The Lucky Finalists of the 2016 Henries Awards Have Been Revealed

Once again awards season is approaching for the UK greetings card industry. Yes, you guessed it, the finalists of the 2016 Henries Awards have been announced.

Over 40 of the UK’s top greeting card retail buyers perused more than 14,000 greeting card and gift wrap designs to select the finalists.

Covering 19 every day and seasonal categories each of the submissions was shown to the judging panel “blind” without any details of the original designer or publisher.

As always, this year’s judging panel had impressive credentials; Comprising buyers from the country’s top retailers, including: leading independents and Paperchase, John Lewis, Scribbler, Waterstones, WHSmith, Tesco, Fenwick, Clintons, National Trust, Longacres Garden Centre, Funky Pigeon, Frosts and Moonpig.

While the majority of The 2016 Henries Awards categories are for ranges or extensions to ranges launched in the last year, there are a few final categories that stand apart.  The Henry Cole Classic award is given to ranges that have stood the test of time; while the Most Promising Young Designer or Artist recognises the creativity of individuals under 35 years.

Alongside the 19 design and product based categories the 2016 Henries Awards will also give a special award for the Best Service to the Independent Retailer.

The 2016 Henries Finalists

A full run down of the designers and publishers in the running for this year’s prestigious awards.

2016 Henries Awards: Everyday Categories

Best Children’s Card Range

Children’s Range from Sooshichacha

Facematt Funimals from Brainbox Candy

The Happy Birthday Range from Laura Skilbeck

Kiddiwinks from Think Of Me

Scribbles from Rachel Ellen Designs

Sugar and Spice from Janie Wilson

Best Traditional Words & Sentiments Range

Essence from IC&G

Gibson Core Line from UK Greetings

Heartfelt from Ling Design

Letterpress from Words ‘n’ Wishes

Velvet from Jonny Javelin

Wishes from The Original Poster Company

Contemporary Words & Sentiments Range

Flora from Stop The Clock Design

Mad Dots from Hearts Designs

On The Cards from The Art Group

Simply Quotes from Rambling Mansion

Velvet Ink from Clare Maddicott Publications

Words of Wisdom from Dandelion Stationery

Best Contemporary Trend Range

Aquarelle from Ling Design

Aries from Meraki

Charmed from YTR Design

Facematts from Brainbox Candy

Sara Miller London from The Art File

Tropicana from Second Nature

Best Handmade or Hand-Finished Range

Extended Scrabbley Neons from Bexy Boo

Glitter Dogs + Cats from English Graphics

Paper Diamonds Deluxe from Wendy Jones-Blackett

Say It With Lace from Image Plus

Silver Leaf from Janie Wilson

Veneer from Cinnamon Aitch

Best Humour Range

Etched from Pigment

Gin + Frolics from Rosie Made A Thing

Good Things from Redback Cards

Just Saying from Paperlink

Mungo & Shoddy from Tillovision

Scribbles from Hallmark

Best Licensed Card Range

Disney Originals from UK Greetings

Happy Jackson from Pigment

Off The Lease from Cardmix

PAW Patrol from Danilo

Quentin Blake from Woodmansterne

Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Hallmark

Best Male Range

Black Lines from Stop The Clock Design

Bomicks from Ivorymint

Geronimo from The Art File

Gold Gentlemen from Louise Tiler

Look And Learn from Cath Tate Cards

Manochrome from Noel Tatt

Best Wholesale Range

Creme Brulee from BGC Studios

Gold Female Contemporary from Hambledon Studios

Hebe’s Garden from Hambledon Studios

Opacity from Xpress Yourself

Prelude Wedding Collection from BGC Studios

Trinkets from Simon Elvin

Best Relations & Occasions Range

Cherished Mini-Cards from Lagom Design

Gemma Correll Collection from Ohh Deer

Jaz&Baz from Portfolio

Mimosa from Paperlink

Paper Diamonds Deluxe from Wendy Jones-Blackett

Sassafras Occasions from Cardmix

Best Cute Range

Cuckoo from Paper Bird Publishing

Doodle & Block from ArtPress Publishing

Mischief from I Drew This

Quackers from Stop The Clock Design

Sausage Dog from Sooshichacha

Toby Little Dude from The Art Group

2016 Henries Awards: Artistic Categories

Best Photographic Range

1000 Words from U Studio

Alicia Bock from Lagom Design

Life Is Sweet from Icon

Loose Leashes from Woodmansterne

Take A View from UK Greetings

Winter from Mine Osman

Best Art Range

Jewels from Bug Art

Landmarks from I Drew This

Sara Miller London from The Art File

Stick and Stitch from Catherine Kleeli

The Thing About Dogs from Pigment

Wild Life Botanical from Lola Design

2016 Henries Awards: Gift Wrap

Best Gift Wrappings Range

Birds of Paradise from Artebene

Cornflower Giftbags from Cinnamon Aitch

Neon Revolution from Glick

Platinum Male Collection from Belly Button Bubble

Sara Miller London from Penny Kennedy

Summer Tropical from Deva Designs

2016 Henries Awards: Seasonal Categories

Best Spring Seasons Range

Alice Scott Mother’s Day from Pigment

Colourful Captions Valentine’s Day from Tache Crafts

Grin & Tonic Father’s Day from Brainbox Candy

Love You More Valentine’s Day from Stop The Clock Design

Paloma Mother’s Day from Belly Button Designs

The Pigment Collection Easter from Laura Darrington

Pretty Things Mother’s Day from Paper Salad

Best Christmas Counter Range

Christmas Keepsakes from Rachel Ellen Designs

Christmas Sparkle On Clay from English Graphics

Jaz&Baz from Portfolio

Festive from Designed by Mrs Lovesy

Moonbeams and Magic from Five Dollar Shake

Traditional Christmas from UK Greetings

Best Christmas Box or Pack

Art House – Paper House from The Great British Card Company (GBCC)

Boots 2016 Christmas Boxed Cards from UK Greetings

A Christmas Cracker from Wrendale Designs

Dear To Me Xmas Boxes from Dear To Me Studio

Deer Box from Woodmansterne

Paloma from Belly Button Designs

2016 Henries Awards: Special Categories

Henry Cole Classic Award

Bottomline from Paperlink

Drama Queen from Cardmix

Edward Monkton from Really Good

Pizazz from Nigel Quiney Publications

Quentin Blake from Woodmansterne

Rainbow from Ling Design

Most Promising Young Designer or Artist

Elliott Bennett, designer of Hearts Designs

Rebecca Crouch, founder and creative director of Raspberry Blossom

Sarah Knight, founder and designer of Stormy Knight

Sara Miller, creative director and founder of Sara Miller London

Emma Pearce, senior designer for Hotchpotch

Louise Tiler, founder and designer of Louise Tiler

Best Service To The Independent Retailer

Abacus Cards

Cherry Orchard

International Cards and Gifts (IC&G)

Jonny Javelin

Nigel Quiney

Noel Tatt



Second Nature

UK Greetings


Words n Wishes

The 2016 Henries Award Ceremony

The winners of each category at the 2016 Henries award will be announced at this year’s ceremony on Thursday 6th October.  The event will be a Bollywood-themed spectacular held at the Lancaster London Hotel.

For more information on the event, the awards and getting tickets for this year’s final please visit the Henries Awards website.

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