Publishers Explode With Excitement At The Henries’ News

“Bloody fantastic…I’m chuffed to bits!” exclaimed Jo Wilson, owner of Dandelion Stationery, a sentiment shared by the myriad of greeting card publishers who found out yesterday (August 1) that they had reached the finals in The Henries 2019 product awards.

“We were all absolutely stunned to see the nominations – to have five nominations for Paper Salad and another one for our licensed range by Glick, is a dream come true!  Thank you to all the judges, you have made our year!” Karen Wilson, co-owner of Paper Salad told PG Buzz.

Above: The judging in action!
Above: The judging in action!

The judging responsibility lay entirely in the hands of The Henries’ 2019 Judging Panel, which comprised 50 retail buyers from top multiples through to leading independents.

“This year’s Henries attracted a record number of entries – well over 14,000 cards and wrappings – that were submitted by well over 200 different publishers, from the humungous to the tiny and everything in between. Reaching the finals against such world-beating competition is a real feat – testament to the abundant creativity within our industry,” commented Jakki Brown, editor and co-owner of Progressive Greetings, which owns and organises The Henries.

Above: (left-right) Daniel’s Louise Parker, Paperchase’s Megan Douglas and Daisy Enticott and Sainsbury’s Emma Tanner on The Henries judging day.
Above: (right-left) Daniel of Windsor’s Louise Parker, Paperchase’s Megan Douglas and Daisy Enticott and Sainsbury’s Emma Tanner on The Henries judging day.

In addition to Paper Salad’s six nominations, among the other publishers to have received multiple nominations in the finalists’ list are Paperlink (which appear in the seven categories), while Rosie Made a Thing and UK Greetings each earned five nominations. It is a great year too for Redback whose ranges are feted in four categories, with Paper Rose/The Art Group/Avocado Designs also receiving four mentions.  In fact the Simon Elvin group (of which Paper Rose and Glick are a part) achieved seven nominations in total.

Here’s the full line up…


The Henries 2019 Product Finalists

 The Lynn Tait Most Promising Young Designer or Artist Award

Vici Blenkharn, founder of Artcadia

Mike Davis, founder of Some Ink Nice

Amy Eastland, senior designer of Woodmansterne

Niccy Iseman, founder of Type and Story

Laura Harvey, co-founder of Paper Plane

Louise Mulgrew, founder of Louise Mulgrew Designs


Best Children’s Range

Cherry on Top from Rachel Ellen

Hopscotch from Paperlink

Jamboree from Paper Salad

Juvenile Brights from UK Greetings

Number Ones No1-9 from Hello Geronimo

Savannah Parade from Sirocco Design


Best Christmas Counter Range

Christmas Gin + Frolics from Rosie Made a Thing

The Crystal Forest from Five Dollar Shake

Elle Christmas from Belly Button Designs

Festive Floribunda from Dandelion Stationery

Pinata from Redback Cards

SnowFall from Paper Salad



Best Christmas Box or Pack

Luxury Boxed Christmas cards from Wrendale Designs

Luxury Christmas Box from The Art File

Oxfam Christmas Boxed 2019 from UK Greetings

Premium Christmas Box from Noel Tatt

Twelve Days of Christmas from Woodmansterne Publications

Winter Garden from Roger la Borde


Best Traditional Words & Sentiments Range

And Relax from Hallmark

Follow Your Dreams from Hallmark

Hazy Days from Paper Rose

Love and Laughter from Paperlink

Month You Were Born from IC&G

Signature from Jonny Javelin


Best Contemporary Words & Sentiments Range

Cherished from Lagom Design

Cloud Nine from Redback Cards

Quotish from Brainbox Candy

Small Card Collection from Old English Company

Terrific Humans from by Veronica Dearly from Cath Tate Cards

Words of Wisdom from Dandelion Stationery


Best Contemporary Trend Range

Artisan from Paper Rose

Jamboree from Paper Salad

Letterpress Collection from Artcadia

Mirror Mirror from Hotchpotch

Shine from Redback Cards

You Earned It from Ohh Deer


Best Handmade or Hand-Finished Range

Coralie from Avocado Designs

Jewellery Cards from Crumble & Core

Message in a Bottle Pop-Up Collection from Alljoy Design

Modern Missy from Tache

Pencil Shavings Cards from Ruth Jackson

Piccolo from Rachel Ellen Designs


Best Photographic Range

Animalyser from Really Good

Comedy Wildlife from UK Greetings

Pebbles Series 1 from Pebbles on the Beach of Life

Pixel from Paperlink

Travelogue from The Art Group

Wavelength from Icon


Best Humour Range

A Bit More Mungo and Shoddy from Tillovision

Cloud Nine from Redback Cards

Gin + Frolics from Rosie Made A Thing

Jeffrey & Janice from Bold and Bright

Life of Max from Ling Design

Twin Pines from Ohh Deer


Best Art Range

Capri from Meraki

David Shrigley from Brainbox Candy

Landmarks from I Drew This

Maya Stepien from Lagom Design

Scissors Paper Tree from Roger la Borde

Wild Cards from Penguin Ink


Best Licensed Range 

Baby Shark from Danilo

Disney Faces from UK Greetings

The Happy News from Pigment

Haynes from Emotional Rescue

Quentin Blake Classic from Woodmansterne Publications

Stormtrooper Originals from Rocket 68


Best Giftwrappings Range

The Art File Wrapping Collection from The Art File

Brush and Moon from Soul

Giftwraps from Lorna Syson

Kelly Hyatt Collection from Lagom Design

Paper Salad from Glick

Wrapped Up from Sally Scaffardi Design


Best Male Range

Country Gent by Definition from Toasted Crumpet

Gin + Frolics from Rosie Made A Thing

It Rocks from Molly Mae

Only Bloking from Sally Scaffardi Design

Pitch Black from Louise Tiler Designs

Scribble from Stop the Clock Design

Zephyr from Think of Me


Best Wholesale Range

All That Sparkles from Simon Elvin

Endless Love from Sensations

Everyday and Relations from Out of the Blue Studios

Isabel’s Garden from Simon Elvin

Male Everyday from BGC Studios

Panache from Regal Publishing


Best Relations & Occasions Range

Furry Friends from Louise Mulgrew Designs

Gin + Frolics from Rosie Made A Thing

Jumbo Jamboree from Paper Salad

Lemonade from Hotchpotch

Never Stop Chasing Rainbows from Five Dollar Shake

Words of Wisdom from Dandelion Stationery


Best Spring Seasons Range

Father’s Day Collection from Ohh Deer

Gin + Frolics Mother’s Day from Rosie Made a Thing

Hey Fresco Mother’s Day from Wendy Jones-Blackett

Jamboree Easter from Paper Salad

Kindred Valentine’s Day Collection from UK Greetings

Love Letters from Janie Wilson


Best Cute Range

Bow Tie from Apple and Clover

Hopscotch from Paperlink

Mixed Cute from Hole in My Pocket

Tickertape Parade from Stop the Clock Design

Tiny Sparkle from Louise Tiler Designs

The Wildlife from Ling Design


The Henry Cole Classic Award

This award is for ranges that have stood the test of time. All winners of this award enter The Henry Cole Hall of Fame. The 2019 winner will join previous winners, which are Bestie from Paperlink, The Bright Side from Really Good, Eric the Penguin from GBCC, Forever Friends from Hallmark, Giggles from UKG, Me to You from CBG, Medici Cards Blue Label from GBCC, On the Ceiling from Emotional Rescue, Pizazz from Nigel Quiney, Pop-Ups from Second Nature, Quentin Blake from Woodmansterne and Rainbow from Ling Design.

The Bottomline from Paperlink

Fleet Street from Pigment

Ink Press from The Art File

Photocaptions from Cath Tate Cards

Quicksilver from Wendy Jones-Blackett

Swing Cards from Santoro

The winners of all the award categories will be revealed at a spectacular Henries Ball on a ‘100 Years of Greeting Cards’ theme, in celebration of the GCA’s centenary year, on Thursday 3 October at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, overlooking Hyde Park. If you have not yet booked your tickets for the ‘industry’s big night’ you can do so online via or contact Clare Hollick, The Henries awards manager on T:  01733 294524 M:  07769 905959 or via email:

Top: The Judging Panel of this year’s Henries toasted the finalists.


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