For the first time ever Redemption released a special edition set at Nationals for collectors. If you haven’t had a chance to see some of the amazing borders used to enhance the Cloud of Witness cards, I highly recommend that you check out the full set images hosted on our Imgur account!
These new borders are dripping with thematic beauty (literally for some of them)! Today I’d like to take some time to explain some of the hidden features you may not have caught at first glance.
We wanted something to unify the ultra rares, similar to what the gold borders do for a normal release. We tried a number of things but ultimately liked making them the exclusive borderless cards in the set, as seen on The Second Coming and Broken Covenant. Eternal Inheritance is a unique exception. We really liked a version we tried that put the card art depicting Jesus work on the cross in the middle of the empty tomb portrayed in the art on Eternal Covenant. We ended up giving it an “expanded border” so it still has the borderless feel while tying the cross and the resurrection together.
The border on Falling Away gives the feel of the woman not just running from the cross, but also running from the light into darkness.
Wool Fleece uses a blend of dewy grass and a dry sheep skin.
The border on Honey from a Lion is a honeycomb.
All six of the Lost Soul cards use amazing space pictures taken through NASA’s Hubble telescope for their border.
As we pointed out in our preview article, all of the animals received some pretty cool treatment with the animal face showing up in the border. You can see that on Fire Foxes, Coliseum Lion, Lions and Bear. Animals were also used to tie in Faith of Abel and Faith of Daniel.
Sometimes we used the art from one CoW card to tie it to another card in the set. King Saul’s Spear borrows the art from David, the Psalmist giving the impression that Saul is tossing his spear at a harp playing David. The art from Jacob was also used as the border for Faith of Jacob.
Kinsmen Redeemer shows a blend of wheat and Ruth gathering.
The flood survivor related cards, which include The Flood, Noah, Faith of Noah, Noah’s Wife, Shem, Ham, Japheth, The Dove Returns and Faith Among Corruption all use different color variations of rain on a window pane.
One of my favorite borders from a thematic perspective is the blend used for Moses. The top portion portrays the burning bush, while the bottom shows the 10 Commandments with a tiny version of Moses parting the Red Sea at the bottom. It captures three of Moses most well-known moments.
All three David cards use a flock of sheep with various colors applied. The original picture can be seen on the border of Faith of David.
Daniel is known for many things, one of which is his dedication to prayer. This led us to use the praying hands behind the text box on his card.
Several of the reprinted Heroes received new art this year. To pay homage, Jacob (Israel) used the illustration from a prior version of Jacob as his border. Similarly, we used the art from Moses (Wa) as the background for Faith of Moses.
We love tying old cards to new ones when appropriate, hopefully making the old cards more useful. We did that with Rahab and Scarlet Line this year. It seemed appropriate to use the art from Scarlet Line as the border for her card.
Each of the judge related cards used a different coloration of the scales of justice with a judge’s gavel as the background. You’ll find that on Samuel, Samson, Jephthah, Gideon and most of their faith related cards.
The best way to portray some things is to make them bigger. That was the case with Sword of the Spirit. We used the card art as the border but lined it up so that it looked like an expanded version of the card illustration, almost giving it a borderless feel.
The cross, blended with written testimony was used for Justin Alstad’s player made card Word of Their Testimony.
God’s promise to Abraham was that his descendants would be more numerous than the starts in the sky or the sand on the seashore. To reflect this, we blended a starry sky and a sandy beach. The stars were also used on Faith of Abraham.
We borrowed another Hubble picture of a star forming region called Sharpless 2-106, or “angel wings” for the border of Entertaining Angels.
Thanks to Christ we have the opportunity to be washed white as snow. What’s more appropriate than a snow flake background for Sins Forgotten!
Using the scripture verse as inspiration we blended both fire and clouds for the border of The Angel of the Winds.
A purple starry frame for royalty blended with a stone wall for establishing cities grace the border of Nimrod, the Mighty.
Doeg (the Slaughterer – I wish we’d thought of that subtitle sooner) has a blood splattered teal border because of all of the priests he murdered. Similarly, you’ll see blood splatters on Thrown to the Beasts (with claw marks), Cain and Cain Murders Abel.
Chains of bondage were used on border for Foreign Exile.
My personal favorite border of all is the tornado used on John Earley’s card Confusion. It perfectly portrays how that card can rip apart a player’s deck, strategy and chance to win!
The border of Sisera’s Army portrays one version of what ancient Canaanite armor looked like.
Each of the Egyptian themed cards uses a coloration of Egyptian hieroglyphics. They can be seen on The Murdering Pharaoh, The Hard-Hearted Pharaoh, The Deceived Pharaoh, No Straw!, Evicted and Egyptian Treasures.
The border of all the evil antediluvian cards uses a variant of the card art from The Flood since all of the Violent Men, Corrupt People, Wicked People and Continuous Evil were destroyed in the flood.
Not every card had a thematic border. Some just used cool new textures and blends. Our hope is that when you see the bulk of the borders that have a thematic tie in, it will help you remember the ties that these cards have to scripture. It might even inspire you to pick up your Bible and do some reading to satisfy your curiosity!
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