I’ve long wanted my own, personal letterpress stationery since Smart Communications once gave me a set of notecards in my inital and name many Christmases ago. (It disappeared from the face of this earth last year and I never found it back.) Unfortunately, I do not know of any local shop that specializes in letterpress stationery, except for those that make wedding invitations, which if aren’t tacky, require large orders. The ones I found that are closer to my aesthetic are based in the US, but unlike Tatin, I’m wary of online orders that require international shipping because of our blasted customs and post offices. (Plus, they’re really expensive, ranging from US$300 to US$500 for a set of 100 cards.)
While that search is on hold, I’m happy to have found these Thank You notecards by Peter Pauper Press at a local book shop.
First, I love the black- and cream-color combination.
|The notecards come with matching envelopes|
I’m normally wary of using foreign language in my correspondence (aside from English, naturellement :-P) as I don’t want to appear pretentious (aside from the fact that I only have six units of beginner French under my belt; not enough to impress!) but I couldn’t resist the beautiful details of this particular design.
From the intricately drawn and embossed Eiffel Tower with gloss highlights,
|The gloss appears as smudge in this photo; looks better in person.|
and the sweet-sounding brevity of the French word for “Thank you,” (The homonymic reference to an apology isn’t lost on me; it’s as if you’re sorry for the trouble the favor had cost the giver, which I find very considerate.)
to the elegant linen finish of the paper,
I can’t wait to begin writing my thank-you’s. To be safe, I divided my set into two and kept a stash at home and in the office: I can never be sure when I’ll need to make an impromptu gratitude note.
How exactly does one write a thank you letter on such limited space as a notecard?
According to this article by Leslie Harpold for The Morning News, you may follow this outline (example is mine):
- Greet the giver
- Express your gratitude
- Discuss your gift’s use
- Mention the past, allude to the future
- Close with grace
- Say your regards
Easy, right? Now let’s keep the art of letter-writing alive.
Saw this on the TLC’s Passport to Europe TV show yesterday: If you happen to be in Paris, mail your postcards and letters at the post office right under the Eiffel Tower—this is so you get that exclusive Eiffel Tower stamp on your envelopes and cards. C’est très magnifique!