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Shine Publishing’s new Bird & Bloom collection of lino-cut cards will put a spring in your step. The


150x150 cards

use eye- catching images of original artwork featuring birds and blooms by British printmaker Jane Tonkin, printed on super textured board.

These top-quality cards are the latest

range from this innovative publisher who showcases fabulous and funky artwork, all produced from different printmaking techniques, including lino-cutting, etching, monoprint, screenprint and collograph.

Every design starts from a handmade print and helps to add to the crafted feel of Shine’s offering. At Harrogate’s Home and Gift Show next month Shine will also be showing new male designs in its best-selling Pattern Of My Heart range. Jane said: “These are in response to calls from customers for more of our ‘boy’ cards. We’ve always had an enthusiastic reaction to these cards because they are really strong visually while managing to avoid the usual stereotypes in design of cards for men.”

T: 01923 266810

Holy Mackerel have launched a number of new designs by Erica Sturle. Eight new One Lump Or Two cards include a twins one and a

mum and dad anniversary.

The six new designs in the historial Funny Olde World ranges has a rather dashing Napoleon and a Brunel – because engineers have birthdays too. And for Christmas she’s designed nine

new cards including Across The Miles and Happy Hogmany.

T: 01297 33899


NobleWorks has concocted a hilarious new line of medication-themed greeting cards called Take As Needed, featuring a variety of funny pharmaceuticals indicated for numerous everyday occasions.

This sick new line includes nine eye- and pill-popping designs that are formulated with just the right amount of wrong ingredients to cure conditions such as old age (Geezerall 40), birthday (Fanphen, Slomax ER and Kisaprinse), engagement (Blingulair XL), congratulations (Congratulex), thank you (Tanxamill), graduation (Graduex) and, of course, get well (Getwelbutrin). Each card’s cover features a colorful blisterpack of “medications” and lists their active ingredients; inside verses are accompanied by warnings, common side effects and doctor recommendations. Caution: there is no antidote for these addictive cards! All Take As Needed cards are printed on demand in the US using recycled paper and can be ordered and shipped to the UK on their website.

001 800 346 6253

Artist Ivan Williams is hoping to make a big gnome for himself with his new range of pen and ink cards.

The gnomes and goblins were originally commissioned for an animated fi lm while his other drawings are a more personal – and risqué - comment on issues such as the banking crisis. Ivan, who is operating under the name Attitude Designs, said: “The move to convert some of my work into cards for sale is due to the response of friends and other artists. “The greetings card market is new to me, until now I merely copied my work and sent them to friends.” He’s now looking for ways to exploit his images and convert others to print, “I’d like to identify retail outlets or agents interested in cards with a slight edge.”

Country Cards have 12 designs in a new range of 160x160 fi ne art cards.

Nigel Holdsworth said they decided to publish after walking round Srping Fair and realizing there’s very little quality fi ne art available as most cards in this size are photographic.

Finished to a high quality and available only blank and individually wrapped, they

are priced at 87p per card trade, with a RRP of £2.09. T: 01835 822485

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