I am so incredibly grateful as Deckstiny recently sent a number of Tarot decks including both The SmithTiny Tarot and The SmithyTiny Classic Tales Collection to read with, work with, and review.
The SmithyTiny Tarot
Written by Mate Horonumber featuring illustrations and artwork by Pettoonza & Oomsin Phumphat, The SmithTiny Tarot and the SmithTiny Classic Tales Collection are modern, cutesy, Tarot decks based upon the traditional Rider Waite Smith Tarot which were created and produced by Deckstiny, a Thailand-based popular divination deck publisher.
Trendy Tuck Packaging
Both the SmithTiny Tarot and the SmithTiny Classic Tales Collection arrive in colourful, cardboard tuck-boxes that are smooth to the touch and feature laminated titling. Each box is numbered so that collectors are able to establish precisely which deck (from 1000 which were originally printed) they received.
First printed and published in 2021, both the SmithTiny Tarot and the SmithTiny Classic Tales Collection are standard Tarot card sized, matt-coated 330 GSM German quality card stock and have the most beautiful red, sparkly edging with yellow, reversible backs with an oval logo featuring images of the cups alongside lions with wings.
Whilst the SmithTiny Tarot includes twenty-two major arcana cards, fifty-six minor arcana cards, sixteen court cards, and one squirrel card, The SmithTiny Classic Tales Collection is simply an add-on as it only includes twenty-two major arcana cards which can be switched and swapped with the original SmithTiny Tarot if readers so wish.
Additional/ Bonus Cards
The SmithTiny Tarot includes four additional bonus cards, one of which is a signed certification of the deck edition, and the other three are art cards featuring Pamela Colman Smith, Arthur Edward Waite, and William Rider & Son.
Almost every Deckstiny Tarot deck that I have worked with thus far includes a ‘Happy Squirrel’ card – the SmithTiny Tarot didn’t disappoint as I think that is one of the cutest squirrels that I have ever seen as it sits in a barrel holding a splendid sunflower. Whilst I’m still a little unsure as to the meaning of this card (as there is no guidebook) I have added it to my deck and am associating this card with the concept of spontaneity and joy.
The Major Arcana
Created using delightful digital artistry, The SmithTiny Tarot uses a creative and colourful method to portray messages from the traditional Rider Waite Smith Tarot through modern, adorable, cutesy, characters. Whilst the figures and features from the traditional Tarot is still very much recognisable within The SmithTiny Tarot, this deck seems far more approachable, enjoyable, friendly and is certainly easier to understand in comparison.
These borderless cards are clearly titled on a wood-effect banner at the bottom of each card, which pops against the bold, bright and beautiful imagery featuring cutesy, large-eyed, cartoon-style characters.
The Minor Arcana
The minor arcana is just as cute and colourful as the major arcana, the imagery is bold, vibrant, fun and full of detail, making the cards easy to understand and to be able to work with in order to carry out rich, detailed readings.
I adore the characters in the SmithTiny Tarot, they are so cute, so colourful and so friendly to work with, making it a joy to carry out readings with this deck
The SmithTiny Classic Tales Collection
The SmithTiny Classic Tales Collection includes twenty-two major arcana cards, this is a majors-only deck that is an add-on to the SmithTiny Tarot and readers may decide to switch and to swap their major arcana cards between the two decks
The characters and figures featured in the SmithTiny Classic Tales Collection are based upon well-known children’s fairytales. My daughter was delighted to flick through this deck as she instantly recognised a range of characters from her beloved Disney movies including Aladin, Jasmine, Elsa, Anna, Genie, Snow White and even Olaf from the famous Frozen movies!
At first, I was unable to decide as to whether I should switch the original major arcana cards from the SmithTiny Tarot to those from the SmithTiny Classic Tales Collection but having seen my daughters delight and pure excitement about these cards I have done just that…
The SmithTiny Classic Tales Collection is an adorable addition to the SmithTiny Tarot which I would absolutely insist should be purchased alongside the SmithTiny Tarot, perhaps there may be future editions featuring other famous favourites, one can only hope!
The SmithTiny Tarot & The SmithTiny Classic Tales Collection Walkthrough
As always with Tarot and divination deck reviews, I have put together a detailed walkthrough of when I first opened, unboxed, and unwrapped the SmithTiny Tarot and the SmithTiny Classic Tales Collection.
Reading and working with the SmithTiny Tarot & The SmithTiny Classic Tales Tarot
Having spent the past week working and reading with the SmithTiny Tarot and the SmithTiny Classic Tales Collection, I am completely head over heels in love with these cards.
This has to be one of the cutest decks that I have ever had the pleasure to work with and the readings that I have carried out with these cards seem so much kinder, friendlier, brighter and somehow easier to understand than those I’ve carried out with more traditional decks.
Purchasing & Pricing Information
Available to purchase online directly via Deckstiny’s Etsy Shop, the SmithTiny Tarot is priced at £42.38, whereas the SmithTiny Classic Tales Collection costs £26.15. However, these decks may be purchased together for £68.53 with shipping and postage to the UK costing an additional £29.30.
Talk about cute, the SmithTiny Tarot and the SmithTiny Classic Tales Collection have to be two of the most adorable Tarot decks that I have ever worked with.
Whilst they may seem slightly expensive especially with the additional shipping fees for UK customers, the quality of these cards is exceptional. The cardstock has a matt, silky smooth finish which makes these decks a dream to shuffle with, whilst the imagery is quite literally from a fairytale.
I personally adore these decks and would recommend them to all Tarot readers regardless of age or ability as although these decks come without a guidebook, they are incredibly easy to understand, to interpret and are such great fun to work with.
For further information on the SmithTiny Tarot, the SmithTiny Classic Tales Collection or alternative divination decks from Deckstiny visit https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ShuffleTarot
Update – October 2021
There has since been a second edition of the SmithTiny Tarot released by Deckstiny that you can read about here.
Disclosure: I was sent the above products for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.