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Playing Cards created to help support the axolotl conservation efforts in México by spreading knowledge about this amazing creature.
677 backers pledged MX$ 387,549 to help bring this project to life.
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THE AXOLOTL DECK
THE AXOLOTL DECK

The Axolotl Playing Cards are a project created to help support the axolotl conservation efforts in México by spreading knowledge about this amazing creature through the art contained in these playing cards.

AXOLOTL
AXOLOTL

The Axolotl is famous and beloved, a celebrity among amphibians. Named after an Aztec god and the inspiration for a Pokemon, it can heal itself better than Wolverine from the X-Men, even regrowing lost limbs. 

In nature, the Axolotl is in peril. It is native only to Lake Xochimilco, a UNESCO World Heritage site outside Mexico City.

In 2006, the species was declared critically endangered due to habitat degradation and the pervasiveness of invasive fish in the lake. In 2009, experts estimated that the axolotl population had fallen 90 percent in the past four years, a decline further exacerbated by urbanization. In 2015, scientists briefly believed that the critter might have gone fully extinct in the wild—only to find one a few weeks later.

This little guy its been in danger for a long while now and needs our support to survive.

If this project gets funded, We will be able to donate 100% of all profits produced from the decks of cards that remain after the campaign.

Donations will be focused on different conservation efforts projects that will help restore the axolotl, like donating to Units for Environmental Management (better known as UMAs in México) which are special spaces dedicated to the breeding of axolotls and Various projects dedicated to restore the natural environment of the Axolotl in Xochimilco.

THE AXOLOTL DECK
THE AXOLOTL DECK

 Axolotl Playing Cards

  • 56 cards! (52 cards + 1 joker + 1 thank you card + 2 educational cards about the axolotl).
  • Fully custom art for all the court cards, aces and joker. 
  • Matte black tuck box and spot UV ink print for all the details.
  • Printed by Cartamundi on their amazing True Linen B9 Finish.
ACE OF HEARTS UNDER WATER
ACE OF HEARTS UNDER WATER

Axolotl Playing Cards features original art for every card it contains (court cards, aces, joker, regular number cards and back design) inspired in the Axolotl and its natural environment, the design focuses on 3 main elements:

  • The Axolotl 
  • Water 
  • Water hyacinth

The back design illustrates how the axolotl interacts with this elements that are constantly present through all its life. Ripples in the water created by the movement of the axolotl pass through the water hyacinths, this scene displays the harmony that its present between the 3 elements the water hyacinth, the axolotl and the water.

THE BACK DESIGN
THE BACK DESIGN

The aces were inspired by the Axolotls cute almost child-like looks and the curious interaction that they sometimes have with different plants (in this case the water hyacinth).

THE ACES OF THE AXOLOTL DECK
THE ACES OF THE AXOLOTL DECK

The court cards have been designed to reflect what would be like if they lived like the axolotl under water all the time, air bubbles, floating hair and clothes and even moss its present on some parts of their clothing.

COURT SET
COURT SET

The tuck box will be printed on a matte finish black special cardboard with details printed with a spot UV finish so all the details get a shiny blacker finish over the matte box creating a black on black effect.

THE TUCK BOX
THE TUCK BOX

 The Joker design its a full body representation of the Axolotl. Theres only 1 joker in this deck, we want to use the other 3 extra cards to put important information about the axolotl and educate on how to help this amazing creatures.

JOKER
JOKER

 The Numbers have been combined with elements from the plants and axolotl in order to make them more round, organic and unique.

DIAMONDS SET
DIAMONDS SET
HEARTS SET
HEARTS SET
SPADES SET
SPADES SET
PRINTED BY CARTAMUNDI
PRINTED BY CARTAMUNDI

The decks will be printed by Cartamundi on True Linen B9 finish a specific varnish designed for better handling and durability.

We are aiming to print 3000 decks but since this is a deck intended to help the Axolotl if there are enough funds we would like to be able to print as many decks as possible.

  • 56 cards! (52 cards + 1 joker + 1 thank you card + 2 educational cards about the axolotl). 
  • Fully custom art for all the court cards, aces and joker. 
  •  Matte black tuck box and spot UV ink print for all the details.
  •  Printed by Cartamundi on their amazing True Linen B9 Finish. 

Fulfilment will be done from México and as soon as we get the cards from Belgium (where Cartamundi its located) we will ship each and every pack. Every shipment will be done through Correos de México (with tracking numbers), México's national mail service.

How does ADD-ONs work? 

You add one or more items on top of your current pledge. If you selected a reward (for example: 2 decks) and you want to add one or more of the following items:

  • Single Axolotl Deck
  • Uncut Sheet
  • Happy Knitted Axolotl
  • Axolotl Ace Shirt (any of the 4 different aces)
 - NEW EXTRA ADD ONS ( Since 09/21/2018)
  • Limited Sterling Silver Axolotl Head Pin Pack (SOLD OUT)
  • Axolotl Close up Pad (4 different aces)
  • ???
  • ???
ADD ONS
ADD ONS

 NOTE: Adding items means heavier and bigger packages, so it affects the shipping costs, thats why all the add ons have shipping included in their prices (national and international).

How do i make it work? 

Your Reward price + Add-On price = Total pledge

Here are the steps:

1. You back the project by choosing a reward. In this way you become a backer.

2. Once you decided what to add, you go to the campaign page and you find the Manage your Pledge button. It is the first thing you see under the kickstarter logo on top right of page

3. You do a simple sum and you add the amount of the item you want.

ADD ONS IN DETAIL

UNCUT BACK
UNCUT BACK

 There will only be 20 uncut sheets ever printed and available in this campaign.

Available in 4 different models (Ace of hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs)

 Take this little friends everywhere you go.

ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE CAMPAIGN

ORIGINAL SKETCHES
ORIGINAL SKETCHES
ORIGINAL SKETCHES
ORIGINAL SKETCHES

This sketches are available as rewards in the campaign, only 1 of each are available and are the original sketches that gave life to this deck.

Take the opportunity to own a part of history.

- NEW EXTRA ADD ONS ( Since 09/21/2018)

The Limited Sterling Silver Axolotl Head Pin Pack  (SOLD OUT)

SOLD OUT PIN
SOLD OUT PIN
 

Will be $600.00MXN ~ $30.00USD international shipping included, only 10 pins will be available and it'll contain:

  • 1 Sterling Silver Axolotl Head Pin (3d printed, casted in sterling silver and expertly finished by hand) 
  • 1 Deck of Axolotl Playing Cards

You can add 600.00MXN ~$30.00USD to your pledge and get this unique piece of silver art created by our friend Juay Charlie from Guadalajara, México (@juay.c on instagram), only 10 pins will exist and only for this campaign.

Once you made a change to your pledge send us a direct message confirming to us the add-on that you selected (in this case the limited sterling silver axolotl head pin pack)

Axolotl Close Up Pad

CLOSE UP PAD FOR MAGIC
CLOSE UP PAD FOR MAGIC

You can add $1500.00MXN ~$80.00USD to your pledge and get this amazing pack that will only be available for this campaign.

Handcrafted in Mexico this pad measures 17x12 inches and its made with a beautiful black velvet that matches the color of the box of our deck. The bottom is covered in faux calf leather in a complimentary black color. This pad is elegant and bold. This is the perfect tool for magic in the right hands.

The velvet surface its stain resistant and the faux leather is also very resistant to liquids so its wood core will be very well protected. This low-maintenance Pad just as our deck its made to last you a long time.

We made this close up pad in collaboration with our friends from Aeon Magic (@Aeonmagic on instagram) exclusively for this campaign.

The special pack includes:

  • 1 Axolotl deck 
  •  1 Axolotl close up pad (you can choose the ace of your liking to be featured in your pad) 

Once you made a change to your pledge send us a direct message confirming to us the add-on that you selected (in this case the axolotl close up pad and which design of the aces you want on it)

This project started 1.5 years ago, with a phone call to "La casa del Axolote" in Chignahuapan, Puebla, México, that phone call gave us the motivation we needed to start developing the deck of cards that you now see in your screen.

We would love to thank Yanin Carvajal from La Casa del Axolote (www.casaxolotl.com) which is a museum dedicated to the exhibition of the Axolotl, they also are a registered Unit for Environmental Management (or UMA in spanish) that works towards the conservation of the species, they also try to rescue all the tradition and science that is related to the axolotls through environmental education.

They are going to be the first project that we would love to be able to help if this project gets funded.

Here are some pictures of La Casa del Axolote. 

SCHOOL VISIT
SCHOOL VISIT
EXHIBITON
EXHIBITON
SCHOOL VISIT 2.0
SCHOOL VISIT 2.0

 If you wish to help them directly you can contact them at www.casaxolotl.com

I would also like to thank: 

  • @mena_bo for doing the hand knitted happy axolotls for this project
  • Jirs Huygen for his patience and help on this project
  • Edwin Sanchez, Julio Atilano, Antonio González, Gigi Cerem, David Molina and many many more people that helped shape this project.

ABOUT US

Sextante Estudio its a project that was born in Mexico city, with the objective to offer integral design solutions. We don't create limits, we believe everything is possible. We use design as a weapon to better our environment and to leave this world as a better version of what was given to us. 

Some of our past work with playing cards include the Bicycle Mythical Creatures Deck (Designed for Gent Supply Co.) and the Reino de los Muertos Deck.

MYTHICAL CREATURES
MYTHICAL CREATURES
REINO DE LOS MUERTOS
REINO DE LOS MUERTOS

Risks and challenges

Our design is complete and ready for production. The main risk and challenge would be to overcome production time and the fulfillment process once the project gets successfully funded. We have spent some time studying other successful and unsuccessful Playing Card projects by other creators that have gone before us to learn from their strengths and weaknesses.

We believe that with the help of our print partner Cartamundi, we can overcome any kind of problem that may arise quality wise.

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    Pledge MX$ 20 or more About US$ 2

    I JUST WANT TO HELP!

    Support the project!

    Choose this level to support the conservation efforts aimed to support the Axolotl and to gain access to backer-only updates!

    No shippable reward included.

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    Pledge MX$ 320 or more About US$ 17

    1 Axolotl Deck

    Get 1 Deck of Axolotl Playing Cards.

    This Reward is approx. $17.00USD

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    2 Axolotl Decks

    Get 2 Decks of Axolotl Playing Cards.

    This Reward is approx. $31.50USD

    Get 2 decks at $15.75USD per deck.

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    Pledge MX$ 900 or more About US$ 47

    Uncut Sheet

    Get 1 uncut sheet of Axolotl Playing Cards.

    There will only 20 Uncut sheets ever printed and available in the world.

    This Reward is approx. $47.50USD per uncut sheet.

    Includes:
    • Uncut Sheet
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    Pledge MX$ 1,632 or more About US$ 86

    6 Decks of Axolotl Decks

    Get 6 decks of Axolotl Playing Cards.

    This Reward is approx. $85.00USD

    Get 6 decks at $14.30USD per deck.

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    · EARLY BIRD · 1 Brick of Axolotl Decks

    Get 1 Brick of Axolotl Playing Cards.

    This Reward is approx. $106.00USD

    For 40 backers only - get 12 decks at $8.80USD per deck.

    Includes:
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    1 Brick of Axolotl Decks

    Get 1 Brick of Axolotl Playing Cards.

    This Reward is approx. $150.00USD

    Get 12 decks at $12.50USD per deck.

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    Original Sketches

    This reward is for 1 original sketch of the Axolotl playing cards project:

    · Any of the 4 aces
    · Joker A or B
    · Tuck box illustration
    · Back Pattern Illustration

    Signed and numbered by the artist, It also includes 1 deck of Axolotl playing cards.

    *first come first served, after pledging for this reward send us a DM to separate the sketch you choose.

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    Saviour of the Axolotl Collectors Pack

    In this pack you will get:

    · Your name on the Thank you card recognising your contribution to help the conservation efforts for the Axolotl.
    · 3 Decks of Axolotl Playing Cards
    · 1 Axolotl Shirt (any size and any of the 4 models available)
    · 1 Uncut Sheet
    · 1 Hand knitted Axolotl
    · 1 Tabloid size Print of any of the cards of the Axolotl Playing Cards project, signed and numbered by the artist (A,J,Q,K or any number, Joker or Back design).

    Limited to 10 collectors packs.

    * After pledging for this reward send us a DM to separate the Tabloid print design, shirt size and model that you choose.

    Includes:
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    • Free World Wide Shipping
    • Tabloid Print
    • Axolotl Shirt
    • hand knitted axolotl
    • Uncut Sheet
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    · EARLY BIRD · 1 Axolotl Deck

    For 72 hours ONLY!

    Get the 1 deck of Axolotl Playing Cards for $200.00MXN (approx. $10 USD).

    *You will be able to add decks and items during the 30 days campaign.
    Just check at the examples in the campaign page or write us a DM.

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    · EARLY BIRD · 2 Axolotl Decks

    Get 2 Decks of Axolotl Playing Cards.

    This Reward is approx. $20.00USD

    For 50 backers only - Get 2 decks at $10.00USD per deck.

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    · EARLY BIRD · 6 Decks of Axolotl Decks

    Get 6 decks of Axolotl Playing Cards.

    This Reward is approx. $56.70USD

    For 20 backers only - Get 6 decks at $9.45USD per deck.

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