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Christmas cards inspired by Boris Johnson's festive message hit the shelves 

Festive cards inspired by the Prime Minister's 'jolly careful' speech have made their way onto the shelves just a day after he advised the public to take precautions over Christmas period.

Card-makers and retail giants across the nation have been using Boris Johnson's foreboding speech to decorate their products and spread a little Christmas cheer. 

It comes less than 24 hours after Boris Johnson confirmed that the blanket lockdown in England will end as scheduled next Wednesday, but cautioned that coronavirus curbs needed to stay in place until Easter.

Taking a press conference from self-isolation in Downing Street, Mr Johnson said: 'Tis the season to be jolly, but it is also the season to be jolly careful, especially with elderly relatives.'

A Moonpig card shows the Prime Minister wearing a Christmas hat  next to the phrase (left) while another card designed by Amy Goble shows him stood with Dominic Cummings and Matt Hancock (right)

Hollie Robinson, from Nottingham, created a print showing the Prime Minister sporting a Christmas hat and giving a double thumbs-up in front of a Union flag

He added: 'This is not the moment to let the virus rip for the sake of Christmas parties'. 

Following the speech, card companies set about designing cards with the festive warning. 

Nottingham-based designer Hollie Robinson, 27, created a print showing the Prime Minister sporting a Christmas hat and giving a double thumbs-up in front of a Union flag, sold via her brand CaliPrintsbyHollie.

Amy Goble, a calligrapher who specialises in greetings cards and personalised gifts through her business The Amyverse, portrays Mr Johnson at the press briefings podium complete with the Government's 'Hands. Face. Space.' slogan and adorned with Christmas presents and fairy lights.

The 29-year-old Sussex-based illustrator's best-selling card is also based on politicians' responses to coronavirus.

It shows the 'three unwise men' - Dominic Cummings wearing a Barnard Castle T-shirt and carrying a bag with an eye-test design; the Prime Minister in a Christmas hat and partly-worn face covering; and Health Secretary Matt Hancock standing at a podium bearing the comedy slogan 'Go out. Stay at home. Ruin Christmas'.

Carolyn Sugiura, 34, illustrated the phrase within a wreath design from her Leeds-based studio. The comical cards come after the Prime Minister advised the public to take precautions over Christmas period 

Card makers and retail giants have been using the Prime Minister's 'jolly careful' phrase to decorate their cards

Lindsey Webb, 39, from Sunderland, said she decided to create some cards after hearing the Prime Minister's speech last night

Warrington-based business Jak Ward has used the 'jolly careful' phrase to design his clothing range

Sheffield-based digital illustrator Ella Williams, 27, who owns EllaVaSketch, depicts Mr Johnson wearing a Christmas hat and tie with a cross-eyed expression.

Online greetings cards giant Moonpig will also soon be selling a crimson card bearing a close-up caricature of the Prime Minister with his eyes staring in opposite directions, below his phrase printed in bold white lettering.

Sunderland designer Lindsey Webb, 39, said 'after the speech last night I had to do some cards', and within hours was selling designs bearing Mr Johnson's expression through her personalised gift business, Willow and Fox Designs.

Sustainable small-business owner Carolyn Sugiura, 34, illustrated the phrase within a wreath design, which she created in her Leeds-based studio and will be selling via her brand Gray Starling Designs.

The 'jolly careful' phrase has even begun to make its way on to clothing, including a festive skull and candy cane crossbones design by Warrington-based business Jak Ward.

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