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Shakespearean Playing Cards expertly designed and illustrated by Steve Minty.
1,595 backers pledged $90,953 to help bring this project to life.

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We've unlocked another goal at $80,000! That means the 3-d Lapel Pins will now be available for purchase as add-ons for the campaign!

Add a 3-d lapel pin to any reward for only $10 or $17 for both! You will be able to specify your selection after the campaign ends.

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We've unlocked another goal at $70,000! That means the metal card will now be available for purchase as add-ons for the campaign!

Examples of my previous metal cards
Examples of my previous metal cards

Add an engraved card to any reward for only $25 or $40 for both! You will be able to specify your selection after the campaign ends.

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Each velveteen pouch will now receive an upgrade with cushier velveteen AND gold silk inner lining!

In addition to each backer receiving your choice of ONE upgraded velveteen pouch, you can now add additional bags to your order for $5 each! 

We unlocked another stretch goal! Each backer will now receive ONE FREE velveteen drawstring pouch!

You will be able to choose between red or green at the end of the campaign. If you do not choose one, you will automatically receive the red pouch.

Another stretch goal unlocked! Brick backers will now receive custom brick boxes!

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The Thorns and Roses Uncut Sheets are now available as add ons!

Example of Uncut Sheets from one of my previous designs
Example of Uncut Sheets from one of my previous designs

Quantities are extremely limited and you can add ONE Uncut Sheet to any reward for $40 or BOTH Uncut Sheets for $70 . You will be able specify which Uncut Sheet you prefer after the campaign ends.

($60 for international orders of 1 Uncut Sheet or $90 for 2 Uncut sheets)

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The Thorns and Roses collector coins are now available as add ons!

Collector Coin Thorns Edition
Collector Coin Thorns Edition
Collector Coin Roses Edition
Collector Coin Roses Edition
Muertos Coin example
Muertos Coin example

The 1¾” Engraved Commemorative Coin can be used as a dealer button, card guard, display piece, or decision maker. The coin features gold with silver. The front side features the crowned skull sword and the back features the Thorns and Roses emblem.

You can add either collector coin for $12 or both for $22!

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Our first stretch goal has been unlocked! That means ALL OF THE CARDS will be printed with color with metallic ink accents!

Example of metallic ink on one of my previous decks
Example of metallic ink on one of my previous decks

 We've unlocked our second Stretch Goal! That means ALL OF THE TUCKS WILL BE FOILED AND EMBOSSED! As some of you may now from my previous decks, the foiling and embossing is superb and a very nice touch to the decks.

Example of tuck embossing on one of my previous decks
Example of tuck embossing on one of my previous decks

Lastly, we unlocked our third Stretch Goal! That means our deck seals will now be printed on foil!

The final design may be tweaked slightly
The final design may be tweaked slightly
Example of foil seal and foiled tuck on one of my previous decks
Example of foil seal and foiled tuck on one of my previous decks

All that lives must die.

-Hamlet

Inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, I sought to approach this deck based on the themes prevalent in his work: Life and Death. The themes of life and death are represented with the motif of Thorns and Roses. Thorns embodies the pain of loss and death found in these works, while the Roses the sweetness of love and life.

The decks feature four of Shakespeare's best known works: Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth and King Lear. The Roses deck interprets these characters with an item of significance while the Thorns deck depicts their method of death (it's a lot of deaths.)

Thorns and Roses - Roses Deck
Thorns and Roses - Roses Deck
Thorns and Roses - Thorns Deck
Thorns and Roses - Thorns Deck
Two separate card back designs
Two separate card back designs
A close up of the difference between the Queen of Hearts
A close up of the difference between the Queen of Hearts
Hamlet - Roses Edition
Hamlet - Roses Edition
Hamlet - Thorns Edition
Hamlet - Thorns Edition
Romeo & Juliet - Roses Edition
Romeo & Juliet - Roses Edition
Romeo & Juliet - Thorns Edition
Romeo & Juliet - Thorns Edition
Macbeth - Roses Edition
Macbeth - Roses Edition
Macbeth - Thorns Edition
Macbeth - Thorns Edition
King Lear - Roses Edition
King Lear - Roses Edition
King Lear - Thorns Edition
King Lear - Thorns Edition
Numbered Cards - Roses Edition
Numbered Cards - Roses Edition
Numbered Cards - Thorns Edition
Numbered Cards - Thorns Edition
The Fool (Jokers) - Roses Edition
The Fool (Jokers) - Roses Edition
The Fool (Jokers) - Thorns Edition
The Fool (Jokers) - Thorns Edition

Playing cards traditionally feature jesters as the jokers, so it made perfect sense to feature the Shakespearean Fool. This archetype plays a vital role in their stories and a vital role in these decks as well.

In addition to the standard decks, the Thorns and Roses Limited Edition decks will be available during this campaign. These limited edition decks feature double foiling on colored stock paper, a 1 inch diameter metal stamped seal, numbered sticker seal, and hand crafted edge gilding. While these decks will be more accessible, I will not be making much more than what will be pledged on kickstarter.

Thorns and Roses Limited Edition Decks
Thorns and Roses Limited Edition Decks
Gold Metal Stamped seal
Gold Metal Stamped seal
Hand crafted gold edge gilding
Hand crafted gold edge gilding

You can expect the same quality of craftsmanship as the Hana Kimono Signature Editions shown below.

Hana Kimono Signature Gold Edition - Example
Hana Kimono Signature Gold Edition - Example
Hana Kimono Signature Silver Edition - Example
Hana Kimono Signature Silver Edition - Example

UNLOCKED! ($30,000) - Cards will be printed with metallic inks! 

UNLOCKED! ($35,000) - Tucks will be embossed and Foiled!

UNLOCKED! ($35,000) - Seals will be printed on Gold Foil!

UNLOCKED! ($45,000) - Each Backer Receives one free Velveteen drawstring bag!

UNLOCKED! ($50,000) - Custom Brick Boxes!

UNLOCKED! ($60,000) - Velveteen Pouch upgrade!

UNLOCKED! ($70,000) - Metal Card available!

UNLOCKED! ($80,000) - 3-D Pins available!

                                              
    

Risks and challenges

This campaign will be my fifth after the highly successful Muertos, Olympia, Anubis, and Hana Campaigns. Although there were some technical difficulties with one of the printers and other issues, I've taken what I've learned from that experience and will apply a more efficient and effective process to allow for another successful campaign. As always, I have done immense research and followed up on a lot of companies to ensure that this project goes as smoothly as possible.
There may be the risks of the unforeseen, but I have prepared myself enough with knowledge and research to minimize it if necessary. the delivery date listed is conservatively posted in order to produce the best product. As a designer and consumer, I know that it is necessary to have a high-end product and I am committed to delivering the best product possible.

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