Greetings cards

Mid-Week Mini: Sadler Jones Greetings Cards Review.

I find buying greetings cards hard. Most of the time the paper is average, the designs ok and the prices high. I tend to buy cards when I see them so that I have a small supply at home that I can dip into when I need it.

Some of my recent purchases.

Some of my recent purchases.

I came across Sadler Jones through Instagram, I forget exactly how, but I was attracted to the style of these cards. I have now bought two bulk orders over the past few months because the style and designs of their cards are so good. I wanted to share my thoughts and some photographs in todays post.

A personal favourite of mine.

A personal favourite of mine.

High Quality Paper.

I like to use fountain pens when I write my cards. Pen and ink looks nice and feels special, especially if the receiver is not a fountain pen user. However not all cards are fountain pen friendly, but Sadler Jones cards work perfectly. The paper is high quality stock that means you can use a lot of different writing tools. The envelopes seem to be pretty standard, white in general and yellow for Children’s cards.

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Fun designs.

Sadler Jones has a few different card themes on their site. Some of them are bold and bright, some have beautiful brush lettering and there are also some of the more cheeky kind (my personal favourites).

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Lovely gold foiling detail. 

Lovely gold foiling detail. 

Overall thoughts.

As I said at the start of todays post it’s tough to find high quality cards that tick the design box and are made with decent paper stock. Sadler Jones however are great and I’ve really liked the cards I’ve used. The prices are pretty standard and delivery is really quick. I wanted to share my experiences with Sadler Jones mainly because I have found it so hard to find good quality cards online that are recommended, so I felt compelled to share my experiences. I hope you find this useful.

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Pattern Studio Paper Products

Pattern Studio offer a range of different products from wrapping paper, greetings cards and even wallpaper! They contacted me to ask if I’d like to test out a sample of their products and although I haven’t reviewed anything like this on the blog before, it fits perfectly into my love of stationery.

I was immediately drawn to the different designs used across the range of products on offer. They have big bold patterns using a range of bright colours. My favourite among the samples I received is the jungle leaf design which looks particularly good on the wrapping paper.

Wrapping paper

Wrapping paper

The quality of Pattern Studios products is very good. The wrapping paper is strong and has a nice matte finish. This is the perfect type of wrapping paper to have on hand for those emergency wrapping scenarios.

Greetings card designs 

Greetings card designs 

I also received a couple of greetings cards that have a similar design style to the wrapping paper. Whenever I buy a card for someone I always hesitate on what pen to use and wonder if my fountain pens will bleed and feather. So I decided to test out one of the cards with a few different pens and pencils.

These cards have a slight coating on them and it did result in both of my Kaweco fountain pens, albeit with different brands of ink, feathering on this card stock. Other fountain pens held up well and I think those with a firmer nib such as the Lamy LX worked fine. All of the other pens and pencils I tested wrote without issue.

A5 Notebooks 

A5 Notebooks 

Lastly I was sent a pack of three blank A5 notebooks that have a soft cover and feature a few of the different Pattern Studio designs. Because of the cover stock the notebooks are very flimsy and the paper inside is basic reminding me of standard printer paper.

I ran a basic pen test to see how the paper inside performed and on the whole it was ok however there is a lot of show through with fountain pens and slight feathering with some of the fountain pens.

The gift wrap and greeting cards from Pattern Studio are really great. I like the range of different designs they have on offer from the bold jungle and tropical themes through to the simpler use of shapes and colour. I’m always on the lookout for great gift wrap and cards that are something different to what you may find in stores and Pattern Studio’s products certainly fit this.

Disclaimer: Pattern Studio sent me these products free of charge for the purpose of reviewing on the blog. This has not swayed the opinions expressed in this review, if the products aren’t great I will always let you know.