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The Playing Card Designer is an American made sketchbook that offers a wide range of features to help in the designing of playing cards
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Several years ago RJ Tomlinson developed a sketchbook that helped him in his design process of producing playing cards. The original sketchbook was smaller in size. This sketchbook was funded on Kickstarter and received positive reviews but also feedback for improvements.  

With the advice of fellow playing card designer, Lance Miller, RJ made some improvements to the original product. Now the sketchbook is bigger and on better quality drawing paper.

The Playing Card Designer sketchbook and pad is a simple but very useful tool for putting your dreams on paper. For any designer the worst part of designing playing cards is the tedious task of creating a template that allows you to create intricate symmetrical work. Now with the Playing Card Designer sketchbook and pad you can start designing immediately. 

Why a sketchbook?

For this product, necessity is the mother of invention. Playing Card designer and producer, RJ Tomlinson wanted a sketchbook to have around at all times for committing ideas to paper. Since there isn't any sketchbooks around for this use we decided to create one. With the playing card community so active here on Kickstarter we decided to share our sketchbook with all. 

The sketchbook has 56 full card layout pages. These pages provide a full page for your design.
The sketchbook has 56 full card layout pages. These pages provide a full page for your design.

The Specifications for the sketchbook

  • 80 Sheets | 56 Full Card Pages, 14 Quarter Card Pages, 5 Pip Pages, 5 Tuck Case Pages
  • Size: 8.5" x 11" | 21.59cm x 27.94cm 
  •  Weight: 20oz | 567g 
  • Silver 9/16" Wire Loop
  • Black Leatherette Cover

For those who enjoy the smaller size, we'll also make available the Playing Card Designer Sketch Pad. This sketch pad was originally produced in 2014.

The Playing Card Designer Sketch Pad. The padfolio is sold as an add-on.
The Playing Card Designer Sketch Pad. The padfolio is sold as an add-on.

The Specifications for the sketch pad

  • 56 pages
  • 5.5 x 8.5"
  • Blue ink (easy to extract in Photoshop)
  • Feature grids and id markings

Padfolio is sold separately as a add-on


The Paper

We tested dozens of premium paper to find one that gave use the performance we were looking for. We wanted something that would work well with pens, markers and pencils.

There's 14 sheets of quarter pages layouts. These layouts are the same size as a poker sized playing cards. We use these pages to do rough sketches.
There's 14 sheets of quarter pages layouts. These layouts are the same size as a poker sized playing cards. We use these pages to do rough sketches.

The Inside Pages

Inside we have several differnt page layouts, all seperated with colored divider pages. These page layouts include a large full sheet page design, quarter pages with actual card sizes, tuck case layout pages and pip layout pages.

The inside pages are printed with 100% cyan ink. This allows artists to easily scan the artwork into Photoshop and extract the cyan grids thus leaving only the artwork.

Add-On

Padfolio for the small sketch pads

Add $15 to your pledge (Int. Backers - Include an additional $10 for shipping)


The Goal

We've already invested in the prototype phase of the project, that's why we can keep our funding goal at a low range. Keep in mind that this sketchbook is an item we developed for our own personal use. Our desire now is to share it with whomever thinks they that might find use out of it also. For us, the most important thing is to give artists a tool to help grow the playing card community.

If the project is successful, we plan to have all sketchbooks shipped out by the end of August 2019.

We would like to thank you for looking at this project. We would greatly appreciate your support.

Risks and challenges

With any project you can run into unexpected delays. For this project, we have thoroughly planned everything out and don't foresee any issues that we can't resolve.

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    Two Playing Card Designer Sketch Pads

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    Three Playing Card Designer Sketch Pads

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    The Playing Card Designer Sketchbook

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    Two Playing Card Designer Sketchbooks

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    Ten Playing Card Designer Sketchbooks

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