A young designer who wants to “put smiles on faces” has been selected to create cards for a festive collection.

Alex Simpson, of North Weald, Epping, was chosen by The Prince’s Trust and VistaPrint to be one of six young people supported by the trust to design two of the Christmas cards for this year.

When the cards are sold, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Prince’s Trust to help them support more young people.

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The 20-year-old said: “I wanted my Christmas cards to represent the spirit of Christmas. I wanted them to be bright, colourful, happy and fun and to put a smile on the faces of anyone who saw them.

“A Trust staff member, Jo Bouchard, asked if I would like to enter the Christmas card competition. The only drawback with this was that it had to be done digitally and I hadn’t done this before.

“She was very encouraging though and advised me to give it a go, I’ve since found out that I’m actually quite good at digital art.

“Following this I’ve gone on to use digital art to design and produce a poster for the National Autistic Society.

Epping Forest Guardian: Alex Simpson Christmas card designAlex Simpson Christmas card design (Image: VistaPrint)

“I am thrilled that I have learned a completely new skill and that I enjoy it so much.”

The limited-edition cards are available on the VistaPrint site from November 7 until January 7.

Alex added: “I would love to be a designer, creating cards and posters, to promote organisations like businesses and charities.

Epping Forest Guardian: Alex Simpson Christmas card designAlex Simpson Christmas card design (Image: VistPrint)

“I like to get messages across in a simple, clear and effective way.

Ben Marson, from the Prince’s Trust, said: “It is great that young people we have previously supported at the Trust have used their skills and hard work to help even more young people find their pathway to success.”

UK Marketing director for Vista Claire Reynolds said: “the talent showcased by the young people working with the charity has been incredible, and we’ve been blown away with the art created for our Christmas card collaboration.”