HELLO KITTENS, LOVIES AND DOVIES! WELCOME TO THE PLAYFUL HEART TAROT KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!!!
What is the quickest and most joyous way to connect with the wisdom of the tarot? What is the easiest way to receive inspiration, brilliant insights and helpful, practical advice for your everyday choices? CUTENESS!
Cuteness is a direct way to the divine, to spirit. We all love cuteness when we are young and curious and then (most of us) tend to leave it behind. But cuteness is such a powerful remedy! It is a sure way to bliss! Seeing something cute is instantly heart melting and heart opening. If you practice extending the time spent in that open hearted feeling place magic can happen! That is exactly the place of grace I am inviting you to embrace with the Playful Heart Tarot!
What is the Power of Cuteness? It is the gateway to your authentic self. You know that feeling when you see a kitten or a puppy and your heart swings wide open? That is the feeling I am talking about.
Using cuteness as a gateway and having a playful, creative attitude to attend to your heart, does not mean skipping acknowledging tough feelings or that you are advised to be glazing over your hurt or pain. The Playful Heart Tarot encourages you to embrace and accept all of you, all of your experiences, all of your light and all of your shadow.
At the same time, you stay flexible, you stay in flow and manage your life with utmost creativity. You take responsibility for your choices. You know, that however you might be feeling right now, nothing truly limits your choices, cause you are free. Your only agenda is to be you! This moment is your destiny!
I am inviting you to see what it is like to get into your heart space via the Power of Cuteness! See if/how your readings become more free and fluid. May you experience supercute grace in this space while reading tarot!
So here is how it could work in your tarot practice:
Say yes, to CUTENESS! Say yes, to PLAY, to curiosity to being excited to be alive!
THE PLAYFUL HEART TAROT STORY
The Playful Heart Tarot was born out of my lifelong love of all things cute. From an early age, you could find me collaging magazine clippings and tracing anything treasure-worthy for my “cute collage” journal. My dearest pride and joy was my carefully curated, googly-eyed puffy sticker collection. In my in ongoing search of cuteness, I also collected scented erasers, regular stickers, and promotional, illustrated pocket-sized calendar cards. In school, my friends and I would congregate in the hallway, shuffling our collections of these cards, fanning them out, and trading with one another. Maybe this is where my love of handling and shuffling cards was born.
During college I fell in love with tarot cards, and my tarot love has only gotten stronger ever since. I have been studying, practicing tarot nonstop, and—importantly!—collecting decks. However, I kept my tarot passion mostly to myself, until about eight years ago. Then, sparked by a sudden inspiration, I signed up for Seattle Tarot School. Attending in person classes there led to my making real-life tarot connections—and good tarot friends—with others who are just as excited about tarot as I am. This has been the loveliest of blessings. And my amazing experience last year at the Northwest Tarot Symposium and Readers Studio last year confirmed it: I have found my people.
Now, I’m so excited to contribute something of my own to this amazing community, to create from my heart, something made by my cuteness-loving pawsies. So here it is! The Playful Heart Tarot deck, my first offering to you, beautiful tribe.
The Playful Heart Tarot is the fruit (cherry! watermelon! lemon! peach!) of almost two years' of dedicated, almost-daily labor. Luckily, I did have three feline helpers and the support of my husband and dear friends.
I’m super excited about putting this tarot baby out into the world! Each one of these cards comes directly my completely open heart space. This is the place I create from. I keep it filled to the brim with wonder and love and fully stocked with dazzling amounts of cuteness.
I’d love it if you would join me there! Together, let’s create a universal network of joy! Let’s proclaim it: Cuteness is our sacred space!!!
Please, pledge your support if you like what you see in this deck, in this artwork—and if you like how if makes you feel. It is sure to bring you joy and exquisite intuitive guidance!
The deck features 78 full-color, fully illustrated cards PLUS FOUR special edition BONUS CARDS printed on sturdy, yet flexible 340 gsm black core PLAYING CARD STOCK with micro linen finish. This texture makes shuffling a super-efficient sensory pleasure. If you like butter, you will like shuffling this deck! The cards are 75 x 130 mm (2.95” x 5.11”) and will come packed in a gorgeous rainbow-foil-kissed tuck box, sealed with a special message stamp. The artwork reproduction on the cards is excellent, even the smallest details show up clearly.
I chose the Expert Playing Card Company to print the deck cause they are the best there is and I have been crushing on the supreme quality decks they produce. Yay!
See the full deck flip thru in the video below. This video is only for an overall view. For actual card quality please refer to the photos above (as this video has been automatically downsized to accomodate the file upload size limit).
The 14 K stretch goal has been unlocked! The booklet will be printed and included with every deck! Written in a playful, tongue-in-cheek voice, it will help you understand my imagery and my ideas about the cards. It also includes general tarot tips for newbies, tarot spells, and creative ideas about all the cards for everyone. In addition, each card has an “In a Pickle” section that shows how the card energies might be misbehaving in your life—whether you read reversals or not. The booklet was edited by tarot-headed editor Jamie Morris (and her own kittens). I am planing to upload some live tarot art videos on YouTube, where I will share my inspiration and ideas for the cards.
I created the artwork for the Playful Heart Tarot with mixed media on watercolor paper. Kuretake gansai tambi watercolors are layered with colored pencils, markers, and crayons. The original pieces for the major arcana measure 22”x 15”, while the minors are 11”x 15”. It took me about a year to complete all 82 works of art. Once the art was done, we shot each piece using professional photography lighting for the most faithful reproductions possible. Then I hand-lettered the card titles, decided on the size and layout of the cards, and formatted each of the 82 pieces of art into their final printing format, went thru the print sourcing, designed and redesigned the box.
If you would like to get the chance to get some of the original art pieces, a few are available as a reward.
See all the MINOR'S ORIGINAL ART in the video below. This video is only for an overall view. For actual card quality please refer to the photos above (as this video has been automatically downsized to accomodate the file upload size limit).
See the available MAJOR ORIGINAL ART in the video below. This video is only for an overall view. For actual card quality please refer to the photos above (as this video has been automatically downsized to accomodate the file upload size limit).
HOW WILL THIS DECK IMPROVE YOUR LIFE?
The Playful Heart Tarot was created to help you get instant access to your heart space in an easy and, yes, PLAYFUL way! Maybe, like me, that heart space is where your Inner Child lives? With this deck, you’ll be able to spend time with that child part of yourself and see what she or he needs and is INSPIRING YOU to DO!
The cards will encourage you to take care of yourself and express yourself anew! They’ll invite you to JUMP IN and commit to loving all of your own sweet self as the delicious package that you are—whether that means getting yourself a yummy treat or getting out your paints and losing yourself in a creative project. Or both! Let the Playful Heart Tarot guide you to your joy!
WHAT WILL THIS DECK BRING TO YOUR TAROT PRACTICE?
Rekindle your tarot joy!!!
The cheerful, expressive characters of the Playful Heart Tarot make accessing your intuition so easy. Ask them ANY question and surprise yourself with the answer! With these brilliantly colored cards and their cheerful characters, you can relax, PLAY, pretend! Have fun, make it light! You’ll find your readings will be effortless fun!
Experience shuffling a deck with micro linen, professional card finish. It is sensory yum!
FUN! DING! DING, DING, DING!!!!
All 82 cards AND their shiny, happy box are ready to go! All we need is the FUN-DING!!! for the PRIN-TING!!!
So, please show your LO-VING!!! Go ahead and pledge your support! And since the holidays are right around the corner, you might even want to get two decks! What a wonderful gift the Playful Heart Tarot would make to bring happiness and joy to someone you love! Since the shipping is at a flat rate (with insurance and tracking), shipping two decks or any other deck+tote bag combo costs the same as shipping just one deck worldwide.
Share this campaign with your friends and your kindred-spirit community, if you would, too! Thank you!!!
The funding goal will break us even with the production costs ONLY. With the funds collected, we’ll be paying the cost of printing decks and boxes (70 percent), Kickstarter fees (5 percent), credit card fees (5 percent), estimated taxes (15 percent) and packing materials to send you the decks (5 percent). That’s it! 100 percent! Tah-dah!
I am an illustrator living in the Pacific Northwest with three kitties (Mazsi, Momo, Mikka), my lovely husband, and lots of art supplies. Here is a list of things I enjoy: TAROT everything, KITTEN anything, cute STICKERS, washi tape, colored pencil sets in tins, crayon sets, watercolors, bubble tea, green tea, k-drama, k-pop, feeding squirrels, bouncing bouncy balls, collecting children’s books, meeting with friends, reserving and picking up books from the public library, mochi, honing my drawing skills, fresh apples! How about you? Are we a match?!
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•14K Printed Booklet will be included with every deck UNLOCKED!
•15K Two custom designed 4x 6 Altar cards with every pledge/deck UNLOCKED!
•17K One 3x3 Playful Heart Tarot heavy duty vinyl sticker with every pledge/deck UNLOCKED!
•21K THE GOLDEN TICKET!!! ONE randomly chosen person who have pledged any amount during the campaign will WIN one MAJOR ARCANA (22”x 15”) ORIGINAL ART gansai tambi watercolor mixed media illustration on watercolor paper (from the selection of the already existing originals as seen in the video below)!
NOTES TO BACKERS
-Please make sure you are using a current credit/debit card. If your credit card info is not up to date, your card will be declined and you will be dropped from the list of backers.
-Please double check your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS info. Incorrect or misspelt entries may result in delayed/lost reward deliveries. If your rewards shipments is returned to us, you will be responsible for paying for shipping again.
-Custom and import duties applicable to non USA shipments are the responsibly of the addressee.
-Shipping pricing is a flat rate USPS priority mail WITH TRACKING and INSURANCE anywhere in the world. I have researched this cost diligently and this is the fee USPS charges to deliver your package. The decks are heavy, weight based shipping options were a few bucks cheaper WITHOUT tracking and insurance. Adding those, weight based shipping cost would have been higher than flat rate shipping and therefore flat rate shipping is the better and easier option. I realize we are living in the world of "free shipping" and we came to expect that most of the time we buy things. However I am publishing this limited edition indie tarot deck as a single individual. I simply do not have the resources or the logistics or the published volume of product that would allow me to offer a free shipping option (where shipping is built into the pricing). International flat rate shipping at the size of this deck costs $35 on averge. Some countires are $33 some are $36. I deemed it fair to offer the avarage at $35 as putting in ALL the countries in the world is beyond my scope. It is also my understanding that Kickstarter collects their fee on the TOTAL pledge amount including the shipping but I did not want to raise the shipping higher than it is now. Two or three decks ship for the same shipping fee as a single deck. If you can buddy up with a friend or two, that would radically reduce your shipping cost. It is my sincere hope that shipping charges will not be deterring you from supporting this deck. <3
Thank you for participating and helping to get the word out about the Playful Heart Tarot!
Risks and challenges
Since all the work on the decks is done, once the funding for printing is secured, it will be all engines on! I am planning to mail out the decks by Thanksgiving! The biggest risk will be not getting the printing funds, in which case your pledge will be fully refunded. I have been working as a professional graphic designer/illustrator for over 20 years. Delivering the work on time and on budget has been paramount for all my projects. I have always done exactly that. This time, there are third parties involved getting this deck to you. There might be production or shipping/delivery delays—or other things I cannot foresee or control— but you have my full-time, 100 percent commitment to deliver a superior quality product on time so you can start your super-fun tarot journey!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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