Last year we ran a Kickstarter to fund my oracle deck, and as a stretch goal we offered printed cotton tarot bags. I never imagined how popular these bags would be, and they've quickly become one of the best-selling products on my website and in my Etsy store. We've sold so many bags that we've nearly depleted our initial order, so it's time to order more!
This time we'd like to order 10 more cases of bags, the image transfers, ink, and a larger size of bags as well. We already have the heatpress and packaging materials to ship them, so all we need are the bags and the image transfers themselves.
The smaller bags, which we call tarot bags, are about 5"x8" in size and have a drawstring closure. They fit small to large decks of cards, dice, jewelry, small gifts, cell phones, wallets, and so on. They are fully-printed in color on the front, and are made of natural unbleached cotton. The bags are handmade and have a rustic quality to them, so sometimes the bags may vary up to 1/2" in size, and may not be perfectly square.
We also want to add larger bags. These are 10"x16" in size and also have a drawstring closure. You can slip thin notebooks, books, magazines, paper, sketchbooks, pencils, art supplies, games, portable devices, and more into these bags. You can even use them as a purse if you want! The front has a printed image measuring approximately 8"x10" pressed onto it, just like the smaller bags. They are made of the same natural unbleached cotton and are also handmade, so the same rules apply.
We print the art using archival inks in a huge range of colors, on fine art printers. Then we trim it to size and press it on. The entire process takes place in our workshop. From hitting print to finishing the bag, the entire process takes about a minute per bag.
All of the artwork is created, optimized, and prepared for printing by Tiffany. Luke does the scary stuff, ie: running the heat press.
Note from Tiffany:
I don't want to say that these are for ladies, but come on, how much gaming stuff is actually marketed towards us? I can't count the number of dice bags I've seen with masculine artwork on them, but dice bags for us gals? I can count them on one hand! A lot of my artwork is more feminine, but plenty of dudes like it, too. I like to think it's pretty versatile and if you're not into tarot or oracle card decks, these are great gifts for people who play RPGs as mages and other magic users. You can stash all kinds of dice of all sizes in these, pens, folded character sheets and so on. The larger size bags are great for thin binders, books, tablets and more. Get one of each and you have a unique, gorgeous set for carrying all of your gaming supplies to game night!
There are two perks that come with a copy of my oracle deck, which was also funded here on Kickstarter! We are almost out of these decks, and we don't plan on re-ordering, so don't miss out on these VERY limited perks!
The standard oracle deck pledge is $35 and includes one copy of my 40 card deck plus a tarot bag of your choice! Each deck comes with a booklet. The cards are about 2.75"x4.75", and the boxes are just a little bit bigger than that. Each box is signed.
The deluxe deck comes with 20 extra cards, a booklet, and comes with a large and a small bag of your choice. The box is approximately 7"x9" and is foam-lined to keep your cards and booklet safe. The cards are 2.75"x4.75". Each box is signed.
Here are the bag designs currently available to choose from. New designs will be added to the end.
Risks and challenges
Our last Kickstarter project was overwhelmingly successful and took much longer to fulfill than we expected just because of the volume. When we're making the smaller bags, we usually average 30-40 an hour, and we have our workshop and process streamlined now so that most of our orders have a 1-2 day turnaround time. We expect to have the bags all finished by the end of April, but just in case the project is really successful again, we've set the delivery date for June.
We make these bags all the time now, and we have all the equipment already, so unless something breaks down we should be good to go once the supplies arrive. None of the equipment is particularly hard to come by, so if something does break down it should only be a few days before a replacement arrives.
And then there's the fact that we're only human beings, and sometimes we get sick or have to take care of personal emergencies. We've allotted a lot of extra time, so nothing should really impact the delivery date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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