By Sarah Bracy Penn

Published on July 19, 2016

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Photography by EMILY MCCARTHY SHOPPE

Sometimes, a text message just won’t do the trick. Call us old fashioned, but we love writing (or receiving!) a good piece of snail mail… and we’re not alone! Check out these rising stars in the stationery design industry who specialize in everything from bespoke watercolors, to custom illustration, to inventive letter press techniques. Because nothing says “love you, mean it” like a handwritten greeting card.

Emily McCarthy

Emily McCarthy is never one to shy away from color… or pattern, for that matter! Her sweet little Savannah shop carries custom paper products, interior accessories, glassware and just about everything you’d need to throw the perfect party!

Follow Emily and the Emily McCarthy Shoppe on Instagram.

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Photography by KATHRYN GAIENNIE FINE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sweet Caroline Designs

Louisiana-based designer Caroline Frierson specializes in custom illustration and invitations. From wedding, shower, and children’s birthday invites, to holiday cards, to her trademark desk calendars, Frierson’s bright, playful aesthetic gives us serious heart eyes.

Shop the Sweet Caroline Designs collection here.

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Happy Menocal

Bespoke watercolor stationery? Yes, please. Happy Menocal creates hand-painted invitations and stationery suites for just a few clients a year. We can’t get enough of her simple script and gorgeous watercolor designs.

Visit the Happy Menocal website here.

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Dahlia Press

Stephanie Clarke of Seattle’s Dahlia Press designs fine letterpress paper goods with a fresh, clean aesthetic. Her cute and clever cards make the perfect snail mail, as she designs paper goods and custom invitations for any occasion.

Shop the Dahlia Press collection here.

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Bushel & A Peck

For paper products with a punch of pop culture, we love Ali Corbin’s Bushel And A Peck line. The Kansas City native designs hilarious cards featuring some of comedy’s most beloved characters. If they don’t make you giggle, we’re not sure what will.

Shop Bushel And A Peck here.

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English Tea Paperie

For all things blush pink and perfectly sweet, follow Richmond, Virginia-based Chloe Minyon. The British designer specializes in bespoke wedding invitations and illustrations that will soon fill our wedding wishlist Pinterest boards.

Visit the English Tea Paperie website here.

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Parrott Design Studio

Sometimes you just need a card that makes you smile. Look no further than the creations of Maine’s Parrott Design Studio, whose “happy paper goods” are the perfect pick-me-up for a cloudy day.

Shop the Parrott Design Studio collection here.

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Allie and Elle

Newcomer Ansley Pridgen of Allie and Ellie designs thoughtful watercolor cards for life’s big milestones and holidays. From wishing a stepdad a very happy Father’s Day to announcing your family’s big move, send a love note from Allie and Elle.

Shop Ansley’s collection here.

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Carolyn Suzuki Studio

Carolyn Suzuki’s colorful greeting cards make us wish we were kids in art class again. Her designs blend whimsy, pattern and simplicity to create fun and fresh illustrations and prints.

Visit the Carolyn Suzuki Studio website here.

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Shindig Bespoke

What’s not to love about Philadelphia-based Shindig Bespoke’s wedding suites? Each set of invitations is personalized to perfection. Just take a quick scroll through the studio’s Instagram, you’ll see!

Visit the Shindig Bespoke website here.

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Clover Robin

British designer Clover Robin’s papercut goods are perfectly pretty. Her designs feature lush greenery and botanical-inspired florals that have us dreaming of breezy spring days.

Visit her website here.

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Photography by ALEXA PULITZER

Alexa Pulitzer

Alexa Pulitzer designs fine stationery, invitations, cups, and cocktail napkins, more often than not featuring fine monograms or critters in crowns. The New Orleans designer also designs exclusive collections for Anthropologie, Bergdorf Goodman, Tory Burch and other retailers.

Shop Alexa Pulitzer’s paper goods here.

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Farmwood Press

Atlanta’s Farmwood Press designs “Clever Little Cards” — and we’d like them all! Have you ever met a bagel (or a greeting card with one on it) that you didn’t like? Us either.

Shop Farmwood Press via their website.

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Inclosed Letterpress Co.

At Inclosed Letterpress Co, it’s not just paper. The Omaha-based stationery company is family owned and operated, and they make certain that each order, whether a letterpressed greeting card or entire wedding suite, is made with care.

Visit Inclosed Letterpress Co’s website here.

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417 Press

417 Press designer Michelle Secondi creates simple letterpressed cards that can make you seriously LOL. Isn’t it perfect greeting card says EXACTLY what you’re thinking?

Visit the 417 Press website here.

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Smock Paper

For a variety of custom stationery styles and letterpress or foil stamped cards, look no further than Smock Paper, based in Upstate New York. Designer Amy Graham Stigler designs bright birthday cards, funky invites, elegant wedding suites, and everything in between, and all printed sustainably, no less!

Visit the Smock Paper website here.

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Photography by BELLA JENNA

Bella Jenna

DC-based designer Jennifer Lavallee of Bella Jenna creates sunny cards with silly sayings. Pop one of her cards in the mail to make someone’s day even sweeter.

Visit the Bella Jenna website here.

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Papel & Co

Miami’s Papel & Co. specializes in beautiful stationery featuring custom calligraphy. The studio has an affinity for gorgeous pastel hues and swirly script. One look, and we were in love.

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Paper Epiphanies

Paper Epiphanies’ greeting cards and lifestyle goods say everything we wish we could say out loud. Check out their colorful, humorous cards that pack a serious punch.

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AKR Design Studio

Black, white, and doodles all over. We just love the simplicity of AKR Design Studio’s aesthetic.

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Richie Designs

Richie Silva of Silva Designs creates colorful cards with unexpected sayings that’ll surely make you chuckle. With so many cards for every personality — we can’t decide which we like best!

Shop the Richie Designs collection here.

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Odd Daughter Co.

Odd Daughter Co’s cards are “designed with love” by Katie Hart. Her tiny doodles and silly sayings give us an excuse to write love letters every day.

Visit the Odd Daughter Paper website here.

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