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Cool stationery elevates the handwritten note

Cool stationery elevates the handwritten note

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We’re all emailing, texting and DM’ing as fast as our thumbs can type these days, but there’s also some old-school pushback.

For many style-savvy communicators, handwritten notes are the thing.

Stationery Studio specializes in well-designed notecards. There are hand-illustrated botanical patterns, nautical and sporting motifs, preppy striped designs, and animals. All can be personalized with names or initials.

At Papyrus, notecards come engraved with tiny sea turtles, hummingbirds, pineapples, vintage airplanes, lightbulbs or gingko leaves.

Art lovers should check out the Museum of Modern Art’s online store, where notecard sets include the works of Matisse, Rothko, Klimt, Calder, Toulouse-Lautrec and Monet.

Understated, foil-stamped paper clips and pushpins embellish the notecards at Russell & Hazel, making them ideal for business correspondence.

Austin, Texas, designer Katie Kime’s notecard line has several patterns with a swingy Palm Springs vibe, in color combos such as pink and navy and citrus and lime.

Block printing brings an artsy, rustic charm to paper. Etsy shops JenAitchisonArt and MapleMoonDesign have lovely woodland animal and winter forest designs.

Kirsti Scott has been collecting sea glass for years around her home in Capitola, Calif. A graphic designer, she creates art prints as well as notecards, transforming the bits of water-washed glass into flowers, land and sea animals, beach balls, even VW camper buses. Her online shop is EtchedByTheSea.

The folks at Seattle studio Of the Earth, or, print photos they’ve taken around the Pacific Northwest on homemade paper embedded with seeds, such as daisy, snapdragon, poppy, thyme and chamomile. When you’re done reading the card, you can pop it into a pot or garden, add a bit of soil and water, and in a couple of weeks, your missive will have sprouted.

Want a blank slate to create your own artsy flourish, or to just leave unadorned so your note takes center stage? Paper Source has lustrous gold or silver shimmer-finished cards and matching envelopes. There’s a wide palette of other hues if shine isn’t your thing.

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