Gruffalo illustrator creates 2012 Xmas stamps

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imports_CCGB_2012xmasstamps_77087.jpg 2012 Xmas Stamps
Drawings by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler are to feature on this year's Christmas stamps ...

Axel Scheffler, the illustrator behind the children’s book The Gruffalo has provided the artwork for this year’s Royal Mail Christmas stamp issue.

The seven stamps, to be issued on 6 November, are inspired by traditional Christmas images, brought to life through the recognisable illustrations of Axel Scheffler, who has worked with author Julia Donaldson on a number of children’s books.

A Christmas robin perches on Santa’s hand on the 1st Class stamp, while a reindeer’s antlers take on the role of a Christmas tree for the 2nd Class image. The other stamps feature a snowman meeting a penguin (87p), a Christmas robin with a star decoration in his beak (£1.28), and on the £1.90 stamps, the cat and mouse set aside their normal differences to decorate the Christmas tree together.

Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: ‘We were delighted with the work produced by Alex, whose innocent and charming style set the perfect tone for this year’s stamps.’

For more information on this year's stamp schedule, visit our dedicated Royal Mail stamps 2012 page.

2012 Christmas Stamps - 1st Class2012 Christmas Stamps 2nd Class

 

 

 

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Stamp details:

Xmas stamps will go on sale on 6 November
Number of stamps: 7
Illustration: Axel Scheffler
Printer: De la Rue Security Print, gravure

2nd Class – Reindeer

The reindeer’s antlers are decorated like a Christmas tree

1st Class – Santa
A Christmas Robin perches on Santa’s hand
 
2nd Class Large – Reindeer

The reindeer’s antlers are decorated like a Christmas tree

1st Class Large – Santa
A Christmas Robin perches on Santa’s hand
 
87p – Snowman and Penguin
Snowman meets penguin
 
£1.28p – Robin

The Christmas Robin bears a star decoration in his beak.

£1.90 – Christmas Tree with Cat and Mouse

 

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