Friday, 17 February 2017

DriveThruCards review part 2-Prints!

My 2nd DTC review is about their prints quality!:) and must say I like!^^ first and most important; 
          1) all colors are printed perfectly! just the way I see it on my PC!^^:)) 5+!:))
2)   paper quality and size I like!^^

here are some tech facts about what I ordered this time;
Small Poster: Glossy Deluxe 100# text paper, 12x18" folded once for shipment. 
(this looks beautiful!^^ and i like how they print control card for every size you order so if you order poster you get another printed on half of that size that can serve as a great portfolio cover!XD lolz ;))) here is pic
                                 (sorry for bad quality my phone have a bad cam and flash is on!x//:)
                            my only remark was; wish they offer larger size and roll shipping!^^ ;)))
      p.s as you'll probably notice I did same art in several different sizes for comparisons sake and to see what look best and when I placed this poster on my wall I was like; oh! it would look even better double the size!XD and guess what? I uploaded it on my society6 acc and it turns out they can make it up to 28x40 in YeY! and as they often have a free shipping don't be surprised if I review society6 next!^^ lolz and be sure to check it out here

Next is Page size 8.5”x11 Single-sided print No UV Coating this are my fav as size is perfect for portfolio!^^ and there is no gloss coating so your print color will almost had that metallic 3Dish look when you move it!XD here are some pic 

note that yellow pattern in bg is bright yellow but look almost metallic gold on pic!XD I like!^^:))

And last is Tile 8”x10” size, same as previous it say Standard C2S Card Stock  but with print on both sides and Low-gloss UV Coating so it feel considerably thicker and glossy?x,x 
                                        (poster in the middle and smaller prints at sides!:))
                Note I didn't take pic of back here as it's just simple ornamental card frame design!^^
                             but you shouldn't worry, print/color quality is same on both sides!:))
must admit it look  most luxurious from all mentioned here like a nice postcard or photo?x,x
but Imo 1side and no gloss is what most artists go for including me,
 so Page size 8.5”x11” is our winner for today!^^ lolz:))

and for last is clear plastic box I included in my order this time; and it's all what it say! firm, easy 1click open, fit for bridge and poker (and mini size!^^) larger version is supposed to hold up to 120cards! and it fit perfectly for my 120 card bridge deck!^^ lolz ;)) and there is smaller version for up to 70 card that  will fit most of your standard decks
I like this much more than PS boxes because this 1click opening is much smarter and less chance to open by accident!:)) and better then tuck box as it should last longer!^^ lolz
                                        (box unpacking!^^ lolz ;)))
another fact worth mentioning is that even my parcel was considerably large (in a big cardboard box as you can see on pic above!XD:)) processing time was same around 7 days but it arrived within 9 days from shipping!:)) and shipping cost was same  flat 2.99$ i like?XD ;)) but when I tried to send 1deck to Belgium I was unpleasantly surprised seeing 14$ shipping cost?X// so I guess that flat   2.99$ shipping is only when you order for your home address or just for my part of the world?x,x facepalm with that said my quest for perfect POD continue,,,  and I will post you with my new discovery!^^ and with that words I conclude this review!^^ THANK YOU ALL FOR VISITING MY BLOG! COME AGAIN AND FEEL FREE TO COMMENT IF YOU FIND SOMETHING INTERESTING & WORTH SHARING!:))) LOLZ

p.s and if you wish to check out for yourself feel free to visit my dtc page;

Monday, 2 January 2017

DriveThruCards/OneBookShelf review!:)))

First I wish you all Happy New Year and Holidays!:)) And as my NY gift to you I present you my review for my new favorite POD DriveThruCards!:)) aka

I know about this POD way back and it was always on my to *do list to test their work, but what threw me off every time was outdated user (not)friendly interface and idea I had to submit my deck in pdf format?x,x  (wth? most of POD accept standard img files) +long list of instructions how to do that in right way!x,x (Edit this baby may help you skip few boring steps but you are using it on your own responsibility!XD :)))
Good News is; there is BETA option to upload your cards img designs for poker size cards so we can hope this will become standard soon! Until then we're stuck with pdf, actually it's simple once you stop freaking about it and do it!:)) and don't worry about that CMYK/RGB thing, now when I actually did some research and see it printed imo all that CMYK thing is practically what every printer do but don't bother telling you about?!:))) and your colors will look even better than on your screen and as with most printers look exactly as your screen as long as you stay away from light green n blue!^^ lolz 

all you need to do is follow instruction (as close as you can!) and ask for help if you stuck at any point and this is where I say;
DriveThruCards have a best customer support EVER!^^:))  Thank you for great job!^^ :))
you'll be surprised with quick reply n help through *print preparation process that may seems quite dreadful at moments tnx to outdated user interface,!^^:)

Now done with boring part it's time for good part of this review!:))
and there is more to that so let's start with the best;

1st prize for best shipping rates ever goes to DriveThruCards!
seriously I was SHOCKED(positively!^^:) when my shipping end up under 3$?x,x that seems IMPOSSIBLE for my part of the world (aka not US/notEU) especially as it say; Ships from US and I was prepared for worst knowing that and my order was not that light;3x36card decks +15 test cards! 
then another surprise!:))

2fast shipping!^^ my order arrived 18days after shipping which is miracle by itself especially considering it was holiday time!^^:)) as usually it take at least 20days from US to my part of the world even with better shipping options, and here i got it under 3$ and within 18days!:))) and best part NO TAX! even it say printed in US I wasn't even charged for regular post check out!x,x how cool is that?

good time to say;

3rd printing rates! all mentioned above (bridge size and Premium Card Stock with UV!) cost me around 10$!:)  (just look at that larger print n poster options!^^ these are tempting crowdfunding rewards!XD;))) 

4nd print quality!^^ Superhappy with Premium Card stock with UV finish!^^ Colors& text prints look better than on screen!^^ and range of card sizes they offer; Tarot, poker, bridge, mini! and prints and boxes (plan ordering all that next time!^^:)   and best part this is ONLY POD that you can go with any number of cards you wish! i.e 11, 23,38, 99 etc!^^:)

5  Publisher shop page option to sell your decks directly from DTC;
and you can set up your selling price, and even offer download and printed books!:)))
 (I plan adding my other selfpublished deck n books soon so be sure to check it out again!^^:)))

and with that I conclude my review!^^ HAPPY DISCOVERING NEW FAV POD! N LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT ORDER!^^ (that will include custom design boxes n Art Prints/Posters!^^ will be sure to post my review about that as well!^^ ;))

Here are some photo proofs to back up my review!^^ 
hope you like! I know I do!^^ and feel free to ask me anything!^^:))
(as you can see, all deck arrived in puffy yellow envelop &cell wrap as I forgot to order box! facepalm ;)) and with one test card that say Printed in US and info about stock etc I like!:) )
hm, my camera skill is not best but you got idea!^^:)) did I mention all cards are ordered from 1 to last as you can see on lenormand deck above!^^:)) and here are some photos of actual cards;
                       (Note;shiny bg is gift wrap i happen to have at table at the moment!XD :)))

                                                   Grand Tableu barely fit camera!x,x :))

and Restored Coffee Cards (waiting British Museum permission before publishing!:)))
here is 1snapshot to give you idea how good it looks!XD
(btw if you wonder Celestial;Sun,Moon Star card back design is same for my Ancient Lenormand!^^:)))


and some test cards from 2Tarot deck I'm working right now (one is Chakra Tarot all info here!)
other is experimental *Mystery deck with Ancient feel!XD that will be super limited edition with maybe 50 copies for sale only?x,x :)) 
few more close up to give you idea about colors; front;
                                flip back, btw if you're confused I used 15test card to mix different back n
                                     front designs!XD so my 2 of Water flips to 2 of Air!XD LOLZ :))

and few colored cards from supercute deck*(that may seems familiar but it's so infamous we don't dare speak it's name!XD LOLZ so let's just say I modified these few cards with author permission but just to test that style n my coloring skill and there will NEVER EVER BE FULL DECK LIKE THAT!^^( as far as I know:)) and must say i was shocked how good this super flashy colors turn out!XD especially considering how dull it look in my CMYK pdf?x,x 

(again, sorry for bad camera!x,x but let's say it benefit deck identity protection here!XD lolz :)))

and different card back designs I tested;
                                         (hm, again bad camera, RL colors much better!^^:))

 oh! and there is Happy Squirrel I get as gift same day this order arrived!XD so I treat her as part of the pack n be sure to upload good photo when I catch her!XD LOLZ ;))

 hope you find this review fun and useful!^^ if you have any question feel free to ask me n comment!^^
wish you all best in ny and every other year after!^^ and to find happiness in everything you do every day of your life!^^ :)))

 till next!
all best!^^

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Chakra Lenormand poker plastic linen and mini review!

As promised here is review for my PS order!:)) it arrived in fine cardboard package (that tossed outside!:)) 
here is img!:))) 
poker size 54 card plastic deck with plastic box! /Bright radiant chakra background
poker size 54 card linen in white tuck box /light chakra background
and mini size 64 card linen/ light chakra background
(I couldn’t resist temptation so I ordered 2 more postcards! 1 simple glossy and 1 with glitter
These are packed in fine white envelopes! And I’ll spare you of review just say print is fantastic see img below and only remark I have is I wish there is some laminate over glitters so it could stay on cards and not worn off!^^)
(Note all photos are made on cloudy day with my sony xperia e4 camera no flash quality is not best and only later I realized colors are different on  my pc, print and camera?x,x so true color is somewhere between, lighter than this but darker than what you see on PS preview?X,X but this glitters are supershiny in RL!:))
I Like!:)))

Now back on review
First to say I was surprised how fast they ship!:)) It take 7days to my part of the world! I checked $1.99 for tracking and there is free shipping for orders over $30 as that’s what I manage to get with those 3 decks!^^   I'm happy with prices and will order again!:))

And I noticed all cards were shrink wrapped in transparent cellophane and even white box was shrink wrapped in same way along with the cards!:)) 

1 first eagerly opened famous plastic deck n box set and carefully checked all cards ,,,, 
Note this front card is extra I added in my plastic deck AND YOU WON'T GET THAT!^^ XP

like the back of these!^^

like how sides looks rainbow light to darker depending on spread!:))

and here is linen poker size and light back /surprised with white box good quality and laminated finish!:))

 and here is mini 

Must say I was shocked how good mini look!:))
Perfect print and crispy clear numbers and card insertions!:))
Even transparent and gold color look perfect!^^

In conclusion; fantastic linen stock and Mini size is perfect for handle and shuffle! I love minis!^^
/note I decide to add bright and light back option for this size!^^:))

                                                 example of mini linen and poker plastic
surprisingly I didn’t notice anything special about plastic card stock?x,x maybe I expected to much?x,x like it would be laminated or something but imo at first glance there is no big difference in plastic and linen stock option except for plastic to be bit fatter while linen might feel lighter and softer under fingertip and at closer look surface have different texture grid for linen and like spots on plastic! and colors look bit darker on plastic making your print look even better but making possible art flaws visible as well! and that’s another reason to go for linen!:)) 

Shuffle n handle goes well with both cardstock and sizes, but imo linen is bit better?:)) 
p.s after I week I noticed my impression on plastic changed for better!^^:)) 
I like they still look firm and new!^^ :))

and while comparing I find two mini deck can fit perfectly in poker size transparent box!:)) lolz wish they offer this option for mini!^^:))
must say I like how this box are shaped and easy to open!^^ I luv plastic and clear is my fav!^^ 
as I like to watch sun prism and call it *crystal box*!^^ lolz plan to order it for my decks as price is ok!:))

so in conclusion linen stock and plastic box is best!^^ ;)) bright back are best to so here is link!
and for other options visit my PS shop here!:))

Note there was expected difference between on screen colors and print making print more darker
especially green pink and blue and in some cases blending similar colors ie I noticed some shades of green are blended in one!:)) so I decided to tweak  few cards and center few more so all of you who get your deck before these changes take effect consider yourself lucky to have super mega rare print preview edition!^^ lolz :)) more about that will be noted in book that is still in progress thank you for asking!:))

and with this I conclude tehnical side of my review!^^ :))

And as I like to try out my new deck moment I get it asking fev questions here is my reading;
1. with plastic (after thorough shuffle!:)))
1 Question; how will I get along with this deck?
this turn out interesting as I don’ usually use reversals with Lenormand but here it just happen? as
1.card I draw was Sun reversed and I placed it in centre, so here is my interpretation that probably mean what I hoped and what I get with this plastic stock is now what I expect it to be, that is the main point of this reading!:))
2 card Mice, right; probably some small remarks I have with this deck!: and yes maybe you can't see it but on this white mice I noticed white color looking trasparent a bit and decided to tweek it!x,x facepalm
3 card Moon,left, meaning; out of light of the day, even it won’t be literal I plan to save this deck in my display as my first art attempt!^^ as I prefer mini linen for my working deck!^^;)
so I find this reading is right on the spot!:)) 

2 Question; something interesting to tell me?

1. card Monkey/fooling around/2. card Birds/comunication/ 3card Key/solution
hm this really was interesting reading! And again it goes with first one as next day my mom asked to take this deck out of my display to her job to show off!:)) even I was against it at first saying it would be pointless/ridiculuss as she have *serious work place/not like me;)) and not to fool around! 
She was persistent and apparently it was a great success as everyone were talking and praising it!^^
There is even mentioning of me getting my 1 gallery exhibition!^^ Wow! imagine that? of course I don't plan that in near future as first I need hi res print! but it's good to have that in prospect for te future!^^
so who knows maybe this key may open that door for me?!^^ lolz :))
as you can see I find my readings accurate!^^ but that's the case with all my decks!^^ as I don't have that many!^^ (considering I run a shop!^^lolz :))) and it takes me ages to decide to order something! usually,,,
so if I like artwork I usualy connect immediately and find it easy to work with!  same goes here!^^ after all I painted my own lenormand just the way I like it!^^ so it's expected to be easy to connect and work with!
I recomend every reader to make your deck!^^ it help you lern so much about cards and yourself and many more! btw don't forget to write all that comes to your mind at that time as all that will make a good book!:))

now  back on topic with my mini reading!^^:))

1.question; how will I get along with this deck? (ups already used this img!:)))
1card; Anchor /steady/ 2card Pisces/deep/ 3card Key solution! wow key again?:)) I like this as it's exactly what I plan it to be!:)) deck I plan to use for deep insight and finding solutions!^^

2. Question; something interesting to tell me? 
honestly I don't remember what I get here?:)) as I was taking photos while joting notes on my tab and had loads of fun playing with minis and trying out all diferent spreads including GT and chakra spread!^^ )))
so I'll just post you some img!^^ hope you like it and find this review interesting! it take me ages to finaly post it here and sort out all notes and photos I've taken that day!^^  feel free to comment and ask anything!^^

thank you!^^
 mini GT!:))


 chakra spread I was trying out back and front

 more img mini de lux extra! :))

poker plastic samples!:))

all wrapped up!:))
p.s I find perfect bag for my mini!^^ like it!^^:))

more info on official web page