovecraft's Dreamlands.

This year we explore older Christmas myths and invite the Krampus to come play with us.

What is the Krampus?

In central European folklore, St. Nick has a dark counterpart in the form of a anthropomorphic beast-man called the Krampus. Santa gives good little boys and girls presents and toys, but the Krampus has scarier "treats" for naughty children.  Be bad and you might escape with coal in your stocking but more likely the Krampus would beat you with his switch of birch sticks. If a child had been particularly bad, they could be carried away in the Krampus' basket, taken back to his lair for a torturous end. It seems horrific but don't worry, St. Nick is totally on board with this horrible beastie and his methods.

The Project

We are creating Krampus Christmas cards, gift wrap and ornaments.

The Cards

We have 5 cards planned this year. The card paintings are all finished. We have chosen a printer and costed materials. Each of the 5 by 7 inch cards will come with its own holiday red envelope. Heather has been hard at work making the cards  beautiful. This she's been highly influenced by classic Victorian Krampus art with a little 1930's Weimar Republic imagery thrown into the mix. The images are all large hand-painted watercolors with a classic illustration feel to them . They will be printed on a heavy 15 pt (130 lb) velvet cover stock (the same as our previous cards). Just like previous years’ cards they are meant to look like "normal" Christmas cards when viewed across the room on the mantel. It’s only when you get closer that their true nature becomes apparent.

Krampus Card 1 - Krampus Wreath
Krampus Card 2 - Greetings from Krampus
Krampus Card 3 - St. Nicolas's Krampus
Krampus Card 4 - Krampus Defeated
Krampus Card 5 - Modern Problems Krampus

The PDFs

Like previous card campaigns, we will offer a PDF of the cards for those backers who would like to print their own cards, or for our European backers who want cards for Krampusnacht. Everyone who gets a physical set of cards also gets the PDF. PDFs are provided in both US and EU standard sizes to match standard paper and envelope sizes. The PDF is for the cards only, there will be no gift wrap or ornament PDFs.

The Gift Wrap

The Cthulhu gift wrap proved very popular so we are doing Krampus gift wrap this year.  The 18" x 24"  gift wrap comes in five folded sheets. It folds down to 9 x 12 so we can fit it into a standard mailer. The last gift wraps were printed on a 70 lb. high quality matte stock. The paper was gorgeous with a great "touch feel" but could be a little hard to wrap due to its thickness. We are looking into alternative paper thicknesses, but if we can't find a paper we feel is of as high a quality we will use the same paper again this year.  A single sheet will wrap a small or moderately-sized box. It’s perfect for wrapping books. We are starting with five sheets of a single design, with a stretch goal of having five unique designs in the pack.

The Ornament Set

This year we are trying our hand at ornaments. The set comes with 3 different vintage-style ornaments. They are full-color die cut images backed with heavy card board and are approximately 3.5 x 4.5 inches.

The ornaments

Original Art

We are also offering reward levels featuring the original art. Each piece of art comes with a set of cards, ornaments and gift wrap. The original paintings are large pieces measuring 11" x 14””, rendered in watercolor on 140 lb. watercolor paper. They have been painted to fit standard mats and frames. 

 Gift Tags

We have a set of 6 gift tags (2 each of 3 different designs) that are a special reward for our backers either as a PDF or professionally printed on card stock (2 x 3 inches). To receive them you have to back the campaign for either any physically product or PDFs and you have to give us a shout out on the internet in social media or group or forum or a community. To get more details read Update #2.

2 sets of three tags

Stretch Goals

$6,500 Printed Interior

At $6,500 we will add holiday wishes with festive type and charming graphics to the interior of the cards.

$7,000 Printing on envelopes

At $7,000 we will add stunning holiday art to the flap of every envelope.

$8,000 Krampus envelope seal

At $8,000 we will add a  2 x 3 inch die cut seal printed on a paper sticker.

$10,000 5 different wrapping paper designs

At $10,000 we will add four new original gift-wrap patterns for a total of 5 single sheets featuring different designs. 

The 4 additional designs

Previous Year's Cards

For those of you who missed our earlier campaigns, previous years’ cards are available!

The Cthulhu Mythos Pack Set (5 cards)

The cards are professionally printed in full color on a thick 130 lb velvet cover stock and come with a matching envelope and seal.

Cthulhu Mythos Card 1 - The Snows are Right
Cthulhu Mythos Card 2 - Lovecraft Claus
Cthulhu Mythos Card 3 - Ho Ho Migo
Cthulhu Mythos Card 4 - Merry Yithmas
Cthulhu Mythos Card 5 - The Innsmouth Carollers
Chthulu Mythos Envelopes and Seals

The King in Yellow Pack Set (5 cards)

The cards are professionally printed in full color on a thick 130lb velvet cover stock and come with a matching envelope and seal.

King in Yellow Card 1 - The Day Has Come
King in Yellow Card 2 - No Mask
King in Yellow Card 3 - Twin Suns
King in Yellow Card 4 - Behind the Moon
King in Yellow Card 5 - The Dragon Wreath
King in Yellow Card Envelopes and Seals

The Dreamlands Pack 1 Set (5 cards)

The cards will be professionally printed in full color on a thick 130lb velvet cover stock and come with a matching envelope and seal.

Dreamlands Pack 1, Card 1 - Santa Toad
Dreamlands Pack 1, Card 2 - Yak Riders of Inganok
Dreamlands Pack 1, Card 3 - Moonlight Sledding
Dreamlands Pack 1, Card 4 - Love Gugs (Under the Mistletoe)
Dreamlands Pack 1, Card 5 - Ulthar Cats Want In
Dreamlands Envelopes and Seals

The Dreamlands Pack 2 Set (5 cards)

The cards will be professionally printed in full color on a thick 130lb velvet cover stock and come with a matching envelope and seal.

Dreamlands Pack 2, Card 1 - Sarkomand Starlight
Dreamlands Pack 2, Card 2 - Cavern of Flame
Dreamlands Pack 2, Card 4 - (Santa vs.) The Black Galley
Dreamlands Pack 2, Card 3 - Happy Zoogs of Zoogville
Dreamlands Pack 2, Card 5 - Ulthar Cats Want In
Dreamlands Envelopes and Seals

The Cthulhu Mythos Gift Wrap Set (5 cards)

The 18" x 24" gift wrap comes in five folded sheets. It folds down to 9 x 12 so we can fit it into a standard mailer. It is printed on a 70 lb. high quality matte stock. There are 5 different designs.

The Cthulhu Gift Wrap pack (5 designs)

Rewards 

We need you to become our partners

This is where you come in. We need your help to offset around 2/3 of the printing costs. We would like to have enough funding to print cards for both the Kickstarter rewards and to stock them for next year. Timelines are tight but we have our printers' assurances that printing will start right after the Kickstarter finishes and we can ship cards out in good time for you to send them for the holidays. We want to get them to you by the end of November or the start of December. We have been told that we have the fastest turnaround of any campaign that our supporters have backed. Help us to achieve our vision of making the holidays a little weirder. You will get your own beautifully printed cards for starting a new holiday tradition of your own.

Timing and Shipping Costs

Shipping costs are high. We charge only for the cost of packaging and shipping, and in each of our past campaigns we have underestimated shipping costs and have paid the price. Christmas is coming and we have to move fast. The day after the campaign ends, surveys go out. The next week we tally up the totals and tell the printers that the files that they have been sitting on are good to go. Everything is printed in the USA and delivered by truck to our door. Fourteen days after the campaign ends, Kickstarter pays us; the balance of the printed rewards costs can be paid and the rewards shipped to us. Shipping arrives a week later, in mid-November. If anything goes wrong we have a chance to fix it and be ready by the first week of December. Because of these time lines, shipping has to go as fast as possible. Everything is shipped in a rigid package to ensure your rewards reach you undamaged. For rewards in the North-West we use First Class mail (2- 3 day delivery time), for the rest of the country we use USPS flat rate Priority mail (again, with a 2 - 3 day delivery time). We use rigid packaging to protect the art.  We want your rewards to arrive pristine and as fast as possible for you to be able to use them in the Christmas season. As a result of rising postage rates, it now costs a dollar more to ship a single card than the cost of the card itself. 

International shipping

We have made the tough decision that we will not be shipping internationally with this campaign. Between VAT and changing US commerce laws dealing with tax collection as well as some experiences we had with foreign shipping in the last campaign, we just can't.  If you do live outside the US, we would still like your support and we ask that you consider getting the PDFs. We can guarantee that Europeans will have their PDFs in time to use for Krampusnacht

Who are we?

Heather paints the pictures, Daniel handles the rest. 

Daniel Gelon

Daniel has over 30 years of art experience. He has  done illustration, UX, graphic design, production and art direction. He  has illustrated Magic cards, created logos for DC comics, art directed  Dungeons and Dragons books and has worked on various video games. He is  obsessed with machines made of paper.

Heather Hudson

Heather Hudson is a fantasy artist with a traditional sensibility and a love of early-20th century popular culture. She’s worked on tabletop and hobby games  including Hasbro's “Magic; the Gathering” and Pagan Publishing's modern  Mythos RPG “Delta Green.” Past Lovecraftian projects she's illustrated  include "Casino R'lyeh, the Lovecraft Poker Deck," and "Mother Hydra's  Mythos Rhymes." Currently she divides her time between commissioned  illustration, personal projects and creating her own fantasy world  somewhere between Oz and the Dreamlands. She has a fondness for illuminating monsters.

Risks and challenges

This is our 4th time on this carousal.

We run extremely fast turnarounds to make the holiday season deadline. There are a lot of moving parts. The final files are in the printers hands before the end of the Kickstarter. The day after the campaign ends surveys go out and the printers get out final count for the jobs and it takes several weeks for the jobs to arrive to us. Heather and I fold sort and collate everything by hand but we do our best at hacking through the rewards to get them out in a timely manner. The process could gum up at any point. We know this and this will be our 4th time doing this. We know all the timing and have all our systems in place best we can. We also have enough wiggle room to do expedited printing with the same printer or an alternate printer if things really go south. The ornaments are new to us this year as well as the printer we are working with on them but they had good recommendations so we don't anticipate problems. We are confident that we will have product in time to get it into your hands with time to send out for the holidays.

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