When The Gracious Posse launched in 2013, one of my first posts was Is It Time to Refresh Your Stationery Wardrobe? Published under the category Posse Passions, I couldn’t wait to share my love of all things writing and inviting. To write and invite fashionably requires a stationery wardrobe. Think of your shoes: you wouldn’t dream of wearing flip-flops to an evening soirée; neither should you write an expression of sympathy on a peppy note card.
The multi-purpose correspondence card serves as the foundation of the stationery wardrobe. Use this workhorse to write thank-you notes, expressions of sympathy and light business correspondence, even hand-written invitations. Get this choice right, and you can add accessory pieces to your wardrobe. Using samples from our new website for stationery,
I’ll show you how to customize the plain white or ivory paper with fonts, colors and layouts to suit women and men, all with prices that won’t punish your pocketbook.
Correspondence Cards for Women
the Delavan Card gives numerous monogram choices
White or ivory? Monogram or name? Vertical or horizontal orientation? There is no right or wrong answer, but those are choices you make to express your personal style. However, sometimes your name will look better than your monogram. Some of us have unfortunate monogram letters, and some letters just don’t work well in certain monogram styles. The beauty of our site is the online preview which allows you to experiment with fonts and colors (borders do not display) to get the right look. For example, Alison fell in love with this monogram
but when we previewed the monogram on a correspondence card with her letters in it,
the V on the right side just didn’t work. Such a bummer. (If you are interested to see if the Victorian monogram looks good with your letters, it can be found on the following correspondence cards: CR6604, CR7501, CR9501 and on numerous other items. Look for L129 monogram code.)
If you’d rather put your name on a card, consider one of these options:
I love the crisp look of navy ink on white paper on the Highland Card.
If you love hot pink, then use this fuchsia color on white paper with the Manhattan Card.
Shown here on the Arabesque Card, navy raised ink on ivory paper (top image) produces a versatile look.
Reserve black on ivory for your most formal of correspondence, while black ink on white is quite sharp.
I’m a fan of the Waterton Card shown above in slate ink on ivory paper. What an elegant combination.
Ocean ink on white paper sends a happy tone on the larger (4.8″ x 7″) Waterton Apex Card
The largest (4.5″ x 8.5″) Executive Chesapeake Card in the unique vertical format gives ample writing space for copious writers or those with large penmanship.
offers ivory cards and different border colors. Ink color stays the same for all cards.
Correspondence Cards for Men
For men and teenage boys, an ecru card with navy, black or slate raised ink works best. Always appropriate, it’s their equivalent of wearing khakis and a blue blazer.
Casual Card shown above gives a two-line option. You can use both lines or only the top or bottom.
The Colonial Card‘s border and font is enormously popular. Choose ivory paper and black, slate or navy ink and you’ll have a happy correspondent.
Typically men don’t use a monogram on a correspondence card, opting for their name or initials instead (all three letters of the same size in the first, middle, last order). The following provide good options for that.
For men, use initials on the Tuscany Card; the second line is optional. Use navy, black or slate ink and add a matching border.
The Olympus Wardrobe offers three card sizes and a masculine font with two initials. Again, you can’t go wrong in black, slate or navy ink.
As you can see with borders, fonts and ink colors you can create a correspondence card that suits your style.
To make your shopping on our EGBreeze site even more tempting this month, the following offers are good through March 27, 2017. You can save 50% on the upgrades of adding a border color, return address on envelopes, envelope liners, and upgrading to 100% cotton paper.
Orders of $99 or more qualify for FREE FedEx Ground Shipping.
Finally, if you are in the RVA area and want to see these papers in person and/or arrange a wardrobe consultation, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.