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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, August 1 2019 10:04 AM UTC +00:00.

$27,514
pledged of $2,500pledged of $2,500 goal
561
backers
10days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, August 1 2019 10:04 AM UTC +00:00.

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Madam Clara Presents The 5-cent Tarot

The 5-cent Tarot is another new undertaking I have begun as a personal project.  I wanted to create a fun and whimsical deck loosely inspired by Victorian era poster art. Using vintage images and remnants of biological and botanical ephemera, this deck also incorporates keywords in both the upright and reverse positions. 


There are no people in this deck, but flora, animals and insects with sometimes human accessories and unexpected elements. This deck is full of small surprises and fun bits of whimsy — the idea is to engage the reader with images that are interesting, yet clear and to the point.  

Quirky and fun: in this deck, pentacles are buttons, wands are matchsticks, swords are needles and cups are vintage teacups.  

The keywords in upright and reverse positions are scaled to a size that will be helpful for new readers, but also not a distraction for experienced readers.  The compositions also employ the symbolism from traditional tarot and are therefore, RWS-adjacent. 

The designs you see here are near-final.  However, I will continue to finesse details throughout so the entire project holds together as a cohesive piece.

Fans of the Madam Clara Sees All deck (3 editions) and the Midcenturian deck already know that quality and presentation are very important to me.  Cardstock will be premium, akin to my latest decks which have a linen finish and superior shufflability, similar to a bicycle deck. Together we will explore luxury add-ons, such as gilded edges and metallics. 

Each deck will include a matching custom designed pouch (watch for updates) as well as 2 extra cards, just for fun. Again, stay tuned for updates. 

The backs will also be a vote for backers, so keep watching for updates to see where this could go! 


Box design not final and for illustrative purposes only.
Box design not final and for illustrative purposes only.

STRETCH GOAL #1 REACHED! ALL DECKS WILL GET AN UPGRADED BOX

Hooray!  The campaign is moving so fast, I can hardly keep up with all of you!  

That said, I've set the first stretch goal to $15,000, which we have already surpassed, so everyone gets an upgraded premium box.  It seems to be one of the more popular and meaningful upgrades from all the hearty discussion and feedback you've given.  I am working with the printer on a hard-side magnetic book style box. Of course, the cards will also come with a custom drawstring pouch as mentioned in the launch. Stay tuned for design updates!


The right to choose!
The right to choose!

Matte color edges: love 'em or leave 'em -- it's your choice!

Once the campaign reaches $20,000 -- everyone gets the right to choose: matte color (tbd) or plain edges. I've heard both sides loud and clear and the only way to make everyone happy is to offer both! I will split the print run with a solid matte color edge (we've got healthy discussion around that -- gold, nickel, green, colors!) or plain edges for those of you that would prefer not.  Everybody wins! And we are not that far away from this stretch, so this is just about a sure thing!  Thank you all for your feedback -- I want you all to LOVE this deck with no compromises!

$21,000 funding level gets all 4 extras!
$21,000 funding level gets all 4 extras!

Alright, okay! All four extra cards for everyone!

With all the feedback on this, it's nearly impossible to distill to a best choice that you'll all be happy with! So, at the $21,000 funding level, everyone gets all 4 extra majors. Thank you all so much for the support and the encouragement. I know these are a bit off the RWS system, but I feel they can add another level of engagement and interest to your readings, should you choose to use them. So, $21k -- very much likely and within reach. If you want to guarantee these stretch goals, I appreciate you sharing the campaign in your circles to get the word out.  Here we go.... Stretch goal #4 - stay tuned!

Risks and challenges

No real risks here. I have funded 3 editions of the original Madam Clara deck, as well as the Midcenturian here on Kickstarter. The project is 95% complete, with only a few details intentionally left to share the decision with backers through an online vote. I have printers at the ready and expect no delays in shipping.

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