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The NSS Valentine Winners

“Design Our Valentines Challenge”

White Plains, NY, January 31, 2017 -- The National Stationery Show® (NSS) is showing some love to the sweethearts of stationery. Exhibiting artists and companies in the upcoming show were invited to submit an original design to be featured on one of two official NSS Valentines postcards. The winning designs in both the contemporary and traditional categories will be produced as postcards promoting the NSS. Missing no chance to spread our love of Valentines cards, the winning designs will also be promoted on the NSS website, in emails, and posted to social media.

"Valentine’s Day captures our collective love for stationery in a unique way” said Kelly P. Bristol, the NSS Show Director. “We have been giving Valentine's Day cards to our friends, crushes, and loved ones since school days, and have learned the positivity and joy that comes with giving and receiving a card. This holiday was especially fitting for our exhibitors and this contest. We are pleased to have this opportunity to showcase the winning designs and share them with the industry.”

Designs were submitted to be the official Valentine of the NSS in two categories: contemporary and traditional designs. Cupid struck his arrow on the following winners:

Contemporary Category
Winner: Valley Cruise Publishing

Valley Cruise Press in collaboration with artist, Rachel Peck created the "Will You Accept This Rosé" Card as a fun Valentine's nod to everyone's favorite Monday night addiction, The Bachelor. “This card was inspired by nights spent binge-watching and sipping on rosé,” said Peck. “This card is perfect for your Bachelor-watching BFF. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!”

Finalists in this category were:
Ratbone Skinny

Traditional Category
Winner: Good Juju

"One of my greatest joys is using the natural world, specifically the animal kingdom, as inspiration for Good Juju Ink cards," said artist and co-founder of Good Juju, Juliana Tyson. “Valentine's Day is often wrought with preconceived notions and expectations about what love is supposed to "look like", but the beauty in using animals as the expression of human love is that they can represent EVERY human. Bears, and more specifically "bear hugs", represent a universal tenderness and safety and warmth that can be found across all different kinds of relationships."

Finalists in this category were:
Joo Joo Paper

Honorable Mention
Inklings Paperie
Although not planned, an Honorable Mention was also awarded to Inklings Paperie, for a design specific to the National Stationery Show. “Making the design specific to the show wasn’t something we requested, but we liked it so much that we wanted to recognize it,” said Bristol.

The National Stationery Show, NSS, opens on May 21 and runs through May 24, 2017 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY.

About the National Stationery Show
The National Stationery Show® is the only North American trade show for global buyers and sellers of specialty paper products – from greeting cards, custom invitations, announcements, gift wrap, calendars, and journals, to lifestyle gifts, such as candles, toys, personal care, travel gadgets and more.  More than 10,000 total industry professionals come from 48 states and 77 countries to source product from the 800 exhibiting companies.  Some 200 exhibitors stage their debut at each show, many in #fresh, a juried section of companies of 1-5 years in business. Another dedicated section of the show, The Supply Side, features exceptional production and finishing services for stationery and gift companies – including paper, converting, engraving, die-cutting, printing, packaging finishing etc. The Show is co-located with SURTEX, the premier event for sourcing original art and design, and ICFF. The NSS has been an integral part of the industry it serves for more than 70 years. For additional information and registration, visit

The National Stationery Show is owned and operated by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of large business-to-business trade shows in the United States, producing more than 80 trade shows and conference events per year, connecting hundreds of thousands of buyers and sellers across ten diversified end-markets, including Gift, Home, General Merchandise & Manufacturing; Sports & Apparel; Design & Construction; Jewelry, Luxury, and Antiques; Technology & eCommerce; Creative Services; Healthcare; Military; Licensing; and Food.  Emerald Expositions is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, CA.  The company’s shows are typically the most prominent and important for exhibitor and attendees within their various industries.

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