Woodcut playing cards revisit the past

Sons of Liberty playing cards

Each card in this amazing deck is completely unique

When it comes to creative side projects, artists and illustrators seem to love designing stylish custom playing cards (opens in new tab). This deck by Jeff Trish (opens in new tab) is no exception, with its unique woodcut effect setting it apart from the rest (see our guide to woodcut printmaking for more details).

Based around the clandestine Sons of Liberty, these cards embody the spirit of freedom that this covert group fought for. With war heroes from the time replacing traditional playing card kings and queens, this deck is a great way to learn about an important period of American history.

Decorated with secret images, such as the Freemason symbol and the Liberty tree, there's more to these cards than meets the eye. And thanks to subtle variations throughout, every card in this deck is completely unique. Topped off with metallic inks and a luxurious tuckcase, this distinctive deck is both educational and entertaining.

Sons of Liberty cards

The tuckcase comes printed with metallic ink

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Freemason symbols decorate the reverse of the cards

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War heroes replace traditional playing card characters

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The ace of spades is the famous Liberty Tree

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The deck also comes with Jokers

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These cards explain just who the Sons of Liberty were

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The cards are printed on thin stock with a cambric finish

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Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.