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The Twelve Days of Christmas by Catherine Rowe Stamp Collection

Collection Issue Date: 19th October 2017

A festive set of twelve stamps to bring joy and cheer!

This festive collection is presented by Isle of Man Post Office with best wishes and good cheer in the spirit of the popular Christmas song that inspired these lyrical illustrations by Catherine Rowe.

In her first commission for Isle of Man Post Office, artist Catherine Rowe has done a wonderful job in capturing the spirit of Christmas in this set of twelve stamps.

There is a stamp for each of the twelve days and Rowe has incorporated some intricate Celtic style detailing such as the Three Legs of Man and Manx Tartan as a small nod to the Island's heritage and culture.TThe gorgeous, bold colour palette of the stamps is delicately contrasted through the use of metallic gold inks used on the numbers and detailing.

Taking inspiration from the well known Christmas song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', Rowe has managed to give these stamps a traditional Christmas warmth as well as a natural and earthy feel.

Issue Information

Catherine Rowe studied Illustration at The Cambridge School of Art, graduating in 2013. She has since worked as a freelance illustrator, jewellery designer and now freelance artist, represented by Brighton based licensing agency Yellow House Art Licensing.

Catherine works with the rare medium scraperboard, using it as an alternative to print making, a process she enjoyed during her time at University. 

"Scraperboard allows you to produce similar results to that of a relief print or an engraving, without the specialist equipment - or the mess!" All work is originally in black and white as is the nature of the medium, and is then scanned and coloured digitally using Photoshop and a graphics tablet.

The illuminating issue text from writer Valerie Caine, details the origins of this well-known festive song, while Rowe gives an insight in to her inspirations and technique for coming up with the creations for these miniature works of art.


Available in the collection are:
• Set (Mint and CTO)
• Self-Adhesive Set (Mint and CTO)
• Presentation Pack
• First Day Cover
• Sheetlet
• Gummed Sheet (Mint and CTO)
• Self-Adhesive Sheet (Mint and CTO)
• Printers Pane

Technical Information

Images

Catherine Rowe

Design

EJC Design

Text

Valerie Caine and Catherine Rowe

Printer

Lowe Martin

Stamp Size

32 x 32mm

Colours

Four plus metallic

Process

Offset Lithography

Perforations

14 per 2cm

Paper

110gms PVA Gummed

No. of Stamps

12

Format

Sheets of 48

Issue Date

19th October 2017

Collection Products

Twelve Days of Christmas Limited Edition Printer's Pane
Twelve Days of Christmas Limited Edition Printer's Pane

Product Code: VP43
Product Issue Date: 26th October 2017

For the true collector of stamps we are thrilled to present this very special, limited edition printer's pane. This pane is individually numbered as a limited edition of 100 and comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity. The pane is contains four of the Twelve Days of Christmas decorative sheetlets; and as they are printer's pane they still have colour bars and grip left in place.

This is an incredibly unique gift and with only 100 available it really is something to treasure.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Christmas Cards
Twelve Days of Christmas Christmas Cards

Product Code: VP25
Product Issue Date: 19th October 2017

Not content with spreading some Christmas cheer with the gorgeous stamps, we have commissioned Christmas cards using Catherine Rowe’s amazing designs.
The cards are available in multipacks of 12:
• A pack of 12 with a card for each of the designs on the stamps.
• A pack of 12 with 12 identical designs featuring the complete set of stamps and graphic with the partridge and the Twelve Days of Christmas motif in the centre.
• A pack of 12 with 12 identical designs featuring the complete set of stamps and graphic with the drum and the Twelve Days of Christmas motif in the centre.

Each of the designs is available to purchase individually in minimum quantities of 12.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Self Adhesive Set and Sheet
Twelve Days of Christmas Self Adhesive Set and Sheet

Product Code: VP32
Product Issue Date: 19th October 2017

In her first commission from Isle of Man Post Office, artist Catherine Rowe has done a wonderful job in capturing the spirit of Christmas in this set of twelve stamps.

Taking inspiration from the well known Christmas song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', Rowe has managed to give these stamps a traditional Christmas warmth as well as a natural and earthy feel.

There is a stamp for each of the twelve days and Rowe has incorporated some intricate Celtic style detailing such as the Three Legs of Man and Manx Tartan as a small nod to the Island's heritage and culture.The gold metallic inks used in the print are contrast the bold colour pallete beautifully.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Gummed Set and Sheet
Twelve Days of Christmas Gummed Set and Sheet

Product Code: VP31
Product Issue Date: 19th October 2017

In her first commission from Isle of Man Post Office, artist Catherine Rowe has done a wonderful job in capturing the spirit of Christmas in this set of twelve stamps.

Taking inspiration from the well known Christmas song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', Rowe has managed to give these stamps a traditional Christmas warmth as well as a natural and earthy feel.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Presentation Pack
Twelve Days of Christmas Presentation Pack

Product Code: VP41
Product Issue Date: 19th October 2017

This glossy four page full colour booklet contains a full set of mint condition Twelve Days of Christmas by Catherine Rowe stamps. This delightful set of twelve stamps feature original artworks by Catherine Rowe in her first commission for the Isle of Man Post Office.

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Twelve Days of Christmas First Day Cover
Twelve Days of Christmas First Day Cover

Product Code: VP91
Product Issue Date: 19th October 2017

A complete set of the Twelve Days of Christmas First Day are wonderfully displayed on this Isle of Man Post Office Official First Day Cover. The set of twelve stamps are cancelled with a unique postmark for the first day of issue, 19th October 2017.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Decorative Sheetlet and Folder
Twelve Days of Christmas Decorative Sheetlet and Folder

Product Code: VP64
Product Issue Date: 19th October 2017

This beautiful decorative sheetlet has a full set of the Twelve Days of Christmas stamps set within a decorative header and borders. The stamps and surround feature exclusive artworks by artist Catherine Rowe designed especially for this stamp collection.

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