Monograms

Sticking with our “March Monogram” theme, we’ve added a couple new note card designs to our collection. We always love an elegant script monogram but for many people, this may feel too formal for their style of letter writing. A card with custom printed initials is going to get much more use.

If you’re inspired to order some monogramed stationery of your own, visit our note card collection here: Sesame Note Card Collection

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The simplicity of crisp, letterpressed initials always looks elegant. Monograms have been used for centuries from Roman era coins to modern era royal wedding invitations. We started looking into the history of monograms and here are some of the interesting things we learned:

  • Initials/monograms symbols have been used for centuries, dating back to 350 BC. 

  • Currency during Roman times featured the initials of the Greek and Roman rulers to mark their reign

  • In the Middle ages, artisans used initials to sign or brand their work

  • Early monograms consisted of just two initials. Around the 17th Century, it became more common to use the three letters. In the early 1600’s, Rembrandt signed his early paintings with “R” or “RH” but later added a third initial (and eventually moved on to signing his name).

  • British Royals use the 2 letters and these are intertwined to form a cipher, which is a monogram design for the reigning sovereign.

  • In the Victorian era, monograms were associated with the aristocracy and therefore, were perceived as a sign of prestige. 

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If initials feel too minimalist, a small illustration can be added to personalize the stationery a bit more. Here are a couple we’ve printed and love this month!

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Spring Wreath Stationery

We're debuting these beautiful new note cards on our website this summer. The Branches stationery set features a pretty floral wreath with a custom monogram printed inside. We love the bright green ink on these cards, contrasted with the brilliant white paper. It creates such a lovely, and summery feeling. These note cards would be a wonderful gift for a new bride, celebrating her shower or even anyone with a summer birthday! For more photos and information, check them out on our website here.

New Cards for Summer

We have some cute new greeting cards this summer! These two small notes are both great thank you cards to send to any party host or even as your post baby or bridal shower notes. The bright pink strawberry and blue ship in a bottle are both hand letterpressed onto bright white paper and come with a matching blank envelope. You can pick them up from our online shop here!

Last Minute Father's Day Gift!

If you're struggling to find a gift for the dad who has it all, we have you covered! Show your father your appreciation for those driving lessons, pre-interview pep talks and so much more with some custom note cards. We have gift certificates available, so he can pick out his own cards later  and you get the credit for giving a gift on time! Letterpress stationery doesn't have to be serious, either! Take a look at these cool dad-friendly cards, with a salmon printed in rich black ink. 

Sunny Stationery

With the end of school here, letterpress stationery is a must have for graduates. A cute monogram or a fun illustration is a great way to say thanks with a bit of style. We're loving these yellow sunglasses notecards because they're bright and cheerful, and have us looking forward to some fun in the sun. Nothing cooler than some shades to say thanks!

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Post Wedding Thank You Notes

After the wedding, once you've returned from your honeymoon sun-kissed and relaxed, there's still one thing left to do for your wedding - send out thank you notes! There's nothing nicer than receiving a handwritten thank you note, especially when it's on custom, letterpress stationery. You can include your monogram, new last name or an image that relates to your invitations, like this New York City note card.

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Get started on those thank you notes right away and work on them little by little. Thank anyone who attended or sent a gift, exceptional vendors and most importantly, whoever hosted your wedding. They have been with you through thick and thin, while planning this event - let them know how much you appreciate their help.

Thank You Stationery Set

We're happy to debut a new set of deluxe stationery in our online shop! These lovely thank you cards are letterpress printed in rich black ink with gilded edges, making them extra luxurious. These cards make it easy to send a thoughtful thank you note. black-thank-you-stationery-set-sesame-letterpress

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You can pick up a set of 20 letterpress printed cards with matching blank envelopes in our online shop. They make great gifts, but we don't blame you if you want to keep them for yourself!

Baby notecards

Just a very quick post because we can't get over how cute these notecards are. blue-baby-footprint-letterpress-custom-notecard-sesame

We can scan the footprints, reduce the size to a tiny little motif like this, and then print these highly-personalized notecards for the new arrival. The letterpress impression really picks out the details of all those cute toes!