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14 October
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BICYCLE OPHIDIAN Playing Cards. The hypnotic beauty of the snake

This is not the first time Gambler’s Warehouse and Shapeshifters  team to create a deck. Following the success of both editions of Mystique, they have decided to collaborate in the campaign of the BICYCLE OPHIDIAN Playing Cards. The designs of Michael Encarnacao, the artist behind numerous and well-known decks, have some elements in common that make them very recognizable: elegance, mystery, elaborate details,… The Ophidian deck can not be less. The ever-present snake figure serves as inspiration for creating elaborate illustrations that meander…

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11 October
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ALICE IN WONDERLAND Playing Cards. The definitive RELAUNCH of a WONDERful deck

Two months ago I talked about a fresh and enjoyable deck inspired by the famous novel by Lewis Carrol and designed by Sasha Dounaevski. Unfortunately the campaign did not have the deserved reach but Sasha did not give up and continued trying to make his deck real. So, a few days ago, she relaunched ALICE IN WONDERLAND. This time Sasha has teamed up with Will Roya (PlayingCardsDecks.com) to relaunch these interesting cards. For this new campaign small changes have been…

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10 October
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BICYCLE decks relaunched by Collectable Playing Cards. A crazy world during the whole year

Collectable Playing Cards have relaunched in Kickstarter some of their previous campaigns. Here is a summary:   BICYCLE MAD WORLD     Inspired by old classic playing cards, the design has been carefully created like intricately crafted. All the deck has been intentionally aged getting that yellowed aspect and mixing the beauty of the traditional playing cards an some mystery behind the symbols and decorations of the aces and tuck case. The aged aspect has been created using digital techniques to make…

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01 October
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ESSENTIA Playing cards. Traditional inspiration with an original style

A little over two years ago, Mankin Chan (Mankinnovation), a graphic designer based in the Netherlands, successfully launched the original Cultura deck, a tour through four different countries around the world with a simple yet appealing illustration style. Now, Mankin strikes back with a new project: ESSENTIA. Essentia keeps that eye-catching simple drawing, flat colors and “cartoonish” style of the previous deck and becomes the author’s reinterpretación of the traditional playing cards. Thus, these cards will be an interesting collection object…

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28 September
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DRACONIAN and KNIGHTS Playing Cards. Eternal rivals together in a limited edition

One of the things I most admire of a card designer, whatever the nature of his work is, is when his/her imprint is clearly recognizable. This is undoubtedly the case of Randy Butterfield, an artist of recognized talent (and a good friend) with a really personal style. He has worked over the last few years on a huge number of projects, not only with his Midnight Cards brand but also in collaboration with other creators and companies. Now, he presents…