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Hey gang,

A quick note to make you aware that my pal Steve Minty has a new card project out and those of you who collect cards will not want to miss this one!

Check it out...

Thorns and Roses - Expertly Crafted Playing Cards

Shakespearean Playing Cards expertly designed and illustrated by Steve Minty.

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT...

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

"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 DESIGNS

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.)

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Thorns and Roses - Roses Deck

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Thorns and Roses - Thorns Deck

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Two separate card back designs

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A close up of the difference between the Queen of Hearts

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Hamlet - Roses Edition

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Hamlet - Thorns Edition

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Romeo & Juliet - Roses Edition

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Romeo & Juliet - Thorns Edition

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Macbeth - Roses Edition

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Macbeth - Thorns Edition

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King Lear - Roses Edition

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King Lear - Thorns Edition

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The Fool (Jokers) - Roses Edition

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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.

THE LIMITED EDITION DECKS

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.

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Thorns and Roses Limited Edition Decks

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Gold Metal Stamped Seal

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Hand Crafted Gold Edge Gilding

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.

Thank You!

Steve Minty

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