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Embodying the stories of the fox spirit in playing cards and stickers through the traditional Japanese tattoo art
Embodying the stories of the fox spirit in playing cards and stickers through the traditional Japanese tattoo art
493 backers pledged HK$ 264,159 to help bring this project to life.

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Sumi Playing Cards : Kitsune

HK$ 264,159

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白面金毛九尾の狐 / Hakumen Konmō Kyūbi no Kitsune
白面金毛九尾の狐 / Hakumen Konmō Kyūbi no Kitsune

Ono, an inhabitant of Mino (says an ancient Japanese legend of A.D. 545), spent the seasons longing for his ideal of female beauty. He met her one evening on a vast moor and married her. Simultaneously with the birth of their son, Ono’s dog was delivered of a pup which as it grew up became more and more hostile to the lady of the moors. She begged her husband to kill it, but he refused. At last one day the dog attacked her so furiously that she lost courage, resumed vulpine shape, leaped over a fence and fled.  “You may be a fox”, Ono called after her, “but you are the mother of my son and I love you. Come back when you please; you will always be welcome”.  So every evening she stole back and slept in his arms.  

Excerpt from Come and Sleep by the monk Kyoukai, 9th century AD
 

 
Sumi Playing Cards – Kitsune is Card Experiment's 2nd collaboration with ToKMR Graphics following our highly successful Sumi Playing Cards campaign. 
 

Sumi Artist, Sumi Grandmaster and Bicycle Sumi deck from the previous Sumi Project
Sumi Artist, Sumi Grandmaster and Bicycle Sumi deck from the previous Sumi Project

In Kitsune, we continue to translate and transform the traditional Japanese tattoo art form of Wabori into playing card style, retaining as well as enhancing many of the interesting and delightful features we had in Sumi Playing Cards.  The focus of Kitsune centers around the fox spirit, a staple in Japanese folklore. We scoured many different sources of folktales, stories and myths about fox spirits and selected a few well-known ones as sources of inspiration for the characters in the court cards. Kistune continues to serve as a homage to Wabori and faithfully represents the visual nuances and quality that is the hallmark of Japanese traditional tattoo once again, creating a visual playing card masterpiece like no other, a masterpiece that weaves fantastical stories of begone time with modern playing card aesthetics.
 

  • Illustrated by ToK, Illustrator & Graphic designer based in Japan and edited by Card Experiment based in Hong Kong.
  • Fully custom pips & courts.
  • Cards printed by the United States Playing Card Company. Made in USA.
  • Craft Edition Tuck cases made of Premium Cotton Gmund Paper from Germany.
  • Letterpressed ink/metallic foiled tuck cases for Craft Edition produced and assembled in Hong Kong.
     
  • Multilevel Embossed tuck cases. (Unlocked at STRETCH GOAL 2)
     

 
The card back features the nature motifs in a composition of Mandara and the Logo 墨/Sumi with 稲荷鳥居/Inari-dorii.
 

Tale Teller Kitsune

Tale Teller Kitsune Regular Deck
Tale Teller Kitsune Regular Deck

 
Myth Maker Kitsune
 

Myth Maker Kitsune Regular Deck
Myth Maker Kitsune Regular Deck

Regular edition features Bicycle branded Tuck cases by USPCC. Featuring art of 荼枳尼天の白狐(九尾化) / Ḍākinī's Byakko who turns into nine-tailed Fox. Printed with metallic gold ink on Myth Maker Kitsune Regular Deck.
 

Tale Teller Kitsune Regular Deck
Tale Teller Kitsune Regular Deck
Myth Maker Kitsune Regular Deck
Myth Maker Kitsune Regular Deck

 
We are now working closely with a craft letterpress company in Hong Kong for printing of our Craft decks’ tuck cases. Proximity is our advantage. We have worked well with them in some projects and remained in regular and close correspondence to understand and optimize our processes and theirs for smooth production. 


The tuck case will be gold foil stamped and letterpressed silver ink on premium cotton paper from Gmund Germany and then embossed (STRETCH GOAL 2).
 

Tale Teller Kitsune Craft Deck
Tale Teller Kitsune Craft Deck
Myth Maker Kitsune Craft Deck
Myth Maker Kitsune Craft Deck

 
STRETCH GOAL 1 // HKD$120,000 <UNLOCKED!>
             All cards will be printed on Crushed Premium Stock!
STRETCH GOAL 2 // HKD$150,000 <UNLOCKED!>
             Multilevel Embossing on Craft edition!
STRETCH GOAL 3 // HKD$200,000 <UNLOCKED!>
             Inner tuck printing on Craft edition!

Tale Teller Kitsune Craft Edition - letterpressing red on inner tuck case
Tale Teller Kitsune Craft Edition - letterpressing red on inner tuck case
Myth Maker Kitsune Craft Edition - Letterpressing silver ink on inner tuck case
Myth Maker Kitsune Craft Edition - Letterpressing silver ink on inner tuck case

STRETCH GOAL 4 // HKD$230,000 <UNLOCKED!>

Sumi Original Craft Deck. A new deck featuring the design from the original Sumi deck, will be offered with enhancements in terms of better embossing and letterpressing, foil stamping and superior German paper stock. 

 
For add-ons, you need to be already pledging for a reward.
 

  • Click on ‘Manage your pledge’ and under the pledge amount of the reward you pledge, increase the amount accordingly to each of the add-ons price (see below). 
  • Help us with this process by dropping us a message after you have adjust your pledge to include the add-ons with the details of your add-ons. 
  • Respond to the post campaign survey asking you for the details of your add-ons. If you have any question, do feel free to drop us a message as well. 

*The Bicycle Sumi deck/Sumi Artist/Sumi Grandmaster (featuring dragon art on the front of the tuckcase) are some remaining stocks from the previous Sumi project and is available as add-ons for Sumi Kitsune Backers. They are not a reprint. 


Sumi Coin Series 1

The King & Dragon Sumi Coin
The King & Dragon Sumi Coin
The Goddess Sumi Coin
The Goddess Sumi Coin

Minted in USA. All Sumi Coins will be shipped in clear plastic cases. Both designs are available in Antique Silver, Antique Bronze and Antique Brass Finish.(Antique Copper Finish is sold out unfortunately)

1 Sumi Coin - Add HKD$140 (approx. USD $17.5)

3 Sumi Coins - Add HKD$385 (approx. USD $49)

All 6 Sumi Coins - Add HKD$745 (approx. USD $95)


 Sumi Sticker Pack 

Each Sumi Sticker Pack contains 10 different die-cut Sumi Stickers. Approximately 3.5" to 4".
Each Sumi Sticker Pack contains 10 different die-cut Sumi Stickers. Approximately 3.5" to 4".
10 different die-cut Sumi Stickers.
10 different die-cut Sumi Stickers.

Sumi Decks

Risks and challenges

Over the course of several projects in Kickstarter, we have learnt that the major risk for the project would be a delay in production and consequently a delay in fulfilment. Over the course of these projects, we have also incrementally put in place processes as well as work with reliable partners to minimize the delay in production and fulfilment.

USPCC is the premier printer for playing cards with impeccable quality and reliable quality. However, these advantages tend to create a long queue of printing jobs for that. If we get into this queue later than we planned, some delay would definitely be expected. For Sumi Kitsune, we will be working on a just-in-time manner with most of the design details done and confirming the print run as soon as possible after the campaign conclude so that we can get into the queue as soon as we can.

We are now also working closely with a craft letterpress company in Hong Kong for printing of our Craft decks’ tuck cases. Proximity is our advantage. We have worked well with them in some projects and remained in regular and close correspondence to understand and optimize our processes and theirs for smooth production.

Fulfilment wise, we have set up our own dedicated operations for shipping of the decks. As such, the production schedule and fulfilment schedule will be aligned and unnecessary shipping and waiting time will be minimized.

We hope that the above mentioned factors would greatly accelerate the production and fulfilment of the decks once the campaign concluded and is successful. We look forward to your support for Sumi Playing Cards – Kitsune.

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    The Enthusiast || 1 Regular deck

    ~ $10 USD

    One (1) Kitsune Regular Deck

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    The Enthusiast+ || 1 Craft deck

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    Six (6) Myth Maker Kitsune Regular Deck
    Six (6) Myth Maker Kitsune Craft Deck

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