PATRIOT DECK – Founding Fathers Playing Cards
In 2013 I was contracted to create some graphic images for a Survivalist Card Game called Conflicted. The were looking for simple Photoshop composites based off of a few stock images that they had purchased.
This first project led to other related projects designs which eventually led to the idea of a deck of playing cards that contained inspirational quotes from the founding father’s of the United States of America. Survivalists  or what is sometimes referred to as “Preppers” tend to be very patriotic so my client felt that this could be area to explore. I was provided with a long list of possible quotes and the rest was up to me.
Client:   Survival Logics
Producer:   Jose Dutra
Designer / Artist:   Mark Aro
3D Renders:   Mark Aro
Click Here to purchase decks & Gear

Digital Sketches
I created these digital sketches on my phone with the mobile version of Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro. The idea behind the concepts is basically the same format with the card suit over a flourish of some kind with the subject depicted in the center and a quote shared across the image in some way. Additionally, I designed a card back that will be used on each card.
(click on an image to enlarge it)

Here’s a handful of images that I created from the distressed flash cards that I made. The first high-contrast image is the scanned flash card and the adjacent images are the toned down, more even version composited in Photoshop. 

Real paper cards used to create card backgrounds
The general idea behind these cards is that they should have a rustic, vintage feel to them. The background image for the back of the card had to be the same, but I wanted the images on the face of each card to be unique so I created an original background images of each card. This was done using blank flashcards that I tea-died, baked in the sun, scribbled on with water color pencil, and then heavily distressed. I  photographed each card and did a clean-up pass in Adobe Photoshop CC. 
(click on an image to enlarge it)

Clean line art designs for each card
I created these digital line art illustrations in the desktop version of Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro and Adobe Photoshop CC.
Here’s the line art for a few of the cards in each suit as well as the Card Back design and the Joker.
(click on an image to enlarge it)

Distressed composites from backdrops and line drawings
I created these digital composites by combining the backdrop images and the line drawings in Adobe Photoshop CC.
Here’s the final designs for a few of the cards in each suit as well as the Joker and the Card Back designs.
(click on an image to enlarge it)

Card Tuck Box Design – 1st pass
I created this design based off of a template provided by the printer. Eventually we replaced the ribbon on the back with some copy.
(click on an image to enlarge it)

My Wooden Box Design
Prototype Wooden Box Design
My Box Design Composited Over Clients Prototype Box
Limited Edition Wood Box Design
For the Kickstarter the client decided to offer a Limited Edition Wood Box that held four card decks. They found a company that created the box and routered a design in the front. They took the Card Back design and put it on the front which really didn’t work so I offered to come up with a new design.
I then took the picture of their original card box design and in Photoshop I composited my design to show to the client. They loved it and my design became the new design for the front of the wooden card box.
Note: The image that I created to show the client was for internal use only, this is why the reflection on the table is still that of the original design. If this was to be used for marketing, I would’ve taken the extra time to modify the reflection to match the new design.


(click on an image to enlarge it)

Photography and Print/Social Media images
This first set of images were created using 3D models rendered in 3D Studio Max. The image with the guns and balls were composited in Photoshop.
(click on an image to enlarge it)
Before creating the Patriot Cards I created card back and card face template designs for several decks of a survivalist card game series called Conflicted. In addition to this I was asked to photograph these decks for use in their marketing.  When creating materials for the Kickstarter for my Patriot deck, my client asked for images to the Conflicted Card Decks . At this point we hadn’t printed the first round of Patriot Cards so in Photoshop I composited the Patriot Card designs over the Conflicted Deck photos. The first three images are the original photos from the Conflicted Card decks and the remaining images are images composited in Photoshop.
(click on an image to enlarge it)

Privacy Settings
We use cookies to enhance your experience while using our website. If you are using our Services via a browser you can restrict, block or remove cookies through your web browser settings. We also use content and scripts from third parties that may use tracking technologies. You can selectively provide your consent below to allow such third party embeds. For complete information about the cookies we use, data we collect and how we process them, please check our Privacy Policy
Consent to display content from Youtube
Consent to display content from Vimeo
Google Maps
Consent to display content from Google