Stand out from the pack
Talented illustrator Hannah Marchant will design and print your own bespoke Christmas cards, right here in Somerset
The sudden influx of Christmas cards in all the shops (the festive season – it’s unstoppable, people) got me thinking. This year, should I go trad-vaguely-religious, minimalist-no-mention-of-Christmas-at-all or even *shudder* make my own ? (You can relax, we both know I won’t.) Then I paid a visit to super talented illustrator Hannah Marchant, who produces all sorts of stationery, including beautiful one-off, personalised Christmas cards. Problem solved…
Hannah works from her arty studio in a converted barn near Langport, on the edge of the Somerset Levels.
She finds out what you’re after – over the phone or you can pop in and see her – and then sketches out some ideas, working in pencil and water colours. Loving my party shoes!
Once you’ve chosen the design you like, she tweaks the drawings on her computer and adds any graphics or words – a greeting or address, could be a logo if you like – on the front, inside or back of the card.
You get to see and sign off a proof before she presses the button to start turning her beautiful artwork into a pile of pristine cards. She uses top quality, thick white or off-white card and has all the equipment needed to print, fold and trim the cards in the studio – so it really is all handmade in Somerset.
Got a pretty house? Hey presto…
Why stop at the house? Let’s include the whole village!
She can put you in the picture, too. Hannah did a little sketch of my friend Jules…
… added in her little fur balls, a clutch of holly and a festive message and printed the whole caboodle inside her card.
Hannah doesn’t hang around, either. The whole process takes less than two weeks from start to finish and prices are reasonable: 25 cards £30; 50 cards £55, 100 cards £80 (prices include envelopes).
So, if you want to send Christmas cards that your nearest and dearest may want to keep, get in touch with Hannah. No tedious round robin newsletters allowed though! Hannah also designs and makes bespoke wedding stationery and a range of other stationery and gifts.