We've been meaning to feature Creepy Tree for some time, mainly because we love their retro-style greetings cards and wrapping paper.
Most use cartoon-like images, which remind us a lot of the vintage travel posters of the 60s, the Royston Cooper ones in particular. Cards are available for virtually every occasion, with wrapping paper in colourful repeat designs.
All are made and printed in an eco-friendly way and all are available online from the Brighton-based company. Cards are around £2 plus postage, with gift wrap around the same price per sheet.
Find out more at the Creepy Tree website
No matter what your opinion is on it, the influence of the royal wedding is creeping onto the high street and inspiring designs such as this royal gift wrap, which is available from Rockett St George.
The royals in question on this design date from a little bit further back in the twentieth century – the wrap is covered with reproductions of vintage stamps featuring Edward VII and George V. The pattern created by the colours of the stamps creates an attractive design … perfect for wrapping up a wedding gift.
The paper costs £1.50 a sheet.
See it online
Stormy Knight Cards has produced a set of greetings cards that hark back to positive exclamations that were particularly popular in the 1980s (although undoubtedly some people do still say these things even now).
The Neon Eighties Cards feature speech bubbles with either “Brill”, “Cool”, “Ace”, “Fab”, “Mega” or “Yeah” in them. To add to the 80s feel, they are rendered in garish neon colours. The cards cost £2.50 each. There is also a matching gift wrap set containing three sheets of wrapping paper and three gift tags, priced £6.95. If the designer happens to read this, I’d be quite interested in a Sixties version with with “hip”, “groovy”, “far out” etc.
The cards can be bought from Stormy Knight Cards via Not on the High Street.
Why ruin the effect of a carefully chosen retro gift with nasty modern wrapping paper? Nancy & Betty have a good selection of retro-inspired wrapping paper, including this Polaroid Wrapping Paper.
The paper features classic Polaroid cameras, printed on a bright green background. The design has been printed using vegetable based inks onto recycled glossy paper. It is sold in packs of 5 sheets (measuring 500mm by 700mm).
Each pack costs £7.95 and can be ordered from the Nancy & Betty website.
Betty Boyns is a relatively new company creating vintage inspired stationery, perfect for putting the finishing touch to a gift.
Based in Cornwall, their designs take their influence from 'retro lifestyles', such as in the Night Out wrapping paper shown above which illustrates a perfectly poised 50s style woman in a suitably period room. The Chin Chin and Cha Cha designs show scenes with a similar feel. They also produce some designs without people in them, including some retro floral patterns.
At the moment, the range includes wrapping paper, cards and gift tags but will be later expanded to include fabrics.
Prices start at 50p for a gift tag while the wrapping paper costs £1.50 for a sheet.
See the range online