New, Larger set of
Orchid Healing Cards
We brought out our first set of Orchid Photo Cards in August 2007, and the response was tremendous. It was great to finally be able to present the photos of the orchids themselves, with their beauty and healing energies. We then brought out Set 2 of the cards in June 2011, and these included the combinations, as well as the new single orchid essences that had been made in that interval. All of these cards were relatively small, which has some advantages, both in terms of cost and handling.
But it was always my intention back in 2007 to also bring out a set of larger-size orchid photo cards, to enable to the photos to be seen that much more fully. I take a lot of time and care in photographing the orchids, sometimes 2 or 3 hours will be needed to get the angle and the lighting to my satisfaction. But it has taken me until now to bring this larger set to being close to production.
This is a much more expensive print run, as the new cards are twice the size of the earlier cards (3.5" x 5" or 89mm x 127mm), and there are going to be 130 cards, presented in a strong and firm cardboard box. If you have seen either tarot card decks, or New-Age cards sold in stout boxes, the new Orchid Healing Cards
will be akin to those in size and presentation. We cannot afford to get these printed without some help, and so we have launched a fund-raising campaign on the crowd-source funding website Kickstarter.
Our goal is in effect to raise £8,000 in pre-order pledges by November 12th via Kickstarter.
For those of you not familiar with Kickstarter, the way it works is really very simple, and with virtually no risk to you. You look at our project on their website (click here to see it)
and if you like what you see, you can then "Back This Project" (
large green button in the upper right-hand column of the page, just below where it tells you how many days to go) and pledge support for it. There are "rewards" shown for various levels of pledges. You can pledge (for example) £20 and then you will be sent the new deck of cards in December. (If you are outside of the UK, you have to also add the indicated shipping fee.)
I have presented 20 different pledge options, to give people as much choice as possible. You can pledge £39 and then receive 2 boxed sets of the new cards, as well as two of our A5 size Orchid Greeting Cards
. Good if you want to give a boxed set to a friend for Xmas. You can pledge £125 and receive 5 boxed sets of the cards, 5 copies of our book Orchid Essence Healing, and 5 of the A5 Orchid Greeting Cards. There is even an option that includes receiving a full set of the 15ml orchid essences, and the new cards etc.
The new cards will retail in the UK for about £28, so if you think you would like a set, then pledging support on the Kickstarter campaign
is definitely the bargain way to get one. For customers in the UK the p&p on the new deck will be at least £4, so you can see that how we are offering it on Kickstarter
is a genuine bargain. And this is because you will be enabling the cards to get printed by pledging your support.
In the event that we don't meet or exceed the funding target of £8,000 by Nov. 12th, then you end up paying nothing, and we get no funds at all. So if on Nov. 12th we have only reached £5,000 for example, then all those who made pledges would find that no money at all is taken from their card. And we would have to scratch our heads and try to figure out how and when we might be able to fund the printing otherwise. So it behooves us to make as much effort as possible to reach that funding target..!
We're already over 12% of the way there, which is very good considering we only launched the campaign a few days ago. There are 40 days remaining, so do please have a look at Kickstarter,
watch the video of me talking about the project (and see the greenhouse, and some of the orchids inside). And if you feel moved to pledge support, you will have my endless thanks and appreciation!