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Supporting this project funds the publication of a unique, gold leaf illuminated tarot deck illustrated by Matt Hughes.
Supporting this project funds the publication of a unique, gold leaf illuminated tarot deck illustrated by Matt Hughes.
Supporting this project funds the publication of a unique, gold leaf illuminated tarot deck illustrated by Matt Hughes.
544 backers pledged $30,957 to help bring this project to life.

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3 SIGNED POSTCARDS RELEASED AT $29K
We did it! We reached $28,000. Everyone will receive the first two postcards signed for FREE! Now the third card has been unlocked!
If we reach $29,000 every backer over $30 will receive all 3 signed postcards (The HIGH PRIESTESS, The 5 OF PENTACLES and The QUEEN OF CUPS).

**ALL BACKERS ARE GUARANTEED TO RECEIVE THE FIRST 2 POSTCARDS FOR REACHING $28,000!

LIMITED TO BACKERS OF THIS CAMPAIGN
EXCLUSIVE SIGNED AND NUMBERED High Quality print on 8.5 inch x 11 inch paper. This image is the design for the title page of the ETHEREAL VISIONS TAROT DECK BOOK. We are offering it here at the last hour of the campaign as an exclusive reward. These high quality prints will be shipped to you sign by me and numbered only to the amount sold here at this campaign.

**Want to add this print to your existing reward? Just include an extra $12 for each extra print.

Exclusive signed and numbered print
Exclusive signed and numbered print

 

"Artist Matt Hughes is undertaking to create the lush, Art Nouveau inspired Ethereal Visions Tarot, which looks - if I do say so myself - delicious."


Two Sides Tarot.com


"...it's just completely beautiful. Each picture is in the style of Art Nouveau and they're small works of art. I would read with this deck because I feel it would be a pleasure to hold them in my hands. Also, the expressions on the character's faces tell story after story. This is not a poorly thought out, pretty deck. This is going to be a wonderful tool. Matt Hughes has built something beautiful here.
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Little Fox Tarot.com

The art movement commonly known as Art Nouveau was created with a single vision - to create beauty through art in a way that was intended for the everyday use of all society members, not just the elite. Prior to this movement, mediums such as painting and sculpture were viewed as superior to other forms of expression such as illustration, design, and even architecture. Once the Art Nouveau movement was realized, this mentality was quickly debated by the artists and art critics of the time which resulted in some of the most influential work of the past century. Those artists such as Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Otto Wagner, and Koloman Moser perfected their style through hard work and dedication. The resulting work reflected this devotion to the craft and birthed an era of beauty through the fusion of art and nature. 

Today, we have entered a similar phase in which the quick way is considered as the best way. We have all but forgotten those lessons that the pioneers of the Art Nouveau movement had showed us. In art, there are no shortcuts and no quick solutions for an artist to truly convey their message. I have adopted this philosophy within my own work. I feel that there are no shortcuts to producing true Art Nouveau. I have chosen to take on this project and produce a unique tarot deck that will incorporate the Art Nouveau philosophy. It is my passion to create product that I will be proud of for years to come. Every line, every color application, and every sketch that has gone into this project is by hand. I have dedicated myself to the final touch of this project by the inclusion of illuminated gold foil on each card.

I hope that, with your help, this campaign will become a reality. I am dedicated to this project and its completion!

The Ethereal Visions: An Illuminated Tarot Deck will be a full 78+ card tarot deck. Each card will be illuminated with gold foil stamping unique to that specific card design. The cards will be high quality 3" x 5 " cards on 350GSM stock with rounded corners. The decks will come shrink-wrapped in a two-piece heavy box. The decks will come complete with a 44 page booklet describing my intentions with the symbolism in each card. This is the 1st printing of this deck. This version of the deck will only be available through this Kickstarter!

  • Each of the 78+ cards will be illuminated with Gold Foil
  • Premium heavy 350 GSM weight card stock
  • Easy-to-hold and shuffle format
  • 22 Major Arcana Cards
  • 56 Minor Arcana Cards
  • 6 potential Secret Cards
  • Two piece premium box
  • A 44 page booklet

All rewards over $30 include the chance to help in the decision for the box and card back design so be sure to explore them below! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ** Images of additional cards will be added here as they are produced.

It goes without saying that this is a substantial undertaking that will require months of my full attention. Because of this, I have chosen to start this Kickstarter while I am still in the early stages of creating these cards. Should this campaign be successful, the completion of this deck will be my main priority for the remainder of the year. Luckily, I will not be managing this project alone. My wife, Hope, who has been involved with Tarot for many years an a very small group of tarot card readers that I have put together will be ensuring that each card's meaning and design hold closely with the Rider-Waite deck that I am basing this deck on. Hope will also be writing the 44-page accompanying booklet. 

My date for printing is set to be February/March with the final decks and rewards being delivered to you by May of 2017. I will keep all pledgers up to date on every decision in the design and development of this deck and will, no doubt, ask many of you for advice and guidance which makes this campaign such a unique opportunity to be part of from the beginning!

As a supporter of this project, you are able to select any of the following rewards. Each reward has a unique aspect to it that I hope you will enjoy.

LIMITED TO BACKERS OF THIS CAMPAIGN EXCLUSIVE SIGNED AND NUMBERED High Quality print on 8.5 inch x 11 inch paper. This image is the design for the title page of the ETHEREAL VISIONS TAROT DECK BOOK. We are offering it here at the last hour of the campaign as an exclusive reward. These high quality prints will be shipped to you sign by me and numbered only to the amount sold here at this campaign.

Already have a selected reward but want to add this print to your existing reward? Just include an extra $12 for each extra print.

Exclusive signed and numbered print
Exclusive signed and numbered print

 

 With this reward you will receive:

  • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot Deck with a beautiful 44-page companion book. 
  • Get exclusive Backer Only updates and participate in the design of the box and back of card design.
  • Includes all Stretch Goals. 

Want an extra deck? Just include an extra $40 for each extra deck. Want the 22 x 28 exclusive poster? Just add $30 

*UPDATE: All backers who purchase 2 or more decks will receive this SIGNED EXCLUSIVE BOOKMARK commemorating the campaign.

FREE Bookmark with every purchase of 2 or more decks
FREE Bookmark with every purchase of 2 or more decks

 

 To celebrate this campaign I have created a unique exclusive poster design that showcases the idea/beauty/theme of this deck. This poster will only be printed for this Kickstarter campaign so the number of posters printed will be limited to the number of supporters here. Each poster will be signed and numbered by me and embossed stamped with my seal. It will be shipped directly to you. Want an extra 16 x 20 exclusive poster? Just add $30 to your selected Reward.

You will receive:

  • 1 Exclusive 16" x 20" Ethereal Visions Tarot Deck Poster.
  • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot Deck with a beautiful 44-page companion book.  
  • Get exclusive Backer Only updates and participate in the design of the box and back of card design.
  • Includes all Stretch Goals. 

**This poster is a limited edition print specific to this Kickstarter campaign. Once all backers have claimed them, there will not be another run. Each poster will be signed by me and shipped with your deck directly to you.

If you would like an extra poster, add $30 to your selected reward option.

 

 

 

This reward will include one full uncut sheet of the Major Arcana signed and numbered with matching Certificate of Authenticity. This is not simply a print of the Major Arcana cards but an actual sheet of the cards pulled from the press before being die cut into the cards. Each sheet will be signed and numbered and will come with a matching Certificate of Authenticity wax stamped with my seal. Limited to only 150. This item will only be offered for this Kickstarter.

You will receive:

  • 1 Full UNCUT Sheet of the MAJOR ARCANA signed and numbered. 
  • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot Deck with a beautiful 44-page companion book.
  • Get exclusive Backer Only updates and participate in the design of the box and back of card design. 
  • Includes all Stretch Goals.

Want an extra deck? Just include an extra $40 for each extra deck. Want the 16 x 20 exclusive poster? Just add $30

This reward will include one museum quality 12" x 18" archival print of any card of your choice from this deck and hand embellished with actual 18 karat Gold Leafing. These prints will be produced on heavy archival paper and will be delivered to you signed and stamp embossed with my seal. If you would like to choose more than one print simply add $160 to your reward order. You can send a message with your reward purchase or you will be contacted for your selection once the deck is complete! 
This price is exclusive to this Kickstarter project as a thank you to all those who support it. If your print selection will be a card that has already been created, then you are welcome to complete your order at any time. 

You will receive:

  • An 12" x 18" Archival Quality Print of your choice hand embellished with actual 18 karat Gold Leafing. 
  • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot Deck with a beautiful 44-page companion book.
  • Get exclusive Backer Only updates and participate in the design of the box and back of card design.
  • Includes all Stretch Goals.

Want an extra print? Just include an extra $160 to your pledge. Want an extra deck? Just include an extra $40 for each extra deck. Want the 16 x 20 exclusive poster? Just add $30.

 Want one of the ORIGINAL sketches used to produce the card you love? This is the reward for you! Almost every card will have a finalized sketch similar to the two below. These sketches are the result of several hours of refining to the final concept and they are each a one-of-a-kind original piece of work. Graphite on heavy tracing paper vellum, these sketches are second only to the actual originals of the cards and measure 11" x 14". 

Your name will also be included in the booklet as a Patron for this campaign.

** This reward is on a first come, first served basis. The ability to select your preferred card depends on how quickly you select this reward! Get in early to secure your card!

You will receive:

  • 1 ORIGINAL Card Sketch artwork from the 78+ cards in the deck.
  • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot Deck with a beautiful 44-page companion book.
  • Get exclusive Backer Only updates and participate in the design of the box and back of card design.
  • Includes all Stretch Goals.
  • Your name will be included in the booklet as a supporting Patron of this project.

Want an extra deck? Just include an extra $40 for each extra deck. Want the 16 x 20 exclusive poster? Just add $30

 ** A complete list of available sketches will be provided to those who select this reward.

Want one of the ORIGINALS used to produce the card you love? This is the reward for you! This reward is unique in that it is for the actual ORIGINAL piece of artwork used to produce the final card. A true one-of-a-kind - these originals are each soft pastel, ink and 18 karat gold leafing on mounted board. Each measures roughly 14" x 20" with an image area of 8" x 13". Each original with come with a matching Certificate of Authenticity wax stamped with my seal.

As stated above this reward is a first come first serve reward in which your ability to select your Original card art will be offered to you in the order you selected the reward. Be sure to purchase this reward early in order to get the best selection!

Your name will also be included in the booklet as a Patron for this campaign.

You will receive:

  • 1 ORIGINAL FINAL Card artwork from the 78+ cards in the deck.
  • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot Deck with a beautiful 44-page companion book.
  • Get exclusive Backer Only updates and participate in the design of the box and back of card design. 
  • Includes all Stretch Goals.
  • Your name will be included in the booklet as a supporting Patron of this project.

Want an extra deck? Just include an extra $40 for each extra deck. Want the 16 x 20 exclusive poster? Just add $30

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Want to own the ORIGINAL piece of artwork used to create The Ethereal Visions: An Illuminated Tarot Deck poster? Then choose this reward! The original is soft pastels and ink on mounted board measuring 12" x 16" and is a one-of-a-kind original piece of artwork used exclusively for this campaign. There is only 1 available! 

  • To celebrate this campaign I have created an Exclusive 16" x 20" poster whose design showcases the idea of this deck. This poster is limited to this Kickstarter campaign so the number of posters printed will be limited to the number of supports here. 

This original will come with a matching Certificate of Authenticity wax stamped with my seal.

Your name will also be included in the booklet as a Patron for this campaign.

You will receive:

  • The ORIGINAL used to create the Ethereal Visions Tarot Deck Poster.
  • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot Deck with a beautiful 44-page companion book.
  • 1 Exclusive 16" x 20" Ethereal Visions Tarot Deck Poster.
  • Get exclusive Backer Only updates and participate in the design of the box and back of card design
  • Includes all Stretch Goals.
  • Your name will be included within the booklet as a supporting Patron of this project.

Want an extra deck? Just include an extra $40 for each extra deck. Want an extra 16 x 20 exclusive poster? Just add $30

 

In addition to the 78 cards included in this deck, I have reserved 2 cards to be used for this unique reward. For this reward, you and I will work closely to design the perfect tarot card in the Art Nouveau style of this deck. You will receive the ORIGINAL piece of artwork used for this card design as well as a Certificate of Authenticity wax stamped with my seal. It will be soft pastel, ink, and 18 karat gold leafing on mounted board measuring 14" x 20" with an image size of 8" x 13".

The card that we design will be included in the final deck that will ship out in May. Since this will be an extra card the theme can be any card from the deck that you would like to help design. Have an idea for the perfect Death card? Want to finally realize that great idea you have for the Knight of Cups? Or, do you have a new card idea that would be perfect for your deck? Then this is the reward for you!

Your name will also be included in the booklet as a Patron for this campaign.

You will receive:

  • The ORIGINAL piece of artwork you helped design for the deck.
  • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot Deck with a beautiful 44-page companion book.
  • Get exclusive Backer Only updates and participate in the design of the box and back of card design
  • Includes all Stretch Goals.
  • Your name will be included within the booklet as a supporting Patron of this project.
  • FREE SHIPPING

Want an extra deck? Just include an extra $40 for each extra deck. Want the 16 x 20 exclusive poster? Just add $30

Part of the excitement in any Kickstarter campaign are the Stretch Goals. These goals are set out to help the campaign reach specific goals. With each goal, I have added something special to pique your interest. These range from upgraded box designs and card back elements to an exclusive coin to an art book. As that goal is reached every contributor who has purchased a deck will benefit from this new reward no matter what level you have contributed at! 

 

Risks and challenges

The main obstacle facing this project has always been the uniqueness of the cards. Not only will each card be an original piece of artwork but the incorporation of Gold Foil to the deck has exposed new challenges. One of these challenges has been the acquisition of a reputable printer who can handle such a project. Luckily I have acquired such a printer before even launching this campaign. Therefore, the only real obstacles that we may face in the delivery of this project will be potential delays in printing and / or shipping. If such a delay happens I will, of course, make all backers aware immediately.

On a personal note: I am producing the artwork for this deck entirely on my own. Given what life throws at us all there may be unforeseen events that could delay the production of artwork for all 78 cards. If this does happen every effort will be made to adjust scheduling in order to meet the original deadline. All backers will be notified immediately.

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    Exclusive Poster, Full deck and booklet

    • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot deck with a 44-page companion book.
    • Receive one 16 x 20 signed poster exclusive to this campaign.
    • Exclusive Backer Only updates.
    • An opportunity to cast your vote for the back of the card design and box design.
    • Includes all Stretch goals.

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    Uncut Sheet of Major Arcana

    • 1 Uncut Sheet of the Major Arcana signed and numbered (limited to 150)
    • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot deck with a 44-page companion book.
    • Exclusive Backer Only updates.
    • An opportunity to cast your vote for the back of the card design and box design.
    • Includes all Stretch goals.

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    High Quality 12 x18 Gold Leafed Print

    • 1 High Quality 12 x 18 print of any card you choose. This print will be hand embellished with Gold Leafing and signed.
    • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot deck with a 44-page companion book.
    • Exclusive Backer Only updates.
    • An opportunity to cast your vote for the back of the card design and box design.
    • Includes all Stretch goals.

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    Original card sketch

    • Receive one of the preliminary line sketches for one of the cards (limited to 50). First come first serve regarding the choice of sketch they want.
    • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot deck with a 44-page companion book.
    • Exclusive Backer Only updates.
    • An opportunity to cast your vote for the back of the card design and box design.
    • Includes all Stretch goals.
    • Your name will be included in the booklet as a supporting Patron of this project.

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    Original card Illustration

    • Receive one of the ORIGINAL Illustrations used in the deck (limited to 70). First come first serve regarding the choice of original they want (selection will be made upon completion of the deck).
    • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot deck with a 44-page companion book.
    • Exclusive Backer Only updates.
    • An opportunity to cast your vote for the back of the card design and box design.
    • Includes all Stretch goals.
    • Your name will be included in the booklet as a supporting Patron of this project.

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    Original of the 16 x 20 Campaign poster

    Want to own the original piece of artwork used for the exclusive 16 x 20 campaign poster? This is the reward for you.
    • One of a kind ORIGINAL piece of artwork used for the 16 x 20 campaign exclusive poster
    • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot deck with a 44-page companion book.
    • Receive one 16 x 20 signed poster exclusive to this campaign.
    • Exclusive Backer Only updates.
    • An opportunity to cast your vote for the back of the card design and box design.
    • Includes all Stretch goals.
    • Your name will be included in the booklet as a supporting Patron of this project.
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    Design Your Own Tarot Card for the deck

    Design your own tarot card to be produced as an original by me complete with gold leafing to be included in the final deck (limited to 2). You will receive the original as well.
    • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot deck with a 44-page companion book.
    • Exclusive Backer Only updates.
    • An opportunity to cast your vote for the back of the card design and box design.
    • Includes all Stretch goals.
    • Your name will be included in the booklet as a supporting Patron of this project.
    • FREE SHIPPING on this Reward

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