The Henries 2017 Finalists have been Decided

The Henries awards are fondly known in the industry as the Oscars of the greetings card world; and today the Henries 2017 finalists have been unveiled.

Every year the awards gather together a heap of new greetings cards to discover the best of the best in that year’s offering. From over 14,000 entrants, the finalists in 20 categories were announced this week. From this shortlist final winners will then be announced at a special celebration in October.


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Picking the Henries 2017 Finalists

The Henries Awards are an annual event open to all UK publishers from the biggest companies to individual designer markers. All of the entries were judged by a panel of leading retail buyers, chosen from across the industry; independents, online card retailers, multiples, department stores and supermarkets.

The  judges reviewed each of the entrants, looking for:

  • Quality of Design
  • Quality of print, production and manufacture
  • Suitability for their intended market
  • Value for money

Evaluating the submissions on this criteria alone, with no reference to their own personal tastes or what they themselves would sell the list of Henries 2017 finalists was decided.


The Full Rundown of Henries 2017 finalists

Here are the Henries 2017 finalists in full:


Best Children’s Range

Animal Magic from Janie Wilson

Ingela Mini Cards from Lagom

Just A Number from Just a Little Note

Lollipop from Second Nature

Quicksilver from Wendy Jones–Blackett

Stormy Kids from Stormy Knight

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Best Traditional Words & Sentiments Range

Everlasting from The Handcrafted Card Company

Heart Story from Hallmark

Keepsakes from Grassroots International

Letterpress from Words ‘n’ Wishes

Made With Love for Tesco from Hallmark

Perfectly Said from UK Greetings


Best Contemporary Words & Sentiments Range

Botanical from Stop the Clock Design

Cloud Nine from Redback Cards

Contemporary Sentiment from Dandelion Stationery

Every Picture from Icon

The Happy News from Pigment

Mimosa from Paperlink


Best Contemporary Trend Range

Alice Scott from Pigment

Charmed from YTR Design

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Cherished Mini Cards from Lagom

Fancy Pants from Hammond Gower

Flair from Hotchpotch

Gold Dust from Paper Salad


Best Handmade or Hand-Finished Range

Embroider Doodles from Stop The Clock Design

Fabric Envelopes from Pearl & Black

Gold Leaf from Janie Wilson

Magic Box from Forever Cards

Scrabbley Neons from Bexy Boo Designs

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Woodland Farm from English Graphics


Best Photographic Range

1,000 Words from U Studio

B&W Photo from The Proper Mail Company

Exposure Colour from Icon

Javier Perez from ArtPress

Loose Leashes from Woodmansterne

Water’s Edge from Wild Cards


Best Humorous Range

Blunt As A Spoon from Pack A Punch Designs

Cloud Nine from Redback Cards

Favourites from Objectables

Gin & Frolics from Rosie Made A Thing

Hysterical Heritage from Woodmansterne

Launch Range from Bettie Confetti


Best Art Range

Inspired By CR Mackintosh from Forever Cards

Jungle Tumble from Louise Mulgrew Design

Landmarks from I Drew This

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Lino Print from UK Greetings

Toby Sketchbook by Stephen Hanson from GBCC

Stick And Stitch from Catherine Kleeli Cards


Best Licensed Range

Beatrix Potter from Hype Associates

Disney from The Hallmark Studios

Happy Jackson from Pigment

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups from Danilo

Quentin Blake from Woodmansterne

Royal Horticultural Society Collection from UK Greetings


Best Male Range

Bold As Brass from Abacus Cards

Country Gent from Toasted Crumpet Design

Geronimo from The Art File

Just Josh from CardMix

Mad Dots – Black Tie from Hearts Designs

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Mr Sunshine from Ivory Mint


Best Relations & Occasions Range

Boulevard from Think Of Me

Favourites from Objectables

Indigo Blue from Stephanie Dyment

Life and Soul Occasions from Abacus Cards

Postco from Lagom

Vintage Love from Tracey Russell


Best Cute Range

Crumb from Paperbird Publishing

Jungle Tumble from Louise Mulgrew Designs

Little Creatures from Pippi & Me

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Little Monsters from Paper Sole

Lottie And The Bear from Grumble & Co

Stripey Dogs from Stripey Cats


Best Wholesale Range

Everyday Male from Simon Elvin

Keepsake Treasures Sympathy from Xpress Yourself

Opacity from Xpress Yourself

Ritzy from Simon Elvin

Special Thoughts from Regal Publishing

Stitched With Love from Simon Elvin


Best Spring Seasons Range

All My Love Valentine’s from Stop The Clock Designs

Breton Collection Easter from Laura Darrington Designs

Father’s Day from Bettie Confetti

Grin & Tonic Father’s Day from Brainbox Candy

Mother’s Day from Roger la Borde

Paloma Mother’s Day from Belly Button Designs


Best Christmas Counter Range

Christmas Edged In Gold from Five Dollar Shake

Christmas Gin & Frolics from Rosie Made A Thing

Flair from Hotchpotch

Forget Me Not from Janie Wilson

Winter Park Life from Rocket68

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Velvet Wishes from Jonny Javelin


Best Christmas Box or Pack

Cats In Christmas Hats from Jo Clarke Design

Christmas Box For Oxfam from Special Editions (UKG)

Paloma Christmas Box from Belly Button Designs

Poppy Ray Christmas Box from U Studio

Premium Box Christmas from Noel Tatt

Sara Miller London Christmas from The Art File


Best Gift Wrappings Range

Deco Range from Unique Paper Company

Designers Guild Chinoiserie Flowers And Plum Blossom from Deva Designs

Jaz & Baz from Portfolio

Pink Champagne Dots from Belly Button Bubble

Sara Miller London from Penny Kennedy

Stephanie Dyment from Glick


The Henry Cole Classic Award

Découpage from Noel Tatt

Eric The Penguin from Paper House

Harold’s Planet from Clare Maddicott Publications

Marzipan from Paper Rose

Pizazz from Nigel Quiney Publications

Wrinklies from Paperlink


The Lynn Tait Most Promising Young Designer or Artist Award

Elliott Bennett, designer and owner of Heart’s Designs

Catherine Faulkner, founder and designer of Jelly Armchair

Louise Mulgrew, founder and designer of Louise Mulgrew Designs

Emma Pearce, senior designer for Hotchpotch Publishing

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Louise Tiler, founder and designer of Louise Tiler Designs

Sarah Knight, founder and designer of Stormy Knight

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Laura Clamp, founder and designer of Flying Teaspoons


Best Service to the Independent Retailer

category were announced yesterday (August 2) on PG Buzz, but here they are again. These were decided as a result of an extensive poll of 1,000 independent card stockists.

Those finalists are:

Abacus Cards

Cherry Orchard Publishing


Jonny Javelin

Ling Design

Nigel Quiney Publications

Noel Tatt


Pigment Productions

UK Greetings

Woodmansterne Publications

Words ‘n’ Wishes


Find Out More


To find out more about the Henries Awards please visit the official website.


H/T PG Buzz 

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