The Beauty of a Handwritten Note

 

On a rainy, drizzling day, I crave things such as hot chocolate, soup, fresh bread, and big cozy, cable-knit sweaters. I also find myself in the mood to write letters and notes to friends and family on creamy white stationary with a fresh ballpoint pen. Much to my delight, when I woke up on the 28 of December, the weather was rainy and I had time to spare.

This year for Christmas, I wrapped my gifts in hand-stamped foil paper, tied up the packages with velvet ribbon, and instead of tags, I used a self sealing gold wax with monogram stamps. They were gorgeous (If I do say so myself ;). In the tradition of all great crafting projects, I had leftovers coming out the wazoo. Luckily, I was in love with this new technique of wax stamping, so I chose a rose colored wax and a monogram “A” stamp to re-vamp some old note cards.

I got my special glue gun wax from Amazon, and I bought a cheap glue-gun dedicated to color wax instead of glue. I got my stamps from Letter Seal.com which was a wonderful company to work with, they even sent me a little bag of gummy bears with my order!

The glue gun process of melting wax is so much easier than getting that little spoon, filling it with wax, and holding it over a candle for eternity. Gone are the days, friends! Now all you have to do is plug in your glue-gun. The stamp company sent me some very helpful instructions to go along with the product, these were the tips I found most helpful as well as some things I learned through trial and error:

  • Use a portable ice pack to chill your monogram stamp in between stamping the wax, this keeps the wax from sticking to the stamp and it makes the indentation in the wax more visible. Be sure to wipe off the condensation with a lint free towel before you stamp!
  • About half of a pump from the glue gun trigger is really all you need.
  • Let the wax sit for about 10 seconds before you stamp, this will also help the indentation show up better.
  • Cut your sticks of wax into smaller sizes, so that you can use the same color over again.

I am so excited about how these cards turned out! I love the classic simplicity of them, and the pop of cheery pink on the cream stationary.

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After the seals dried, I finally sat down and wrote out some LONG Christmas thank you notes. Usually I begin with writer’s block and some how end up without room the more I go. I have found it helpful to stick loosely to an outline of how I organize my notes, this way I find my writing flows better and the note seems like less of a hodge-podge.

First, I’ll start off with the word “Thank you” for the body of the note. I don’t thank them for gifts in this paragraph, I thank them for non-tangible items such as warm hospitality, generosity, friendship etc.

Then, I kind of segway into the gifts, by mentioning something about the gift such as: how I will use it, what’s beautiful about it, or even how lovely the card was that it came in (mostly when it’s a monetary gift).

Next, I’ll mention something that says what life is like for me at the moment including them in some way such as “It’s cold and rainy here, but the sweater will keep me warm and toasty” or “The week after Christmas can be quite dull, but your generous gift will help with some retail therapy, for sure!” or “The New Year’s Eve Gala is vastly approaching and I’m so busy, but your yummy gift of Chamomile tea will keep me calm.”

After that, I generally reiterate my thanks for both the non-tangible and tangible gifts they gave me, generally saying “Thank you again for the…” and I offer an open ended invitation such as, “I hope to see you again soon”, or “If you’re ever in Maryland, we’d love to have you!”

Finally, I end with wishes for a happy and healthy New Year, a wonderful winter season, or hopes that they are cozy inside by the fire.

It’s so easy, I find myself wanting to write more even when I’m done! Just remember: everyone remembers a handwritten note, especially the person who took a little time to write it.

 

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