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Social Stationery Wardrobe Dos and Don’ts

Build a social stationery wardrobe

Correspondence or flat card

You would never walk out of the house without at least a quick thought to your appearance. The same goes for sending correspondence out into the world. The best and easiest way to be sure your messages make your best impression is to create a social stationery wardrobe.

Build a social stationery wardrobe with pieces that you love. After all, just like your clothing wardrobe, your stationery represents you in the world, so you should feel proud of the way it fits your unique style. And remember, quality stationery stands the test of time. While many of your missives will be discarded, some will be kept for years, maybe decades or even centuries!

So what’s in a social stationery wardrobe? These are the basic pieces that provide the tools you need for any occasion that pops up. We recommend four must-have pieces in your stationery wardrobe:

Flat card or correspondence card

If you need to write just a couple of lines, a flat card is the perfect tool. Need to send your father-in-law the belt he left at his last visit? Slip in a flat card with a quick hello. Want to send a memorial donation in the name of a friend’s sister? Write your instructions to the charity on a flat card and include the check. Anytime you need to send a casual,  brief missive, the flat card works beautifully.

How to use: Write  your brief message on the side of the card that shows your name or monogram.

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Folded note

Folded note or foldover note

A folded note is slightly more formal. It’s perfect for one of the most common social tasks we perform (or should be performing, ahem! ): the thank you note. Folded notes give plenty of space to express gratitude for a wedding, birthday, Christmas, anniversary or baby shower gift. Folded notes are also perfect for acknowledging the nice things that people do for you. It could be that referral that a client made on your behalf. Or the wonderful dinner party you got invited to.  Ask yourself: “Did someone spend time and effort to do something just for me?” Return their energy by writing a thank you note on a folded note.

And using polished and professionally made thank you notes can be rewarding in other ways: If you are on the job hunt, doing job interviews or attending sales calls, that embossed folded note could make or break a potential employer or client’s impression of you.

How to use: Start on the lower inside panel. If you need more space, move to the upper inside panel.

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Letter sheet

Writing papers or letter sheets

If you are writing a message of a few paragraphs or more, use writing papers, also called letter sheets. Whether you are channeling your inner Jane Austen or simply telling your college bound daughter how much you love her, writing sheets emblazoned with your name or monogram are the perfect touch.  Accompany the paper with matching envelopes and a pretty stamp, and you will create correspondence worthy of being handed down through the ages… or at least saved for a little while.

How to use: Write on the front of the paper only. Use a blank sheet for the second page and find your best pen filled with blue or black ink.

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Gift enclosure

Gift enclosures

Whether you are giving a bottle of wine for getting that big sale or offering a gift to your evening’s host, a gift enclosure is your tool. Keeping a well-stocked stash of these around will help you avoid a last-minute scramble to the drug store. A well-crafted enclosure ensures that every gift is presented beautifully.

How to use: Brevity is your friend here. Sign your name under a brief greeting: “Thank you!” “I love you” “Happy Birthday,” etc.

Assembling your social stationery wardrobe 

You can put together a beautiful stationery wardrobe using individual cards, notes , writing papers  and enclosures that you love on their own. Buying individually gives you more flexibility and design choices. You can select pieces that are on trend, traditional designs or a mix of both.

Or you can purchase a coordinating set. Giftsin24 offers a number of wardrobes and ensembles that represent terrific values. Especially if you love a particular lettering style or monogram, purchasing a wardrobe is an easy way to get what you need quickly. Here are a few of our favorites:

Henley Monogram Wardrobe. This graceful assortment of embossed papers gives you many options to fit any occasion. Featuring your beautifully embossed monogram on high quality paper. Includes choice of monogram. Each Monogram Wardrobe set includes 50 letter sheets, 50 folded notes, and 50 enclosures with 150 paper-matched envelopes. Choose a return address or hand-inserted lining to make this set complete. Supplement with the Delavan Monogram Card to complete your monogrammed, embossed wardrobe.

Cove Wardrobe. An amazing value. The Cove Wardrobe has you covered. Be prepared for all of life’s occasions with a letter sheet, folded note and gift enclosure. Beautifully embossed in a bold, pleasing lettering style. 150 pieces, total, with 150 color-matched envelopes. Choose a return address or hand-inserted lining to make this an extra special gift. Add the Corridor Card to complete the set.

Somerset Wardrobe. The Somerset Wardrobe features three sizes of single panel cards (Apex, Correspondence and Enclosure) in your choice of ink color and lettering style. Containing 150 pieces, plus 150 matching envelopes, this set will cover all your casual stationery needs. Optional hand-inserted lining and return address on the envelopes. Supplement with the Somerset Letter Sheet to complete your raised-ink wardrobe.

 

 

 

Stationery Etiquette: How to Choose Stationery

Monterrey Note from Giftsin24.com“A WOMAN is known by the stationery she uses. Paper talks. We read between the lines, along the margin, and across the envelope, the story of good or bad taste which speaks in tone, texture and design.” So opens A Desk Book on the Etiquette of Social Stationery published in 1910 and written by Jean Wilde Clark. What was true then, with a slight tweak, is still true today. Our stationery can speak worlds about us. What’s changed? “The Rules,” or stationery etiquette, are more relaxed: we no longer must use black-bordered mourning stationery after a loved one’s death, for example. In addition, we can all agree that men have just as much of a need for stationery, and that their stationery choices speak for them too.

What’s more, in this age of fast fashion, speed-of-light communication across the globe, what’s “In Style” changes on a dime. And that makes us lucky: there’s no need to cram our taste into rigid expectations of what’s proper or even what’s in style. Sure, white or ivory paper will always be correct. But if you want to use red pepper, who will care? Citrus paper? Be my guest. The fabulous Jackie O used robin’s egg blue paper. If she could do that in the 1960s, the sky is the limit for us in the late 2010s.

On the one hand, the lack of stylistic expectations is liberating, because it means we have the freedom to choose whatever stationery suits us. On the other hand, it can be slightly intimidating, because we’ve got almost unlimited choices.

Damask Card from Giftsin24.comLet it be your style.

There’s one rule to follow in 2017/2018: You be you. Don’t worry about what a friend is doing, or what you saw in a magazine.

Not sure what you like? Look at the furnishings in your home and the clothes you wear.

Do you tend toward traditional (try a 3-letter monogram), primitive country (try a quirky or hand-lettered font), or contemporary (try your name in block letters)?

Like neat, clean surfaces (look for simple lettering) or do you like to cram every nook and cranny with beloved objects (look for curvy, embellished designs)?

Do you like to follow the rules (center the personalization at the top) or do you like to push them (personalization goes in a corner or at the bottom)?

What colors do you like to surround yourself with? Pastels? Metallics? Jewel Tones? Neutrals?

Take advantage of the preview function when considering lettering styles for your name. Scrutinize the way your initials look – perhaps you like one font’s S better than another?

These are great clues to help you pull together your stationery style. In the end, whatever you choose will be perfect, because you chose it.

Anthony Card with border from giftsin24.comBusiness or personal?

When you’re writing a note to your pastor, the school principal, or your favorite author, you might want to consider a more formal letter sheet or correspondence card that tends toward business-like. Perhaps it’s embossed. Perhaps it’s on white paper with gray ink. Or ivory paper with coffee ink. This stationery might include your middle initial and the formal version of your first name.

It will work equally well for when you’re sending a gift to your best friend, writing to your brother, or thanking your neighbor for her homemade scones. Or, for those more personal uses, you could purchase a second set that reveals your more relaxed side. Any form — letter sheet, flat card or folded note — will do. Perhaps there is a small illustration, or your nickname, rather than your given name. You might use colored paper with black or metallic ink or a more brightly colored ink on ivory paper.

Caprice Note is a raised ink folded note from giftsin24.com

Raised ink vs. embossing?

It’s really a matter of choice. Raised-ink printing, or thermography, is a more affordable version of engraving. Engraving, a centuries-old printing method, requires the creation of dies, which are expensive to produce and reside at the stationery company until you require more stationery. Raised-ink printing conveys a pleasing texture and a shimmery quality to the ink.

Embossing lends an even more delicious texture because the paper is pressed from below. In that sense embossing resembles traditional engraving, as well. Especially on white or ivory paper, embossing tends to be more formal. It also tends to be more earth-friendly, because the paper recycles easily.

So to recap, choosing stationery can be an enjoyable and fulfilling exercise. Taking time to think about your style and consider your options will reward you each time you sit down to write. See all of our personalized  correspondence cards and folded notes. Happy choosing!

New: Embossed AND Lined Envelopes

Harvest Card from giftsin24 ships in 24 hours.

Harvest Card from Giftsin24 features a deeply embossed initial. Choose the return address and lining on the envelope.

Sometimes one small change creates big results. If you’ve always wanted to order an embossed return address on lined envelopes, now is your chance.  We now offer eleven new luxury linings on our Pinnacle envelopes:

  • Black
  • Emerald
  • Fuchsia
  • Mocha
  • Navy
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Slate
  • Gold Foil
  • Opal Foil
  • Silver Foil

The new paper linings are wonderfully thick and rich. Embossing the envelope flap does not punch or show through the lining paper. The result is a lush, textured return address on one side and a smooth, satiny feel on the other.

We’re so excited to offer this new feature. Once you try it, we just know you will love it.

Banner Card from giftsin24 ships in 24 hours.

The embossed Banner Card comes with optional lined envelopes with embossed return address.

Eye-Catching Combinations

Order a gold foil, opal foil or silver foil envelope lining, for example, to give your embossed stationery set some shimmer and shine.

A black or navy lining is classic. Whereas a red, purple or fuchsia lining really gets noticed. Mocha or slate are more subtle.

Whichever lining you choose, it will complement your new embossed stationery beautifully.

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Last-Minute Gifts You’ll Be Proud To Give

Store shelves may be looking a little bare. And online shops are selling out.

But, there’s no need to settle for a less-than-perfect gift, because here at Giftsin24.com, we have an endless supply of last-minute gifts. We have lots of paper to make delicious stationery and matching envelopes. And we’re so quick, we can make your gift in 24 hours and ship it out the next day.

So that means that if you are seeking that perfect gift that looks like you planned it months ago, we’ve got it. Here are some of our newest designs reflecting the latest, up-to-the-minute trends.

We’ll customize these with a name or monogram, ink color and paper of your choosing. You can also add goodies like an envelope lining or return address. We’ll make the gift lickety-split and ship it free (if ordered before December 21; otherwise we have 1 and 2 day shipping options) to you or your gift recipient to arrive before Christmas.

It’s so easy. And best of all, your friend or family member will feel delighted — and you will feel proud.

Beautiful Last-Minute Gifts

Pointed flap envelopes from Giftsin24

Needlepoint Note – Triple Thick

Needlepoint Note – Triple Thick. An update on a traditional design, our embossed Needlepoint Note conveys a quiet gracefulness. Embellished with a thermography personalization, which imparts subtle shimmer, this folded note makes a stunning gift. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining to make it even more special.

 

 

Sonata Note from Giftsin24.com ships in 24 hours.

Sonata Note from Giftsin24.com

Sonata Note – Triple Thick. The Sonata Note features a crisscrossing daisy motif embossed into triple-thick paper. A softly shimmery raised-ink personalization adds even more sophistication. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining to create a luxurious gift.

 

 

 

Centric Card features a foil design and raised ink personalization.

Centric Card

Centric Card. Enjoy the art deco design of the Centric Card. The foil design in your choice of gold or silver adds a touch of elegance. Raised-ink personalization. Choice of typestyle. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining to create a very special gift.

 

 

 

Foil-pressed stationery from Giftsin24. Shipped in 24 hours.

Montauk Note

Montauk Note – Triple Thick. Chevron patterns are hot, and so is our Montauk Note. The zigzag design is foil-pressed in your choice of gold or silver, and the raised-ink personalization ups the glamour factor. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining to create a luxurious gift.

 

 

 

Infinity Note features gold or silver foil and ships in 24 hours.

Infinity Note

Infinity Note – Triple Thick. The Infinity Note features a distinctive diamond pattern in a gold or silver foil. The triple-thick paper is also embellished with a raised-ink personalization in your choice of colors. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining to create a luxurious gift.

 

See more of our newest products here, including picture frames, ornaments, notepads and more stationery. Happy giving!

Pump up the Pretty With our New Pinnacle Envelopes

Pointed flap envelopes from Giftsin24

Notice something new? You’ve asked for it, and now we have it: pointy flaps on our envelopes. Here’s our new Pinnacle envelope posing with our new Needlepoint Note.

You’ve been asking for it, and now we have it! We’ve pumped up the pretty with our new pointed-flap Pinnacle envelopes. To add even more sugar to the mix, we are introducing 10 new lining papers that we are hand-inserting.

Everyone loves a little luxury. That’s why we’ve added these new features to dozens of our most popular products.

Our Pinnacle envelopes feature a newly designed flap that’s sure to please.

We Make Pinnacle Envelopes in America

Like all of our envelopes, our Pinnacle envelopes are made in-house, at our state-of-the-art facility in Aurora, Illinois.

We make the envelopes out of the same paper as our stationery, so your stationery will always match the paper of your envelopes.

Giftsin24 offers pointed-flap envelopes and hand-inserted linings

Introducing our new Pinnacle envelopes and 10 new hand-inserted lining papers

And here’s even more good news: we’ve selected 7 vivid solid papers and 3 elegant foil papers as linings that we hand-insert into the envelopes. These gorgeous linings coordinate with any of our 11 raised ink colors and 6 border colors.

Oh la la, these new features make our classic stationery even more yummy.

See more stationery with our Pinnacle envelopes and hand-inserted linings.

NEW Stylish Stationery You Can Customize

Giftsin24 offers stationery you can customize with lettering styles, colors and more.

Create stationery with a look that’s original to you with our newest stationery you can customize with lettering styles, ink colors, borders and more.

It pays to be choosy. Giftsin24 is pleased to announce our newest stationery you can customize. Many of our products now offer a choice of lettering style and ink color from our most popular options.

We also offer a range of sizes, from standard, to Apex to Chesapeake. Specify your choices from available options, and we’ll create stationery just for you.

Love borders? We’ll add them. Embossing? Done. Or maybe you’re a raised ink type of person? Perfect, we’ve got that too. Cotton paper? Excellent choice–it’s our most luxurious stationery. Whatever you desire, you can create a style that’s all your own.

Beautiful Stationery You Can Customize

Delavan Monogram Note Life is always more fun when you have choices. The Delavan Monogram Note offers you a range of exclusive new monograms as well as perennial favorites. Select one that reflects the real you. The end result is sure to impress. Embossed. Folded note. Choice of white or ivory paper. Opt for the hand-inserted lining, optional border, 100% cotton paper or return address to create a luxurious set of stationery.

Highland Card  The Highland Card is all about choices. Make this single panel correspondence card into what you want it to be. Whether you’re bold, brainy, traditional or sweet, craft two lines of personalization and find a lettering style and thermography ink color that reflect the true you. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining or 100% cotton paper to create a very special gift.

Montreal Chesapeake Card  Our Chesapeake line of personalized stationery features many of our most popular designs in an even more generous 4.5″ x 8.5″ size. A treat for the senses, the Montreal Chesapeake Card – Embossed gives you lots of options. Select a lettering style and we’ll emboss your name in triple-thick paper. Includes 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for a border, 100% cotton paper, hand-inserted lining and return address for even more luxury.

You’re an original, so let your stationery be, too. Check out our line of new stationery today.

Winter Blahs-Busting Stationery

Giftsin24 offers beautiful stationery to chase away the winter blahs

Beat the winter blahs with new stationery.

When the skies are grey, temperatures plunge and daylight barely breaks ten hours, we all need a break from the drear. How about some happy stationery to perk you up and help you connect with friends?

With a good pen and a stamp, you can cheer yourself up by writing a friendly note to your old college roommate, favorite cousin or old next-door-neighbor. Won’t they be surprised to get your letter?

Three of our happiest cards and notes

Notable Note: One of our best selling notes! Your monogram appears in an ebullient, rounded script lettering style in one of ten luscious raised-ink colors. Choose fuchsia, red or purple for a pick-me-up vibe.

Blossom Note: Another exquisite design by America’s leader in social stationery! Our Blossom Note features superb embossed and creamy, triple-thick paper. Yo’u’ll enjoy writing a letter on this note. The Japanese-inspired motif features a spray of flowers deeply impressed into the paper. Below, your name appears in shiny raised ink. Choose from 6 pretty lettering styles and 10 ink colors.

Manhattan Card: This single panel card lights up an ordinary day with a ticker tape parade of polka dots, highlighted by your name in a curling script. For a real treat, choose lined envelopes in your choice of 5 patterns and 4 colors.

 

Impressive Gifts that Go the Distance – Cotton Paper Stationery

Gorgeous Monogrammed Cotton Paper Stationery from giftsin24.com

Looking for a luxurious gift? Our monogrammed cotton paper stationery fits the bill.

Looking for a gift that will impress this Christmas? Maybe you want to buy a gift for a close friend. Or perhaps you want to thank an important client. You may simply want to indulge yourself. Our cotton paper stationery, embossed with a name or monogram, fits the bill.

These high quality, classic papers can be used for any occasion and are always “in style.”

Furthermore, their simple elegance and smooth, sturdy construction yield tactile enjoyment for all your senses.

Remember, giftsin24 is the leading producer of embossed social stationery in the U.S.

Our cotton paper stationery is the same high quality paper you find at Crane’s, but at lower prices.

Plus, like all our stationery, our cotton paper …

  • include color-matched envelopes
  • arrive wrapped in tissue, affixed with a seal and nestled in a champagne gift box
  • ship in 24 hours
  • include FREE FedEx Ground Shipping
  • are guaranteed to be perfect, or we will gladly replace it (though we have a 99.8 percent accuracy rate, so odds are, your order WILL be perfect.)

Here are five exquisite cotton paper stationery gifts:

Avenue Card  Command the attention of your colleagues, clients or business associates with the Avenue Card. These beautifully embossed, single-panel cards come with 50 color-matched envelopes. Try your name on the top left line and your title below. Be sure to choose the cotton option.

Banner Card  Impressive & classic! Its thick, creamy paper feels smooth and substantial in hand, and the name confidently announces itself. The personalization appears in upper-case, crisp, embossed lettering.Be sure to choose the cotton option.

Capital Note  Simply charming! Make a warm first impression with the Capital Note. Your beautifully embossed, flowing initial appears above your name. A crisp border frames the whole arrangement. The quality of the embossing and detailed design make this folded note special. Your choice of white or ivory paper. Be sure to choose the cotton option.

Firenze Monogram Note  European flair meets American ingenuity in this elegantly designed folded note. Not your average script style, the Firenze Monogram Note adds a new twist to a traditional look. Be sure to choose the cotton option.

Chesapeake Boulevard Card The oversized dimensions of our Chesapeake line meet the elegance and sophistication of our cotton paper! Enjoy a taste of luxury with these beautifully embossed single-panel cards. And don’t worry, our Chesapeake stationery takes just a first-class stamp. Be sure to choose the cotton option.

Classic Embossed Monograms

Nothing says quiet sophistication quite like classic a embossed monogram. Giftsin24 has a large selection of monogrammed notes and cards to choose from. We have traditional script monograms, classic initial monograms and eclectic, artistic monograms. All of our monograms are deeply embossed and showcase your initials in delicate detail. Whether you personalize a foldover note or a flat-panel card with your personal initials, you will appreciate the fine quality and exceptional beauty of our monograms.

Classic and refined. The perfect embossed monogram!

Classic and refined. The Classic Frame Note has the perfect embossed monogram!

Choose from a prominent 2 ½” size monogram or a traditional 1 ½” monogram, embossed borders and frames, and multiple paper colors. Our paper is smooth and thick – a pleasure to write on. You will truly enjoy corresponding with these luxurious papers!

Need help choosing? Here’s a little Monogram Etiquette 101:

• Couples – The monogram will be the bride’s first initial, the couple’s last name, and the groom’s first initial, in that order. For example, Mary and John Smith would be M S J.

• Women – A woman’s monogram is traditionally presented as first, last and middle initial. So Mary Elizabeth Jones would be M J E. It is always appropriate to use a woman’s initials in this way, even if married; however, it’s more common to use her first, maiden and married surname if she does marry. For example, Mary Elizabeth Jones Smith would then be M S J.

• Men – A gentleman’s monogram is often done in first, middle and last initial order. John Andrew Smith would be JAS. In this instance, the initials are all the same size. You may also choose to put the gentleman’s surname in the middle, as J S A, with the center initial larger in size.

"Embossed

• Children – A child’s monogram follows the traditional first, last, middle initial order.

As with any monogrammed gift, you will want to consider the age and tastes of the recipient – traditional, modern or whimsical.

The sculptured look of embossing has a timeless appeal. It’s a classic that never fails to impress. Browse our selection at Giftsin24.com today and find the perfect gift for every occasion.

 

 

 

 

Embossed Cotton Papers: Our Finest Stationery

Chesapeake Boulevard Card in Embossed Cotton by Giftsin24.com

The oversized dimensions of the Chesapeake Boulevard Card by Giftsin24 make this single panel card an especially unique gift.

Looking for a little taste of luxury? Four words: personalized embossed cotton stationery.

Whether you are buying a gift for a close friend, want to thank an important client, or simply want to indulge yourself, you can’t go wrong with our cotton stationery embossed with a name or monogram. These high quality, classic papers can be used for any occasion and are always “in style.” In fact, you’ll enjoy their elegant look and smooth, sturdy feel.

Remember, giftsin24 is the leading producer of embossed social stationery in the U.S. Our cotton papers are the same high quality papers you find at Crane’s, but at lower prices. Plus, like all our stationery, our cotton papers …

  • include color-matched envelopes
  • arrive wrapped in tissue, affixed with a seal and nestled in a champagne gift box
  • get shipped in 24 hours
  • arrive FREE with FedEx Ground Shipping a few days later
  • are guaranteed to be perfect, or we will gladly replace it (though we have a 99.8 percent accuracy rate, so odds are, your order WILL be perfect.)

5 Favorite Embossed Cotton Products

Avenue Card  Command the attention of your colleagues, clients or business associates with the embossed cotton Avenue Card. These single-panel cards come with 50 envelopes. Try your name on the top left line and your title below. Add an embossed return address, which is free this month (September 2014), on the envelopes for extra polish. Be sure to choose the 100% cotton option. 

Banner Card  Impressive & classic! The thick, creamy paper feels smooth and substantial in hand, and the name confidently announces itself in upper-case lettering. Be sure to choose the 100% cotton option.

Firenze Monogram Card in Cotton Paper from Giftsin24.com

Firenze Monogram Card in Cotton Paper features a flowing monogram embossed with crisp edges that you expect from Giftsin24.

Firenze Monogram Note  European flair meets American ingenuity in this elegantly designed folded note. Not your average script style, the Firenze Monogram Note adds a new twist to a traditional look. Be sure to choose the 100% cotton option. 

Capital Note  Simply charming! Make a warm first impression with the Capital Note. Your beautifully embossed, flowing initial appears above your embossed name. A crisp border frames the whole arrangement. The quality of the embossing and detailed design make this folded note special. Your choice of white or ivory paper. Be sure to choose the 100% cotton option. 

Chesapeake Boulevard Card The oversized dimensions of our Chesapeake line meet the elegance and sophistication of our cotton paper! Enjoy a taste of luxury with these beautifully embossed single-panel cards. And don’t worry, our Chesapeake stationery still fits within the US Postal Service’s requirements for a first-class stamp. Be sure to choose the 100% cotton option.