It’s been a busy week since the playing cards arrived from the printer; wrapping and packing decks to send on their way to new homes. It’s an exciting pastime, which may see me graduate to assistant wrapper at the local post office :) I do want to say thank you, as your support inspires me to continue exploring this magical and visually exciting world of cards.

Where to buy …

Nine Lives Illustrated Playing Cards are self-published (meaning a more personal service for you) and available to buy on Nine Lives website:

Playing card images …

Nine Lives Illustrated Playing Cards - box

Back design Ace of Spades and Joker from Nine Lives playing cards

Royal Hearts - Nine Lives Playing Cards

Royal Clubs - Nine Lives Playing Cards

Royal Diamonds - Nine Lives Playing Cards

Royal Spades - Nine Lives Playing Cards

Pip cards from Nine Lives

A short Interview …

To shed some light on the why, how and where to next – Miss Panda came on board to interview me this afternoon – a quirky chatty hour of laughs, which I have included part of here:

What inspired you to do these cards?

I was initially inspired by the court cards in Nine Lives Tarot (my first deck); Kings, Queens and Knights are such a colourful bunch – and I wanted to explore them further… A deck of playing cards felt just right; allowing me to include elements of tarot, while creating something new at the same time.

Which is your favourite suit?

I like all the suits, but if I had to pick a favourite, I’d say I’m drawn to Spades the most.

How long did it take you to make these cards?

I haven’t worked on them constantly, but it has taken around a year to complete the deck. Drawing, painting and putting all the different elements together, along with delving into the history of cards – it has been a fascinating journey.

Do you see yourself going on to do a board game or other types of card decks?

At the moment, I feel that my main inspiration is to continue exploring Tarot and Playing cards, as these two systems feel closest to me – but who knows?

Did it take you a long time to do the back design for the playing cards?

I started the sketch by candle-light, during a big storm blackout :) The detail took longer to complete, though I enjoy that sort of thing – and I had a lovely model for the cat(s).

Do you have a favourite card?

Oh that is a hard question! I think I see the deck as a whole, so it is difficult to pick one card… I’d say one of the courts or perhaps Ace of Spades, but then I worry that I might put the other cards off, so best not say.

What are you going to do now?

I’d love to make a start on a new deck straight away – though I need to get started on work for a group exhibition later this year, before I dive back into cards …


Thank you Miss Panda for your questions – and thank you reader for visiting!

All the best
Annette :)

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Belinda

    I, too, like the Ace of Spades, but they’re all gorgeous. You’re too clever!! Bx

    1. Annette

      Oh thank you Belinda :) I’m glad you like them x

  2. Diane

    I can understand why your packs are walking out the door. I am absolutely thrilled with mine, and I am seriously thinking of starting some kind of ‘card circle’ simply so that I can show off my Nine Lives Playing Cards. Apart from the amazing illustrations, the finish on the cards is beautiful – just the right amount of slipperiness. Like you, I would find it very difficult to pick out a favourite card – they are all wonderful.

    1. Annette

      That’s lovely to hear – and a card circle sounds like a lot of fun! Thank you so much for all your support :)

  3. Albinas Borisevicius

    Hello, there are beautiful carrd, may I ask, could I buy 1-2 decks? What is such possibility?

    Thanks, sincerely, Albinas from Lithuania (card collector)

    1. Annette

      Glad you like the cards Albinas, thank you :) Both the bridge and poker size version of Nine Lives are available on my ‘card’ website:

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