I remember the days when I got excited about writing letters to my friends the good old fashioned way, pen to paper. Not just any paper, on beautiful, coloured, beautifully designed stationery paper. Sometimes it was even scented and if they were not, I would scent it with a little perfume.
Nowadays we are more inclined to write an email, post on Facebook or simply text or call. This is all well and good if you want things said instantaneously but every now and again, wouldn’t it be lovely to send something a little bit more personal and thoughtful. I know I would be very touched if my dearest loved ones sent me a letter in the mail instead of on screen.
So now I am dedicating some time to sit down and write letters, and I don’t necessarily mean writing out a novel, but short letters of the “going ons” in my life and asking about theirs.
I have many friends and family living overseas and even local ones, that would appreciate a letter delivered from the postman, that wasn’t a bill. And because I want my recipients to feel that extra special, I will write on some handmade stationery I made myself.
Here are some of my designs that I quickly made as I wanted to get writing asap.
Writing stationery using rubber or clear stamps
I love using rubber or clear stamps as it gives it the handcrafted look. This stationery was simply achieved by using two different rubber stamp designs, stamped with the same coloured ink. The circular patterned stamp was consecutively stamped on top of each other and the bird stamp complimented the bottom border which is simply a piece of patterned paper glued on.
This was so simple that I did another design using the same techniques. Using pink ink and the “Love” clear stamp and a love heart clear stamp, I finished off the simple design, with a pink patterned paper border glued on to complete the colour scheme.
Bunting writing stationery
I cut triangular shapes on different coloured paper then glued them on a pencil drawn bunting line. The heart design was achieved using a clear stamp and finished off with coloured pencils and gel pens.
Writing stationery using a pin
In this design, I decided to use coloured paper so the design could stand out more. I lightly pencilled in a floral design to mark where to poke the pin through. By carefully poking holes intermittently on the paper, one can make a design as simple or elaborate as they want to. Remember to erase the pencil marks after you have finished.
Tea-stained writing stationery
It does burn quickly so put it out as quickly as possible. You don’t want to burn the entire paper, or worst still, burn down the house.
Writing stationery using hole punches
I used a butterfly shaped hole punch but there are so many more designs you can choose from. I punched out the butterfly shapes on three different coloured paper. I glued this around a simple design I drew with coloured pencils.
These are only a few ways to handmake writing stationery, all of which I spritzed some of my favourite perfume or essential oils. I will follow up in upcoming blogs my handmade envelopes to send the letters in. Please share if you have any other ideas or ways to make writing stationery. I would love to hear from you so I can add to my newfound collection.