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A 100% custom and original deck of playing cards, designed with both playability and collectability in mind: Essentia Playing Cards!
A 100% custom and original deck of playing cards, designed with both playability and collectability in mind: Essentia Playing Cards!
242 backers pledged €6,141 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome to our project! 

My name is Mankin Chan and I am a Dutch product and graphic designer with a big interest in playing cards.This is my second custom playing cards project on Kickstarter, after successfully funding Cultura Playing Cards in 2015.

This time I wanted to create a deck that is suitable for both collectors and players. The goal is to provide an alternative for the regular playing cards you use to play games with, but in my own unique flat design style. So I'm proud to present to you: Essentia Playing Cards!

 

Features:  

  • 54 fully customized poker size cards
  • Fully customized tuckbox on matte stock
  • Printed by LPCC
  • Classic finish
  • Casino grade quality
  • Silver foiling on tuckbox (stretch goal: €6500)
  • Numbered stamp sticker seal (stretch goal: €7000)
  • Inside tuckbox printing (stretch goal: €8000)

Essentia is a fully customized deck of cards, with unique artwork on all 54 cards. Designed for both players and collectors.

Court cards 

The court cards are based on standard courts, but completely redesigned from scratch in my own flat design style. I paid a lot of attention to the details that are hinting back to the standard courts. This way the courts are completely customized yet still very recognizable! 

overview of all the Essentia court cards
overview of all the Essentia court cards

Aces 

I chose to customize the pips for all aces to make them stand out from the other cards. The ace of spades got some extra attention like usual, with an even larger pip and some decorative texts! 

overview of the aces
overview of the aces

Jokers 

The jokers in this deck are represented by The Four Magician Brothers! They each represent their own pip, which is very noticeable when you take a closer look at their clothes. The brothers are divided into the black magicians and the red magicians. Unique jokers that fit the style of the Essentia Deck perfectly! 

The four magician brothers as jokers
The four magician brothers as jokers

Pips 

Set of pips designed from scratch
Set of pips designed from scratch

The pips of this deck all fit within a rectangular shape. The curves of the circles are also matched between the pips as much as possible. By using this framework the pips became a nice coherent set. Completely unique pips in a two tone flat design! 

Number cards

traditionally arranged pips on the number cards
traditionally arranged pips on the number cards

The number cards have traditionally arranged pips, because these cards are also made for players. Traditional arranged pips are best suitable for this!

 

The back design of the card is a personal version of the well known argyle pattern. I wanted to increase the detail level by customizing each 'diamond' with nice decorations and pips. A dark and light blue color is used to create a nice contrasting back design that looks both classy for playing and interesting for fanning.

 

 

For the tuckbox design, I wanted to create an overall clean look with the focus on the front and the back. I chose a dark blue main color to give it a sophisticated appearance.The front and back features a variant of the back design pattern in nice contrasting colors. The box will be printed on matte paper that works great in combination with flat design artwork. 

A classy tuckbox with lots of details that will look great in every collection!

And on top of that: the stretch goals will make the tuckbox totally awesome!

You can add various extra items to your pledge, simply by increasing your pledge with the right amount of money.  Here is a list of the cool Essentia add-ons! 

Extra decks

You can add extra decks to your pledge to get the exact number of decks you want. If you want 8 decks for example, you can pledge for the 6 decks tier and add 2 decks by increasing your pledge by the right amount of money. You can find the additional costs in the overview table below.

add extra decks to get the exact amount you want
add extra decks to get the exact amount you want

Leather travel case (+ €17)  

This limited edition travel case will keep your deck clean and crisp when you toss it in your bag during traveling. The case is made of high quality genuine leather and it fits the Essentia deck perfectly. On the front side you will find a nice debossed and silver printed Essentia logo.

Only 100 pieces of these travel cases will be made, so be sure to grab one before they are all gone! (41 left @ 27/02/2018)

Limited Edition genuine leather case
Limited Edition genuine leather case

 

Close up of the debossing and silver foiling
Close up of the debossing and silver foiling

Uncut sheet (+€30)  

An uncut sheet of the Essentia deck looks great on the wall as a unique decorative item. It is nice to display something different than regular posters or art pieces. These sheets will only be printed once, so they are a great collectors item and serve great as a unique gift!

Essentia uncut sheet (frame not included)
Essentia uncut sheet (frame not included)

Overview 

If you want to add one of the products to your pledge, simply increase your pledge with the correct amount of money. You can find a list of the add-on prices in the overview table below.

For example: If you want 3 decks and 1 leather case, please select the 3 decks pledge tier and add €17 to your pledge. So your total pledge amount should be €30 + €17 = €47 (€33 + €17 = €50 for international backers) 

Example 2: If you want 2 decks, an uncut sheet and 2 leather cases, please pledge for the 2 decks tier and add €30 for the uncut sheet and €31 for the two leather cases. Your total pledge amount should be €22 + €30 + €31 = €83 (€24 + €30 + €31 = €85 for international backers)

I have set up some stretch goals to add extra features on to the deck after the funding goal is reached. These enhancements will make the decks even more attractive and unique!

 

 

The Essentia Deck will be manufactured by the Legends Playing Cards Company, which is a well known company by playing card enthusiasts. The quality of their decks are among the best of the world. 

To ensure that your decks arrive safe and quickly, Legends will also handle the fulfillment of the decks. They did a great job last time for my Cultura project, and I am sure they will deliver the same quality this time.

If you are wondering what the shipped price per deck is for all the pledge levels and don't want to calculate it yourself, you might find the table below very useful! 

 

The exchange rates of euro and other currencies change every day, so this is just an indication of the exchange rates at this moment.  

  • €1,00 = 1,238 USD
  • €1,00 = 0,879 GBP
  • €1,00 = 1,529 AUD

The picture below shows the phases of this project. I will do my best to deliver everything according to this timeline. In the meantime, I will post some project updates regularly to keep you all informed.

 

 

Here are some cool freebies for all backers and visitors of this project: Exclusive Essentia profile badges! Use them for your Kickstarter and/or social media profiles to show that you are a proud backer of Essentia. A great and easy way to help promote this project! 

You can download them on the Essentia Facebook page:

Free Essentia profile badge

Risks and challenges

This is my second Kickstarter project so I have some experience from my first project. With an experienced partner like LPCC, I think I have minimized the risks as much as possible. They did a great job last time and I have no doubt about their professionalism.

With my experience as a designer, I am pretty confident to bring this project to a success . All the artwork is finished and I am already in contact with LPCC.

Like in every project, unexpected delays can occur. I will do my utmost best to prevent this and deliver the decks on time. I am aiming to deliver the decks in august 2018. I will keep you all informed about the process with regular updates.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this project. I will do my best to reply as soon as possible. During the project I will check the comments section regularly.

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