Beatles Playing Cards Box Set

Maybe all you need is love, as the Beatles famously sang, but colorful hot foil stamping and finger-pleasing embossing are powerful stuff, too. Especially in this elegant Beatles-themed playing cards set from masters of the premium card market, Theory11.

Inspired by the Fab Four’s 8th studio album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” this collector’s box is a stunning blend of psychedelic color and super-detailed iconography that impresses you more and more the longer you examine it. Much of that is down to the jaw-dropping precision our friends at print shop Studio On Fire [projects / website] achieved laying down various colors of hot foil, working closely with designer Ty Mattson of Mattson Creative. 

Let’s start with the collector’s box, made from Neenah Folding Board Natural White Vellum [PaperSpecs PRO members: Get Swatchbook!].  At the center of the lid, The Beatles name is foiled with a beveled emboss, surrounded by a host of different hot foil stamped design elements in White, Gold and Black foils, as well as further embossing still.

These elements run the gamut from stylized card-suit symbols – hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs – to more obscure graphic nods to the band’s output, such as their individual silhouettes from the cover of the album “Help!” in the four corners of the lid.

On the side flap, another silhouette of the quartet appears, this time from the “Abbey Road” cover. Lifting the flap reveals the song title “All You Need is Love” in hot foil which, like most aspects of this packaging, is further enhanced with embossing. The flap closes with a satisfying “plop” thanks to a magnetic closure – always a nice touch!

On the inside of the lid, The Beatles appear in their Sgt. Pepper’s uniforms – offset printed and tipped in – opposite 4 different playing card tuck boxes.

Each box is color coordinated to match a particular band member’s uniform – offset printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Smooth with 4 spot colors, an aqueous coating, and stamped with Red, Gold and Black foils. When the display box is opened, each tuck box is positioned beneath the Beatle they’re meant to represent, resting snuggly in a die-cut grotto in the display box. The front of each tuck box features hot foil stamped brocades and other design touches inspired by the Beatles’ uniforms.

There’s a lot going on here with intricate design flourishes realized in hot foil, all in super-tight registration. Take a look at the “Abbey Road” Beatles in Red as they walk across the Gold foil of that famous crosswalk, and you’ll appreciate why Studio On Fire is so well known for their stunning work. It’s simply one more example of how, decades later, the Fab Four are still getting by with a little help from their friends. [The cards can be ordered here.]

Whether you want to add a tiny amount of foil to accent your work or create a stunning piece using multiple foils like this one, it’s easier to do now than ever before. Discover all your options in our exclusive Foil Cheat Sheet – download yours right now! 

Project Details

Title Beatles Playing Cards Box Set Client Theory11
 Date 2021-2022
 Design Mattson Creative
Print Studio On Fire
Paper Display box: Neenah Folding Board Natural White Vellum

Tuck boxes: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Smooth

Production Details

Production Time 1 week + hand assembly Printing Method Offset Finishing and Binding Hot foil stamping, embossing, custom die cut, tip in, hand assembly
3 Comments
  1. Brooke Austin 2 months ago

    Hello Sabine,

    I love this amazing Beatles multiple foil and embossing playing card set. Do you know where I can buy this set?
    I not only want to own a set for myself, but I would also love to give them away as holiday gifts.

    Thank you!

    Best,
    Brooke

    • Aaron 2 months ago

      Thanks for the link, Mark – just added it to the end of the story 🙂

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