About this project
My name is Randy Butterfield and I'm a Graphic Designer in Indianapolis, IN. I've been designing custom Playing Cards since early 2012. During that time I've always work on my Playing Card designs late at night, hence the moniker of Midnight Cards! After going with a quirky and unorthodox theme for my last project, I wanted to ground my next Deck in the essentials of a high-quality Playing Cards design. I'm proud to present the Grinders Deck!
The design of the Grinders Deck is meant to embody the workhorse mentality of a professional Grinder, but also contains elements of grandeur and opulence. (CLICK ON ANY PROJECT IMAGE FOR A HIGHER RES VERSION)
The Grinders' Tuck Box will utilize a Black matte stock. NO inks will be printed on the Tuck. The extremely intricate design elements will be stamped in Copper AND Silver Foil. SHINY!!
The Grinders Tuck Box, Cards and Custom Brick Box (see below!) will all be printed by Legends Playing Card Co. This will be my third personal design that will be printed by Legends. They do an amazing job!! The Cards will utilize Legends' awesome Classic Finish. Classic Finish is a softer and slicker paper. It's more comparable to a vintage Bicycle Deck.
The Jokers for the Grinders Deck focus on a well kept Poker player ready to make his move! I drew the character in a similar hard-edge outlines with rough painted interiors, similar to the Court Cards. The Red Joker has a Queen of Hearts reveal. Which is good for any aspiring Magicians!
The Back Card shares a lot of the intricate details from the Tuck Box. Some elements in the Back Card design contain subtle references to the games of Poker and Roulette. Roulette is another game that has it's share of professional Grinders. Plus, Roulette is one of my favorites while visiting a Casino! (CLOSEUP DETAILS BELOW)
The Face Cards are designed with the intention for maximum playability. The Courts Set is from a more classical design than most modern Courts. I have modified them and added plenty of elegant details and handpainted elements to make them unique on their own!
CUSTOM BRICK BOX:
Every TWELVE (12) Deck order will come packed inside a custom Grinders Brick Box. It will have a custom Diecut, including a top panel that folds into a display Header with the circular Logo shape Diecut above the other elements (seen below in the Render with the grey background). The Brick Box printing specs will be exactly the same as the Tuck Box - the same thick Black matte stock, Copper Foil AND Silver Foil! The Grinders Brick Box is NOT available by itself or as a separate Add-On item (it's only available with 12 Deck orders).
2" DEALER COIN:
The Grinders Coin will be produced by Coins For Anything. The 2-Sided Coin will measure 2" in diameter, and will have an Antique Copper Finish. Black Enamel will highlight the details on each side, and White Enamel will bring out the Grinders Logotype on the Coin Front. I have designed numerous Coins that CFA has produced. Above is a photo of the prototype Coin!!
To add any extra items to your base Pledge Reward, just click on the Blue "Manage Your Pledge" Button and change the dollar amount to account for the added item(s). Please send me a PM if you have any questions or concerns.
Randy Butterfield (Midnight Cards)
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Risks and challenges
FULFILLMENT - The Grinders campaign will have a duo Fullfillment strategy. All U.S. Pledge Rewards will be fulfilled from Texas, by Gamblers Warehouse. All International Pledge Rewards will be fulfilled from Hong Kong, by Legends Playing Card Co.
ARE THEY LIMITED? - Of course! I have never reprinted any of my personal Decks, and never will. I will only print the quantity of Decks and Brick Boxes needed for Pledge Rewards and off-Kickstarter orders, plus a few hundred extras for a future Midnight Cards online storefront.
WHY ONLY ONE DECK? - My last project, Bowl-A-Rama Playing Cards, turned into a pretty complex assortment of merchandise between two separate Kickstarter campaigns (three separate Decks, Wooden Nickel Sets, handmade Bowling Pins and three Uncut Sheets). So, I chose to keep this project VERY streamlined - one Deck, one Brick Box and one Coin. IF the Grinders project is a big hit, there MAY be a second Deck.
NO STRETCH GOALS? - After running many Kickstarter projects, I've noticed that listing Stretch Goals publicly on the project page sometimes leads to Backer peer pressure to Unlock items that didn't make it. More than once I've added a Stretch Goal or two to a campaign (usually a premium printing extra), even if the funding level didn't reach the Stretch Goal amount listed. It has definitely affected the bottom line in those projects! So, for this campaign I will have a Stretch Goals list of my own, but I will not share them online. They comprise of the usual - Interior Printing, Embossing, second Deck...... If / When the project gets close to a Stretch Goal, I will post a Kickstarter Update to announce that specific Stretch Goal's details.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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