This deck was touched by Midas, and therefore is completely turned into gold. The court cards, the pips, the backs. Even the box.
The Clubs cards are the scholars of Midas’ Court:
Diamonds are the Noblemen:
Spades the Military:
And Hearts the “family” and core of the Court – Hearts are also related to food (that Midas cannot consume):
The only cards that haven’t gold skin are two of the three Jokers included in the deck, since King Midas and Silenus are immune to the “Golden Touch”.
Silenus was Dionysus foster father, that was found and hosted by Midas. The satyr rescue was the reason that the God of Wine granted the wish to the greedy Phrygian King.
The third Joker represent Midas young daughter, who tried to embrace him and was also turned into gold.
Midas uncut sheet is printed with a layer of white over the gold PET foil, underneath all the inks. The colors are printed above that layer, to prevent them to “shine” as they normally should when printed directly on foil. This is for give more contrast between the foiled and the printed areas.
The main reason I did this was because I wanted two Jokers with the white skin, Midas and Silenus.
This process is a little complicated and expensive, but turned out to be fantastic and made the deck exactly as it was imagined during the design process.
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