Monthly Archives: May 2013

Pocket size Rosetta – in a tin!

Pocket/mini decks are here! They look awesome. They were printed by the same company and on the same card stock as the full size decks. You will be able to get them on the Rosetta web store 5/24/13 at 6PM EST. An edition of 555, so mark your calendars and be ready to click if you want one of the first, or the first, one!

So here is a picture of the mini deck in a tin. This one has a red satin ribbon wrap, they also come in a dark blue. You can see they look really clean and nice, no words or advertising or bar codes or distractions on the tins, just the rose design:

Putting these together has been taking up all my spare time after work and on days off. It really is quite a production. Here are some shots of the process, this first picture shows 55 tins (the edition is of 555) and this shows the ribbons just glued onto the tins and drying in the sun. This was 55 of 555 taken on 5/5 (Cinco de Mayo) so it shows you how long I have been working on these darn things and still not done: (sorry picture has been lost)

So the pocket size edition will be signed and numbered, 555 decks, and a new thing is that I will still offer the personalized significator cards for a limited time, but this time the significator cards are professionally printed on the same stock as the rest of the deck, and I will just add the name of choice in hieroglyphs. I may only offer this service to the first X number of people who order, and then after that would include an insert of the hieroglyphic alphabet for you to do your own.

To make the tins, I first had to cut 555 sections of high quality double sided satin ribbon, with zigzag (pinking) shears so that the cut ribbons won’t fray. Then each tin gets a tyvek silica gel insert that cushions the decks in the tin (hidden by the ribbon) and also will protect the decks and tins from humidity. Then the edge of the tin gets sanded where the ribbon will be glued, to remove the protective coating the tins have and give a little tooth for adhesion. The ribbons get glued on, then decals with the card back design are applied to the cover of the tin, and over that goes two coats of matte varnish. Then the decks get unpacked, inspected, signed and nestled into their bed in the tins.

Sounds easy but to do 555 of anything takes more time than you might think. I have currently 387 of the 555 done and I have been working like a maniac. Here are some more pics of another day at the tarot mines: another day at the tarot mine


Bruno is saying, stop doing this human nonsense and take me for a walk, for the love of dog!

Stretch break

I also was thinking of offering some custom ones if people were interested, with your card of choice as a borderless image decoupaged to the tin and the card back design on the back. This one I inked the tin but the ones I will offer will be silver as the ink is too messy. Here is an example of some custom ones:

custom tins


I also did a few with the stele of revealing, front  and back.

What do you think, would people be interested? The custom ones will be silver not colored as the coloring process is too messy and time consuming, but if anyone wants the specific ones pictured already done the first one to ask can have them. *edited to add, I think AvAdon may have claimed one of the stele per his comment below, I will follow up*

Here are some details about the pocket size decks you might want to know. They come with the customizable significator card and a card that is signed and numbered as shown in the first picture. They do not come with a little white book, as there is not enough room in the tin to accomodate one. The cards are approximately 3 1/4 by 2 1/8 inches. This is the size as compared to the full size decks:

deck size comparison


I also have a friend in Latvia who is a very talented leather worker making leather pouches custom sized to hold the mini decks. You have to see these and feel them to believe how nice they are. They will only get better with age. So if you are the type to be bothered when your tin gets scratched up from carrying it around wherever you go, then I highly recommend these. I have one for my full size deck and really love it, it is a pleasure to use and touch. They have a strap that snaps the cards in securely and then another snapping flap. (Say that 5 times fast)

He has mailed me the first batch of 5 pouches, they should arrive any day, so if you want one I suggest you grab one ASAP as the next batch probably won’t be here for 2-4 weeks. They will be first come first serve, and since they are different colors if your first choice is gone or you do not make one I will choose for you.



Here are some words to you about the pouches, directly from Reinis of Latvia, who makes them:


words from Reinis:
“Hey, guys!




First of all and most importantly, I’m 10 thousand kilograms grateful for Melissa for her wonderful effort and this super_knowledge she is sharing with all of us through her Rosetta deck. Secondly I’m grateful to cosmos, because the idea of making several limited editions came up with the Rosetta mini deck in customly designed and hand sewed leather pouches.




So, what is this?


The idea behind these small leather bags is to hold cards safely together not too tight and not too loose. You can use it as a travel set, or just to keep cards for a regular use. Me myself got a little sick of the regular paper boxes and it just felt like I want to keep my precious cards safely in a cool bag that would be perfectly fit and would look nice too. Then i red that tarot cards are better  to hold in a natural material like silk or leather. Since i’m a guy and not too much into silk, I decided to sew my first pouch from the leather. I designed it the way it felt better, so I can put in the cards and then close it over and button up, in order the cards to have a nice rest until the next time I was about to use them.




Two separate leather tissues are glued together and pressed under pressure, so they stick together well. Then I cut out the pattern, which I make different size for the particular deck, since the sizes varies and one template would not feel so good for all decks. So the each pouch is customly made with the exact size of the particular deck. Then it’s a couple of evenings with a needle and leather and strong fingers. After that buttons are added up and ready to use. Usually my own cards are not put in the pouches, so energetically the pouch is free and ready to get stuffed with all your unique individual light and power. Just don’t put pancakes in there, ok?  


For the technical issues that’s pretty much it.


How to use?


Leather is a very welcoming material, even if at the very beginning the pouch might feel a little tight, the leather will stretch itself and take it’s natural form eventually. There are no extreme conditions that must be considered, it’s just a regular piece of leather which after some time of use will have some scratches, which I just consider “the valuable scars” which will give the pouch even a better look and a softer feel.




If necessary, you can reach me in my email – / i’m willing to give further explanations and any necessary information.




Hugs to you all, and a special one to Melissa!”
end quote from ReinisOk hopefully by now you just want to know when they will be available! I just have to do some work on the web store to get it set up to sell the mini decks. I will make the site live to purchase the pocket size decks in a tin this Friday, May 24 at 6pm EST (Eastern time USA). These will be numbered and sold in order, so if you are a fast clicker you could get number 1!The first 22 sold are guaranteed to get their significators customized with hieroglyphs of your name or name of choice, after that at some point I may decide to just include an insert with hieroglyphs and directions how to self customize.

The complete, signed and numbered, pocket size decks with significator, in a tin, will cost $26.95 plus shipping. For a tin with your image of choice, add $3. The leather pouches cost $30 and since only 5 are in the first batch, I will take backorders for them once they are gone and ship them as they arrive for no extra charge. Hopefully we can keep Reinis busy!

So mark your calendars 5/24/13 at 6PM EST, the pocket size decks will be available and I hope to hear from you anytime!