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For two years, I've been making an entire 78-card clone deck out of construction paper, cut by sight and hand. Simple and gorgeous!
For two years, I've been making an entire 78-card clone deck out of construction paper, cut by sight and hand. Simple and gorgeous!
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Hello and welcome to my page!! You can also check out more pictures of the cards at www.facebook.com/constructionpapertarot !

My name is John Withee and I am a radical native of Kalamazoo, Michigan.  I am also the artist behind the Construction Paper Tarot Deck, a 2-year project that is nearly complete!

Four of Wands
Four of Wands

The project is simple: I wanted to make a unique collector's deck that anyone can enjoy, that would boil down the basic elements of the tarot into fun, easy-to-identify cards. 

Strength
Strength

Due to the complex nature of many of the designs on tarot cards, I made some design decisions in my attempt to keep the cards universal, such as leaving the faces blank, but always to include every vital detail in my designs. 

The Tower
The Tower

This deck will be industry-standard size for tarot cards, which are a little taller than normal playing cards.

Ace of Wands
Ace of Wands

So far it has proven to be no easy task.  While on a few rare occasions I've been known to use an exact-o knife, virtually everything on these cards were cut out by hand, by sight, by me, using a single pair of blue scissors. 

Eight of Cups
Eight of Cups

Nothing from any previous tarot deck were ever photocopied or scanned in the creation of this piece.  ALL of the artwork is COMPLETELY original. 

The Hermit
The Hermit

I believe that this is going to be a fantastic deck for everyone to enjoy!  So please consider supporting my kickstarter for some radical rewards! :-)

My very simple workshop. That pair of blue scissors has been with me the whole way!
My very simple workshop. That pair of blue scissors has been with me the whole way!
The Fool
The Fool
The High Priestess
The High Priestess
Three of Wands
Three of Wands
Nine of Swords
Nine of Swords
Six of Swords
Six of Swords
Ten of Swords
Ten of Swords
Two of Swords
Two of Swords
I took this picture about eight months ago.  Lots of progress since!
I took this picture about eight months ago. Lots of progress since!

Risks and challenges

After the project is funded, I'll be working very closely with a tarot deck publisher that I've been in contact with during the past few months. I tried a previous kickstarter which failed, so I'm setting my sights a little lower. With the money I raise from this kickstarter, I'll still hopefully be able to have an initial print run of 150-250 decks! Wow!!

Making each card has been wildly challenging. Because I cut out these pieces by sight and hand, I often have to re-cut pieces three or four times before I've made one just right.

After I make each card, I scan it into my computer so that if any accidents happen to the original, I'll still have those files! I'll be turning my living room into a mail-order brigade once posters and physical decks arrive from the printer. It's going to be a lot of work, but also a lot of fun, and I can't wait to see this project finally come to fruition!!

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    POSTER!! This'll getcha a 12"x20" custom gloss poster of whichever card you want!! Just make sure to specify which card you want a poster of in the special instructions box when you order!

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    ONE full 78-card Construction Paper Tarot Deck shipped to you!! This gets you the actual project.

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    ONE full 78-card Construction Paper Tarot Deck AND one 12"x20" custom gloss POSTER of whichever card you want!! Just make sure to specify which card you want a poster of in the special instructions box when you order!

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    TWO full 78-card Construction Paper Tarot Decks shipped to you!!

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    FIVE full decks!! This option is for New Age stores looking for re-sale value on this one-of-a-kind hand-made collector's deck, or anyone who just loves it so much they want to share it with four friends!

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