LIMITED EDITION ICONS Imperial Demo
This was the final attempt to produce official ICONS Imperial, and the only issue are tiny marks on the faces of some cards left by the silver foil.
The tucks is printed on a very beautiful burgundy color stock with a shiny gold metallic ink.
LIMITED EDITION ICONS Imperial Trial
Although not intentional, it served as a trial for the official ICONS Imperial. The tuck has the same artwork but it is printed with gold metallic ink on black stock. It maintains the elegance of the design but at the same time it has a more "rough" feeling, matching the test character of the deck. And of course, it is not an "I-don't-dare-to-touch-it" tuck!
The main difference from the official ICONS Imperial is the back border, which is white in this version.
The deck features gold metallic ink on the faces, gold and silver metallic on the back and an intricate tuck case that was amazingly stamped on 2-sided color "metallic" stock, pushing the limits of detailed foiling.
600 numbered decks will become available out of the 700 produced and ICONS “SACRED” will never be reprinted.
As it was technically very demanding, and before I go to the press for IMPERIAL edition's final print, I decided to “sacrifice” this deck and use it in order to test my new printer’s efficiency and also to experiment with various production aspects from cutting methods and metallic inks’ behavior to playing card finish.
I used my own varnishing formula which has a feel that I like but appears a bit sensitive to rubbing and should be handled with care. That said, crafted with much love, devotion -and some risk-, ICONS SACRED is an experimental deck, more an art object than a deck for playing games.
But who can actually play games with the Sacred? That would be a sacrilege…