The Kickstarter Project

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A little brag time . . .

Our daughter Meiling was approached right before her graduation last year, and asked if she would be interested in creating the art work for a deck of cards that a small business would be offering through Kickstarter. She agreed, and after some thought and discussion it was decided that she would go with a gothic theme inspired by the Edgar Allen Poe story, The Cask of Amontillado. She was given complete creative control over the art.

It was a big undertaking for an 18 year-old, and the project took her nearly five months to complete. She did 52 unique drawings for the front of each card, four jokers (two of which were bonus items), and the back of the deck.

The project’s goal was to raise $2,000; that amount was pledged in less than 48 hours. By the campaign’s end $7,060 had been pledged, with just under 500 decks ordered. Meiling’s original drawings, which were included as a bonus in some packages or for individual sale, proved very popular as well. Meiling still doesn’t know exactly how much she will receive for her efforts, but it will be a nice amount to put toward college costs.

We are so proud of her!

Here are a few more examples of her art work for the project:

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Some of the face cards . . .

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The number card designs . . .

The hearts . . .

The hearts . . .

The jokers . . .

The jokers . . .

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The Rose Joker, celebrating Portland – one of the bonus cards.

12 thoughts on “The Kickstarter Project

    • Laura says:

      This was a very impressive undertaking for an 18 year-old. She had to be reminded a couple of times to get the project finished, but she did and we are all very happy with the results!

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    • Laura says:

      Isn’t she though? We wondered at times if she would ever get it finished. Then we had to talk her down from spending her money (vicariously) before the project even went up on Kickstarter. But, in the end it turned out very well!

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    • Laura says:

      No, unfortunately the campaign has ended and they were only available through Kickstarter. They are only going to print 500 decks, and I believe almost all, if not all, of those have been sold or spoken for.

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  1. Hawaii Planner says:

    Very, very impressive – both for the creative skills as well as the overall project management & focus needed to complete such a big undertaking. I’m so glad you finally posted, because I’ve been very curious about the project but didn’t want to be nosy. 😉 Awesome job, Meiling!!

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    • Laura says:

      She almost dropped the ball at the end because she was so tired of it, which would have been sad because she had already put so much work into it. But, she rallied and got all the drawings completed and turned in on time. And now it’s paying off!

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    • Laura says:

      Thanks! The project turned out to be w-a-y more popular than anyone imagined. They thought they might bring in $5K, tops, but that would be a stretch. The guys running it said that the goal was reached in less than 48 hours made their heads spin!

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  2. Jen says:

    Thank you for sharing! I was wondering what the project was…She is so creative and talented and what a great thing to have under her belt. I tried to find it on Kickstarter but unfortunately it must be sold out. Glad it worked out well for her and what a great experience in completing such a large undertaking.

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    • Laura says:

      I don’t think it’s up on Kickstarter any more. I had to keep it under wraps here because the campaign included her real name and I didn’t want to link to that on the blog. It was a good experience for her, and it will be interesting to see how much she gets from it when everything settles.

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