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The Morbidly Adorable Tarot Deck

Fall in line with a funeral procession of skelly jazz musicians. Witness Siamese twins locked in an endless conversation about harmony and balance. Be mesmerized by the Priestess of Skullcoco as she fashionably tells your rotten fortune. Only inside the Morbidly Adorable Tarot will you meet such a candyland of characters. Whether you are a tarot enthusiast, madly adore my take on vintage '60s Big Eye Art, have a passion for all things skelly, or simply see something of yourself in these beautiful dreamers, join me on this journey as I create a tarot deck as seen through the eyes of the Morbidly Adorable!

As you can well imagine, painting and writing a full 78 card tarot deck is a painstaking and time consuming endeavor! Each card is conjured specifically for this deck. I am not using any previously existing art, and I have dedicated myself to making the Minor Arcana just as wonderful as the Major Arcana. The original paintings will all be 16"x20" acrylic on canvas sheets. Upon completion, the artwork will be published and distributed as tarot decks by U.S. Games. Join the "Secret Society of the Morbidly Adorable Tarot" and escape the world for awhile! Give yourself something fun and positive in which to revel if even for a whisper of time! Gain access to a work in progress like never before!

Here’s Where Your Precious Pledges Come In!

For the past couple of years, I have been working the tarot paintings into my already hectic painting schedule. With commissions, licensing, and running my art business, it doesn't leave much time to focus on the tarot. Getting four hours of sleep a night is not unusual for me while trying to keep up with all the work that is involved in being a full-time artist. At the rate I’m going, I fear it could be ten years before I get this morbidly adorable masterpiece into the hands of the public! Well, I know my fans have better things to do than wait for me to spend a decade on a project! I'm sure you're wondering, "If you have U.S. Games to publish your deck, why do you need us?" Publishing is definitely half the battle, and I am working with a DREAM TEAM! They take care of the publishing, but first I need to paint all of the cards! Their part doesn't start until I finish the paintings. Your pledges will help me get to that goal! I can buy paint, canvas, and brushes without any worries! It takes a lot to get through an entire deck! If you pledge your support to buy tarot paintings, limited edition canvas prints, phone calls from me, and so on, I can free up more of my time and have this deck to the publisher in 12-18 months -- maybe sooner depending on how many paintings I can sell ahead of the deck's release!

Join me on this journey and become part of "The Secret Society of the Morbidly Adorable Tarot"! By pledging any amount, you will be able to see updates that are only viewable to you -- my pledges! I might pop in and post anything and everything from works in progress, maybe a new video, finished paintings, musings on a card, etc. Ask me questions. Leave me comments. Be the first to see the new paintings as they are released. Pledge the "Happy Phantom Level" or higher, and I will send you a tarot deck after they are published! By pledging "The Eloping Angels" or above, you can own a painting before they are even seen by the greater public. I will not sell them any lower than $3000 per painting, so you never have to worry that you will be overpaying if you buy in advance. As a matter of fact, the more you pledge, the better the deal, the more the perks! And once the originals are gone, they are gone for good!. Certain pledge amounts also get perks that are quite unique. You can opt to have a phone conversation which is extremely rare for me, even in my family life. If you'll be at Comic Con, come hang out with me by pledging the "Comic Con Level"!

Pledges also make unique birthday gifts, Christmas presents, or even a special something for that budding artist in your life! If you have an idea for a special pledge reward that you'd like to make happen for yourself or someone else, please message me and let me know. It might be a possibility!

Questions about the Rewards?

Check out my website to get an idea of the prints & limited edition giclee options. Any image you see can be made available! http://www.morbidlyadorable.com

What is a limited edition, hand-embellished, canvas giclee? http://www.mistybenson.com/Canvas.html

Here are just a few of the items that might arrive in a Goody Bag! http://www.etsy.com/shop/gossamerfaery?section_id=7890691

Some of the original paintings that are currently available: http://www.mistybenson.com/Originals.html (I will be adding more paintings! Keep checking back!)

For the rest of the rewards such as postcards, Secret Society Certificates, handwritten letters, etc., that is all a surprise!

Concerned about getting your rewards? I know that it can be scary to make a pledge to someone you don't know! I've actually pledged to two projects myself just so I can understand what it's like to be a backer! Hopefully my track record will help vouch for me. I have been making a living as an artist for about 7 years now. I sell through my website, Etsy, and eBay. I am extremely reliable in getting out my merchandise as well as fulfilling commissions:) You are welcome to check out my eBay store where you can read my 100% positive feedback! http://stores.ebay.com/MorbidlyAdorableCreations And feel free to ask me for extra updates at any time!

Sound like a crazy plan? I realize that $15,000 may look like a crazy or outlandish amount, but I like to think of it like this. I am putting aside all other work for a year or more! I am devoting all of my time to the tarot and to you my fans! Plus, it pays for the amazing stuff you'll be getting with your pledges. Does it sound like a farfetched goal? I think we can reach it! If I get even 1/2 of my Facebook fans to pledge $5, I'll reach my goal. I hope that $5 is worth the year of exclusive previews alone! Think of it like an online subscription! If you pledge more, you get more stuff! If I get 150 people to pledge $100, I reach my goal! If even a few people pledge enough to get paintings, I made it! You get the idea! Some people will pledge the minimum while others will opt for higher levels of goodies to show their support! You all are making this happen! Together, I think we can do this! If the amount goes over my goal, it will greatly speed up the deck! I'll be able to focus more and more time on it, possibly even to the point of painting it exclusively for the duration of the project. It will also spawn more updates as I'll have more time to be creative with both my artwork and my posts. It will also set me sailing into the next deck. (Please read more about that below!) It will allow me to keep my basic needs such as rent and paint supplies met while I immerse myself in this project. So please spread the word to anyone that loves art and the tarot! Tell your friends and family! Feel free cross-post it on Facebook and any other place you hang out! If you frequent any tarot forums, please share the news of this amazing journey! There are only two months to get the word out before admission to the "Secret Society" is closed to newcomers! Your card will be charged on or around July 15th (the end of the project fundraising deadline) only if the goal is reached or surpassed. So for everyone to receive their rewards,  I must reach my goal to keep the "Secret Society" alive!

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO BE IMMORTALIZED?

If you want to become a Saint, as in PATRON SAINT OF THE MORBIDLY ADORABLES, I have a special Platinum option available! You will become immortalized in the deck! For this option, you need to message me before we can set it up through Kickstarter. You will be commissioning the next Tarot Deck featuring Alice in Wonderland in my dark and delicious style. This is a one-time, one-person offer. While I will own the rights and be the creative director of the deck, you will get to enjoy phone discussions about its progress and own every one of the paintings (78 in all). I have even figured out a way for your likeness (or that of the loved one of your choice) to appear in the deck! You will be immortalized! You will also receive an extra painting (so that makes 79!) in which you get to choose the theme.You will get a major thank you in the booklet as a patron of the project, and if it spawns a book, you will be acknowledged there as well. You will receive a monthly package from me consisting of the painting or paintings that were completed that month, along with any other little goodies I see fit to throw in your Wonderland Care Package! I will constantly be adding perks to this pledge! If you also want paintings from the Morbidly Adorable Tarot Deck, just Pledge to one or more of the other levels to make that happen! You can be involved in both! (If you want to commission the entire Morbidly Adorable Tarot instead of the Alice in Wonderland Deck, all the same perks would apply. Please get in touch with me to see if this is a possibility. It will only work if it is put into place before too many pieces are pre-sold.)

The First 5 Cards ~ I do have more cards in progress, but I'm saving them for the secret previews! To get an idea, please view the cards below! They will include fantasy and gothic art, big eye girls, Day of the Dead skeletons, pop surrealism, lowbrow, and much more!

NOTE: Please scroll below the images to see where I'll post answers to any Frequently Asked Questions (if there are any.)

The Fool

The World

Death

Temperance

The Priestess

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    MINI-MINION LEVEL: Along with the eternal gratitude of the Morbidly Adorables, I will personally send you a thank you via e-mail! You also have access to all of my "Members Only" updates made to this project!

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    MISCHIEVOUS MINION LEVEL: I will send you a signed 8.5"x11" or 5"x7" print (depending on the image chosen as some images are only available in limited sizes) of your choice (tarot-themed or other), Morbidly Adorable postcards of my choosing for you to keep, frame, or send to your friends, along with a hand-written thank you letter on Morbidly Adorable stationary! You also have access to all of my "Members Only" updates made to this project!

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    SECRET SOCIETY CERTIFICATE LEVEL: Although all who pledge are part of the Secret Society, it is at this level that you will receive a fancy certificate acknowledging your "Secret Society of the Morbidly Adorable Tarot" status, a signed 8.5"x11" or 5"x7" print (depending on the image chosen as some images are only available in limited sizes) of your choice (tarot-themed or other), Morbidly Adorable postcards of my choosing for you to keep, frame, or send to your friends, along with a hand-written thank you letter on Morbidly Adorable stationary! You also have access to all of my "Members Only" updates made to this project!

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    HAPPY PHANTOM LEVEL: You will receive a signed copy of the tarot deck after it is published, a special certificate acknowledging your "Secret Society of the Morbidly Adorable Tarot" status, a signed 8.5"x11" or 5"x7" print (depending on the image chosen as some images are only available in limited sizes) of your choice (tarot-themed or other), Morbidly Adorable postcards of my choosing for you to keep, frame, or send to your friends, along with a hand-written thank you letter on Morbidly Adorable stationary! You also have access to all of my "Members Only" updates made to this project!

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    LITTLE POETS LEVEL: You will receive a signed copy of the tarot deck after it is published, a special certificate acknowledging your "Secret Society of the Morbidly Adorable Tarot" status, a 5"x7" or 11"x14" limited-edition giclee canvas (depending on the image chosen as some images are only available in one size) of your choice (tarot-themed or other), Morbidly Adorable postcards of my choosing for you to keep, frame, or send to your friends, along with a hand-written thank you letter on Morbidly Adorable stationary! You also have access to all of my "Members Only" updates made to this project!

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    DARK LITTLE DEARY LEVEL: You get a phone call plus all of the goodies listed below (keep reading!) I will set up a time to call you on the phone (30 min. or more!) where you can ask me art questions, tell me about yourself, or even use it as a therapy session! I warn you! I am not a very good therapist, and I have no desire to make this a 1-900 adult conversation. Trust me, a 1-900 number is cheaper than pledging to talk to me! LOL You will receive a signed copy of the tarot deck after it is published, a special certificate acknowledging your "Secret Society of the Morbidly Adorable Tarot" status, two 5"x7" or 11"x14" limited-edition giclee canvases (depending on the image chosen as some images are only available in one size), Morbidly Adorable postcards of my choosing for you to keep, frame, or send to your friends, along with a hand-written thank you letter on Morbidly Adorable stationary! You also have access to all of my "Members Only" updates made to this project!

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    FAIRY COURT LEVEL: Not into phone calls? Instead of receiving a phone call and 2 limited edition giclee canvases as offered in the "Dark Little Dearies Level," you may choose one original painting from either my website or eBay/Etsy Stores ($500 value or less.) I am only offering this to 3 people since the originals are limited in number. If you want one of the tarot paintings, you need to jump to the $3000 level. You will also receive a signed copy of the tarot deck after it is published, a special certificate acknowledging your "Secret Society of the Morbidly Adorable Tarot" status, Morbidly Adorable postcards of my choosing for you to keep, frame, or send to your friends, along with a hand-written thank you letter on Morbidly Adorable stationary! You also have access to all of my "Members Only" updates made to this project!

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    SWEETLY SPOOKY SKELLY LEVEL: You get 2 phone calls plus all of the goodies listed below (keep reading!) I will set up a time to call you on the phone (30 min. or more per call!) where you can ask me art questions, tell me about yourself, or even use it as a therapy session! I warn you! I am not a very good therapist, and I have no desire to make this a 1-900 adult conversation. Trust me, a 1-900 number is cheaper than pledging to talk to me! LOL You will receive a signed copy of the tarot deck after it is published, a special certificate acknowledging your "Secret Society of the Morbidly Adorable Tarot" status, four 5"x7" or 11"x14" limited-edition giclee canvases (depending on the image chosen as some images are only available in one size), Morbidly Adorable postcards of my choosing for you to keep, frame, or send to your friends, along with a hand-written thank you letter on Morbidly Adorable stationary! I will also send you a goody bag of additional merchandise (may include any or all of the following: buttons, stickers, cameos, a little original -- the higher the pledge, the bigger the goody bag!) You also have access to all of my "Members Only" updates made to this project!

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    COMIC CON FAN LEVEL: Instead of a phone call, come hang out/walk around with me at San Diego Comic Con in July! We can walk around and check out all the fun stuff! I promise to devote an hour of my time to your fandom! (This does not include tickets to Comic Con, travel expenses, etc. This level is for fans that will already be attending the Con.) I'd love to show you some of my favorite booths or you can take me on a tour of some of yours! You will receive a signed copy of the tarot deck after it is published, a special certificate acknowledging your "Secret Society of the Morbidly Adorable Tarot" status, four 5"x7" or 11"x14" limited-edition giclee canvases (depending on the image chosen as some images are only available in one size), Morbidly Adorable postcards of my choosing for you to keep, frame, or send to your friends, along with a hand-written thank you letter on Morbidly Adorable stationary! I will also let you pick out some additional merchandise from my booth at the con! You also have access to all of my "Members Only" updates made to this project!

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    THE ELOPING ANGELS LEVEL: You get 1 ORIGINAL PAINTING from the tarot. You will be on an exclusive mailing list to see the paintings as they are finished. You will have the option to choose one before they are released to the Secret Society or the general public. As you know, the originals will be the most sought after once the deck is published. You will be thanked in the little booklet that accompanies the tarot. You get 2 phone calls plus all of the goodies listed below (keep reading!) I will set up a time to call you on the phone (30 min. or more!) where you can ask me art questions, tell me about yourself, or even use it as a therapy session! I warn you! I am not a very good therapist, and I have no desire to make this a 1-900 adult conversation. Trust me, a 1-900 number is cheaper than pledging to talk to me! LOL You will receive a signed copy of the tarot deck after it is published, a special certificate acknowledging your "Secret Society of the Morbidly Adorable Tarot" status, Morbidly Adorable postcards of my choosing for you to keep, frame, or send to your friends, along with a hand-written thank you letter on Morbidly Adorable stationary! I will also send you a goody bag of additional merchandise (may include any or all of the following: buttons, stickers, cameos, a little original -- the higher the pledge, the bigger the goody bag!) You also have access to all of my "Members Only" updates made to this project!

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    COMMISSION THE ARTIST LEVEL: You get 1 ORIGINAL PAINTING that you get to commission! You get to have me paint whatever you want to see come to life! Have you always wanted to have a fantasy portrait of your family?! Do you want to be Alice in Wonderland and attend the Mad Hatter's Tea Party?! Ever wanted to be surrounded by flying monkeys or transformed into a centaur?! Have you ever wanted to meet Edgar Allen Poe? You get the chance to dream up something big! Message me if you have any questions!! The possibilities are endless! The painting will be acrylic on canvas! It will be no smaller than a 16"x20" piece, but it may be larger depending on the project! You get all of the tarot goodies listed below as well! You will receive a signed copy of the tarot deck after it is published, a special certificate acknowledging your "Secret Society of the Morbidly Adorable Tarot" status, Morbidly Adorable postcards of my choosing for you to keep, frame, or send to your friends, along with a hand-written thank you letter on Morbidly Adorable stationary! I will also send you a goody bag of additional merchandise (may include any or all of the following: buttons, stickers, cameos, a little original -- the higher the pledge, the bigger the goody bag!) You also have access to all of my "Members Only" updates made to this project!

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    IMMORTALITY LEVEL: You get 1 ORIGINAL PAINTING from the tarot customized for you! You will get an opportunity to become immortalized in a tarot deck! Please message me before you pick this option so we can discuss this in advance. We'll have a conversation about which card we feel would be good for you, etc. Then you will be incorporated into your special card in my big eye or skelly style! It will be published as a card in the deck! I'm sure you are familiar with my artwork at this point.:) Do you have black hair, blue eyes? Blond hair, brown eyes? A special familiar? Do you like music? Are you a little bit witchy? Maybe you need to come up with the most creative birthday present for a magical friend! Let's talk! You will never have this opportunity again! You will be thanked in the little booklet that accompanies the tarot. You get 2 phone calls plus all of the goodies listed below (keep reading!) I will set up a time to call you on the phone (30 min. or more!) where you can ask me art questions, tell me about yourself, or even use it as a therapy session! I warn you! I am not a very good therapist, and I have no desire to make this a 1-900 adult conversation. Trust me, a 1-900 number is cheaper than pledging to talk to me! LOL You will receive a signed copy of the tarot deck after it is published, a special certificate acknowledging your "Secret Society of the Morbidly Adorable Tarot" status, Morbidly Adorable postcards of my choosing for you to keep, frame, or send to your friends, along with a hand-written thank you letter on Morbidly Adorable stationary! I will also send you a goody bag of additional merchandise (may include any or all of the following: buttons, stickers, cameos, a little original -- the higher the pledge, the bigger the goody bag!) You also have access to all of my "Members Only" updates made to this project!

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    MORBIDLY ADORABLE GODPARENT: You get 2 ORIGINAL PAINTINGS from the tarot. You will be on an exclusive mailing list to see the paintings as they are finished. You will have the option to choose one before they are released to the Secret Society or the general public. As you know, the originals will be the most sought after once the deck is published. You will be thanked in the little booklet that accompanies the tarot. You get 2 phone calls plus all of the goodies listed below (keep reading!) I will set up a time to call you on the phone (30 min. or more!) where you can ask me art questions, tell me about yourself, or even use it as a therapy session! I warn you! I am not a very good therapist, and I have no desire to make this a 1-900 adult conversation. Trust me, a 1-900 number is cheaper than pledging to talk to me! LOL You will receive a signed copy of the tarot deck after it is published, a special certificate acknowledging your "Secret Society of the Morbidly Adorable Tarot" status, Morbidly Adorable postcards of my choosing for you to keep, frame, or send to your friends, along with a hand-written thank you letter on Morbidly Adorable stationary! I will also send you a goody bag of additional merchandise (may include any or all of the following: buttons, stickers, cameos, a little original -- the higher the pledge, the bigger the goody bag!) You also have access to all of my "Members Only" updates made to this project!

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    MORBIDLY ADORABLE ROYALTY -- KING OR QUEEN OF THE MORBIDLY ADORABLES: You get 4 ORIGINAL PAINTINGS from the tarot. You will have the option to choose one before they are released to the Secret Society or the general public. As you know, the originals will be the most sought after once the deck is published. You will be thanked in the little booklet that accompanies the tarot. You get 2 phone calls plus all of the goodies listed below (keep reading!) I will set up a time to call you on the phone (30 min. or more!) where you can ask me art questions, tell me about yourself, or even use it as a therapy session! I warn you! I am not a very good therapist, and I have no desire to make this a 1-900 adult conversation. Trust me, a 1-900 number is cheaper than pledging to talk to me! LOL You will receive a signed copy of the tarot deck after it is published, a special certificate acknowledging your "Secret Society of the Morbidly Adorable Tarot" status, Morbidly Adorable postcards of my choosing for you to keep, frame, or send to your friends, along with a hand-written thank you letter on Morbidly Adorable stationary! I will also send you a goody bag of additional merchandise (may include any or all of the following: buttons, stickers, cameos, a little original -- the higher the pledge, the bigger the goody bag!) You also have access to all of my "Members Only" updates made to this project!

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