• Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler casts his festive eye over 2012 Christmas stamps
• Stamps inspired by traditional Christmas scenes
• Christmas stamps will go on sale on 6 November
The illustrator behind the world famous children's classic The Gruffalo brings his unique style to this year's Royal Mail Christmas stamp issue.
The seven stamps, issued on 6 November, are inspired by classic Christmas images, brought to life through the instantly recognisable illustrations of Axel Scheffler.
His gentle and disarming approach can be seen straight away on both the 1st and 2nd class stamps; 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 Christmas stamps feature a snowman meeting a penguin (87p), a Christmas robin bearing 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.
Designers Webb & Webb were commissioned by Royal Mail to devise the Christmas stamps and suggested Axel Scheffler, who they worked with to create images suitable for the small format of a stamp.
Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: "Christmas is always an issue we look forward to, and for this year's secular set of stamps we were delighted with the work produced by Alex, whose innocent and charming style set the perfect tone for this year's stamps."
To provide additional choice for customers, the popular 1st and 2nd Class Madonna and Child stamps, first issued in 2007, will also be available – see note to editors below.
For further information contact:
Royal Mail Press Office
100 Victoria Embankment
London EC4Y 0HQ
Tel: 07436 280002
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