UPDATE #1: MARTA TUTORIAL IS INCLUDED IN EVERY ORDER!
UPDATE #2: WE'RE FUNDED!! THANK YOU! WE'VE ADDED SOME STRETCH GOALS!
UPDATE #3: STRETCH GOAL #1 REACHED! EVERY BACKER WILL GET STICKERS!
Hey! Nice to meet you!
Hi! I’m Zak from Abstract, I’m French and I love Playing Cards. By Collecting them, playing with them or shuffling them, these pieces of paper became a part of my life and identity.
That kind of playing Card shuffling is actually well known as Cardistry, which is basically creating eye pleasing stuff with playing cards. It has been a part of magic and it is still used a lot in this field, but it actually became its own thing. This is becoming the passion of a lot of people and our definition, the cardists’ definition, is deeper than the first one I gave: more Abstract! A lot of people describes it as a kind of a door which could open you to unlimited possibilities of creation and patterns.
The cards are our tools and they’re something which we should use to enhance our cardistry experience!
So yeah! Here’s something, Abstract!
Abstract is our baby : bright, geometric, outstanding printed in the awesome B9 finish. We’re proud of it, we made the tool which fits us, which fits you!
“Create a deck has always been a dream…”: yeah that’s true but not only!
I’ve always been seeing the life as a challenge and as a mystery to solve, and seeing the hype behind some decks made me want to explore the creation process behind it.
So, I started trying designs and learning everything I could on the custom playing cards in general, which have been an incredible experience. We’re working on Abstract since march 2017, and I’m talking about Abstract not all the other tries!
“In this deck, everything is about angles and spacing” – Gart
I wanted something good and pleasing not only for me but for you, that’s why I’m bringing to you today a fully customized designer’s deck.
“In this deck, everything is about angles and spacing”. That’s what Gart said to me when I wanted to move some shapes on the back design.
When studying Abstracts' design more closely you'll figure out that each shape is connected to the others. There’s more behind the deck than what you’re seeing. Every detail has been thought of and everything has been meticulously assembled.
“The design is super cool but... where are you printing them?” – Someone super kind on Instagram
For our first project, we decided to go with Cartamundi. Why?
We’re choosing quality beyond the price. Yes, USPCC has always been the leader in the Card game but things are changing and we’re choosing the winning side! With Cartamundi no more random quality and no more offset borders everything is controlled and I’m pretty sure they’re doing it with a magnifying glass and not only with their eyes ;)
They’re the European leader concerning playing cards and they've already shown us they’re producing quality. Who didn’t hear about the Origin deck by Touch (deck of the year 2017) or the Copag’s?
THE finish: the true linen B9 finish
We definitely need to talk about this awesomeness in the card game.
The first (official) version of the B9 finish came up at CC17 with the CMYK deck. Everyone was so confused because the finish was so weird but felt so nice! Cartamundi kept the good points and removed all the drawbacks!
We have been able to order some prototypes directly from Cartamundi with this improved B9 and there’s nothing comparable, you just need to try it by yourself (the best way is probably by backing us ; ) .
The result is something flexible, durable, perfect for fans and with the softest edges I’ve ever seen yet. Moreover the cuts are clean and the cards stay easily in packets when cutting.
I'm using my personal prototype since November 2017 and the deck is still fanning and springing beautifully!
Deeper in the design
The back is custom but a fully customized deck isn't just this ! We can't barely change some details from the most known deck in the world and say it's custom, so here's what we've done !
The faces: Nothing classic, just the principle
The best thing about Abstract is probably the faces!
The suits are custom staying in the geometric theme:
- 45 degrees
- And some roundness.
The spacing between the suits have been studied, the pattern they’re making too, everything in order to allow a clear readability.
And these Court Cards!
They have taken a lot of time to be made, they’re extremely detailed and above all they’re all different, I’m not talking about a simple color swap but real details which makes them outstand from themselves. But the global shape is there, this is the best way to have something homogenous and eye pleasing!
The box have been thought as a design piece itself, from back to front! And btw Cartamundi's tuck cases are just incredibly resistant!
I'm always keeping my personal prototype close, in my backpack most of the time, but last time my water bottle just spilled in my bag and the box was totally diving in water but nothing happened to the cards!
Almost the same thing happened to @rodlah, but this time in the snow, and still nothing ! So yeah the box may feel different from the standard ones from USPCC but they're way more resistant!
And a more resistant tuck case means more durability for your cards!
A deck perfect for Cardistry but not only!
Abstracts have be thought for Cardistry : we've put angles close to the edge letting your fans look beautiful.
The Bold colors catch the attention and let you do your show, you'll fastly be the focus of people's attention!
Moreover that dark blue makes an awesome contrast with the deep white of the Superlux paper by Cartamundi (the paper used in the Origin deck by Touch : whiter than any other cardboard!). This helps differentiate the different packets from each other and the big shapes close the the edges helps connect the packets with each other at the same time, letting your perform your flourishes at the maximum of their beauty!
"Oh nice Cards! Are you're doing Magic tricks!?!?"
As Cardists we all already have heard this ! But as I want to make people happy I usually perform an easy trick then take advantage of this moment to perform some Cardistry and show them what this art is!
This is clearly a part of a Cardist's life so we decided to include some goodies in the deck to help you figure out these situations.
Take a close look at the jokers ! You'll find a reveal but it's subtle enough to use them as duplicates! The deck will come with 52 cards, 2 jokers, a blank card and a Thanks Card (With the name of every backers, and people who have been supporting us during this adventure).
A deck for any card enthusiast!
As we're planning to print 1500 decks (we're actually printing 3000 as the number of backers is growing) this deck is limited and will probably become a must have in your card collection, so don't miss this occasion!
We have many different rewards (or perks) available :
- Of course the Playing Cards.
- MARTA tutorial By Rodolphe Lahousse
- Some Uncut sheets, really rare and special (only 50 made), ideal for card collectors or Art enthusiasts.
- We're also producing some Canvas with any face card (you choose!!!) printed on it !
We will probably add some other rewards as Stretch Goals such as Cardistry Trainers, stickers etc... (UPDATE: Strectch goal #1 have been reached! Stickers included in every order!)
The tutorials will be detailed, with instructions from the creator and multiple camera angles! They'll be available for our backers, to thank them for their support !
Actually, every Backer gets Marta and Synapse Tutorial! So yeah! You know what to do!
We understand that shipping can be expensive sometimes, so we decided to let a fulfilment company handle the orders (which is most of the time cheaper then using the local post service because of their partership with shipping companies).
For the fulfilment we decided to work with Gambler's Warehouse, they're renown and they have a strong experience in fulfilment Services. They're a Company we can trust and will ensure a fast and clean shipping for the rewards while keeping attractive rates for you!
Here's the shipping's table sheet. As Gamblers is based in the US, shipping is cheaper delivered to the US. Rewards from 9 to 24 decks are automatically tracked.
You can add tracking to you order if you want to. To do that simply contact us via Instagram, email (email@example.com) or directly via Kickstarter, we will tell you the amount you'll need to add to your pledge.
If you're from the European Union and if you're ready to wait longer than the others I could be able to reduce the shipping on some orders (if you want more information contact me via instagram : @abstractplayingcards or via email : firstname.lastname@example.org)
We understand that sometimes you would like to purchase 1 Uncut Sheet + a few decks or a tutorial in addition to some decks.
As kickstarter doesn't really work as an online shop do, you will need to contact me (Instagram, email : email@example.com, or directly from kickstarter) to let us know what's happening and what are the rewards you would like to combine. Then just add up the amount of the different rewards you want.
Be Careful! If you just add up the amount of the different pledges without sending us an message before we will consider that you're simply giving us a higher amount with your pledge because you want to support us!
As we're actually funded, we've defined some stretch goals which will be revealed everytime we reach the previous one!
The #1 is actually in unlocking process and will allow us to print 2000 decks and provide free high quality stickers to every backer! We've actually tested a lot of providers and we found the product we wanted for our customers (the best print and durability quality!)
We need you! Back us!
As producing a deck has a huge cost I need Kickstarter to fund this project. Abstract is nothing without you and it needs you!
I think this is the most sensible way to let the users, people who will be using our product, fund this project by buying some decks. This just proves that the deck is liked and deserves to be produced !
Risks and challenges
Creating a deck is a challenge and there are some risks. In fact we invested a lot in this project, in time and in money, and if we're not getting funded within the 30 days that's exactly such as nothing never happened, you'll get your money back and Abstract will disapear.
That's why we need you to help us, back us and share the word! Each shout-out counts and we're thanking you from the Bottom of our heart if you're sharing the word!
I'm also talking to a lot of project creators which are giving me the keys to not be delayed but there's always some planning risks as printing could be delayed because of color proof confirmations or for some other reasons.
Also, even if Gambler's are trustworthy company, some packages can get delayed in the shipment or lost for various reasons. In the better case it will be only delayed but soemtimes that's more harmful that's often because of local post services which are working totally differently from a country to another.
Feel free to contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on instagram (@abstractplayingcards) if you need any information or if you have any problem concerning your order.
Thanks for reading everything this far, our last words : Share the word!
A huge thanks to :
- Alex from @divaplayingcards for his help on the trailer and on the kickstarter management
- Yassine Boudraa aka @5ofspades for his advices
- @56sealed for his help during all this deck creation process he's been here since the very first day!
- Gart, of course Gart ! Best Teammate
- My family who have always been there
And pretty much everyone who's supported us and loving our work! Love y'all!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)