Vitrail‒Bridge playing cards inspired by stained glass, designed by Gertrud Kümpel-Amsler, Zurich, 1991. Although not actually located inside a church window these playing card designs successfully imitate subtle tones of light filtering through coloured glass. To make your own faux-stained glass playing cards you could print images onto high gloss laminate and fix them on the windows!
I met Gertrud and her husband several times at meetings of Cartophilia Helvetica. They were a delightful, unassuming couple. She was originally asked to create, in stained glass, a Jack, a Queen and a King for the main entrance to AGMüller's offices in Neuhausen am Rheinfall. The project was deemed such a success that she was then asked to design a full pack of 52 cards plus 3 different Jokers. The pack was first issued in the summer of 1991 in a signed and numbered edition of 150 copies. An unnumbered edition followed soon afterwards.
Member since February 01, 1996
Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
Advertising pack for the food producer Bischofszell, designed by Heinz Looser-Brenner, with non-stan...
Advertising pack for Scheffmacher, master painters in Schaffhausen, with comic designs by Fritz Bünz...
Geometric designs by the French artist Jean Garçon for Knoll International, the furniture company.
Modern designs by Italian artist Marcello Morandini using the simplest of forms and colours.
Fine reproduction of a Fribourg pattern pack, originally by Jean-Jacques Burdel.
Free reinterpretation of the traditional Paris pattern courts by the artist Claude Weisbuch.
Scenic Tarock deck produced by Fabrique de Cartes J. Müller & Cie (Schaffhouse), Suisse.
This tarot deck captures the idealised Eastern world's magic from the eighteenth and nineteenth cent...
Newtropolis and the Fantastic Fur: Heroes vs. Villains playing cards illustrated by Peter Wood, 2015...
Bicycle Stained glass playing cards adorned as multi-coloured stained glass, USA, c. 2018.
A Spanish-suited pack as conceived by 48 different artists from the region of Murcia.
Bold designs by Jacques Auriac representing people and enterprises for which the town of Issy-les-Mo...
Detailed pen and ink drawings of the major arcana by the German artist Helmut Wonschick.
Original designs by French artist Jean Vérame, with clubs replaced by four-leaf clovers to bring goo...
Secrets of the Far East playing cards featuring the designs of Violeta Monreal , Spain, c. 1991.
Ases de la pintura / Masters of painting playing cards made by Naipes Comas, Spain, c.1990.
Traditional carnival figures from the Swiss canton Schwyz, as interpreted by the artist Léon Schnyde...
Comic celebration of 700 years of the Swiss Confederation, 1291-1991, with designs by Roland Gazzott...
20th century version of a single-ended Swiss-German pattern pack for the game of Jass.
Unusual example of a double-ended Genevan Dauphiné pattern pack from c1910.
Characters from the annual festival held to commemorate the failed attempt to storm Geneva in 1602. ...
Colourful figures associated with the annual festival held in Vilafranca, Catalonia.
Colourful advertising pack for Ilford designed by Mario Grasso, based on standard English courts.
Large index broad size cards by AGMüller using a special red ink suitable for casinos.
Colourful and attractive designs by Violeta Monreal, inspired by stained glass through the ages.
A colourful 1970s take on the major arcana designed by Peter Geitner, with titles in German.
Three different packs of cards featuring traditional Chinese face painting and Chinese opera masks.