The Henries 2023 finalists revealed

61 publishers have reached the finals of the greeting card awards

 

After an inspiring live judging event on Tuesday, 1 August, all the votes from the retail judging panel have been counted – and the finalists of The Henries 2023 can now be unveiled.

Some 61 different publishers, from tiny specialist companies up to major brands, have ranges feted in what are known as the Oscars of the greeting card industry.

Each and every one has made it through a two-stage judging process to reach the finals, having been scrutinised by over 100 retail buyers, first online and then at this week’s in-person judging.

PrintBuyers from Tesco, Card Factory, John Lewis & Partners, Waterstones, Scribbler, Fortnum & Mason and WHSmith were joined by leading small chains and indies, such as House of Cards, Postmark, Bailey’s, Red Card, Cardies, The Card Collection, In Heaven At Home, No.14 Ampthill, Highworth Emporium, Medici Gallery, First Class Greetings, LoveOne, MiMi, Jane Armour Trading, and Milford Cards & Gifts, to form the 35-strong judging panel at the live judging event which saw them scrutinise all the shortlisted ranges arrived at from the first round of online voting, and their collective votes from the day decided the finalists in the industry’s Oscars.

In addition to the product categories, the judging panel also had the treat of considering all entries in The Lynn Tait Most Promising Young Designer Or Artist award.

“The Henries finalist ranges and Young Designer entries are testament to the UK greeting card industry’s creative prowess, finding new ways in design treatment, format and editorial to woo the consumer. It proved no mean feat for the judging panel to decide how to place their votes, but they all took their collective responsibility very seriously,” commented Warren Lomax, joint owner of Progressive Greetings, which owns and organises The Henries.

Without further ado, here are The Henries Awards 2023 finalists…

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Best Diversity & Inclusion Range

Fantabulous from Raspberry Blossom

Gin & Frolics from Rosie Made A Thing

She from Cinnamon Aitch

Studio Blom from Pigment

Tipperleyhill Ink from Tipperleyhill

Two Finger Salute from Heyyy

 

Best Humorous Range

Brushed Issues from Emotional Rescue

Gin & Frolics from Rosie Made A Thing

Heard They’re Absurd from Bewilderbeest

Holy Flaps from Redback Cards

Pina Colada from Cath Tate Cards

Stroke Me from Rosie Made A Thing

They Can Talk from Woodmansterne Publications

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Best Licensed Card Range

Bluey from Danilo Promotions

Cath Kidston from Ohh Deer

Emma Bridgewater from Woodmansterne Publications

Heinz from Tache

Lucia Heffernan from Pigment

Snoopy from Hype Associates

Van Gogh Museum Collection from Origamo

 

Best Christmas Counter Range

Advent Calendar Greeting Card Collection from Roger La Borde

Christmas Collection from Louise Mulgrew

Paintworks from James Ellis

Paper Shakies Christmas from James Ellis

Pop-Up! Bauble Cards from Poet And Painter

Reflections from Paperlink

 

Best Christmas Box Or Pack

Candy Cane Christmas Boxes from Five Dollar Shake

Christmas Boxed Cards from Laura Darrington Design

Christmas Luxury Collection from Ling Design

Christmas Packs from Stop The Clock Design

Luxury Christmas Boxes from The Art File

Vista Christmas Box Sets from Paper Salad

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Best Cute Range

A Daily Cloud from Brainbox Candy

Baby Betty from Ginger Betty

Bear from The Art File

Holly Maguire from Stormy Knight

Little Adventure from Alljoy Design

Safari Party from Louise Mulgrew

 

Best Contemporary Words & Sentiments Range

Biodegradable Glitter from Oh Squirrel

Emosh from Emotional Rescue (in collaboration with Paper Salad)

Gin & Frolics from Rosie Made A Thing

Inky Scripts from Bexy Boo

Quotes ’N’ Quips from Scentiment Gifts

Words Of Wisdom from Dandelion Stationery

 

Best Traditional Words & Sentiments Range

Bonbi Forest from Earlybird Designs

Botanique from Hallmark Cards

Female Relations from UK Greetings

Flutter By from Wishing Well Studios (CBG)

Moments In Time from Words ’n’ Wishes

Words & More from Ginger Betty

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Best Art Range

Art Range from Ohh Deer

Globetrotter from Stormy Knight

London Calling from Rocket68

Matisse from Paper Salad

Paintworks from James Ellis

Safari Party from Louise Mulgrew

 

Best Photographic Range

A Daily Cloud from Brainbox Candy

BBC Countryfile from Abacus Cards

Christian Vieler from GBCC

Loose Leashes from Woodmansterne Publications

Pretty As A Picture from Wendy Jones-Blackett

Rhian ApGruffydd from Gruffpawtraits

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Best Children’s Range

Cheeky Chops from Rosie Made A Thing

Fantabulous from Raspberry Blossom

Jamboree from Paper Salad

Moji From Redback Cards

Monster Mash from Stripey Cats

Super Duper from Stop The Clock Design

 

Best Contemporary Trend Range

Big Love from Raspberry Blossom

Fleurescent from Paper Salad

Hunky Dory from Paper Salad

I’mPressed from Heyyy

Paper Raven from Ricicle Cards

Pink Lemon from Stop The Clock Design

Rock On from The Art File

 

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Best 3D, Handmade Or Hand-Finished Range

Heinz from Tache

Is It Time To Celebrate? from Paper Salad

Message In A Bottle from Alljoy Designs

Mini Flora Collection from Origamo

Miniature World from Alljoy Designs

Peter Rabbit Baby Milestones Pop Ups from Cardology

Stargazing from Five Dollar Shake

 

Best Male Range (non-humour)

I’mPressed from Heyyy

Instant Classics from Heyyy

Life In Pencil from Pigment

Mambo from Woodmansterne Publications

Max Machen from Ohh Deer

Words Of Wisdom from Dandelion Stationery

 

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Best Relations And/Or Occasions Range

Happy Days from Stop The Clock Design

Jamboree from Paper Salad

Occasions & Relations Collection from The Art File

Stargazing from Five Dollar Shake

Stephanie Dyment from Woodmansterne Publications

Studio Blom from Pigment

 

Best Spring Seasons Range

Bloom Seedstick Mother’s Day from Stormy Knight

Little Quirks Valentine’s Day from Lucilla Lavender

Mine’s A Pint Father’s Day from Emotional Rescue (in collaboration with Paper Salad)

Mother’s Day Classic Collection from UK Greetings

Quicksilver Easter from Wendy Jones-Blackett

You & Me Valentine’s Day from Stop The Clock Design

 

Best Wholesale Range

Embrace from Kingfisher Cards

Isabel’s Garden from Simon Elvin

Nature’s Art from Simon Elvin

PrintPixels from Kingfisher Cards

Studio from Out Of The Blue Studios

Whoopie! from Simon Elvin

 

Best Giftwrappings Range

Blooming Blush from Deva Designs

Flat Wrap from Kali Stileman Publishing

Gift Packaging 2023 Collection from The Art File

Handcrafted Artisan Collection from Paper Mirchi

Louise Mulgrew from Glick Gift Packaging

Paper Salad from Glick Gift Packaging

 

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 2023 winner will join previous winners, which are Bestie from Paperlink, The Bright Side from Really Good, Camilla & Rose from Peartree Heybridge, The Country Set from Wrendale Design, Eric the Penguin from GBCC, Forever Friends from Hallmark, Giggles from UKG, Ink Press from The Art File, 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, Rainbow from Ling Design and Virtual Safari from Emotional Rescue.

Boofle from UK Greetings (launched 2008)

Norbert & Val from Emotional Rescue (launched 1997)

One Lump Or Two from Holy Mackerel (launched 2011)

Paper Shakies from James Ellis (launched 2007)

Photocaptions from Cath Tate Cards (launched 1990s)

Quicksilver from Wendy Jones-Blackett (launched 2006)

 

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The Lynn Tait Most Promising Young Designer Or Artist

Rosie Bennett, in-house designer for Paper Salad

Stephanie Davies, founder and designer for Stephanie Davies

Georgi Doig, founder and designer for Lil Wabbit

Nicole Elders, founder and designer of Nicole Elders

Esme Lintin, in-house designer for Woodmansterne Publications

Hannah Marchant, founder and designer for Hannah Marchant

Lottie Murphy, founder and designer for Lottie Murphy

Sophie Thorne, in-house designer for GBCC

 

Best Service to the Independent Retailer

The finalists for this category will be announced early next week.

 

Honorary Achievement Award

No finalists are announced for this award. The recipient will be revealed at The Henries awards event.

 

All winners of The Henries 2023 will be announced at a lavish awards event, the industry’s big night at The Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Thursday, 5 October, 2023, where The Henries 2023 awards event will be a vibrant affair as it will take on a colourful Mardi Gras theme this year!

To book tickets click here. It will be a fabulous opportunity for the greeting card community to get together and celebrate its creative excellence as well as its strong sense of camaraderie.

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