The votes have been counted! Thank you all so much for choosing your favourite entries! We can now reveal our top four finalists who are in with a chance of winning a £3,500 prize package, including the opportunity to showcase their business at Top Drawer S/S 2018 with us are…
Mock Up Designs
Mock Up Designs specialises in contemporary inspired wedding stationery and greeting cards, and recently released their first Christmas range.
''I love a modern, clean and contemporary style but as a self-confessed monochrome lover, I can't seem to resist adding a bit of colour! I absolutely love working and experimenting with paper, which has resulted in my latest paper plane greeting cards.'' - Natalie Mock, Founder.
In shot – White Ink and navy blue wedding stationery
Ted and Kip
Ted and Kip designs products based on bright, colourful and quirky geometric animal illustrations, producing cards, prints, enamel pins, woven patches and button badges.
“My business is still in the relative early stages but with the right support I believe it could be very successful. The pin and patch side is flourishing but I would love the expertise and opportunity to grow the printed products side.'' - Anna Carroll-Smith, Founder.
In shot – Kitsch colourful print
London based The Completist only launched this year and is already expanding from cards into gift wrap and other printed goods.
“I really love bright pattern and colours. I also love cards, but not soppy ones or overly girly ones, so my range is for people who love design and colour, with simple (and sometimes tongue in cheek) messages.”- Jana Pavasovic, Founder
In shot – Colourful textured birthday card
Katie Clement Designs
London based Katie is a passionate illustrator and greeting card designer who has been running her business since 2010.
“I make a range of fun greetings cards and have had a bit of an addiction to illustrating skylines and children's prints. I am also currently developing my skills and product ranges to include mugs and other homewares.” - Katie Clement, Founder.
In shot – Hand drawn Christmas card range
The four finalists now face our panel of industry judges:
Veronica Dearly, Founder, www.veronicadearly.com
Sharon Little, CEO, Greeting Card Association, www.greetingcardassociation.org.uk
Andy Dunn, Founder, Creators Club, www.creatorsclub.co.uk
Nick Green, Founder, www.printed.com
As part of the prize, we’re also giving the two creatives the opportunity to exhibit at Top Drawer S/S 2018, the UK’s leading international design-led event, with sponsorship from us. Plus, they’ll get tailored coaching and business development from Creators Club, who support and inspire creative business owners with the personal and practical elements of being self-employed. But that’s not all! They’ll also get their hands on a printing package worth £500, exhibition stand build and pack down support, and marketing and sales training on how to grow.
Two winners will be selected and revealed on Monday 27th November! So c’mon, who do you think should win?