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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 For Fall: 4 Monogrammed Notes with International Flair

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Santana Monogram Note is new for Fall 2017

Updating our stationery is away to give ourselves a refresh for a new season. The days are getting shorter. The temperature is cooling. Soon, it will be time to change out wardrobes. We’ll swap shorts for pants and tank tops for long sleeve shirts. We’ll perform the annual treasure hunt: pull out last year’s clothes from storage and see what fits and where we might want to fill in with some new clothes. Treating ourselves to a few new pieces – in fabric or paper – is an annual fall ritual.

Our designers have been hard at work, creating their latest, greatest lettering styles and monograms. We’re excited to show you four new folded monogrammed notes. They feature classic style and international flair, spanning Europe to South America.

Didn’t get away this summer? These new monogrammed notes can transport you. Not to mention that they really make a statement.

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Pearls of Paris Monogram Note

Take a peek and see what you think of these new monogrammed notes:

Pearls of Paris Monogram Note

The city of lights. Classic pearls. Folded notes in wonderful, thick paper. This monogram is a sophisticated update of our best-selling Paris Monogram. With two lowercase initials flanking a distinctive uppercase initial, this monogrammed note is sophisticated and one-of-a-kind, just like you. Choice of raised-ink color.

Santana Monogram Note

Latin American style with a touch of classic flair makes this personalized monogram note distinctive. Two monogram options feature flowing letters in a bold design that’s as elegant as it is forceful. Let this stationery transport you to someplace exciting and sophisticated. Choice of raised-ink color.

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New! Pearl String Monogram Note

Pearl String Monogram Note

Like a crisp white shirt and classic black ballet flats, the Pearl String Monogram Note is the perfect accessory for any occasion. Impress your correspondents with this larger, modern monogram in a strand of pearls motif. Choose from a range of vivid raised-ink hues. Add an optional border to make this stationery really shine.

Monterrey Monogram Note

You’ll feel a sense of pride as you put pen to paper using these stylish, personalized folded notes. Send a heartfelt message to all your friends using these thermography printed, monogrammed note cards. Choose among four distinctive lettering styles and many vivid ink colors.

Fall in love with the Monterrey Monogram Note

Monterrey is one of 4 new monogrammed notes

See all of our new products for fall here.

 

Sneak Peek: Ovation Note

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The Ovation Note is an exciting new design by Embossed Graphics

In the coming weeks, we will be launching an exciting new line of stationery. These exclusive designs are unlike any others on the market right now, and we are so proud to offer them to you. The Ovation Note is one of them.

This folded note features two beautiful lettering styles: the first name is an exclusive calligraphy font and the last name is a more tailored serif font. These lettering styles coordinate beautifully and add interest to traditional personalized stationery.

Choose your favorite ink color on your choice of ivory or white paper.

The raised ink, also called thermography, adds delightful texture and a shimmery shine.

The double-thick paper has a pleasing weight and is crisply folded, offering you three panels of writing space.

Color-Matched Envelopes Included with Ovation Note

As with all of our stationery, 50 Pinnacle envelopes come with the 50 notes.

You can specify an optional matching or contrasting border for extra interest. Other options include hand-inserted linings and return address on the envelopes or 100% cotton paper for even more luxury.

Come back and see the Ovation Note and more than 2 dozen other exclusive designs in the upcoming weeks.

Meet the New Orchid Monogram

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The new Orchid Monogram Cards is full of romance.

If you love our Elise or Paris monograms, you will surely enjoy our new Orchid monogram. It’s the same flirty lettering style, but it features a dramatic embellishment that swirls along the edge of the card.

There’s nary a straight line to be found. All romance and soft curves, the Orchid monogram displays your love of life. You are not content to follow the straight and narrow. You like to savor life’s pleasures.

Made from triple-thick paper in a 4.5″ x 6.2″ size, the Orchid Monogram Card offers plenty of room to write. We print the monogram in your choice of 11 raised ink colors, including red, gold, fuschia, purple and black.

This card, like all of our notes and cards, comes in a set of 50 cards with 50 envelopes.

Optional Hand-Inserted Linings with Orchid Monogram Note

To make it even more special, opt for hand-inserted linings with your envelopes. Choose from satiny silver, opal , gold, red and many more papers.

Designed by Embossed Graphics, America’s favorite social stationery company, this folded note is made in the USA. Their long-time, experienced craftspeople dedicate themselves to perfection. In some cases they have been creating stationery for 20 or even 30 years.

See the Orchid Monogram Card here.

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

Strike it Rich…With Gold Ink

Gold InkNow you can add even more luxury to your favorite Giftsin24 stationery by selecting gold ink. We’ve added this shimmery hue to our lineup of raised ink colors, so you have even more choices.

If you love wearing gold, why not add it to your stationery?

Options in Gold Ink

For bordered cards and notes, pair gold lettering with a black border on stark white paper for an opulent feel.

To achieve the ultimate princess look, combine gold lettering with a fuchsia border.

Gold ink looks gorgeous with ivory paper. On white paper, it takes on a regal feel.

Check our all our raised ink products for the new gold lettering choice. Let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you.

Raised ink cards  Personalized with your unique message, our raised-ink cards are a masterpiece. Choose among a wide range of vivid colors, including our newest one — gold — and we will use a process known as thermography to give them a raised texture and shimmery shine. Customize your raised-ink card with your favorite quote, phrase or saying.

Raised ink notes  Our Raised-Ink Notes are created with the high-quality printing technique called thermography, which uses heat and powder to create a textured personalization. This unique result looks elegant and luxurious. Surprise your family and friends with this striking gift. Choose from a variety of modern, professional and fun-looking designs for the home and office.

 

Going to a Housewarming Party? Skip the Candles…

Find the perfect housewarming party gift at Giftsin24.com

Helping your friends and family to celebrate a new home is like planting flowers and turning on the sun.

Are you going to a housewarming party? Candles and tea towels are traditional housewarming gifts. But we’ve got a better idea: personalized stationery.  It’s perfect for newlyweds, downsizers and upgraders. For those who have found their “forever home.” Or for those who have simply found a better place to rest and refresh after working all day.

Giving  stationery with a new return address acknowledges the specific home they’ve chosen. And with 50 pieces in a set, they’ll remember your gift every time they use it.

Plus, you can write a beautiful message on the first card. Something like: “I’m so excited that you found your new digs. May you have a comfortable, happy home filled with joy and beauty!”

Warm Their Home with Personalization

Here are our top three favorite housewarming party gifts. In the “Order and Preview” section, choose to have the optional return address printed on the included envelopes:

Anthony Family Pride Note. A beautiful gift for a young, close-knit family. Nothing beats the delicious feeling of family togetherness. The texture of the raised-ink names, bullets and border makes this note a delight to touch and hold. Choose an ink from among our 10 raised-ink options.

Double Thick Impression Note. Perfect for a couple embarking on their new life together. Our Impression Note features an oversized script typeface that gets attention. The raised ink lettering shines nicely against the smooth paper. Try it with sage lettering on ivory paper. Or, for a more formal look, use crisp black lettering on stark white paper. For even more luxury, add optional lined envelopes in your choice of pretty patterns and colors.

Bordered Classic Monogrammed Card. As appropriate for the city girl striking out on her own as it is for a mature singleton who is living life to the fullest. Fashions come and go, but this card is always in style. As with all our notes and cards, 50 matching envelopes are included. Optional lined envelopes make this stationery set even more yummy.