Mini ~ will come in a thick black satin bag with title card.
Poker ~ will come in a labeled matte black tin with title card.
Tarot ~ a special holiday release will come in a thick tuck box with a hand inked black edge treatment, extra Fox card and LWB.*
*The extra Fox card and black edge treatment are not included in this printing of the Mini or Poker sized decks.
There is another printing in the works but I have some ideas. I'm playing around with the idea of printing another larger sized deck. I will definitely be printing a poker size again. The tarot-sized Lenormand cards were well loved by folks who do 3, 5, or 9 card readings. I'm thinking of going with the first printer again and making it a special edition deck for the holiday season coming up. Yes, I'm already think about that! :)
In the first edition of the Antiquarian Lenormand, I hand painted all 150 decks' card edges with black permanent ink. I love how beautiful the cards are with this added detail. However, the following printings will not come with this black edge treatment. It's very easy to do but way too many decks for me to tackle. I invite you to please edge treat your decks! It creates the final finishing touch that gives the Antiquarian Lenormand it's elegant aesthetic. You can use this process to edge treat any of your card decks that have a black border on both sides.
The video post below shows how to do this yourself. It's very easy and takes about 10-15 minutes to do one deck. I use the jumbo size Avery Marks-A-Lot Permanent Marker but you can use the medium size. As long as it has the chisel tip you're safe from making mistakes. This wide chisel tip prevents accidental clumsy marks that can occur when using a non-chiseled tip. Since it is perpendicular to the card, it's rather fool proof. Watch the video, you'll see what I mean. I only show one card as an example to keep the video short but I think you'll get the idea. It's important that you ink one card at a time. It doesn't take that long and it will eliminate any bleed through that may happen from trying to ink all the cards' edges in a stack.
The reason I use The Avery Marks-A-Lot Permanent Marker is because it is non-toxic, low odor and non-fading. Other brands smell and fade over time. I have no affiliation with this company. I have tested a few markers out and this marker particularly is the best, IMO.
When you're finished, you'll have a lovely black faux-gilded edge treatment. It can become addicting, trust me. I've edge-treated several decks in my collection. :) I also use Tim Holtz Ink pads for some of my decks. You have to be careful with his inkpads as they are water-based and could be too wet for your more precious decks. His inkpads fade easily since they are not permanent. I have also used his markers, which are also water-based and act the same way as his inkpads. So please choose your decks carefully when using the water based or the permanent inks for that matter. I would suggest that you don't use your delicate or treasured cards!
*It's best if the borders on the front and back match.
*Try any of these tools on a test or title card first if your deck came with one.
The second printing of the Antiquarian Lenormand is now available for pre order! They will come in two sizes; poker size & an adorable new mini size. You can purchase a combo pack of the poker & mini size for a discounted price. I'll be putting the order in to the printer August 8th. As soon as I receive them I will mail them out ASAP!
Also, if you place your pre-order within the next week, you will receive a special bonus with your purchase!
I'm truly grateful for everyone's support in helping to make the first edition so successful. I'm amazed there's enough interest to do a second printing.
XO Thank you all!
I set out to create the Antiquarian Lenormand because I wanted to have a personal reading deck of my own design that had a hand-made antiqued aesthetic. My focus at first was the late 19th & early 20th centuries but I strayed from this at times. All of the key images were gathered from various places and are in the public domain.
I began by looking for an antique playing card deck that I could use as the playing card inserts you see in historic Lenormand decks. I was searching specifically for a deck from the late 1800s or early 1900s. My search ended with a late 19th century Les Modes Godey Nasco Playing Card Co deck that I found at a flea market for $5.00!
Each of the original cards are handmade 8.5” X 12” collages upon which I applied various techniques to create its distressed appearance. Some of the elements didn't need to be aged, like the letter from the schoolgirl in the Letter card & the circa 1890's playing card inserts themselves! It took seven months to assemble the 36 cards, plus the extra Fox card. I love both & so included both in the pack. Pick the Fox you prefer to use in your readings & leave the other out.