DIY: High Society Stationery: Hand Painted Cards

March 12, 2013

High Society Stationery: Hand Painted CardsWe all need to quit our day jobs. Now. There is a market for crazy expensive stationery and we need to get in on it! Just take your name, write it in a fancy dancy calligraphy script and add the phrase “couture paperie” at the end. Done. You now are a high-society stationer.

“High Society” is quickly becoming my favorite series on the blog. It’s like I’m the Robin Leach of paper – and if I could, I would regale you with my awesome English accent. Which coincidentally, sounds exactly like my Irish accent, my French accent and my Italian accent. But I can do a mean Cockney.

Thanks to the recommendation of Shyra – I found these high-society beauts.

HandPaintedCardsPriceTag{What They Say} Hand Painted Glorious Bugs Mixed Note Card Set : First engraved in luxurious gold, each card is hand painted, creating eight original pieces of art. An extra touch of luxe is added to your glorious bug menagerie with multi-colored beveled edges. Delivered to you in Maisner’s signature fabric box.

{What I Say}  Menagerie? Of glorious bugs? I’ve always considered myself to be the queen of hyperbole. Then I read this. The last time I used the word “menagerie” was when I sang the “Prince Aliaba-bwa” song from Aladdin (which wasn’t all that long ago). I can only assume that this “glorious bug menagerie” includes glorious live butterflies that flutter out of the “signature fabric box” as you open it. Remember that scene in Bridesmaids?

I totally get it. These are hand-painted pieces of art and to be honest,  I’m not even mad at the price. Herein lies the rub:(Shakespeare shout out. Rich people like that) If I am going to invest in pricey hand-painted pieces of art, you can bet your Christmas Eve crown roast (another thing wealthy folks like)… I’m not packing it up in an envelope and sending it off to someone else.  No ma’am.

Instead, how about I keep the pricey ones and write love notes to myself. For my friends, I can just DIY my own menagerie…

High Society Stationery DIY Butterfly Cards set | Damask Love BlogNow, my painting skills may not be worth $15 a pop, but I’m ok with that. I’ll happily sacrifice hand-painted perfection for the $120 that I’ll be snuggling up next to when I go to sleep tonight.

For these cards, I added my own “extra touch of luxe” by creating a double-debossed frame around the card front. To me, this looks more finished and schmance.

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High Society Stationery DIY Butterfly Card Close | Damask Love BlogBefore packaging these up in a signature fabric box of my own, I decided to include some gold envelopes lined with white tissue paper. One thing I have learned about high-society stationery…these people love to line envelopes with tissue paper. Truth be told – it is very classy-looking, but I’m convinced that this is a secret strategy that high-society people use to let you know that the card you just received cost more than Kim Kardashian’s sham wedding.

Note to self: Next time I get some tissue-lined stationery, sell it on Ebay.

High Society Stationery DIY Butterfly Card and Envelope | Damask Love Blog

High Society Stationery DIY Butterfly Cards | Damask Love Blog

 

SUPPLIES

Hero Arts Antique Engraving stamp set | Papertrey Ink Simply Stationery | Clear and Simple Stamps 24 karat envelopes | Tombow Watercolor Markers | Gold Embossing Powder 

Have you seen any high-society stationery lately? Do tell!

26 thoughts on “High Society Stationery: Hand Painted Cards”

  1. This is a great post and I must say I like your version better than the original one.
    Very good series + I love your style of writing, you are so funny! 🙂

    If you know any loaded folks with loads much money to spend on stationary, please send them to my address 🙂

  2. I love these posts! Keep em coming. Cracks me up every time, especially your comments about your accents. I had exactly the same thought as you about those cards, no WAY I’d send those out. They’d likely end up in the trash! So much for yourhand-painted original!

  3. I’m loving these posts also! I make all of my gifts for Katie’s educational team, and they love the handmade products. A little time, a lot of heart, and you have a beautiful gift! I love your set more than the $120 set! 😀

  4. HA! This post is both true and hilarious. I really like your version way better than the so called “wealthy menagerie” set. And your detailed packaging makes them even more beautiful. I love it!

  5. Ha Amber! I just watched Bridesmaids this weekend at the scrapbook retreat, so it was all too familiar! Love it!! This is probably my favorite segment as well! Keep it coming!

  6. Ohhh la la Amber! Tu me fais vraiment rigoler! Hors de question de payer une fortune pour des cartes fait main…… Yours are much more elegant and fancy! Keep on going girl! Xoxo from Paris

  7. Oh my goodness you have me cracking up over here. This post is hilarious. Love the “(Shakespeare Shout out rich people like that)” line. Seriously though, that set of cards you made is elegant and beautiful.

  8. Lol! So hilarious today;-) I laughed so many times at your irony. I’d pay to get your cards than theirs which are totally ridiculous!

  9. Seriously $120??? OK, this girl really needs to get her hustle on…lol Love your commentary on your “High Society” columns. Great Stuff Girl…LMBO!

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