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15 January
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Artist Playing Cards. Let’s drink some tea or, better, let’s enjoy it in these amazing portraits

Carne Griffiths is a renowned artist based in UK who worked for years in the embroidery design. He decided, in 2010, to follow his dream and dedicate himself to his great passion: painting and drawing. That decision has led him to the success with exhibitions in galleries around the world. He uses an interesting technique with calligraphic inks, graphite and liquids (such as tea and alcohol). This technique and his talent produce captivating portraits that combine the abstract and the figurative…

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30 December
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Collectable Playing Cards celebrate their hundred. Congratulations!

I perfectly remember when, in 2013, I was chatting with the Spanish Ana Albares, one of their first artists, about Collectable Playing Cards. The man behind an already consolidated company dedicated to the magic products in Magic Trick Store, Mike Guistolise, decided to begin a business venture about playing cards in which he would also produce his own decks. More than 4 years later, Collectable Playing Cards has become one of the most prolific producers of cards, mainly Bicycle. Many designs and…

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26 December
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BICYCLE KNIGHTS Playing Cards. Outfit yourself properly for a bloody medieval battle

Will Roya (PlayingCardsDecks.com) goes on working for a place in the each time more complicated scenario of playing cards crowdfunding. After four successful projects, he has just launched his first Bicycle deck: KNIGHTS.     Bicycle Knights is a deck inspired by the Middle Ages and their fierce hand-to-hand fighting. For the designs Will has teamed the renowned European artist, Sam Hayles, who has traditionally worked with Big Blind Media in many decks of their Karnival series. Now, with a somewhat more figurative style,…

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12 December
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THE GUARD Playing Cards. A classic design with an exclusive secret

A few weeks ago I told you about the present and future releases by Will Roya (PlayingCardsDecks.com). Will has recently (and successfully) launched his new decks: THE GUARD. Designed by the Polish illustrator Artur Rajch, the faces have a traditional appearance in the numbered cards and in the decoration but show at the same time a more contemporary look on the facial expression of the court cards.     That classic inspiration is also present in the backs, full of ornaments…

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27 November
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ANCIENT EGYPT Playing Cards. Beautiful illustrations buried in the sands of the desert

There are recurring themes of inspiration in the playing cards design. Ancient Civilizations have always attracted designers and, among all, Egyptian Culture is perhaps one of the most popular. After their success with the “Heroes of a Nation” decks, April GS launch their new creation: ANCIENT EGYPT Playing Cards.     Designed by Konstantin Sheyco and illustrated by Alina Vagapoga, Ancient Egypt deck is almost a graphic encyclopedia of the mythical deities worshiped in the old Egypt culture and religion. Amazing illustrations…

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24 November
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BICYCLE RUNIC ROYALTY DARK Playing Cards. The second Edition in black of a nice fantasy deck

Earlier this year, Canadian artist Keith Glover was able to fund his Runic Royalty Light deck working with PlayingCardsDecks.com. Now, teamed again with Will Roya, he has just released the new edition of the deck: BICYCLE RUNIC ROYALTY DARK. In the illustrations, the artist combines the magical inspiration of the runes and their strange symbols with his own interpretation of the traditional deck. Thus, cards keep a design that is familiar and, at the same time, completely customized , suitable…

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23 November
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New projects and a great Black Friday by PLAYINGCARDDECKS.COM

PlayingCardsDecks.com is revealing as one of the promising company that bets on card design. In a tireless activity that combines work with designers from around the world to create different and creative cards and a wide range of decks in his online store, Will Roya is getting a place in this hard playing cards creation world. I have written before about some of their productions like Chicken or Alice in Wonderland, and after chatting with Will, he has revealed to me some of…

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17 November
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BICYCLE MARBLE Deck by Max. The LAST one of the RIDER BACK Texture Series

In 2014 the Texture Series was born to offer those playing cards fans the nicest Bicycle Rider Back decks ever. Now, the Rider Back Texture Series is about to die. The very last of the RIDER BACK Texture Series Playing Cards has been launched: THE MARBLE DECK. Combining the most popular back, used by players, magicians and fans from around the world, and the most beautiful and realistic textures, the original Metal Deck, the Wood Deck and the Blue Metal deck…

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06 November
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Bicycle WILD WEST Playing Cards. I would get them if I were you, stranger.

Justin Froyd (Jamm Pakd Cards) is one of those tenacious and energetic artists. Since I know him, and that’s when he started designing cards in 2014, he has not stopped working to make his decks a reality. After his success with the Bicycle Coat of Arms decks, Justin has relaunched what he considers his best work: BICYCLE WILD WEST. For this project Justin has counted again on his old friend, the designer J. Gonzo, and with his own experiences in Arizona…

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03 November
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Bicycle ANGELARIUM TRILOGY Playing Cards. The fantasy and the enlightened beauty of a mysterious world

In March 2015 I spoke of two impressive decks inspired by a fantasy emanated from the imagination of Peter Mohrbacher. Now, Erik Dahlman (Albino Dragon) has just launched a new and stimulating edition: the ANGELARIUM TRILOGY. Following the style of the previous ones, the court cards of these new decks show us different creatures in beautiful and detailed illustrations. Observing carefully each of these pieces of art is a real pleasure full of details and emotions. Thus, Albino Dragon adds to…