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Looking to add something special to your new card range or to enhance your existing designs? We can help you to bring your ideas into existence, complete with all the bells and whistles. In this blog post we are sharing ideas and examples of how to maximise your card designs through the use of the specialist print finishes available at Loxleys:

Foiling

  • Suitable on both litho and digital print runs
  • Available in a range of colours and textured effects
  • Applied using hot or cold techniques
  • Can be combined with embossing for a raised/ fluted effect
  • Great for: typography, fine detail, bold foiled backgrounds, holographic effects

Die cutting

  • Compatible with litho print runs 
  • Created using a bespoke die plate with a shaped steel blade
  • Perfect finish for making your cards ‘stand out’
  • Great for: cut outs, rounded corners, applying badges, perforated/easy remove elements and creative shapes

Embossing

  • Compatible with litho print runs
  • Creates a tactile 3D finish 
  • Perfect for showcasing the quality and texture of the board 
  • Great for: typography, patterns, letterpress effect, framing a central image

Glitter

  • Suitable on both litho and digital print runs
  • Available in a range of colours and sizes for effect
  • Traditional or bio-glitter options (freshwater biodegradable)
  • Can be ‘sealed’ with varnish to secure glitter in place 
  • Great for: typography, full coverage, smaller details and patterns – making your designs a little more disco! 

Need more inspiration? Follow us on Instagram @Loxleysprint where we regularly share ‘hot of the press’ projects, industry insights and updates

Caring at Christmas

This year members of the Loxleys team took part in the GCA’s ‘Caring at Christmas’ campaign which aims to support care homes residents maintain their festive traditions by writing and posting Christmas cards without the barrier of getting out to the shops or the post office. The initiative, started by Matt Genower of Five Dollar Shake, aims to spread a little Christmas magic up and down the country and this year has seen a broad range of greeting card publishers and printers make connections in their local community.

At the start of December Sally, Helen and Heather, armed with a selection of cards from our archives. popped down the road to Valley Wood care home in Heeley where they assisted some of the 50 residents in choosing and writing their Christmas greetings. The atmosphere at the home was very festive, with residence sharing their favourite Christmas memories with the team and enjoying a selection of biscuits and chocolate treats (it is the season after all!). Many of the residence shared their thanks and thought the initiative was a wonderful idea, perfect for getting in the Christmas spirit.

Louise Crocker Valley Wood manager shared “We were were so pleased that the team from Loxleys called in to spend time with our residents and help them complete their Christmas card for family and friends.”

The team at Loxleys are now hoping to make the care home visit an annual tradition and to build a stronger relationship with SheffCare who provide an amazing service to their residents. We would thoroughly recommend the initiative to others working in the greeting card sector as a truly valuable and rewarding way to celebrate the Christmas season.

Read The Star Sheffield Newspaper article here.

Learn more about the GCA campaign and how you can get involved here.

Building a Card-munity at the Greeting Card Association AGM

This years GCA AGM, held at the Leeds Royal Armoury, was truly a grand day out! The annual event held by the Greeting Card Association brought together over 180 members from all across the industry from publishing, to printing, to share their experiences, catch up on industry news and celebrate the strength of our wonderful card-munity.

The day started with the GCA’s annual market report, supported by research from Kantar, reflecting on the current state of the greeting card market and celebrating it’s continued resilience to the cost of living crisis. This presentation was followed by guest speakers Sarah Laker (Independent shop owner) Wendy of Wendy-Jones Blackett (Designer) and Adam Dury of Cardfactory. Each talk was engaging and inspiring, sharing a different perspective of the greeting card industry.

This years event also included a mixer element, with individuals from different businesses seated together for dinner, this was a great opportunity to meet new faces, discuss the days talks and connect with different areas of the industry. The Loxleys team attending enjoyed this fresh take on the annual get together and left the event feeling inspired and informed about the future of the industry.

Greeting Card Association

We’d like to share our thanks to the GCA council for organising such a successful event and celebrate the friendly and inclusive community of greetings cards. If you’d like to learn more about the GCA and how they can support your business visit: About | Greeting Card Association

Hip, Hip, Henries!

The most glamorous get together in the greeting card calendar

Last week saw the return of our favourite event on the card industry calendar, the Henries. The annual award ceremony, hosted by progressive greetings, shares the achievements of greeting card designers and publishers across 20 award categories such as ‘Best Humorous Range’, ‘Best Photographic Range’, and ‘Best Diversity and Inclusion Range’.

The Henries

As a print and production partner Loxley regularly hosts a table at the Henries, inviting a selection of publishers to join the celebrations. Hosted at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, this year’s Mardi Gras inspired Henries began with a buzzing drinks reception accompanied by music from The Steel Panthers – a Carribean steel drum band. Then it was time to get down to business and announce this year’s wonderful winners. As a key sponsor of the award ceremony Loxleys Managing Director, Tony Lorriman, was invited to the stage to present the award for ‘Best Childrens Range’ to the 2023 winner Raspberry Blossom (see video below).

The night ended on a high, with the incredible drag act Ruby Violet getting the 500+ guests up onto the dance floor, where the party went on until the early hours of the morning!


The Loxleys team in attendance had an incredible time and would like to send a special thanks to the GCA (Greeting Card Association) for hosting such a memorable evening! Their continued support of the greeting card industry plays a pivotal role in fostering connections among industry peers, promoting collaboration, and nurturing an exciting and forward-thinking community that we are proud to be a part of.


A special shout-out goes to our wonderful table guests who made the 28th Henries one of our favourites so far. Filled with laughter, wine, and plenty of confetti!


We can’t wait to do it all again next year!

1st Image – Table decorations, 2nd Image -Tony announcing the award winner, 3rd Image the table a few glasses of wine and confetti cannons later!

Dialectable – Born and Bred in Yorkshire

Recently we had a catch up with Yorkshire Legend, Julia owner of Dialectable. Julia has generously shared her experience of becoming an established greeting card and gift designer. Discussing her design influences, love for language and the building blocks of her Yorkshire brand.  

Dialectable was started in September 2013 from a love for language and local dialects. Within 6 months the first range was created, launched and retailer ready.  Almost 10 years on Dialectable has grown to a range of over 200 greeting card designs along with mugs, notebooks and even Jams! A one stop shop for Yorkshire lads and lasses!

The Interview:

All things Yorkshire…

What’s the best thing about being based in Sheffield? 

The humour of locals, and the proximity of Peaks. 

If you could collaborate with any other Yorkshire business, who would it be and why? 

Yorkshire Tea. That would be a collaboration made in heaven. Nowt goes with our mugs better than Yorkshire tea. 

What other Sheffield based independents/creators do you admire? 

Pete McKee, James Green, Richard Hawley. 

What is your favourite Yorkshire phrase? 

Anything with ‘shite’ in it! 

What is your favourite Yorkshire food? 

Yorkshire Pudding 

All things Greeting Cards..

As the business owner, what does a day at Dialectable look like? 

Every day is different. The basics are always fulfilling retail and trade orders. We do all the warehousing aspects directly from our office in Heeley now, so that side of things can be busy. It often means we barely have a square inch that isn’t covered with cardboard.  

I’m also ordering, projecting, preparing marketing campaigns, doing artwork..all sorts of stuff. 

My office manager Sarah is a total legend though, and she mops up loads of the graft. We get on great and I don’t know what I’d do without her. 

Where are you from and how does this influence your work? 

Hull. Definitely an influence as Hull dialect is very unique and different to the rest of Yorkshire. I’m now a hybrid of East and South Yorkshire after having lived in Sheff for 30+ years. The Hull accent is a bit of a talking point, as its flat vowel sounds are really distinctive. Maybe that’s where my interest started. Yorkshire people are very patriotic about their county and proud of their accents. It seemed right and proper to offer a card and gift line that reflected that. 

Where do you find inspiration for your designs? 

I think that colour is just about my favourite thing. I also love fonts. So Dialectable was kind of born out of being passionate about both. I love retro poster design and bold graphics. Classic Penguin book covers from the 50s and 60s are wonderful and definitely inspired me. 

What makes Dialectable unique? 

The products are humorous but the designs are classic and quality is premium.  Sometimes cards and gifts that are considered ‘fun’ can also be a bit naff.  We pride ourselves on being amusing and tasteful at the same time. 

What is your proudest business moment? 

Maybe being shortlisted for Gift of the Year the first time I applied. But actually I just love it when I’m working a stand and I hear people killing themselves laughing as they browse the cards. And then they say something like “‘av you come up with this?… it’s brilliant!”. Those moments are the best 🙂 

Do you have any tips for designing greetings cards? 

If you have an idea, draft it and keep reworking until it’s 110%. My design looks simple, but it wasn’t simple to create. I had the concept – but I had to harness it in a design that would work over and over again and stand the test of time. And whenever I do something slightly different with it – I have to rework it  billions of times until I know it’s perfect. 

A huge thank you to Julia for her time and honest answers. We love seeing Julia’s iconic (and sometimes very cheeky) designs pass through our printers here at Loxleys. The added benefits of being just around the corner means Dialectable is able to collect their latest greetings cards hot of the press, printed, banded and ready to go.

Shop the Dialectable chuffin’ great shop here: www.dialectable.co.uk