How to up-cycle your left over gift wrap!

Yes folks! It’s that time of year already!!! And if you’re anything like us you are bound to have leftover scraps of wrapping paper from the previous year’s Yuletide season!
Instead of banishing this bounty to the recycling bin however… why not try up-cycling your old gift wrap into a beautiful decorative bow? It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s free!

We hope you enjoy this quirky and joyful stop-motion animation made by the digital team here at Hallmark UK.

Download the free paper bow template here!


A film by director Randall Wright about David Hockney‘s years in the British Pop Art scene and his experiences in California will be released next week. Several cinemas are also screening a preview on November 25th which includes a Q&A live from LA.  In the Hallmark studio we have a particular fondness for David Hockney as we share his Bradford roots and we’re lucky enough to be based near Saltaire which has a permenant Hockney gallery within the gorgeous Salts Mill. You can hear an interview David Hockney recently did for the Today programme here.Hockney


Elena Giavaldi

Designer/illustrator Elena Giavaldi seems to have mastered many different design styles, but it’s her loose illustration style that I love. Strong linework and a limited, confident use of colour make the illustrations really striking. Her website reveals her hugely diverse list of clients and work, including many book and magazine covers.