[Update - 07/03/2019]
FREE GIFT Rising Sun & Aozora Ed. Poker Chips
To thank you for backing us, we're proud to announce we have a special limited edition matching Rising Sun & Aozora Ed. poker chips gift to add-on. See how to get them:
- If your total pledge is above $30, then you will receive 1 x limited edition Rising Sun Ed. poker chip.
- If your total pledge is above $45, then you will receive 2 x limited edition chips (one of each Rising Sun Ed. & Aozora Ed. poker chips).
The Impressions series Playing Cards are designed and manufactured by MakePlayingCards.com (MPC®), a branded playing cards and card games manufacturing company with over 35 years history. With huge success from our previous Impressions series playing cards Kickstarter projects, we have not one but two very impressive additions to add to the highly-acclaimed range. The Rising Sun Ed. and the Aozora Ed., both of which are inspired by the colors of the amazingly-cultured country of Japan.
The Japan-inspired decks
We are hugely proud to introduce the Rising Sun and the Aozora decks to our world-renown Impressions Playing Cards series. Aptly named, these two new decks are inspired by Japan and have an underlying Japanese theme.
We designed the two new decks with inspirations from Japan in mind. The Rising Sun Ed. is designed with inspirations drawn from the traditional colors on the Japanese flag which consists of a red circle in the center to represent the sun on a white background, often referred to as the “Rising Sun”. The Rising Sun deck is our main deck in this project as it features the most traditional and prominent colors of this amazing country. The playing cards bear a bright red background with contrasting black and white artwork.
The second deck is our blue deck called the Aozora Ed. meaning “blue sky” in Japanese (青空,あおぞら) and is seen very often in photography of Japan, a very commonly used color in anime and more importantly, it is a traditional color for representing good luck.
There are many variations of the blue color. We chose a deep blue shade to compliment intricate red line art on the heart and diamond suits and white on the spade and club suits. We are very excited with these new color combinations which are further visually-enhanced produced using our renown MPC raised high-gloss embossed state of the art technology.
Apart from the new visually-appealing color theme and aesthetics, what differentiates the Aozora and Rising Sun Ed. from our previous Impressions decks is the card stock and varnishing used. The new combination vastly refines the smoothness and handling of the deck, allowing you to perform cardistry and magic card tricks just like a normal printed professional deck of cards. This makes the Aozora and Rising Sun decks perfect for card enthusiasts, cardists and generally people who loves playing cards.
We are constantly upgrading our technology, improving our methods and materials used to evolve the production and manufacturing of our playing cards to ensure the cards that we produce meet or exceed expectations.
What makes the Impressions series so unique is the added touch and feel aspect, where you can physically feel the detail of the artwork on the cards. Using state of the art technology, we apply high-gloss with pinpoint accuracy to specific areas of the playing cards to produce a detailed and very touchable raised gloss embossed effect. The high-gloss used can achieve up to 250 microns (braille effect) in polymer height which is 100 times higher than the normal selective UV varnish. You’d assume that this would affect the function and playability of the cards but we have developed a method to ensure that the cards are breathtakingly beautiful as well as highly functional and playable. This is a major development that is very unique to MPC.
Risks and challenges
As we are producing these decks of cards in our own production facilities and distributing though our own fulfillment center, the only risks and challenges that we may encounter on the way are system breakdowns which we are still able to control albeit some time delay. Other risks out of our control include natural disasters and postal service strikes which shouldn't happen, hopefully. We have learnt so much from our previous projects which will make this one run even better.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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