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About this project

Intaglio

More than just a deck of playing cards.

Intaglio is a series of prints & playing cards derived from hand engraved copper printing plates printed in the traditional Intaglio style in a collaboration between Kings Wild Project and Thornwillow Press in New York. Intaglio printing for playing card art has not been used for centuries. Why has this art style been lost? For this art and printing style to come to life, several factors must exist and come together at the same time. One factor is the skill of the artist. Intaglio engraving takes years of patience and practice to become proficient in. Another factor is that the equipment is not readily available. And lastly, finding someone with the equipment plus the ability to print them at a high archival quality is near impossible. One can see why attempting a project like is a monumental task.

For me as an artist, the Intaglio project is a realization of a long dream of mine to create a deck of cards by hand engraving the artwork. Over the years I have designed things by hand drawing or digitally mimicking engraving, but this project is the next step for me as an artist. The reason for me embarking on this project are two-fold. One reason is that I have a passion for this beautiful art style. The other reason is that as an artist I love the challenge that this offer me to try to accomplish a project such as this.

An inspiration for this deck is one of the first decks that made me originally fall in love with playing card design. Titled the "New Era No. 46" and name such to symbolize a new era of beautiful playing card design heading into the 20th century. I have long wanted to use the New Era court set as inspiration and create my own "engraving" style versions of them, and I felt this was the project to do it. The interesting thing about the New Era No 46 deck is that it was published around the same time that the actual printing presses that will be used for the Intaglio project were created. For me, this project, in a way, is a new era. I am finally getting to pursue the art style of engraving to its physical form.

Thank you for visiting my project, and thank you for helping it become a reality and becoming a backer.

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This project is a collaboration between Kings Wild Project and Thornwillow Press.

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The Kickstarter video was created by Six Foot Five Productions.

Important Notice: All Images are conceptual renderings and representations of what the intended final product is supposed to look like. We have done our best to represent our vision honestly and as close to final as possible. With a project of this nature please know that the final product and or designs may very than the images shown. If changes are made we will do our best to communicate those changes clearly.

Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges with any Kickstarter. This Kickstarter IS my biggest undertaking yet! There are so many moving parts and things that have to work together "just right" for this project to work. My past experiences with being a Kickstarter creator have taught many lessons. My pledge to you as a backer and supporter of this project is to be completely honest and completely transparent about the entire process. If there are speed bumps or hiccups (which there always are) I will do me very best to communicate with you what is going on and how I plan to resolve any issues. One of the most important parts of being a creator and or a backer is to be flexible, as this IS a creative process and you are traveling along with me for the ride. Thank you for your support!

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    A1 - Red Edition Deck

    With this tier, you will receive one standard style set of Intaglio Playing Cards. The Red Edition will be commercially offset printed by The Expert Playing Card Company, and feature a traditional red on white back design.

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    B1 - Blue Edition Deck

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    C1 - Black Edition Deck

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    D1 - Standard Card Set

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    E1 - Ace of Spades Engraved Print

    With this tier, you will receive one hand engraved, intaglio art print of the Ace of Spades. Each print is hand signed and comes in an engraved collector's folder. All prints are printed on archival quality paper in a traditional Intaglio printing method.

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    D1a - 2x Standard Sets

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    F1 - Collector's Set

    With this tier, you will receive one hand engraved, intaglio art print. Each print is hand signed and comes in an engraved collector's folder. You may choose from either the Black & Gold Back Design, Ace of Spades, King of Spades, or the Queen of Spades. All prints are printed on archival quality paper in a traditional Intaglio printing method.

    You will also receive one of each of the Standard Edition Decks.

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    G1 - Premium Collector's Set

    With this tier, you will receive all four hand engraved, intaglio art prints. Each print is hand signed and comes in an engraved collector's folder. Each print is printed on archival quality paper in a traditional Intaglio printing method.

    You will also receive one of each of the Standard Edition Decks.

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    H1 - Hand Painted Engraved Print

    With this tier, you will receive one hand engraved, hand painted, intaglio printed art print of the Queen of Spade. These distinct prints were hand painted by the artist and used to scan/photograph to generate the artwork for the three standard editions. There will only be 50 hand painted prints available. Each hand painted print is hand signed and numbered.

    You will also receive one of each of the Standard Edition decks.

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    I1a - EARLY BIRD Gallery Edition

    With this pledge tier, you will receive one Gallery Edition Set of Intaglio Art cards. The deck includes 52 playing cards and one joker, inside a handmade Black Walnut and Maple box. Each collection of art cards is printed using traditional Intaglio printmaking methods on a 19th-Century printing press.

    This specific edition will feature the White paper stock with Red ink back design.

    You will also receive one of each of the Standard Edition decks and also one hand engraved art print of either the Black & Gold Back design, Ace of Spades, King of Spades, Queen of Spades.

    Only 36 of these editions will be made.

    Includes:
    • Blue Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Black Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Red Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Ace of Spades Art Print
    • Back Design Art Print
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    I1b - EARLY BIRD Gallery Edition

    With this pledge tier, you will receive one Gallery Edition Set of Intaglio Art cards. The deck includes 52 playing cards and one joker, inside a handmade Black Walnut and Maple box. Each collection of art cards is printed using traditional Intaglio printmaking methods on a 19th-Century printing press.

    This specific edition will feature the White paper stock with Red ink back design.

    You will also receive one of each of the Standard Edition decks and also one hand engraved art print of either the Black & Gold Back design, Ace of Spades, King of Spades, Queen of Spades.

    Only 36 of these editions will be made.

    Includes:
    • Blue Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Black Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Red Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Ace of Spades Art Print
    • Back Design Art Print
    • Queen of Spades Art Print
    • King of Spades Art Print
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    I1c - Gallery Edition

    With this pledge tier, you will receive one Gallery Edition Set of Intaglio Art cards. The deck includes 52 playing cards and one joker, inside a handmade Black Walnut and Maple box. Each collection of art cards is printed using traditional Intaglio printmaking methods on a 19th-Century printing press.

    This specific edition will feature the White paper stock with Red ink back design.

    You will also receive one of each of the Standard Edition decks and also one hand engraved art print of either the Black & Gold Back design, Ace of Spades, King of Spades, Queen of Spades.

    Only 36 of these editions will be made.

    Includes:
    • Blue Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Black Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Red Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Ace of Spades Art Print
    • Back Design Art Print
    • Queen of Spades Art Print
    • King of Spades Art Print
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    J1a - EARLY BIRD # Card Printing Plate

    With this pledge tier, you will receive one hand engraved, copper, Master Printing Plate of your choice of the Index (number cards). Each plate is unique and was used in the printing of the playing card designs for the Intaglio project. You will also receive each engraved art print of the Black & Gold Back Design, Ace of Spades, King of Spades, or Queen of Spades.

    Please Note: Plate choice is "first come, first serve" and will be determined by you backer number. If you pledge for this tier please contact us within 24 hours to reserve your plate choice. You may refer to the "Available Plate" graphic at the bottom of the page to see which plates are still available.

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    • Blue Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Black Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
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    • King of Spades Art Print
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    J1b - EARLY BIRD # Card Printing Plate

    With this pledge tier, you will receive one hand engraved, copper, Master Printing Plate of your choice of the Index (number cards). Each plate is unique and was used in the printing of the playing card designs for the Intaglio project. You will also receive each engraved art print of the Black & Gold Back Design, Ace of Spades, King of Spades, or Queen of Spades.

    Please Note: Plate choice is "first come, first serve" and will be determined by you backer number. If you pledge for this tier please contact us within 24 hours to reserve your plate choice. You may refer to the "Available Plate" graphic at the bottom of the page to see which plates are still available.

    Includes:
    • Blue Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Black Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Red Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Ace of Spades Art Print
    • Queen of Spades Art Print
    • King of Spades Art Print
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    J1c - Number Card Printing Plate

    With this pledge tier, you will receive one hand engraved, copper, Master Printing Plate of your choice of the Index (number cards). Each plate is unique and was used in the printing of the playing card designs for the Intaglio project. You will also receive each engraved art print of the Black & Gold Back Design, Ace of Spades, King of Spades, or Queen of Spades.

    Please Note: Plate choice is "first come, first serve" and will be determined by you backer number. If you pledge for this tier please contact us within 24 hours to reserve your plate choice. You may refer to the "Available Plate" graphic at the bottom of the page to see which plates are still available.

    Includes:
    • Blue Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Black Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Red Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Ace of Spades Art Print
    • Queen of Spades Art Print
    • King of Spades Art Print
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    K1 - Gallery Edt. & Court Printing Plate

    With this pledge tier, you will receive one Gallery Edition Set of Intaglio Art cards. You will also receive on hand engraved, copper, master printing plate of your choice of any of the court cards. The deck includes 52 playing cards and 1 joker, inside a handmade Black Walnut and Maple box. Each collection of art cards is printed using traditional Intaglio printmaking methods on a 19th-Century printing press.

    This specific edition will feature the Navy paper stock with Metallic Gold ink back design.

    You will also receive one of each of the Standard Edition decks and also one of each of the hand engraved art prints of the Black & Gold Back design, Ace of Spades, King of Spades, Queen of Spades.

    Please Note: Plate choice is "first come, first serve" and will be determined by you backer number. If you pledge for this tier please contact us within 24 hours to reserve your plate choice. You may refer to the "Available Plate" graphic at the bottom of the page to see which plates are still available.

    Only 12 of these editions will be made.

    Includes:
    • Blue Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Black Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Red Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • White & Red - Gallery Edition Art Card Set
    • Court Card Printing Plate
    • Black Walnut & Maple Display Case
    • Ace of Spades Art Print
    • Back Design Art Print
    • Queen of Spades Art Print
    • King of Spades Art Print
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    L1-Gallery Edition & Ace Printing Plate

    With this pledge tier, you will receive one Gallery Edition Set of Intaglio Art cards. You will also receive on hand engraved, copper, master printing plate of your choice of the Ace of Hearts, Ace of Diamonds, or the Ace of Clubs. The deck includes 52 playing cards and 1 joker, inside a handmade Black Walnut and Maple box. Each collection of art cards is printed using traditional Intaglio printmaking methods on a 19th-Century printing press.

    This specific edition will feature the White paper stock with Metallic Gold ink back design.

    You will also receive one of each of the Standard Edition decks and also one of each of the hand engraved art prints of the Black & Gold Back design, Ace of Spades, King of Spades, Queen of Spades.

    Please Note: Plate choice is "first come, first serve" and will be determined by you backer number. If you pledge for this tier please contact us within 24 hours to reserve your plate choice. You may refer to the "Available Plate" graphic at the bottom of the page to see which plates are still available.

    Only 3 of these editions will be made.

    Includes:
    • Blue Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Black Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Red Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • White & Gold Gallery Edition, Art Card Set
    • Black Walnut & Maple Display Case
    • Ace of Spades Art Print
    • Back Design Art Print
    • Queen of Spades Art Print
    • King of Spades Art Print
    • AoH, AoD, or AoC Printing Plate
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    M1-Gallery Edition & AoS or Joker Plate

    With this pledge tier, you will receive one Gallery Edition Set of Intaglio Art cards. You will also receive on hand engraved, copper, master printing plate of your choice of the Ace of Spades or the Joker. The deck includes 52 playing cards and 1 joker, inside a handmade Black Walnut and Maple box. Each collection of art cards is printed using traditional Intaglio printmaking methods on a 19th-Century printing press.

    This specific edition will feature the Red paper stock with Metallic Gold ink back design.

    You will also receive one of each of the Standard Edition decks and also one of each of the hand engraved art prints of the Black & Gold Back design, Ace of Spades, King of Spades, Queen of Spades.

    Please Note: Plate choice is "first come, first serve" and will be determined by you backer number. If you pledge for this tier please contact us within 24 hours to reserve your plate choice. You may refer to the "Available Plate" graphic at the bottom of the page to see which plates are still available.

    Only 2 of these editions will be made.

    Includes:
    • Blue Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Black Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Red Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Black Walnut & Maple Display Case
    • Ace of Spades or Joker Printing Plate
    • Ace of Spades Art Print
    • Back Design Art Print
    • Queen of Spades Art Print
    • King of Spades Art Print
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    N1 - Gallery Edition & Back Design Plate

    With this pledge tier, you will receive one Gallery Edition Set of Intaglio Art cards. You will also receive the hand engraved, copper, master printing plate of the back design. The deck includes 52 playing cards and 1 joker, inside a handmade Black Walnut and Maple box. Each collection of art cards is printed using traditional Intaglio printmaking methods on a 19th-Century printing press.

    This specific edition will feature the Black paper stock with Metallic Gold ink back design.

    You will also receive one of each of the Standard Edition decks and also one of each of the hand engraved art prints of the Black & Gold Back design, Ace of Spades, King of Spades, Queen of Spades.

    Only 1 of these editions will be made.

    Includes:
    • Blue Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Black Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Red Edition - Intaglio Playing Cards
    • Black Walnut & Maple Display Case
    • Ace of Spades Art Print
    • Back Design Art Print
    • Queen of Spades Art Print
    • King of Spades Art Print
    • Black & Gold - Gallery Edition Art Card Set
    • Back Design - Master Printing Plate
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