How to Make Your Own Stationery
If you want to put your creative talents to good use, why not make your own stationery?
If you’d like to give your correspondence a more unique, less mass produced look, why not make your own stationery? It’s quite simple to create beautiful stationery with an elegant artisan look and when designed by you, it will truly be one-of-a-kind.
If you want to take the easy route to make your own stationary, there are software programs you can purchase that will allow you to your create stationery quickly and easily. If you want a more unique, handcrafted look, it may be better to do it by hand.
To start, you’ll want to purchase high quality, all cotton paper from your local craft store, stationery store, or art store. Choose appropriate envelopes to match. The quality of your paper can make a significant difference in the look and feel of your finished stationery, so don’t skimp on quality.
To add decorative elements to your stationery, you can buy pre-made rubber stamps at your local craft store that are designed to be used with ink pads. If you haven’t discovered the multitude of rubber stamp designs and ink pads available, prepare to be stunned. There are rubber stamp designs both large and small along with ink pads in every color in the rainbow including metallics and special effect ink pads.
If you don’t find the design you’re looking for in the rubber stamp section of your craft store or if you want something more unique, you can have rubber stamps made at a relatively inexpensive price, ranging from $5.00 to $50.00 depending on the size and detail. Once you have your rubber stamp created, it’s a simple task to stamp your stationery sheets quickly and easily.
You can have rubber stamps created of your own art work or use public domain images from old books and magazines where the copyright has expired. Old book and magazine illustrations are a great way to create Victorian looking stationery that looks like it came from a bygone era. To get inspiration, look through old copies of Victoria magazine. This magazine always has interesting examples of Victorian calling cards and stationery. It will give you lots of inspiration. You can also create designs on your computer and have them made into rubber stamps.
Another option is to purchase an embosser to decorate your stationery. This will give your stationery an elegant, raised effect that looks very professional. An embosser is a bit more expensive running in the $50.00 to $100.00 range depending on the design.
When you make your own stationery, you enter a whole, new world of creativity and personalization. Why not give it a try?