At HoneyTree are acutely aware that we are all writing letters and social correspondence less nowadays. We believe that when one does ‘put pen to paper’, we are looking to make a lasting impression, that’s why we started Honey Tree, so selecting the most appropriate cards / papers for the task in hand is an important consideration.
For some kinds of correspondence, only real stationery will do. If you are writing a love letter, a sympathy note, a thank you card, or a letter of congratulations, you don’t want to send such meaningful musings on paper you tore out of your spiral bound notebook. Quality stationery adds a depth of sincerity to your words plus letters and cards are always opened (email are not!).
Correspondence Cards – a Great British tradition
From letters written to Winston Churchill (revealing the first penned use of OMG in 1917) to those of English author Jane Austen, the British have always been prolific and witty letter writers, revealing their individual character and charm via written correspondence. At HoneyTree Publishing, we found there was a significant lack of premium personalised stationery to buy online hence the creation of our luxury personalised correspondence cards to allow a true expression of individuality which keeps that great British tradition alive and develops afresh for the 21st century.
When to send a Correspondence Card
After a delightful dinner with friends or en famille, it can be hard to find a stylish and elegant card to express your thanks. A letter can be too formal and not as appealing or engaging for a modern audience. Personalised correspondence cards in heavyweight premium card provide the freedom of choice to send something unique which reflects individual personality. Personalised correspondence cards are perfect for all those moments when you need to jot a quick thank you for watering the plants, house sitting, dog walking, a great party, accepting an invitation or welcome to the village etc.
Etiquette and Contents
Many people want to know the proper etiquette for correspondence cards and how they should be formatted. There are a few guidelines, but no hard and fast rules:
Correspondence card size – traditionally a correspondence card is delivered at A6+ 15.2 x 11.4cm which at 6 x 4.5 inches (is slightly larger than todays post-card sized A6) possessing enough room for all the essential written ingredients.
Card weight – heavy, quality card delivers a premium feel which matches the sentiment contained within the correspondence card, so choose your card carefully. We suggest not less than 350gsm (standard photo copy paper is 80 gsm)
Contact details – there has been some debate over the years on the proper content of contact details for correspondence cards, but what you choose to include is up to you. Obviously leaving the ability for the recipient to get in touch with you in reply is a good starting point. So name, address and phone number is traditionally included. In the modern age you might consider using electronic contact means such as e-mail address, website or even Twitter handle. Where your address is changing or not permanent, a name and email address may suffice.
Correspondence contents – the message sent via correspondence cards is usually short and sweet. Etiquette requires that you only use the front of the card and never write on the back.
Writing Style – if you’re going to the trouble of writing and sending a correspondence card, then you’ll want to get the maximum impact. A quality fountain pen applied carefully to high-quality card can present a wonderful sentiment to the recipient and be an excellent way to finish off the design.
Personalisation – correspondence cards are designed to convey a certain sentiment. They’re a personal card with a special meaning. So you’ll want to personalise them to your taste. An illustrated card can add that special something to make your card stand out from the crowd and be instantly recognisable to the recipient.
Spelling, grammar and avoiding mistakes – you’re paying for personalised stationery, the last thing you want to do is ruin your sentiment with bad grammar or spelling errors. Tipex does wonders for the world, but it should never be used on correspondence cards. We’d recommend writing out your letter on disposable paper or on a computer first so you know what you’re going to write and you can check your spelling, grammar and formatting before you apply pen to card. Remember how much room you have.
Striking through – it’s an old tradition, some might think outdated, but some writers of correspondence cards have been known to strike-through their own name on the card and write it by hand when sending to close friends and family. This is thought to show a familiarity that would otherwise be lost. A less formal nickname is then used in place.
Delivery – correspondence card etiquette requires the card be sent in an envelope. Don’t let your card down with cheap envelopes – seal the sentiment properly in high-quality paper. You may even consider going the extra mile and using a traditional wax seal to finish off the package! Remember a first class stamp says it all! You don’t want people thinking they’re second class recipients.
What makes Correspondence Cards special?
Personalised stationery is always elegant and a delight to receive, personalised correspondence cards is no different. The quality of paper used for the card is vital to ensure its correct appearance. We recommend high quality 400gsm premium card for correspondence cards in oyster white or cream to ensure your sentiments look and feel right. A high level of attention to detail, and the fact that all our correspondence cards are designed and made in Britain ensures personalised correspondence stationery in the finest tradition.
Perfectly illustrated Correspondence Cards to create a lasting impression
For those occasions where texting and email simply won’t do, personalised stationery is the ideal alternative way to keep in touch, revealing an extra level of thoughtfulness as well as an expression of individuality. The very best bespoke stationers understand this and provide you with an extensive choice of font and colour for your personalised correspondence cards with the possibility to add extra touches of elegance to bespoke printed cards, such as silver or gilt edging. Most will offer a choice of personal initials or name and address, yet at HoneyTree we provide an extensive variety of original illustrations to choose from printed on luxury card (sometimes referred to as board) as well; making your personalised correspondence cards truly unique and something special both to send and to receive.
An evolving tradition in personalised stationery
Correspondence cards and personalised stationery are not new. Bespoke stationery was popular in the 18th century, and by Victorian times, there were strict rules of etiquette around the use of personalised stationery such as calling cards. As e-mail correspondence continues to grow for business and personal communication, picking up a fountain pen becomes increasingly appealing to those wanting to make a statement and with over 700 individual artwork motifs and designs available from HoneyTree, ones Personalised Correspondence Cards certainly standout. To that end, modern personalised correspondence cards are a break from the norm and a welcome breath of fresh air through anyone’s letter box. Correspondence cards demonstrate a level of thought and effort that simply cannot be transmitted by electronic means. Here in Somerset, we are passionate about upholding the British tradition of personalised stationery, choosing carbon neutral card and papers made with windpower and supporting talented British artists by commissioning exclusive designs, printed with round or square cornered cards with next day delivery service in the UK.
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