One of my favorite creative outlets involves paper and making pretty stationery out of it. Years ago, I started a line of hand-assembled photo notecards made out of recycled papers and some of my flower photos. More recently, I’ve learned to letterpress on a giant old Chandler & Price platen press, and for those times I can’t get my local printmakers studio, I have a tiny little L letterpress for home projects like this:
One of my favorite sites for inspiration is Oh So Beautiful Paper. Besides featuring a range of gorgeous paper projects from business cards to wedding invitations, Oh So Beautiful Paper is also “dedicated to the lost art of handwritten correspondence in everyday life.”
When editor Nole recently posted a giveaway for a set of calligraphy stamps by Kathryn Murray, I jumped at the chance to enter. Lucky me…I won! I received my “S” initial stamp and custom-inked return address stamp, along with some blank notecards and envelopes and an ink pad, and happily began stamping away.
These stamps are brilliant because they are clear! You can see everything which allows you to line them up perfectly. Crooked stamping, begone!
And ohKathryn didn’t send me an address stamp with weird blanks spots in it. I’ve Photoshopped my address for a false sense of security. This is the internet, after all.
Thank you so much to Kathryn for her lovely gift and to Nole at Oh So Beautiful Paper for hosting the giveaway. I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of the beautiful stamps!