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About this project

 

VIZAĜO is a vibrant deck of playing cards exploring faces in a truly colourful way. From ink on paper to finished designs, the artwork is a celebration of colour and traditional art mediums.

Suits are connected and distinguished by courageous lines and kaleidoscopic colour. Bold artwork and attention to detail makes VIZAĜO a collectable and very much playable deck - and my hope is that you will enjoy these cards as much as I loved creating the artwork!

VIZAĜO

  • 54 custom illustrated cards - poker size (63 x 88 mm)
  • Vibrant & colourful artwork
  • Printed by Legends Playing Card Company on Classic finish
  • Shipped by Gambler's Warehouse - FREE shipping within US
  • Synthetic tuck box - amazing and super durable
  • VIZAĜO - Lumina (red card back) - main goal    
  • VIZAĜO - Lumino (blue card back) - stretch goal

THE JOURNEY TO DATE

Hello :) I'm Annette Abolins - artist, illustrator and designer from Australia and the artist behind VIZAĜO.  

Life, mythology and imagination inspire my work, which is about telling stories and connecting with people. In addition to painting and drawing, I've worked in clay and also spent the past 10 years in web and graphic design.You are most welcome to view my portfolio on Abolina Art.

WHY PLAYING CARDS?  

I have always loved the visual language and magic contained in tarot and playing cards.

Nine Lives Tarot [my first deck], was a journey of discovery where I fell in love with the process of translating art to cards and found an endless well of inspiration. My hope and desire is to be creating decks for many years to come!

THE ARTWORK

Inspired by my whimsical teapots and bowls, the artwork is influenced by traditional lino/wood-cut and contour line-drawing techniques and uses colour to connect and define. Each suit has a distinct palette, where shared colours allows your eye to move across the cards and visually connect the deck as a whole. 

I welcome you to visit my blog and the Playing Card Forum where the design phase is well documented.

THE COURT CARDS

Meet the royal characters in VIZAĜO - radiant Kings, Queens & Jacks portrayed in bold lines and vibrant colour. Draped in royal banner colours allows each personality to shine, while flying the flag of their domain (suit)

Clear indices are well suited to play and there is a subtle nod to familiar (standard) court faces in the direction each court character is gazing.

 

THE ACES

I had a lot of fun with VIZAĜO's four Aces! Continuing the theme of faces, each Ace is dressed in colours matching the court and number cards of its suit. The large suit symbol acts as a frame and a window to the artwork portrayed within.

 

The four Aces
The four Aces

Ace cards create a visual bridge between court and number cards, connecting the colour palette associated with each suit:

 

 

 

NUMBER CARDS

Faces in profile bring colour and detail to VIZAĜO's original custom pips, while retaining the shape of the traditional symbol. Balance and subtle symbolic meaning define the 'direction' of these faces: 

  • Spades look forward - towards sight & wisdom 
  • Diamonds look back - overseeing home & stability
  • Clubs look forward - initiating innovation & action
  • Hearts look back - harbouring love & emotional connection.
Spades
Spades

 

Diamonds
Diamonds

 

Clubs
Clubs

 

Hearts
Hearts

THE JOKERS

The two Jokers in VIZAĜO are playful and happy characters. The 'black' Joker is draped in colours matching the black suits (clubs & spades) and the 'red' Joker's attire reflects the red suits (diamonds & hearts):

VIZAĜO - the two Jokers
VIZAĜO - the two Jokers

COLOUR VERSIONS AND CARD BACK

The two colour versions Lumina (red) and Lumino (blue) are a name-play on light vs dark Both versions have identical card faces, giving card backs and amazingly durable synthetic tuck boxes their moment to shine... 

Being my first campaign, I have aimed at a realistic funding goal, while dreaming of being able to print both decks - they would look great together! 

 

VIZAĜO side by side: Lumina (red) and Lumino (blue)
VIZAĜO side by side: Lumina (red) and Lumino (blue)

VIZAĜO - LUMINA (red) - MAIN FUNDING GOAL

 

 

 

VIZAĜO - Lumina (red) card back
VIZAĜO - Lumina (red) card back

 

VIZAĜO - LUMINO (blue) - PRINTED IF STRETCH GOAL REACHED!

 

 

 

VIZAĜO - Lumino (blue) card back
VIZAĜO - Lumino (blue) card back

UNCUT SHEET

This is not a poster, but the full deck of cards pulled straight from the printing press and carefully preserved before cutting for you to frame and hang on your wall. Shipped inside a sturdy tube (seperately from any decks you have pledged for).

Digital rendering of VIZAĜO uncut sheet
Digital rendering of VIZAĜO uncut sheet

Note: While all artwork is prepared in print ready CMYK colour space, the final printed version may vary slightly to what you see on the screen. As screen colour and printed colour use opposite methods to bring the colour to our eyes, minor differences are to be expected and may also pleasantly surprise.

VIZAĜO [Vi-za-joh] - is the Esperanto word for Face : )

REWARDS, ADD-ONS & GOALS

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Below is a list of items you can add to your base reward. Simply select your reward level and increase your existing pledge amount to include the amount of your base reward plus your chosen add-on(s).

The goal to print VIZAĜO Lumino (red) is $15,000 (AUD), approx $11,000 USD. 

If funding reaches $24,000 (AUD), the blue deck, Lumino will be printed. If you have pledged for more than 1 deck, you will receive a combination of the two versions (as shown in the reward description).

PRINTING AND SHIPPING  

VIZAĜO will be printed by Legends Playing Card Co. on their Classic finish. Legends are renowned for their high quality printing, card stocks and finishing touches. After being in regular contact over the past month, and first-hand seeing the commitment and involvement they bring to printing projects, I have every faith that this deck will be brought to life in the best possible way.  

Gambler's Warehouse have fulfilled many Kickstarter campaigns, earning them a great reputation for delivering securely packed decks to backers. To me it is important to know backers will receive their decks in great condition, while also keeping the cost of shipping as low as possible. Having Gambler's on board gives me confidence that every aspect of shipping will be in the best hands.

THANK YOU  

I want to extend a big thank you to everyone (family, friends, enthusiasts and experts) supporting me on this journey. Your amazing feedback and advice, answers to my many questions, helping to spread the word, video filming support, ongoing patience and enthusiasm – my warm and heartfelt thanks to you all!

 

                               

REVIEWS & ARTICLES

Max Playing Cards - VIZAĜO Playing Cards

Kardify - Kickstarter: 7 Questions with Annette Abolins ...VIZAĜO
EndersGame - Enders Comprehensive Pictorial Overview: Many Faces
I am extremely honoured to be featured by these esteemed writers :)

SHARE THE LOVE

Spread the word and be part of the journey to bring VIZAĜO to life. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for every bit of enthusiasm you bring to this campaign!

Feel free to use the VIZAĜO badges below to show your support :)

 

Thank you!
Annette :)

Website: abolinaart.com.au
Art Blog: abolinaart.com.au/blog
Tarot & Playing Cards: ninelivestarot.com.au

 

Risks and challenges

VIZAĜO is my first campaign on Kickstarter and because of this I have aimed at keeping the project simple and all about the cards. I really want you to be able to hold these playing cards in your hands!

Having designed and published decks in the past (Nine Lives Tarot and Playing Cards), I know that sometimes delays or unforeseen events do occur. However, challenges can be resolved and I feel strongly about keeping communication open so we're all on the same page; I want you to be part of every step of bringing VIZAĜO to life!

With Legends Playing Card Company on board to exquisitely print this deck – and Gambler's Warehouse lined up to ship rewards securely to all backers, I have every faith that this project is in good hands!

The estimated delivery date of November 2017, allows for a generous time frame, with hope of delivering VIZAĜO to you earlier.

Any customs duty (import tax, VAT etc) is the responsibility of you, the backer, and it is wise to check the regulations of your country to avoid disappointment.

The artwork is completed, which means that once we reach our funding goal, the big red print button can be activated soon after the campaign ends (estimate 2-3 weeks for funds to transfer).

Thank you so much for visiting my page - Let's make VIZAĜO a reality!

Annette :)

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    EARLY BIRD Single Deck (red)

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    One VIZAĜO Deck

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    ONE (1) VIZAĜO - Lumina (red) Deck

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    THREE (3) VIZAĜO Decks

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    BUNDLE: VIZAĜO Deck + Postcard Pack

    (~ $43 USD)

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    ONE (1) VIZAĜO - Lumina (red) Deck
    + Postcard Print Pack (20 premium cards).

    Postcard pack includes 20 prints of VIZAĜO artwork: 12 courts, 4 aces, 2 jokers + back design for both Lumina and Lumino.

    Thank you for backing this project and taking home both VIZAĜO playing cards and the printed artwork!

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    FOUR (4) VIZAĜO Decks

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    EARLY BIRD Six Pack

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    SIX (6) VIZAĜO Decks - thanks for getting in the starting blocks early! This reward will get you half a brick.

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    Half Brick + Uncut Sheet

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    SIX (6) VIZAĜO Decks + ONE (1) Uncut sheet of cards taken straight from the printing press to display on your wall. Choose between Lumina or Lumino (if unlocked).

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    Twelve VIZAĜO Decks (brick)

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    TWELVE (12) VIZAĜO Decks

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    Full Brick + Uncut Sheet

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    Big Box - 144 Decks

    (~ $1107 USD)

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    ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY FOUR (144) VIZAĜO Decks.

    Unless you have a huge treasure chest, you're probably choosing this reward as a seller. Either way I thank you for supporting VIZAĜO in such a grand way!

    NOTE: if Lumino (blue) is unlocked, you will receive 72 red & 72 blue decks.

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