About this project
Hello! I'm Emmanuel.
I'm an artist and I love playing cards. For over 3 years now, I've been making 1 paper-cut playing card a week. I make transformation playing cards, which incorporate the suits into a design. I've made 3 complete decks, with a 4th deck in progress.
My first deck, Curator, became a real deck of cards in 2012. Now, I'm excited to turn my second paper-cut deck, Clipped Wings, into a reality for everyone to enjoy.
CLIPPED WINGS is a celebration of birds. As a child, I had talking Myna birds as pets. They were family to me, and I've had a love of birds ever since. Clipped Wings is a fully custom deck featuring 55 unique works of art, all entirely cut by hand.
The Clipped Wings Deck will be printed by the US Playing Card Company, makers of the famous Bicycle® brand of playing cards. The deck will have Bicycle Stock and Air-Cushion Magic Finish, and it will have poker-size dimensions (2.5 x 3.5 inches).
The Clipped Wings deck includes:
- 52 custom playing cards, 2 custom jokers, and 1 custom back design
- A "double-backer" card and a text card
- A minimalistic red, black, and white tuck case
Uncut sheets are pulled from the presses at the US Playing Card Company before they are cut into individual cards. On its own, the Clipped Wings uncut sheet is a striking work of art that is perfect for display. The dimensions are 22 x 26.5 inches.
Hardcover Collector's Art Books are available for the Clipped Wings deck and the Curator deck. Each 32-page book has a dust jacket and measures 11.25 x 8.75 inches. The books reveal little-known information about the cards, and the Clipped Wings book states the bird species that are represented. Each book will be signed.
115 different images are available as prints. The prints will be signed and will have a matte finish. Click here to see a gallery of all available prints. Click on an image to see dimensions and the print code. When the campaign ends, a survey will be sent out and the codes will be used to indicate your selection. Fun Trick: if you're on a desktop or laptop computer, "shuffle" the cards by varying the width of the browser window.
I'm offering signed, matted sets of the characters that I make every week. These are NOT prints; each character is cut by hand, and they become the indices of every card I create. The indices are the playing card corners that indicate the rank and suit.
Last year, I was inspired by other paper-cutting artists to create 3D paper-cut art. Numerous layers of hand-cut paper (up to 180 layers) create the 3D effect. If you pledge for this reward, I'll consult with you about the image that you want me to create. Framing will be included. The black wood frame will add 2 to 4 inches to each side of the art, which will measure 8.5 x 11 inches.
For two pledge levels, I will create custom 2D paper-cut art. If you pledge for this reward, I'll consult with you about the image that you want me to create. Framing will be included. The frame will add 2 to 6 inches to each side of the art, which will measure 18 x 24 inches. NOTE: For this reward, I cannot create a paper-cut duplication of prior artwork.
The Curator uncut sheets are unlocked! These second edition Curator uncut sheets are available as add-on items. Each sheet is $40 ($55 for International). The dimensions are 22 x 26.5 inches. Please scroll down to the "Customizing Your Rewards" section to see an updated add-on chart.
This chart lists the dimensions for 1 quantity of an item. If possible, rewards will be shipped in one package, but uncut sheets and prints will be shipped in mailing tubes.
If you'd like additional rewards, please see the chart below and add the corresponding price of the item(s) to the amount you've already pledged (click the blue "Manage Your Pledge" button at the top of this page). When the campaign ends, you'll be able to confirm your purchases. Please contact me if you have any questions.
If you're an international backer or you're shipping outside the U.S., please be sure to use the listed prices in the International Backers column.
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at Clipped Wings. I'm excited to share my art with you, and I know that with your support, we can make this deck a reality.
I also want to give special thanks and recognition to the amazing team behind the Clipped Wings video:
Videographer - Mark Simmons
Audio - Evan Ewing
Director - Reesa Graham
Photographer - Emily Raw
Risks and challenges
This is my first Kickstarter campaign, but this is not my first deck. The artwork for Clipped Wings is already complete and has approval from the US Playing Card Company. While delays can occur in their production line, I do not anticipate any printing delays interfering with the time-frame I've set up for delivery.
Should any unforeseen issues arise, I will swiftly resolve them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Curator deck is available at the following websites:
Mehow Magic: http://goo.gl/iGroVW
Magic Nevin (United Kingdom): http://goo.gl/C81W4Z
Ebay (9 results): http://goo.gl/CV4zps
TheFind.com search results (13 results): http://goo.gl/vCsioP
Art of Play (SOLD OUT): http://goo.gl/qOJRBY
When You Wish Magic (SOLD OUT): http://goo.gl/6gpRnh
The Magic Warehouse (SOLD OUT): http://goo.gl/FUttLi
Big Guys Magic (SOLD OUT): http://goo.gl/b5KdTC
Diamonds Magic (SOLD OUT): http://goo.gl/fZvYcf
The Cuckoo's Nest (SOLD OUT): http://goo.gl/CgTlgt
Fancy (SOLD OUT): http://goo.gl/xSbYdt
House of Playing Cards (SOLD OUT): http://goo.gl/PX8Fi1
Amazon (SOLD OUT): http://goo.gl/ZYOM8A
If the Curator deck is out of stock at the websites I've listed, please contact me and I will do my best to find a reseller that still has the deck in stock.
Curator uncut sheets are now available as add-on items. Please see the "Curator Uncut Sheets" section above.
The funds will cover the production costs of printing at least 2,500 decks with the US Playing Card Company (2,500 is the minimum quantity required for a print run of decks).
The funds will also cover the costs of other rewards, packing and shipping supplies, shipping, the video production team, and the fees required by Kickstarter and Amazon.
At this time, the original paper-cut cards are not for sale. Each collection of 55 original cards (Curator, Clipped Wings, Sawdust, etc.,) is considered 1 work.
For those interested in purchasing original, custom artwork, please see the rewards listed above or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
International shipping is very expensive. The United States Postal Service rates increased in 2014, and the international shipping prices reflect those rates.
At the end of the campaign, a survey will be sent to all backers. Backers will be able to indicate their selection in those surveys. If additional prints or books are desired, please see the Add-On Chart shown above. In addition, I will be using Backerkit to process all orders at the end of the campaign.
Sawdust, my circus-themed deck, will launch on Kickstarter this summer or early fall.
No, the watermark will not be present in the actual uncut sheets and prints.
I've had my work stolen online before, so I've purposely displayed images here at a lower resolution or with a watermark to deter stealing.
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