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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition -- Live on KS

Unread postby RichK » Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:04 pm  

NoirArts wrote:Is it gold leaf/gold foil?.. it looks like golden paint... Correct me if I'm wrong... Anyway looks nice


I don't know from the updates. The hand gilding @guru said would have an antique gold look.
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition -- Live on KS

Unread postby guru » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:52 pm  

RichK wrote:
NoirArts wrote:Is it gold leaf/gold foil?.. it looks like golden paint... Correct me if I'm wrong... Anyway looks nice


I don't know from the updates. The hand gilding @guru said would have an antique gold look.


Yes, it is gold leaf and has an application of antique glaze pigment on top of gilding for that antique (less glitzy, more subdued) look.
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition

Unread postby sms69x » Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:40 am  

Look beautiful Sunish. It reminds me of Brut Copper Gilded by Uusi. Just this one is a bit less shinier. Great work nonetheless.

The white version also looks good, but if are even thinking on do such edition, I think you'll need to work that back design, otherwsie it will look too white!
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition

Unread postby guru » Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:50 pm  

Thanks Rich, Bruno for your kind comments. And yes, thanks for believing in me.

sms69x wrote:Look beautiful Sunish. It reminds me of Brut Copper Gilded by Uusi. Just this one is a bit less shinier. Great work nonetheless.

The white version also looks good, but if are even thinking on do such edition, I think you'll need to work that back design, otherwsie it will look too white!


Yeah...if we won't have faced that gilding issue earlier in Production, I would have gone with the most prominent gilding technique that make the edges shinier. In fact, I've got an old prototype done with the other gilding method, and I like it a lot.

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That said, I'm pretty happy with the results now given this particular method is rare, provides more durable gilded edges (even when you put this deck to daily use) & not every printer has the capability to do it. More reasons to cheer....

You're right on white deck front as well, I gave it another thought and looked at the uncut sheets I've got with me. The design needs tweaking to make sure it goes well with the white background.

Thanks for your support.

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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition

Unread postby Räpylätassu » Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:18 pm  

The fact that I backed this project seems to be one of the smartest choises I have made in my collection "career".

Sunish seems like a creator who really has his sh*t together. Just how well this campaign was managed is impressing. Also the artwork is well done and seems to work better in real life. And I mean come on, gold foiling, gilding and a tuck box on a black stock with foil? I think Sunish should be ashamed of just how low he climbed here...

...Lol just kidding, this guy climbed to the roof, blew it up, climbed some more, met Vishnu, did the most epic high five ever and and just casually slided down like a boss. ...Don't fricking ask, I have been out of medication for over a week now.
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition

Unread postby guru » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:58 pm  

A quick update that all decks have been shipped. Different shipping carriers have been used for different countries like USPS, Royal Mail, Swiss Post, Deutsche Post, French Post, Hongkong Post, China Post etc. which will make sure you receive your pledged rewards much faster. I've used their add on service "Strengthen packing", so be rest assured that decks will be arriving in pristine condition.

Thanks for all the support.


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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition

Unread postby sms69x » Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:36 am  

I must say that I'm kinda anxious for this one!! :)
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition

Unread postby Räpylätassu » Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:04 pm  

I got my deck today. Some thoughts:

The artwork works much better in real life than in the photos, I like it a lot! The Aces and the Jokers are especially great work!

The gilding is much different than I have seen before, I like it too.

The foil on the backs does not show through the front of the cards which is a big plus!

I am not a cardist and I can't do a thumb fan but I am pretty good at one handed fans and I had no issues whatsoever on my one handed fans with this deck. Not a single clump. I tried with a full deck and a half a deck, no problems.

As for critique, I don't know, the tuck box is a bit bland...? But that is a nitcpick really.

Overall: Great product from a very well managed campaign. Sunish really proved himself with this one!
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition

Unread postby guru » Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:51 am  

Räpylätassu wrote:I got my deck today. Some thoughts:

The artwork works much better in real life than in the photos, I like it a lot! The Aces and the Jokers are especially great work!

The gilding is much different than I have seen before, I like it too.

The foil on the backs does not show through the front of the cards which is a big plus!

I am not a cardist and I can't do a thumb fan but I am pretty good at one handed fans and I had no issues whatsoever on my one handed fans with this deck. Not a single clump. I tried with a full deck and a half a deck, no problems.

As for critique, I don't know, the tuck box is a bit bland...? But that is a nitcpick really.

Overall: Great product from a very well managed campaign. Sunish really proved himself with this one!


Glad to hear that you liked the deck.

On the tuckbox front, I'd received similar feedback on the earlier non-foiled version of the tuck that it looks a bit bland, so I think I need to look into this feedback specifically.

Handling is subjective but there was an effort from the start towards the finish and coating. One sided embossing is unheard of except Jerry's Nugget Playing Cards though you can't achieve similar finish these days because of the change in printing processes. Also, gold foil pose a different challenge but effort was made to do better on handling front than other decks with foiled backs (except Metaluxe that utilizes an altogether different process).

I got good feedback on handling from two other backers, so I believe the efforts bore fruit.

Thanks for the support once again.
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition

Unread postby sms69x » Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:11 am  

So finally I had some time to handle this great deck of cards!

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Foil+Gilding

So here are some thoughs:
Thick and stiff stock - great because you can see the gilding even in a single card!
Foiling is great, and shines pretty well, and the better part is not noticeable from the face!
The art work is beautiful.
And the best for last! The gilding! Oh boy it really is beautiful, have not seen that in any deck before. It looks like a pearlscent gold.


The deck handles pretty good for a gilded+foilded deck. I would say it is on-par-with an MPC deck.
After some time handling the deck, here how my fingers looked:
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Gilded fingers

As a curiosity, my deck had the seal sticked in the wrong direction, meaning that the number instead of being on the back it was on the top, but I opened it anyway so I can re-stick it the right way!

All around a great deck by a first time creator that proved himself in the best way possible, by pulling a master deck of cards.
Congratulations Sunish, looking forward for your next deck.
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition

Unread postby rousselle » Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:48 pm  

Can't wait to receive mine!
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition

Unread postby guru » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:58 am  

sms69x wrote:So finally I had some time to handle this great deck of cards!

IMG_9250.JPG

So here are some thoughs:
Thick and stiff stock - great because you can see the gilding even in a single card!
Foiling is great, and shines pretty well, and the better part is not noticeable from the face!
The art work is beautiful.
And the best for last! The gilding! Oh boy it really is beautiful, have not seen that in any deck before. It looks like a pearlscent gold.


The deck handles pretty good for a gilded+foilded deck. I would say it is on-par-with an MPC deck.
After some time handling the deck, here how my fingers looked:
IMG_9225.JPG

As a curiosity, my deck had the seal sticked in the wrong direction, meaning that the number instead of being on the back it was on the top, but I opened it anyway so I can re-stick it the right way!

All around a great deck by a first time creator that proved himself in the best way possible, by pulling a master deck of cards.
Congratulations Sunish, looking forward for your next deck.


Thanks a lot for the above feedback. I'm happy to know you liked the deck :)

I'm also sorry to know that the seal was in the wrong direction, I do hope your other decks are okay as it seems to be a one-off error as I've not been informed of this by any other backer. I've noted it down and will be sharing it with the production partner.

Regarding handling, there was lot of effort put into it even though the constraints of foil n gilding were there. Glad to find out that it is being liked by everyone.

On the next project front, I was working with certain folk artists to design a fully hand-crafted and lacquered deck of cards but I've now found out that the project is not feasible for Kickstarter as such because it is taking a really long time to produce a single deck of cards. So, even if I put a year as a date to fulfill, I'm not sure if we can produce more than a couple of decks. With that being said, I got some decks already done and will be putting those up for sale via an online store soon.

@Rouselle - It should be in your hands very soon. Fulfillment partner mentioned that US shipments from China have started taking somewhat longer time in clearance processing since Feb and I also noticed that almost all non-US backers have already received the decks.

Last but not the least, VJ did a review of the deck on his You Tube channel. For some reasons only known to him, he won't be making the review public for at least a couple of weeks. But anyways, for you all UC folks, I do hope you'll watch & like the review.

PS: He is wrong on the printer ;)


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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition

Unread postby rousselle » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:29 pm  

Okay. I received my decks yesterday and I haven't yet watched VJ's review, but I will soonish.

Here's my quick quick thoughts:

First, love the art; the design is exactly what I expected.

Love the little bookletty insert that explains the courts and other cards. Nice little addition.

The foil backs -- outstanding!

The gilding -- interesting effect. As has been mentioned earlier, I like the way you can see the gilding on a card-by-card basis because of the thickness of the cards. Not particularly shiny, as also was mentioned before, but the pearlescent effect is pretty cool.

Handling -- also as previously mentioned, these don't fan well out of the box, and in some ways kinda resemble MPC in terms of the cut around the edges and the mild clumpiness when it comes to fanning.

Because this is purportedly a "new" (to us) printer, I decided to add this deck into my regular rotation of cards I use in the evenings to play games with my young sons (pre-teen and early teen), and we played a few rounds of "B.S." and "Big Two" last night with this deck. I don't normally do that with nicer, foiled-backed, gilded, US$16 decks, but these weren't too expensive, and seemed worth the experiment.

I'm glad I did. Based upon only one evening of play so far, I'd say these decks hold up just as well as any other deck I've used for this kind of abuse. The stock has a nice thickness and snap to it, and they shuffle crisply without clumping. While these cards may not be quite as stiff as some of our super sturdy, higher-end cards (like Robusto stock from EPCC, et al), nor quite as supple as USPCC, they nonetheless didn't lose their snap as the evening wore on, and they weren't fragile during regular game play with young boys. They still lined up nice and evenly with regard to the gilding when the evening play was done, and frankly, I enjoyed both the feel and the look of them as cards for daily use. I look forward to seeing how these handle in the coming days/weeks/month.

They didn't fan any better toward the end of the evening (although, to be fair, our "break-in" wasn't a typical cardist's break-in, but rather, the result of normal game play), so I'm guessing that these wouldn't become go-to decks for cardists. But, even so, I like them for game play, I like the art and design, I like the print quality of the faces, and I like the foil quality and detail on the backs. The gilding adds a nice touch.

At $16 shipped per deck (US), these are more expensive than I'd prefer for daily use, but not outrageously so, and I expect these will continue to hold up for a while. All-in-all, I like them. I'm satisfied with this purchase, and I look forward to future projects from Sunish / Guru Playing Cards. If any more of these decks appear on the after-market at a lower price, I'll happily pick up a couple more for my collection. :-)

Cheers!
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition

Unread postby shaitani » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:41 pm  

I can't seem to find this info easily, but anybody know the post-kickstarter methods of purchasing these?
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition

Unread postby jerichoholic » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:36 am  

guru wrote:
sms69x wrote:So finally I had some time to handle this great deck of cards!

IMG_9250.JPG

So here are some thoughs:
Thick and stiff stock - great because you can see the gilding even in a single card!
Foiling is great, and shines pretty well, and the better part is not noticeable from the face!
The art work is beautiful.
And the best for last! The gilding! Oh boy it really is beautiful, have not seen that in any deck before. It looks like a pearlscent gold.


The deck handles pretty good for a gilded+foilded deck. I would say it is on-par-with an MPC deck.
After some time handling the deck, here how my fingers looked:
IMG_9225.JPG

As a curiosity, my deck had the seal sticked in the wrong direction, meaning that the number instead of being on the back it was on the top, but I opened it anyway so I can re-stick it the right way!

All around a great deck by a first time creator that proved himself in the best way possible, by pulling a master deck of cards.
Congratulations Sunish, looking forward for your next deck.


Thanks a lot for the above feedback. I'm happy to know you liked the deck :)

I'm also sorry to know that the seal was in the wrong direction, I do hope your other decks are okay as it seems to be a one-off error as I've not been informed of this by any other backer. I've noted it down and will be sharing it with the production partner.

Regarding handling, there was lot of effort put into it even though the constraints of foil n gilding were there. Glad to find out that it is being liked by everyone.

On the next project front, I was working with certain folk artists to design a fully hand-crafted and lacquered deck of cards but I've now found out that the project is not feasible for Kickstarter as such because it is taking a really long time to produce a single deck of cards. So, even if I put a year as a date to fulfill, I'm not sure if we can produce more than a couple of decks. With that being said, I got some decks already done and will be putting those up for sale via an online store soon.

@Rouselle - It should be in your hands very soon. Fulfillment partner mentioned that US shipments from China have started taking somewhat longer time in clearance processing since Feb and I also noticed that almost all non-US backers have already received the decks.

Last but not the least, VJ did a review of the deck on his You Tube channel. For some reasons only known to him, he won't be making the review public for at least a couple of weeks. But anyways, for you all UC folks, I do hope you'll watch & like the review.

PS: He is wrong on the printer ;)




The reason is because I upload several reviews at once, to have them ready ahead of schedule.
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition

Unread postby guru » Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:57 am  

rousselle wrote:Okay. I received my decks yesterday and I haven't yet watched VJ's review, but I will soonish.

Here's my quick quick thoughts:

First, love the art; the design is exactly what I expected.

Love the little bookletty insert that explains the courts and other cards. Nice little addition.

The foil backs -- outstanding!

The gilding -- interesting effect. As has been mentioned earlier, I like the way you can see the gilding on a card-by-card basis because of the thickness of the cards. Not particularly shiny, as also was mentioned before, but the pearlescent effect is pretty cool.

Handling -- also as previously mentioned, these don't fan well out of the box, and in some ways kinda resemble MPC in terms of the cut around the edges and the mild clumpiness when it comes to fanning.

Because this is purportedly a "new" (to us) printer, I decided to add this deck into my regular rotation of cards I use in the evenings to play games with my young sons (pre-teen and early teen), and we played a few rounds of "B.S." and "Big Two" last night with this deck. I don't normally do that with nicer, foiled-backed, gilded, US$16 decks, but these weren't too expensive, and seemed worth the experiment.

I'm glad I did. Based upon only one evening of play so far, I'd say these decks hold up just as well as any other deck I've used for this kind of abuse. The stock has a nice thickness and snap to it, and they shuffle crisply without clumping. While these cards may not be quite as stiff as some of our super sturdy, higher-end cards (like Robusto stock from EPCC, et al), nor quite as supple as USPCC, they nonetheless didn't lose their snap as the evening wore on, and they weren't fragile during regular game play with young boys. They still lined up nice and evenly with regard to the gilding when the evening play was done, and frankly, I enjoyed both the feel and the look of them as cards for daily use. I look forward to seeing how these handle in the coming days/weeks/month.

They didn't fan any better toward the end of the evening (although, to be fair, our "break-in" wasn't a typical cardist's break-in, but rather, the result of normal game play), so I'm guessing that these wouldn't become go-to decks for cardists. But, even so, I like them for game play, I like the art and design, I like the print quality of the faces, and I like the foil quality and detail on the backs. The gilding adds a nice touch.

At $16 shipped per deck (US), these are more expensive than I'd prefer for daily use, but not outrageously so, and I expect these will continue to hold up for a while. All-in-all, I like them. I'm satisfied with this purchase, and I look forward to future projects from Sunish / Guru Playing Cards. If any more of these decks appear on the after-market at a lower price, I'll happily pick up a couple more for my collection. :-)

Cheers!


Thank you Allan for the detailed feedback and I'm really happy to know that you've put this deck to regular use. Though it is gold foiled n gilded but you won't see any of the quality issues that you must have felt with other decks like gold foil rubbing off after just a few shuffles or foil being noticeable from the fronts or cards getting bent or out of shape after a few months. Considering there have been quite a few decks with gold foil released in last few months, there can be comparisons made wrt the card stock (it won't feel flimsy or thin like others), and the gold foil or handling by keeping this deck in front of the others out there.

I'd a health scare (liver ailment) during the KS campaign, and I just wanted to get this delivered to backers as soon as possible with the utmost quality. I'm glad that all pieces fell into place perfectly even though there were brief scares like foiling & gilding issues. I've noted the critique & hopefully will get something much better next time.

shaitani wrote:I can't seem to find this info easily, but anybody know the post-kickstarter methods of purchasing these?


I didn't get a chance earlier to set up a store as I was only focussed on production & fulfillment, but this being done & dusted now, I hope to get these out soon. Thanks for the interest.
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Re: Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition

Unread postby guru » Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:18 pm  

It is available now @ucdecksales. USD $35 / deck incl. shipping worldwide.

https://ucdecksales.com/collections/fro ... rds-gilded..........

Features:

-Fully custom illustrated cards based on Hindu Mythology
-54 Poker sized cards
-Gold foiled tuckbox on 300 gsm cardboard paper with Matte finish
-330 GSM German Black Core Card Stock with linen finish on one side
-Hot stamped gold foil on card back
-Custom numbered stamp/seal
- Hand gilded
-Extremely limited run of 500 decks in total
-Includes a 6-page booklet
-First deck produced by GPCC(Guru Playing Card Company)


Shipping will be done by SFC from China, who has been my fulfillment partner for Kickstarter. I've extended the subscription with them for a month and here is the list of shipping channels I'd used for Kickstarter fulfillment. Barring the exception of US where it took a bit long for customs clearance this time, all other (non-US) deliveries were quite fast & backers received the packages well before their US counterparts.

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