The Wood Beneath The World

Leeds Town Hall has recently unveiled an exciting installation in the crypt underneath the building. Visit Leeds has described The Wood Beneath The World as an “immersive, interactive and visually stunning environment designed to inspire exploration, imagination and creativity.” The story goes that an enchanted wood has been growing beneath the city, guarded by Jack the keeper and guide, who will accompany you on a mysterious tour. The experience includes stunning performances and imaginative storytelling, brought to life by art directors Lord Whitneytree leedsposter leeds

Have a Mario Christmas!

Here’s a little Christmassy teaser for you. This is Mario. He’s one of the stars in our new humour range Mish Mash. You’ll be able to find him in stores in the new year. But for now, he likes to go down in our lift. Hope you like his bling. He’d just like to remind you, if you don’t have tinsel in your trunks, you’re not doing Christmas right! Enjoy.

Crafty Creatives

What a festive week we’re having at Hallmark House. On Monday we had a screening of Elf, yesterday it was Home Alone and today we’ve been treated to a fantastic craft fair. People from all over the creative studios came out to sell their amazing wares in time for people to treat themselves and their faves this Christmas. Here are a few snaps of some of our talented bunch and their stalls.Craft1Craft2Craft3Craft4


Fab & Festive Design Competition

Huzzah! Today is the launch of our latest design competition. The winner will receive £200 and may see their design used on Hallmark product!  Read on for more details of how to enter and the submission guidelines. Good luck and enjoy!



The brief is to create a design that could be used across a variety of products such as; Greetings Cards, Gift Bags, Gift Wrap and Stationery following the theme of ‘Festive Fun’ just in time to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Some ideas to explore might be: Christmas scenes such as a nativity, Christmas town, winter wonderland or decorated home complete with trimmed tree; festive characters such as Santa, Rudolph, snowmen, penguins and polar bears; Christmas icons like wrapped up gifts, tree lights, festive toys & food or perhaps some Christmas themed typography and hand lettering.

The end result will be a placement design or repeat pattern created using your own choice of media. It could be hand drawn e.g. line work or pencil, painted e.g. watercolour or acrylic, handmade e.g. collage or stitched, computer generated e.g. Illustrator or Photoshop.


Your design could be typographical, illustrative, graphic or character based. To help your design to get shortlisted think about:

Your customer & the commerciality of your design. Does it have broad appeal?

The placement & layout of your design. Is your design innovative & one of a kind?

Your colour palette & chosen medium. Is it fresh? Think about the balance of colour in your design too.

The theme and content. Would it appeal to people looking for something fab and festive at Christmas?


Closing date for entries is Midnight GMT Monday 12th January 2015

Please submit your design(s) as jpegs only. This is so we can load them onto our competition gallery. Maximum upload 5mb.

Please label each artwork clearly with your name (joe_bloggs_1.jpg) otherwise unfortunately we will be unable to consider for selection.

Maximum 5 entries per person.

Please email all entries with a description and your name to

The winner will receive £200!

If you are chosen as a winner you must provide your artwork at 300dpi. See terms and conditions on our competition page.