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Somerset illustrator and designer Hannah Marchant makes gorgeous greetings cards that grow into mini herb and wild flower gardens...

It’s National Stationery Week (you didn’t know?) and I’ve found a talented Somerset illustrator and designer called Hannah Marchant who not only makes gorgeous greetings cards, notebooks and the like – but some of the cards grow into mini herb and wild flower gardens.

It all starts with a paintbrush. Working from her little studio in Long Sutton, south Somerset, Hannah takes her inspiration from the countryside around her, places she visited, whatever else is happening in the world (she’s got a Tim Peake range for kids) and then gets to work with watercolours, and sometimes oils and acrylics.

Designs match the seeds

She’s got all the gear to print everything herself and is always experimenting with different types of paper, which is how she developed the technique of embedding some with herb and flower seeds.

This one’s for dill

After the card’s finished with (though they’re so pretty, it might be quite hard to do this), just plant the card in a pot or outside with some compost, water it and watch a mini herb garden or a pretty meadow grow.

Just plant, water and watch

As well as the seed cards, Hannah has a wide range of other designs – greetings cards, wedding stationery, notebooks and gifts, some of which can be personalised – which you can see online. She also offers a bespoke card service, working with you to create a unique design. Hannah’s going to show me how this works in a few weeks – so watch this space.

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