Marina B cards feature hand-drawn illustrations and her signature rainbow foil…
Marina B – a greeting card business based in rural Leicestershire – was founded in 2014 by Marina Brook, who completed an art foundation course in Loughborough, then pursued a degree in contemporary textiles for three years in Cardiff. She always had an ambition to start her own business.
Marina B’s journey began with its first trade show at PG Live in 2015, which marked the beginning of its growth into an international business that now supplies stockists in Europe, across America and Canada, and into New Zealand and Australia.
Its focus on quality and the ability to handle orders of varying sizes has enabled the company to establish partnerships with trusted manufacturers within the UK. Strong long-term relationships with suppliers ensure the consistent production of a high-quality range of cards and stationery.
Throughout the years, Marina B’s designs have evolved, but they still maintain her signature style of beautifully hand-drawn illustrations finished with rainbow foil. One of the most popular collections is the Spotty Love range, which features contemporary designs dedicated to animal prints. The endearing illustrations are coloured and outlined with rainbow foil, creating a visually stunning effect, which has led them to become a bestseller.
The Popsie Whopsie collection is new this year, created in memory of Marina’s father, who had a passion for sports and the outdoors. Marina wanted to fill a gap in the market for male cards and decided to honour her father’s memory through this range. The drawings in this collection are simple but unique with the addition of rainbow foil.
One of the highlights for Marina B was when she had the opportunity to design her own stamps for the Isle of Man. Two designs were chosen by the GCA and Marina had the privilege of visiting the Isle of Man to witness the creation of the stamps and even frank her own cards to send.
Marina B cards can be found in independent gift shops, farm shops and garden centres, along with bigger retailers such as John Lewis.