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Masquerade Mardi Gras Edition playing cards by artist Denyse Klette. Brain Vessel's Artist Series Playing Cards. Printed by the USPCC.
Masquerade Mardi Gras Edition playing cards by artist Denyse Klette. Brain Vessel's Artist Series Playing Cards. Printed by the USPCC.
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This is a relaunch of the Mardi Gras Edition Playing Cards. The previous Kickstarter for the Mardi Gras Playing Cards did not reach its funding goal so we restructured and relaunched it. We have done away with all add-ons and accessories for this campaign and only have the two decks available. We also will not be using any pledge manager such as backerkit like we have done in the past. These changes have allowed us to have a lower funding goal and focus on just the cards. Since this is a simpler campaign we want to make it shorter than our usual campaigns as well, so jump on board before it's too late!     

Masquerade: Mardi Gras Edition is the latest creation in BrainVessel's Artist Series Playing Cards featuring the artwork of International Canadian Artist Denyse Klette. In our previous kickstarter, Masquerade Playing Cards where we created the black and white Masquerade themed deck, we had a stretch goal for the colorized Mardi Gras version of the deck. Unfortunately we did not reach that stretch goal. However we thought the Mardi Gras deck was so special it deserves to be made into its own Kickstarter and we hope you think so to.

  •  Printed by the USPCC with the same quality and attention to detail as our previous decks.  
  • Printed on premium USPCC cardstock
  • Classic Air-Cushion Finish for ease of shuffling and optimum performance
  • Custom illustrations by Denyse Klette on all of the court cards, back card, and jokers as well as custom pip illustrations for the numbered cards.
  • Custom tuck printed on Natural Pearl stock with a BrainVessel seal. 

If you would like to learn more about Denyse Klette and the previous Masquerade: Black Box Edition, you can watch the Kickstarter video below.

We are also making available the Masquerade: Black Box Edition from the previous Kickstarter campaign. These cards are in black and white and feature a black tuck box with black and silver foil.

For more information and images, visit the previous Kickstarter page HERE.
For more information and images, visit the previous Kickstarter page HERE.

 At the age of 8, Denyse Klette announced to her parents and the world that she would become an artist after helping with a mural for a school play. Although she takes herself lightly, even then she was serious about her art and has never waivered over more than 40 years.  

Today Denyse’s paintings are featured prominently in hotels, private collections around the world and represented in galleries internationally. She became an approved sculptor for licensed Disney characters, has illustrated several children’s books and and created work for licensing for home decor products and beachwear. Denyse co-created Belly Button Buddies; which grew from an award-winning book to a children’s TV show airing in Canada and the UK. Denyse signed a worldwide contract with St Martin’s Press for a series of whimsical adult colouring books.  

Denyse has released her first series of bronze sculptures of her whimsical paintings which has had huge success with her collectors.

Denyse Klette painting on aluminum.
Denyse Klette painting on aluminum.

 January of 2014, Brain Vessel’s first playing card campaign, the Seven Seas Playing Cards ended raising over 67k. Through that success we were able to grow as a company, expanding our office to include a shipping station and built our online store, bvcargo.com. We have also grown as a branding and design company, using our unique skill set to re-brand and guide many local business in our area.

We then launched a our second successful playing card campaign, the Seven Seas Master Collection in August of 2015, expanding our line of nautical themed playing card decks by five decks with more pirates and sea creatures alike. At the same time we were building a brick and mortar gallery space to showcase our products and the create a space for others to showcase their talents. Since then we have expanded Brain Vessel Art Gallery and held around 18 events showcasing a multitude of artists and talents, both local and international.  

With the Artist Series we want to use our history and knowledge of Kickstarter and playing card production to bring the unique art from artists we’ve showcased in our gallery to a wider audience through playing cards. The first artist in our Artist Series and out lastest playing card release was Jason Kreiger with the Bones Playing Cards. We've wrapped up fuffillment on that project in December. Feel free to check out the comments section of that campaign to see what people thought of the deck!

Risks and challenges

There is always the chance for production delays concerning a project such as this, but we've taken precautions to minimize that outcome. We've learned a lot from our previous playing card campaigns, and we are very familiar with the process. We always make sure to instill quality in our products and when we do something we make sure to do it right.

All the artwork is done and sent to USPCC. Shortly after this campaign ends printing should start on the cards.

If you have any questions or issues whatsoever please don't hesitate to message us through Kickstarter and we'll be happy to address anything that might come up.

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