Direct Review Of Zine Deck Playing Cards 

ZINE DECK PLAYING CARDS Review

What Is Zine Deck Playing Cards?

Taking inspiration from the photocopied flyers and zines of the ’80s and ’90s, the Zine Deck playing cards by ShyBrainsGetNowt is a one-of-a-kind deck. Each component was printed, cut, pasted, and then scanned to create a raw, textured deck with a unique aesthetic.

The concept for the project arose when Kelv, the creative force behind ShyBrainsGetNowt, was tasked with designing a new deck of playing cards at work. This project led him to dive deep into the world of contemporary card design, exploring various crowd-funded card decks.

Kelv recalls, “All of them seemed so majestic and sophisticated, with minimalist concepts and precise execution. It just didn’t resonate with my punk rock vibe!” This prompted him to create a deck that embraced a more DIY, grunge-inspired style.

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Kelv had been dabbling with cut-and-paste Xerox art for some time, but it wasn’t until the first lockdown that this interest truly blossomed.

He explains, “I saw a chance to create something more tactile and unique compared to the cards I was making at work – something that would stand as a playful contrast to the polished decks I’d seen online. It gave my cutting and pasting a sense of purpose and a reason to bring my sixteen-year-old laser printer out of retirement!”

In a previous venture, Kelv was the driving force behind Hundred Million LTD, a company that successfully crowd-funded the Sugar Skull Spoon in 2013. The company also launched the CMYK Playing Card deck, with each suit representing a different CMYK print color, and the numbered cards showing varying percentages of ink.

This experience with designing a deck of cards and working with manufacturers made the process less daunting for Kelv, making it an easy decision to aim for mass production of his latest creation.

How Were Zine Deck Playing Cards Designed?

“The design process was the most fun part,” says Kelv, the designer behind the unique deck. For him, it was crucial to preserve the traditional elements of a classic playing card deck – like which Jacks have one eye visible, what weapons are held by each suit, and how the King of Hearts appears to be stabbing himself. Kelv began with a blank deck of white cards and drew inspiration from recurring themes on his Instagram, such as ghosts, flamingos, skulls, and bugs.

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To bring his vision to life, he started by designing the court cards for each suit, opting for a playful and whimsical style that contrasts with the more “serious” decks on the market.

Once the court cards were complete, he moved on to the number cards, creating and illustrating the entire deck before printing it. The printed cards were then meticulously cut out with a scalpel and pasted back together, adding a tactile, hand-crafted touch.

Next, the cards were scanned at a high resolution of 600dpi. Throughout this process, Kelv would sometimes rip the cards, scribble on them, or even manipulate them while scanning to create a warped effect.

No digital effects or Photoshop tricks were used—every tear, scribble, and scanner distortion was authentic. The only exception was flipping the black color to neon pink for the red suits. This analog approach resulted in a deck with a raw, tactile aesthetic that stands out from the typical digital designs.

After fulfilling the crowd-funded rewards during the summer, Kelv now has a limited stock from the first print run available in his Etsy store. He plans to extend his subversive style and grunge-inspired approach to other products, including tarot cards, board games, ceramics, and beyond.

If you also have good design inspiration, come and create your own playing cards with WJPC!

[Repost] 10 Top Playing Card Designers #2

10 Top Playing Card Designers

This article was originally published on PlayingCardDecks by EndersGame.

Here are continuing with “10 Top Playing Card Designers #1”:

10 Top Playing Card Designers

6. Lorenzo Gaggiotti (Stockholm17 Playing Cards)

Few playing card designers are in as much demand as Stockholm17. Such is his reputation, that his name on a deck almost guarantees its instant success. Originally from Italy, Lorenzo eventually made his home in Stockholm, Sweden, hence the name of his brand.

Already a gifted graphic designer, it was when he discovered the world of custom playing cards that an avenue opened up for him to explore and develop his creativity further.

Virtually all of Stockholm17’s decks are in high demand from collectors. His work started making an appearance around 2014 with a series of successful decks that began with Requiem, Heretic, No.17 series, Ravn, Gemini, House of the Rising Spade, and several more since.

He has a unique style of his own that is instantly recognizable, and his work reflects both artistic creativity and careful thought. This is evidenced by the fact that some of his decks draw on classical themes and even include quotations from ancient Greek poetry.

But talent alone won’t produce success, and Stockholm17 has found a way to match his talent with a pursuit for perfection, an attention to detail, and an ability to understand the market. He’s very active online, and does a good job of interacting with those who enjoy his work.

He was invited to produce 52 Plus Joker’s 2021 Club Deck, which won three of Portfolio21’s awards, including the prestigious 2021 Deck of the Year. It’s not the first award his decks have won, and it won’t be the last.

Stockholm17 has printed several of his decks with WJPC. To learn more, see this article: Diamond Award winner Stockholm17 and his Notorious Gambling Frogs.

Lorenzo Gaggiotti

7. Lotrek (Oath Playing Cards)

If designers like Alex Chin and Stockholm17 are playing card rock stars, then Lotrek is a star among stars. Few designers have won as many awards as he has, including the 2017 “Deck of the Year” Diamond Award for his stunning Golden Oath deck, and four United Cardists / Portfolio52 “Deck of the Year” awards for his decks Icons Imperial (2016), Golden Oath (2017), Silk (2019), and Crypt (2020).

Almost every deck Lotrek produces wins something, and there’s a good reason why. His Golden Oath deck from 2017 stunned the playing card industry with its amazing all foil artwork on all the cards. If there’s anything Lotrek knows how to do well, it is work with foils. His playing cards often feature gorgeous gold and silver foils, and are unrivalled in terms of beauty and design.

These qualities have led Lotrek to become one of the most sought-after and highly regarded playing card designers in the world. When it comes to innovative luxury playing cards, he’s at the top of the game, and he continues to produce masterful works of art on a regular basis.

He regularly pushes the boundaries of what is technically possible, especially with multiple foils, and matches this with an artistic style that is classic in every sense of the word.

Lotrek

8. Lee McKenzie (Kings & Crooks)

Lee McKenzie’s first custom deck designs are probably more well-known than his name. That’s because he started off his career around 2008 as a playing card designer working for Ellusionist. This was right in the middle of when the playing card industry was booming, and when Ellusionist was one of its biggest players.

Lee created their popular Arcane, Artifice, Infinity, and Fathom decks, decks that were largely responsible for getting non-Bicycle branded custom decks entering the mass market, and for helping the Ellusionist brand achieve remarkable success.

Lee’s five-year stint with Ellusionist ended in 2013 when he started his own brand, Kings & Crooks, which debuted his incredibly popular Empire series of playing cards. This was followed by further successes, including Empire Bloodlines, Outlaws, and most recently, the remarkable Royales, which is a classic looking deck oozing with luxury and style.

I’ve corresponded with Lee numerous times, and few playing card designers are as passionate and perfectionist as he is, or as deep. He’s a real philosopher and thinker, and puts a huge amount of thought into every aspect of his designs, and into life generally.

His epic interview has some wonderful insights that are well worth reading and thinking about carefully, and will give you even more appreciation for his work and ethos. Lee’s decks are much like himself: symbols of passion, philosophical thought, and excellence.

Lee McKenzie

9. Giovanni Meroni (Thirdway Industries)

You can instantly tell when you see a playing card designed by Giovanni Meroni and his brand Thirdway Industries. He’s very active as a playing card designer, with constant projects on the go, and has developed an inimitable and distinctive style of his own that is immediately recognizable.

Based in Italy, Giovanni brings an enormous wealth of experience as a freelance designer and art director to the table, along with a real depth of substance. His first deck already appeared in 2014, but it was with his series of Omnia and Dedalo decks from 2015 onwards that he really came into his own, showcasing his unique approach to playing cards.

Not only did these decks feature a visual aesthetic different from your run-of-the-mill playing cards, but Giovanni also drew heavily on mythology, literature, and art in their creation and design, with the artwork hinting at huge background stories and mythology behind them. Many decks would follow these, all featuring his modern and sharp vector style.

Unlike some creators today, Giovanni does not stoop to lazy designs or simple recolours as a way of producing more decks. His playing cards are all about full customization, and every creation has had the benefit of much thought and work.

What you can expect from a Thirdway Industries deck is a sophisticated style of artwork with a Mediterranean and classic feel, accompanied by a thematic depth that is closely woven with his artistic vision. His playing cards aren’t just pretty faces, but have depth of personality and character.

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10. Jackson Robinson (Kings Wild Project)

Jackson Robinson represents a very rare breed: he’s one of the few people around the world that makes a full-time living as a designer of custom playing cards. When he first announced his arrival in the playing card industry, he was just a one-man operation.

Today he runs a business with around 20 employees, who help him produce an ever-growing number of playing card designs and accessories, and send them to collectors around the world.

The deck that launched his career in 2013 was Federal 52, a wildly successful project that was cleverly inspired by paper currency. It featured a graphic design that borrowed elements of style from the traditional engraving designs of banknotes.

A follow-up project similarly proved to be an even bigger hit, and was one of the most successful crowdfunding projects of its time. Jackson continued building on this formula with further successes, including a Reserve Note deck and a Silver Certificate deck.

One of the reasons for Jackson’s continued success is that he creates limited edition decks on a subscription basis, which command premium prices and are highly desired by collectors. These include his Kings Wild Shorts and his Table Players subscription decks.

His output is enormous, and his decks showcase a range of styles and subject material, and reflect versatility and quality. It was no surprise that he took out the 2020 Diamond Award for 52 Plus Joker’s Artist of the Year.

And despite the constant stream of new decks coming out from Kings Wild Project, the quality is rarely diluted, and the impressive range of associated brand name products like clothing and even coffee only continues to grow.

Jackson Robinson

Final Thoughts

As mentioned at the outset, this isn’t an exhaustive list. There are certainly other strong contenders that deserve to be considered for an official Top 10 list, such: big names such as Steve Minty, Jocu, Uusi, and Montenzi. Each of these also represents top designer talent in the world of custom playing cards.

But there’s no doubt that the ten designers on the above list are among the elite playing card designers around today. If you look at the Deck of the Year award winners and Artist of the Year award winners from 52 Plus Joker’s annual Diamond Awards, as well as winners of similar awards from United Cardists (now Portfolio52) and Kardify, you’ll see their names feature prominently, as nominees and winners, and in many cases even as repeat winners.

These aren’t playing card designers who produce a one-trick pony, but all of them have made numerous and strong contributions of supreme quality, and rightly deserve to be regarded as among the very best in the industry.

Some collectors focus on specific brands, and that’s a legitimate approach to collecting playing cards. But another approach is to focus on collecting playing cards from specific playing card designers like these.

Many of these creators have their own brand, although Randy Butterfield is an example of a designer who has also published a significant amount of work under a variety of different labels. Whatever your preferences in custom playing cards may be, these are names that represent high quality work that you absolutely should be familiar with and check out.

We are certainly privileged to live in a golden era of playing cards, where creative individuals like these are sharing their talents with us, and where we can even own a piece of their artistry in a small box that we call a deck of playing cards.

If you are also a talented designer, why not work with WJPC Playing Cards, and turn your artwork into reality!

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 EndersGame is a well-known and respected reviewer of board games and playing cards. He loves card games, card magic, cardistry, and card collecting, and has reviewed several hundred boardgames and hundreds of different decks of playing cards. You can see a complete list of his game reviews here, and his playing card reviews here. He is considered an authority on playing cards and has written extensively about their design, history, and function, and has many contacts within the playing card and board game industries. You can view his previous articles about playing cards here. In his spare time, he also volunteers with local youth to teach them the art of cardistry and card magic.

[Repost] 10 Top Playing Card Designers #1

10 Top Playing Card Designers

Together with us here at WJPC, prepared to be inspired as you delve into the stories and designs of these top playing card designers, whose artistry continues to captivate and elevate the humble deck of cards into something truly extraordinary.

Let’s take a look at ten top playing card designers.

I should explain what I mean by a “Top 10 list”, so that this doesn’t cause anyone to shoot flames across the internet in my direction. I’m not suggesting that this list represents the absolute best ten.

It’s hard to narrow down a strong field down to just ten names, and it is not my intention to suggest that any name not included isn’t as good as the ones that are included. This list simply represents ten top candidates, while recognizing that there are others that could be mentioned alongside them.

Hopefully what we can all agree on is that if we are going to have a discussion about the best, these ten names belong in that discussion. So here are ten top playing card designers, listed in alphabetical order by their last name.

10 Top Playing Card Designers

1. Randy Butterfield (Midnight Cards)

Randy Butterfield might be one of the lesser known names on this list, but in terms of the sheer volumes of cards he’s produced, he is also one of the most prolific playing card designers of today. I’m not exaggerating when I say that there are literally hundreds of thousands of decks that have been produced with his designs.

Some of these are under his own brand, Midnight Cards. This name refers to the fact that while he works as a packaging designer by day, at night he burns the midnight oil designing playing cards.

Other designs he’s made have been under other brand names, and some have even hit the mass market in large numbers. His first deck, Ornate, was for the House of Playing Cards in 2012. One of my favourite designs from Randy is his Draconian series, which features incredible borderless card backs that convey the sense of a spiral of dragon scales.

Maybe you’re familiar with the beautiful Honeybee decks from Penguin Magic? Also Randy’s work. The gorgeous LUXX decks produced for JP Playing Cards were his designs too. He’s also produced several exquisite decks themed on ancient Rome. And much more.

There’s no doubt that Randy is an extremely versatile designer who has his own unique style, and has the ability to produce a wide range of diverse and well-themed playing cards. If you’re a serious card collector, there’s a good chance you have one of Randy’s decks.

Randy Butterfield

2. Paul Carpenter (Encarded Playing Card Co)

Paul Carpenter isn’t the kind of designer you’ll see pushing out one Kickstarter after another, quite simply because he doesn’t need to. The deck that made him famous was called Tendril, and was an eye-catching design featuring luminescent colours and flowing lines. At the time in 2012, it was the highest funding playing card project ever.

Since then, Paul has acquired a steady following of fans, and releases high-end playing cards in extremely limited editions to the collectors willing to pay their premium price tags. Many of his designs have sold out and become prized items for collectors. So while crowdfunding gave him his initial success, today he no longer has to rely on it, because the market for his limited edition decks is already well established.

Some of the decks that Paul has produced under his Encarded label include Aurum, Deco, Zenith, Chancellor, Celestial and more. These are classy playing cards that are in high demand and sell out quickly. If you find his style appealing, you’ll have to stay closely informed about his newest releases in order to get your hands on them.

Paul Carpenter

3. Alexander Chin (Seasons Playing Cards)

If playing card designers were musicians, then Alex Chin would be a rock star. In fact, if they wanted to do a Super-bowl half-time show with one of the all-time greats, he would be one of the first names on the list.

Alex describes himself as a visual communications professional who specializes in interactive package design. And there’s no question that he brings a wealth of expertise in illustration and design to his playing cards, because when it comes to innovation, especially in the area of package design, nobody does it better than Alex Chin.

He’s one of the few designers whose playing cards have won multiple awards in general design competitions, competing alongside non-playing card related products.

Seasons Playing Cards is Alex’s brand, and his gorgeous series of Seasons Playing Cards marked his debut as a designer, with separate decks representing different seasons. He applied a similar concept to later designs, such as his Apothecary series, which includes a limited edition colour-changing tuck box that responds to heat and touch.

His Magna Carta series features a gorgeous panoramic polyptych on the tuck cases. Alex is a true artist, whose designs are all about elegance, luxury, and innovation.

Alex is also very involved in the community. He pioneered the National Playing Card Collection Day, which is a global event that runs in the middle of October each year. For many years he’s also produced a very special and limited edition deck – much coveted by collectors – in honour of the day.

He is also the man behind Portfolio52, the internet’s free online database that lets you help keep track of your collection. He’s a fixture at playing card conventions, and almost every year either he or his decks are nominated for Deck of the Year and Artist of the Year awards.

Alexander Chin

4. Elettra Deganello

Elettra Deganello is one of the up-and-coming designers on this list, and her contributions are more recent than most of the other names that appear here. Besides working as a visual designer and illustrator, she also teaches classes on illustration and graphic design at the International School of Comics in Florence, Italy.

Elettra only discovered the world of custom playing cards around 2017, but her first design (Pinnochio), which appeared under the Passione Playing Cards label in 2018, was a Silver Design Award winner in the Toy, Games and Hobby Products category at the prestigious 2018-19 A’Design Awards & Competition.

After her Florentia deck (2020), Elettra produced the amazing Blue Jay Dentistry decks, which in my opinion are the most beautiful of all her designs, and which take full advantage of beautiful cold foil technology. Her Bold deck recently won Portfolio52’s Deck of the Year award for Best Graphic Deck.

She’s currently finalizing more beautiful designs, which include the Genoese Tarot, a huge deck which draws on the traditions of tarot deck; the Rx Almanac, a light-hearted but clever deck featuring fictional advertisements for imagined pharmaceutical products; and Once Upon a Fly, which promises to be an incredibly creative transformation deck. We certainly haven’t heard the last of this very talented lady.

Elettra Deganello

5. Jody Eklund (Black Ink Playing Cards)

The name of Jody Eklund’s company, Black Ink Playing Cards, describes well his favourite modus operandi. Jody has a real eye for clean artistic design, which he creates with a pen and ink look, accomplished through a process of digital design, in an instantly recognizable style of his own.

But what makes Jody’s work stand out isn’t merely his attention to visual aesthetics, but his attention to historical detail. His decks typically tell the story of a unique era of history, and depict the individuals that populated it.

His success as a playing card designer began with his Golden Spike deck in 2014, and numerous Kickstarter projects followed, which covered a range of fascinating themes and individuals from innovators and inventors, to business tycoons and flying aces.

It’s obvious that Jody immerses himself in the historical background behind the characters and stories that his decks depict, and much research goes into each project.

This also makes the end result all the more rewarding for those prepared to pay close attention to the detail he has incorporated into his playing cards. Over time, he has developed a solid base of supporters. Fans of history and science will particularly enjoy his work.

This article was originally published on PlayingCardDecks by EndersGame.

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 EndersGame is a well-known and respected reviewer of board games and playing cards. He loves card games, card magic, cardistry, and card collecting, and has reviewed several hundred boardgames and hundreds of different decks of playing cards. You can see a complete list of his game reviews here, and his playing card reviews here. He is considered an authority on playing cards and has written extensively about their design, history, and function, and has many contacts within the playing card and board game industries. You can view his previous articles about playing cards here. In his spare time, he also volunteers with local youth to teach them the art of cardistry and card magic.

Trading Card Game’s New Entry: Disney Lorcana Card Deck

Trading Card Game's New Entry Disney Lorcana Card Deck

Trading Card Game’s New Entry: Disney Lorcana Card Deck

In the vast world of trading card games (TCGs), a new entrant emerges from the imaginative realms of the Walt Disney Company: the Disney Lorcana Card Deck.

It is a trading card game based on beloved Disney characters and are available on May 2024. With its release on the horizon, there’s a lot of buzz and anticipation surrounding this new addition to the TCG world.

Basic Configuration and Gameplay of Disney Lorcana Card Deck

1. Disney Lorcana Deck Building

Disney Lorcana Deck Building

The Disney Lorcana Card Deck introduces players to a unique gameplay experience that is both accessible to beginners and engaging for seasoned TCG players.

The core set serves as the foundational platform from which the game expands, offering a variety of decks each centered around iconic Disney characters, imbued with their own distinct abilities and themes.

Each player begins with a deck comprising a predetermined number of cards, typically 60, which they use to duel their opponents. The objective is to strategically play character cards, cast spells, and utilize abilities to outmaneuver the opponent and ultimately reduce their life points to zero. Among them:

  • Characters (30 Cards): These are the heart and soul of your deck. Each character card features a beloved Disney character, boasting unique abilities and stats that influence gameplay. Popular characters like Mickey Mouse, Elsa from Frozen, and Peter Pan from Neverland are just a few examples of the exciting roster you can incorporate into your deck.
  • Allies (10 cards): These represent helpful companions or aspects of the Disney universe that can bolster your characters’ abilities. Examples include Simba’s Might (from The Lion King) which grants extra attack power or Tinker Bell’s Pixie Dust (from Peter Pan) which allows you to manipulate the top cards of your deck.
  • Actions (10 cards): These dynamic cards allow you to interact with the game in various ways.  Intrigue cards might enable you to steal cards from your opponent’s deck, while Enhancement cards can temporarily upgrade your characters’ stats.
  • Locations (5 cards): These represent iconic Disney settings that can influence the flow of the game. Playing a “Beast’s Castle” location (from Beauty and the Beast) might grant additional defense to your characters, while a “Neversea” location (from Peter Pan) could allow you to draw extra cards each turn.
  • Songs (5 cards): A unique feature of Disney Lorcana, song cards represent memorable Disney tunes that can trigger powerful effects when played. “A Whole New World” (from Aladdin) could allow you to search your deck for a specific character, while “Hakuna Matata” (from The Lion King) could reduce the cost of playing other cards.

2. Gameplay Mechanics

Disney Lorcana Gameplay

Disney Lorcana offers a strategic, yet easy-to-learn gameplay experience. Here’s a simplified breakdown of how a typical game unfolds:

1. Setup: Players shuffle their decks and draw their opening hand of five cards. A shared resource pool, called the “Dream Deck,” is created using a separate deck of cards.

2. Turns: Players take turns performing actions like summoning characters, playing allies and actions, or activating locations and songs from their hand. Resources are required to play most cards, and these resources are acquired from the Dream Deck.

3. Challenges and Maneuvering: The core mechanic of Lorcana revolves around “challenges.”  Characters can initiate challenges against opposing characters, prompting the opponent to defend with a character of their own. The outcome is determined by comparing the characters’ attack and defense stats, with additional modifiers potentially coming into play from abilities, locations, and songs.

4. Lore and Intrigue: Throughout the game, players aim to collect “Lore.” Lore points are typically obtained by defeating opposing characters in challenges. The first player to reach a designated threshold of Lore (usually 20) wins the game.

5. Multiplayer: While primarily a two-player game, Lorcana offers variant rules for three- and four-player matches, adding an extra layer of complexity and strategic maneuvering.

Highlights of Disney Lorcana’s Card Design and Craftsmanship

Disney Lorcana is a feast for the eyes, boasting captivating card designs and exceptional craftsmanship. Here’s a closer look at what makes these cards truly special:

1. Artwork

The cards feature stunning illustrations that capture the essence of the Disney characters and settings. From the vibrant colors and expressive character portrayals to the detailed backgrounds that depict iconic locations, the artwork on each card is a miniature work of art.

2. Storytelling Through Design

Disney Lorcana's Card Design

The card designs go beyond mere aesthetics and subtly weave elements of storytelling. For instance, a character card might depict a pivotal scene from a Disney film, while an action card might showcase a character’s signature ability in a visually engaging way. This allows players to connect with the cards on a deeper level and relive their favorite Disney moments.

3. Intelligence

The integration of technology with card design is another highlight. Some cards may feature augmented reality elements, allowing players to bring their characters to life via a smartphone app, adding an unparalleled interactive dimension to both gameplay and collection.

4. Card Stock Quality

Disney Lorcana's Card Cardstock

The cards are produced using high-quality card stock that feels substantial and durable in your hands. This ensures your cards can withstand frequent shuffling and gameplay without incurring excessive wear and tear.

5. Special Finishes

Disney Lorcana's Card Finish

Disney Lorcana cards incorporate innovative design elements such as holographic foils, embossed textures, and special edition variants, making them highly collectible. These elements not only enhance the visual experience but also serve to delineate rarities and special editions, adding another layer to the collecting aspect of the game.

At Last

With its emphasis on strategic play and its deep connection to the beloved world of Disney, Disney Lorcana Card Deck is poised to make a significant impact on the TCG landscape, which is occupied by Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and MTG.

The game’s allure lies not only in its mechanics and the competitive thrill it offers, but also in the emotional connection players have with Disney characters. This connection deepens the engagement and invites players of all ages to explore the enchanting world of Disney in a novel and interactive way.

Effective Solutions Of Custom Playing Cards Cost

Effective Solutions Of Custom Playing Cards Cost

Playing cards are a versatile tool used for entertainment, education, and even magic. Whether you’re a magician creating a custom deck for your act, a game designer bringing your vision to life, or a business looking for a unique promotional tool, custom-printed playing cards can be a powerful option.

However, with the excitement of creating your own deck can come the concern of cost. This article will guide you through the factors that influence the custom playing cards cost, along with strategies to achieve a high-quality deck that stays within your budget.

Structure Of Custom Playing Cards Cost

The world of custom playing card printing offers a surprising amount of flexibility. You can design everything from the card faces and backs to the tuck box (the box that holds the cards). The level of customization you choose will be a major factor in determining the final cost.  

But, before diving into specific strategies, it’s important to understand the breakdown of costs associated with playing card printing.

Structure Of Custom Playing Cards Cost

1. Quantity

This is often the most significant cost factor. Printing companies like WJPC typically offer tiered pricing, with per-unit costs decreasing as the number of decks ordered increases.  For small orders under 200 decks, digital printing is often used, which can be more expensive per unit but has lower setup fees. So you may see that offset printing becomes more cost-effective for larger orders.

2. Card Stock

The thickness and quality of the card stock will affect the durability and feel of your cards. Standard card stock is a common choice for basic decks, while plastic or linen finishes can provide a more professional and luxurious feel, but at a higher cost.

3. Printing Options

The number of colors used in your design will influence the price.  A simple single-color design will be the most cost-effective, while decks with full-color images on both sides will naturally be more expensive. We can also offer special finishes like metallic ink or embossing, which can add a unique touch but come at an additional cost.

4. Customization

The extent to which you customize your deck will impact the price.  A standard deck with just a logo on the back will be cheaper than a deck with completely customized faces, court cards, and a tuck box.

How to Minimize Printing Costs Without Affecting Quality?

While customization is a key advantage of creating your own playing cards, it can also lead to unexpected costs. The good news is, with some smart planning and strategic decision-making, you can achieve a fantastic deck without breaking the bank.  

Next, we will introduce various strategies for minimizing printing costs without sacrificing quality.  By applying these tips, you’ll be able to create a visually stunning and durable deck that stays within your budget.

How to Minimize Printing Costs Without Affecting Quality

1. Plan Your Design Carefully

While customization is a major advantage of printed playing cards, it’s important to design strategically to avoid unnecessary custom playing cards cost.

If you decide to use a full-color image on the card back, for instance, consider if a simpler design might achieve a similar impact.  Similarly, for the card faces, striking a balance between visual appeal and complexity can help keep costs down.

2. Optimize for Printing

Discuss file formats and color requirements with your chosen printer.  Many printers like WJPC will have templates or specifications to ensure your design files are compatible with their printing process. Optimizing your design for printing can help avoid errors or the need for file adjustments, which can add hidden costs.

3. Consider the Quantity

If you’re on a tight budget, be realistic about the number of decks you need.  Printing a larger quantity will bring down the per-unit cost, but you don’t want to end up with excess inventory.  If you’re unsure how many decks you’ll need initially, consider a smaller print run with the option to reorder later. Among them, 200 card decks are the most appropriate economic inventory quantity.

4. Get Custom Playing Cards Cost from Multiple Printers

Don’t be afraid to shop around and compare quotes from different printers.  Provide the same design and specifications to each printer to ensure you’re comparing apples to apples. Pay attention not just to the total price, but also to the breakdown of costs and any additional fees.  Some printers may offer hidden costs for things like setup, cutting, or finishing. At WJPC, we strive to provide USPCC-like quality at a more affordable price.

Additional Cost-Saving Tips

  • Standard vs. Custom Sizes: While custom-sized cards can be an interesting novelty, they can also be significantly more expensive to produce. Sticking with standard poker or bridge-sized cards will keep your costs down.
  • Bleed and Margins: Understanding printing terms like bleed and margins can help you avoid costly reprints. Bleed refers to any design elements that extend to the edge of the card, which will need to be trimmed during the finishing process. Margins ensure important design elements aren’t accidentally cut off. Discuss these details with us to ensure your files are set up correctly.
  • Proofing Carefully: Typos or errors on your cards can be a frustrating and expensive mistake to catch after printing. Take advantage of any proofing options offered by WJPC, and carefully review your proofs before giving final approval.

Summary

Creating custom playing cards can be a rewarding experience, allowing you to bring your ideas to life and impress your audience. By understanding the structure of custom playing cards cost and implementing these cost-saving strategies, you can achieve a high-quality deck that stays within your budget at WJPC.

Bharata Playing Cards – Series 2 Review: Indian Folklore through Design and Execution

Bharata Playing Cards - Series 2 Review

The world of playing cards offers a captivating glimpse into diverse cultures and artistic expressions, like the “Bharata Playing Cards – Series 2,” designed by Sunish Chabba and brought to life by the Guru Playing Card Company (GPCC). This second iteration of the Bharata series promises to immerse players in the vibrant tapestry of Indian folk art, offering not just a deck for games but a gateway to cultural exploration.

This review delves into the details of Bharata playing cards – Series 2, examining its visual identity, gameplay potential, and the printing secrets that contribute to its premium quality.

Basic Factors of Bharata Playing Cards

  • Theme: Indian Folk Art
  • Number of Cards: 54 (Standard deck + 2 Jokers)
  • Card Stock: Premium embossed black core European card stock
  • Finish: Linen Air-cushioned
  • Printing: WJPC
  • Package: Elegant tuck box with embossing & silver foil, inner tuck printing with silver foil

You may hear about Bharata Major Arcana Tarot. The “Bharata Playing Cards – Series 2” is its sequel. It is a limited edition set that has been crafted with attention to detail and quality. The deck consists of the standard 52 cards, along with two Jokers, making it suitable for a variety of card games. The cards are printed on premium paper stock with a smooth finish, ensuring durability and a comfortable handling experience.

Bharata Playing Cards’ Design and Gameplay

A. Visual Feast

Bharata Playing Cards’ Design and Gameplay

The Bharata Series 2 deck is a visual treat, drawing inspiration from various regional folk art styles of India. Each card, from the Aces to the court cards, is adorned with intricate artwork depicting mythological figures, cultural icons, and scenes from folklore. The Aces, for instance, showcase iconic landmarks like the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort, while the court cards feature characters like Ganesha, Krishna, and Durga. The Jokers are reimagined as whimsical representations of Yakshas, mythical guardians often depicted in Indian art.

This fusion of theme and design extends to the pips and indices. The standard indices are replaced with Devanagari numerals, adding an authentic touch. The pips themselves are transformed into intricate paisley patterns, further emphasizing the cultural connection. The back design features a mesmerizing mandala, adding a touch of symmetry and elegance.

B. Gameplay Considerations

While the artistic merit of the deck is undeniable, its playability is an essential aspect. The air-cushioned finish and high-quality card stock ensure smooth handling and shuffling, making them ideal for various card games. However, the intricate designs on the pips might require some adjustment for players accustomed to standard decks. The use of Devanagari numerals might also pose a minor challenge for players unfamiliar with the script.

Printing Magic of Bharata Playing Cards

A. Premium Cardstock

Printing Magic of Bharata Playing Cards

The card stock is premium-embossed black core European with a linen magic finish, limited to 500 decks. Printed by WJPC, the cards boast incredibly thick stock. If you prefer durable, resilient cards suitable for frequent use, this thick, sturdy stock is an excellent choice.

B. Embossing And Silver Foil

Embossing And Silver Foil

The tuck box boasts stunning embossing and silver foil, while it dazzles with an array of vibrant colors. The turquoise accents truly elevate the overall design. Additionally, intricate ornamentation adorns the inside tuck flap and the two smaller tuck flaps. These silver foil lining inside the tuck adds a luxurious touch.

Summary

The Bharata Playing Cards – Series 2 is a cultural artifact, a conversation starter, and a gateway to exploring the rich tapestry of Indian art and folklore. The visually stunning design, coupled with high-quality printing and thoughtful gameplay considerations, elevates the deck beyond mere functionality.

While the non-standard pips and indices might require some adaptation, the accompanying booklet and the overall immersive experience compensate for it. For collectors, enthusiasts of unique playing cards, and those seeking a glimpse into Indian culture, the Bharata Series 2 is a must-have addition to their collection.

The starting point for the creation of this article comes from an article by EndersGame:
Review: Bharata Playing Cards – Series 2 (July 16, 2018) https://www.playingcardforum.com/index.php?topic=12228

EndersGame is a well-known reviewer of board games and playing cards. He loves card games, card magic, and collecting playing cards.

A Celebration Of Ingenuity: The Joy Deck – A Different Deck Of Playing Cards Review

The Joy Deck - A Different Deck Of Playing Cards Review

Playing cards have served as a source of entertainment and challenge for centuries. From classic games like poker and blackjack to elaborate card magic routines, these simple rectangles have captured the imaginations of people worldwide. But what if a deck of cards could be more than just a tool for games?

Enter the JOY Deck, a creation by Brian South that pushes the boundaries of traditional playing cards, offering a unique blend of artistic design, hidden surprises, and a playful twist on functionality.

The Joy Deck – A Different Deck Of Playing Cards Review

Basic Specification Of Joy Deck

The JOY Deck maintains the standard format of a deck of cards, comprising 52 cards across four suits (Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs) and two Jokers. However, its departure from tradition lies in the way these elements are presented.

JOY Decks Designs and Fun

The JOY Deck’s design philosophy extends beyond novelty. Here’s how it elevates the gameplay experience:

1. Hidden Messages

JOY Deck’s Designs and Fun

The JOY Deck isn’t just about aesthetics. Look closer, and you’ll find a treasure trove of hidden details woven into the design. The cards are infused with hundreds of words and numbers, including the word “JOY” itself, cleverly concealed within the artwork. This element adds a layer of interactivity, encouraging players to become detectives and uncover the secrets embedded within each card.

The meticulous artwork on each card transforms gameplay into a visual treat. Imagine the delight of revealing a meticulously crafted Queen of Hearts, where the card itself is composed of numerous miniature queens. This visual intrigue also adds a fresh dimension to familiar games.

2. Improved Recognition

The Joy Deck Improved Recognition

For beginners or those unfamiliar with traditional pips, the JOY Deck’s design offers a more intuitive way to recognize card values. Thematic representations like “Three of Clubs” formed entirely by threes are easier to grasp than abstract symbols. This can be particularly beneficial for younger players or those new to card games.

What’s more, the JOY Deck isn’t bound by the traditional imagery of court cards. Brian South, the creator, has hinted at the possibility of unique character designs for Jacks, Queens, and Kings, potentially adding a thematic layer to classic card games.

JOY Decks Printing Highlights

A deck of cards is only as good as its physical quality. The JOY Deck takes pride in its exceptional printing, ensuring a delightful user experience:

A deck of cards is only as good as its physical quality. The JOY Deck takes pride in its exceptional printing, ensuring a delightful user experience:

1. Premium Card Stock

The deck is rumored to be printed on high-quality, 310gsm black core paper with a linen finish, similar to what one might find in high-end casino decks. This translates to a luxurious feel, increased durability for shuffling and gameplay, and a satisfying snap when dealing cards.

2. Vivid Colors

JOY Deck’s Printing Highlights

The vibrant color palette used in the JOY Deck’s artwork is brought to life through a superior printing process. Expect crisp details, rich colors, and a level of visual fidelity that complements the intricate designs.

WJPC’s advanced printing method ensures crisp details, allowing you to appreciate the intricate lines, subtle textures, and hidden elements woven into the artwork. Every detail, no matter how small, will be sharp and clear.

3. Flawless Finish

The Joy Deck Flawless Finish

By eliminating friction and card clumping, the linen finish contributes to a more fluid and uninterrupted gameplay experience. You can focus on strategy and enjoyment without technical hindrances.

Also, the smooth, consistent finish elevates the overall quality perception of the cards. It feels more sophisticated and durable, adding a touch of luxury to your game nights.

4. Special Edging

The Joy Deck Special Edging

The addition of a special purple foil edge elevates the JOY Deck beyond a standard playing card experience. It adds a touch of elegance and sophistication, making the cards feel truly special.

The shimmer of the purple foil catches the light, creating a visually stunning effect. It also adds another layer of playful energy to the design, making the cards even more captivating to hold and admire.

Summary

The JOY Deck is a celebration of creativity and a testament to the potential for innovation within a familiar format. It offers a captivating visual experience, introduces a layer of discovery through hidden details, and caters to both seasoned players and newcomers alike.

With its launch on Kickstarter still underway as of March 11, 2024, the potential for further exploration and discovery remains. Support it now!

Related reviews:
BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame also helped promote his Kickstarter project about this deck, you can see his article here:
https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/3256736/kickstarter-joy-a-different-deck-of-playing-cards

What Is Cardstock: A Guide To Paper Powerhouses

What Is Cardstock A Guide To Paper Powerhouses

In the realm of paper, where delicate sheets whisper secrets and flimsy pages hold fleeting thoughts, stands a champion of sturdiness: cardstock. This unsung hero, thicker and stronger than its regular paper brethren, forms the backbone of countless creative endeavors.

But what is cardstock exactly, and what makes it so special? Buckle up, paper adventurers, as we delve into the fascinating world of this versatile medium.

What Is Cardstock?

What Kind Of Paper Is a Cardstock?

Cardstock is made from wood pulp, cotton, or other fibers that are processed and pressed into sheets of paper. The quality and composition of cardstock depend on the type and amount of fibers, the degree of bleaching, the additives, and the finishing treatments.

Cardstock can have different colors, textures, finishes, and coatings, depending on the intended use and preference of the user. One of the main features that distinguish cardstock from regular paper is its weight. Another feature that defines cardstock is its thickness, which is measured by the caliper or the point.

The Different And Mostly Used Weights Of Card Stock

The Different And Mostly Used Weights Of Card Stock

As mentioned, cardstock can have different weights depending on the type and amount of fibers, the additives, and the finishing treatments. The weight of cardstock affects its durability, appearance, and suitability for different applications.

Generally, the heavier the cardstock, the more durable and premium it is, but also the more difficult it is to fold, cut, or print on. Here are the common weight ranges for card printing:

Playing Cards:

– Lighter: 260gsm – 280gsm (11pt – 12pt) – Offers smooth shuffling but might feel flimsy.

– Standard: 300gsm – 310gsm (14pt) – Popular choice for a good balance between durability and flexibility.

– Premium: 330gsm – 350gsm (16pt – 18pt) – Thicker, sturdier cards with luxurious feel but can be slightly harder to shuffle.

Tarot Cards:

– Standard: 300gsm – 330gsm (14pt – 16pt) – Offers good balance for handling larger cards.

– Premium: 350gsm – 400gsm (18pt – 20pt) – Luxurious feel and extra durability, but shuffling might require some breaking in.

Ultimately, the best weight depends on personal preference and intended use. And there are some additional points to consider:

– Lighter cards shuffle more easily but may wear out faster with heavy use.

– Heavier cards feel more substantial and durable but can be trickier to shuffle initially.

– Budget also plays a role, with heavier card stocks generally costing more.

The Different And Mostly Used Thickness Of Card Stock

Thickness Of Card Stock Guide

Thickness is just one part of the weight equation for card stock, but it’s helpful to consider both, especially for card games and trading cards!

Here’s a breakdown of typical thicknesses for playing cards and tarot cards:

Playing Cards:

– Lighter: 0.30mm – 0.32mm

– Standard: 0.33mm – 0.35mm

– Premium: 0.36mm – 0.38mm

Tarot Cards:

– Standard: 0.35mm – 0.38mm

– Premium: 0.38mm – 0.42mm

Remember:

– These are just averages, and exact thickness can vary within a weight range depending on the card stock’s composition and manufacturing process.

– Thickness alone doesn’t tell the whole story. Card stock weight, which factors in both thickness and density, is a better indicator of how a card will feel and handle.

– Some premium card stocks, like plastic or linen, can be thinner than standard paper card stock while still feeling thicker and more substantial due to their higher density.

– If you’re concerned about thickness impacting shuffling, opt for a smoother finish on your card stock, as textured finishes can create more friction.

The best thickness for your cards depends on what you prioritize. If you want thin and flexible cards for easy shuffling, choose a lighter weight or a plastic card stock. If you want sturdy and luxurious cards that feel thick in your hand, opt for a heavier weight or a linen finish.

Cardboard vs Cardstock

Cardboard vs Cardstock

Cardboard is usually made from unbleached wood pulp and has a brown or gray color. It can have different structures and compositions, such as corrugated cardboard, which has a fluted layer sandwiched between two flat layers, or chipboard, which is made from recycled paper and has a smooth surface.

In card printing, cardboard is mainly used for packaging, shipping, and storing goods, as well as for making rigid box inters. The main differences between cardboard and cardstock are:

– Thickness: Cardboard is thicker and more rigid than cardstock. Cardboard can have a thickness of 0.3 to 0.5 inch, while cardstock can have a thickness of 0.006 to 0.024 inch.

– Weight: Cardboard is heavier and more dense than cardstock. Cardboard can weigh 200 to 600 gsm, while cardstock can weigh 135 to 300 gsm.

– Appearance: Cardboard is usually brown or gray and has a rough and uneven surface. Cardstock can have different colors and has a smooth and even surface.

– Durability: Cardboard is more durable and resistant to moisture, tearing, and crushing than cardstock. Cardstock is more prone to warping, cracking, and fading than cardboard.

– Flexibility: Cardboard is less flexible and harder to fold, cut, or print on than cardstock. Cardstock is more flexible and easier to work with than cardboard.

Conclusion

The above is the answer to what is cardstock. Remember, these are just general guidelines. Different brands and manufacturers may have slight variations in weight and thickness. Always check the specifications before purchasing to ensure you get the perfect cardstock for your needs.

Elysian Duets Playing Cards Review: A Symphony Of Elegance And Deception

Elysian Duets Playing Cards Review

The Elysian Duets is the first deck in a new series of marked playing cards designed by Phill Smith, a renowned creator of magic and mentalism products.

The Elysian Duets is not just a regular deck of cards, but a sophisticated tool for magicians, cardists, and card enthusiasts. It features a unique and elegant design, a powerful and practical marking system, and a high-quality printing process.

In this review, we will explore the basic parameters, the design and gameplay highlights, and the printing processes of the Elysian Duets, and explain why this deck deserves a place in your collection.

Basic Parameters of Elysian Duets

Before we delve into the heart of the performance, let’s brush up on the technical specifications of the Elysian Duets:

– Card Stock: Premium 310gsm black core stock with a smooth, linen finish for optimal handling and performance.

– Faces: Standard poker format with a custom, two-tone blue and red color scheme.

– Backs: One-way back design with a mesmerizing geometric pattern.

– Markings: Phill Smith’s signature Optical Marking System discretely woven into the card design, allowing for effortless card identification without compromising aesthetics.

-Included: 52 standard playing cards, 2 custom Jokers, and an informative double-backed gaff card.

The Elysian Duets is a standard 52-card deck, plus two jokers, a double backer, and an instructional card. The cards are poker-sized, measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches, and have a smooth finish. The cards are printed by WJPCC, a Chinese company that specializes in producing high-end playing cards for magicians and cardists. The cards are made of premium paper stock, which is durable, flexible, and easy to handle. The cards have a black core, which prevents any light from shining through and revealing the markings.

The Elysian Duets comes in two colors: blue and red. The tuck boxes are simple and elegant, featuring the name of the deck and a symmetrical pattern of musical notes and symbols. The tuck boxes are also marked, allowing you to identify the color and the stack of the deck without opening it.

Design and Gameplay Highlights of Elysian Duets

The aesthetic of the Elysian Duets is nothing short of breathtaking. The two-tone blue and red color scheme evokes a sense of timeless elegance. The custom court cards are particularly noteworthy, adorned with intricate geometric patterns that echo the back design. Each suit possesses a distinct personality, from the stoic diamonds to the swirling clubs, ensuring visual interest with every hand dealt.

But the true beauty of the Elysian Duets lies in the seamless integration of form and function. The Optical Marking System is woven into the design with masterful subtlety, visible only to the trained eye. This allows magicians to perform impossible feats with ease, while Cardists can manipulate the cards with deceptive grace, leaving audiences spellbound.

The one-way backs, a standard feature in magic decks, further enhance the possibilities for sleight of hand. Flourishes and cuts become seamless visual experiences, blurring the lines between reality and illusion.

Printing Secrets of Elysian Duets

1. Elysian Duets Marking

Elysian Duets Marking

Phill’s created an ingenious “optical marking system” on card backs, readable from a distance across a room. The Elysian Duets, the latest version of this marked deck, goes beyond the typical corner marking. In Mnemonica order, it reveals stack positions and values/suits above and below a selected card.

The system, relying on subtle design variations invisible to the naked eye, is incorporated into backs, faces, and pips, providing abundant information without compromising the deck’s visual integrity.

Once you grasp the system, the marks become unmistakable, standing out as plain as daylight.

2. Elysian Duets Cardstock

Elysian Duets Cardstock

Printed by WJPC on their 310gsm German black core paper, the Elysian Duets boast a quality that strikes a perfect balance. The slightly thinner 300gsm cardstock is processed with a technique akin to USPCC’s crushed stock, ensuring a remarkable feel and durability.

The 310gsm stock stands out as a solid choice, delivering excellent performance straight out of the box. Its reliability doesn’t just stop there; it holds up well over time, adding to the overall longevity and resilience of the deck.

Whether you’re a seasoned card enthusiast or a newcomer, the thoughtful selection of materials ensures a satisfying and enduring card-handling experience.

3. Elysian Duets Tuck Box

Elysian Duets Tuck Box

The Elysian Duets tuck boxes boast a thoughtful design, featuring distinctive markings that enable you to effortlessly discern both the color variant and the specific arrangement within the deck stack, all without the need to open the box.

This ingenious feature not only adds a touch of practicality to your card-playing experience but also enhances the overall convenience and efficiency of handling and organizing your cherished Elysian Duets collection.

Conclusion

In the realm of magic playing cards, the Elysian Duets emerge as a pinnacle of design, offering an exquisite fusion of aesthetics and utility. Phill Smith and his team have not only raised the bar but also crafted an enduring masterpiece that will undoubtedly captivate card enthusiasts for years to come.

As you shuffle, deal, and experience the magic within each card, the Elysian Duets prove that the world of playing cards can be as enchanting as it is skillful.

Related reviews:

BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame has also written positive reviews of the Elysian Duets, you can see his article here:

https://www.playingcardforum.com/index.php?topic=13967

Innocence (Holographic Edition) Playing Card Review: Where Elegance Meets Enchantment

Innocence (Holographic Edition) Playing Card Review

The world of playing cards, often cloaked in tradition, rarely experiences genuine innovation. Yet, the Innocence (Holographic Edition) deck by Black Roses Playing Cards dares to push boundaries, weaving together elegance and enchantment in a breathtaking display of holographic artistry.

But are these shimmering faces merely captivating visuals, or do they hold secrets to a captivating card experience? Let’s review the heart of Innocence, examining its design, gameplay potential, and the remarkable printing process that brings it to life.

Basic Parameters of Innocence (Holographic Edition)

  • Limited to 3000 playing card decks
  • 300 gsm German Linen Black Core
  • Butter varnish both sides
  • Shinny Holographic cold foil back design
  • Spot holographic cold foil face design
  • Holographic paper on the inner tuck case
  • Holographic seal sticker
  • Printed by WJPC

According to the story back of this deck, a dear friend of Daniel created the charming artwork featuring a girl wielding a sword in a small corner. When he shared it with him, Daniel was enamored by it and decided to craft an entire deck inspired by the illustration.

The centerpiece showcases the girl holding the sword with a Black Roses Rose beside her knee, and above, there’s a simple and elegant depiction of a moon.

Design and Gameplay Highlights of Innocence (Holographic Edition)

1. Artful Fusion

The black rose motif isn’t simply decorative; it seamlessly integrates into every aspect of the deck. From the court cards portraying characters intertwined with the roses to the pips adorned with delicate blooms, the theme whispers its captivating narrative throughout the gameplay.

Both jokers in the deck feature the same girl found in the corners of the cards, with one of them revealing an Ace of Hearts. The Innocence deck maintains a clean design, free from unnecessary clutter, allowing your eyes to focus on the essential elements while retaining the appearance of a typical deck of cards.

The Ace of Spades portrays the girl walking away from the camera, wielding two katanas—one in each hand—with the word “Innocence” written underneath.

Artful Fusion

2. Holographic Enchantment

The use of holographic foil is not merely an aesthetic flourish; it elevates the card experience. As light dances across the faces, the roses shimmer and shift, adding a captivating layer of depth and dynamism to every hand. This isn’t just a deck; it’s a mesmerizing art object that comes alive in your hands.

3. Enhanced Familiarity

Despite its fantastical touch, Innocence remains true to the traditional playing card format. Standard suits and ranks ensure the deck is immediately familiar, allowing players of all ages and skill levels to jump right in without learning new rules. This accessibility, coupled with the enchanting visuals, makes Innocence ideal for casual enthusiasts and seasoned card sharks alike.

Enhanced Familiarity

4. Versatility Beyond Tradition

While Innocence shines in classic card games, its beauty opens doors to creative exploration. The stunning imagery and holographic magic inspire artists and enthusiasts to experiment with new forms of card-based storytelling, magic tricks, and even artistic performances. This deck invites you not just to play, but to dream and create around its captivating visuals.

Printing Processes Highlights of Innocence (Holographic Edition)

1. Cold Foil Alchemy

The secret behind the shimmering magic lies in the innovative use of cold foil technology. This specialized printing process applies a thin layer of metallic foil directly onto the card stock, creating a vibrant, reflective surface.

Unlike traditional hot stamping, cold foil allows for intricate details and delicate designs, bringing the black roses to life with unparalleled precision and elegance.

Also, the cold foil process is renowned for its durability. Unlike delicate holographic stickers, the foil is directly integrated into the card, ensuring its resilience to everyday wear and tear. This means you can enjoy the captivating beauty of Innocence for years to come, without the worry of fading or peeling.

Multi-Layered Enchantment~1

2. Multi-Layered Enchantment

The holographic effect isn’t a flat, one-dimensional shimmer. Black Roses Playing Cards employs a multi-layered approach, where the foil interacts with the underlying artwork and card stock. This creates a mesmerizing depth and dynamism, with the roses appearing to dance and shift depending on the angle and light.

Multi-Layered Enchantment

Whether you’re a seasoned card player seeking a touch of magic in your routine or a creative soul-searching for a muse, Innocence holds a captivating allure.

So, step into the realm of shimmering roses and let your imagination dance to the rhythm of light and shadow. The world of playing cards will never be the same again.