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Deeply Engraved Sandcarved Glassware

13 Oct

oct-jc-005For glassware and crystal items that are personalized with a very deep impression, look for products that say they are engraved with a sand carving process.  The Stationery Studio really is one of only a few websites which offers this process and we are confident that you will see and feel the quality which adds to the enjoyment of the products.  We also offer wonderful 3-letter monograms instead of what you might see elsewhere, which is often a single initial monogram.  Your glassware will be a truly personalized, deep etch sand carved product and you can see and feel the difference. Many of our glassware that is marked Deep Etched is created with equipment and special materials developed and manufactured specifically for our unique method.

oct-jc-002What exactly is our sand carving process? First, a photo mask is applied to the surface that’s being carved. Then, an abrasive, sand-like material (such as aluminum oxide) is propelled onto that surface.  Sand carving consists of blowing an abrasive at a surface using compressed air. Where the abrasive hits glass it roughens, or eventually erodes, the surface of the glass.   The abrasive carves the surface only in the open areas of the stencil, while the areas covered by the photo mask remains smooth and spotless.  As a result, the impression made in the glass, crystal or stone cleanly follows the pattern of the photo mask. When sand carving applied to glass, it can create beautiful three-dimensional images that appear to be suspended in mid air. 

You may have heard of “etching” on glass or “engraving” on glass and that refers to a technique where the glass is simply roughened to produce a translucent “white” area on the surface.  Sandcarving is a process in which glass is actually carved away leaving a gorgeous deep imprint without damaging the integrity of the glass. Most others only “sandblast” the surface lightly to create the etched look but our carving methods provide a fabulous deep quality imprint.

  The design is first rendered as a “line drawing”, with line weights (thicknesses) carefully selected to reflect the needs of the processes that follow.  The artist will generally use a computer in this process, to ensure that the lines have a consistent quality.  Most quality sandcarving is done using freehand line drawings, with the artist incorporating the limitations of the medium into the design, as it develops.  Once the design is complete, a mask must be constructed to prevent the abrasive from carving the glass in areas to be left “clear”.

Other websites only use either a chemical etch, or a very light sand carving process with hardly any depth, or heaven forbid a milky white silkscreen process to make customers believe that their glassware is “etched”.   Most other sand carvers utilize equipment that only allows them to do what would be considered “standard sandblasting”.   Our quality control methods for our elegant sandcarving create a look you will be proud of and a product that will stand the test of time.

Best wishes,


The Luxury of Envelope Linings

6 Oct

oct-envelope-liner-001There are no DIY liners at The Stationery Studio.  We provide perfectly finished envelopes lined to your specifications.   An envelope lining can add that special touch to an otherwise plain white or ivory envelope.  Most of the stationery items on our website offer an optional lining, in your choice of color and style. Whether for social or executive use, consider an envelope liner to really finish the stationery off in style.

oct-envelope-liner-002Adding a lining certainly can complement your note cards.  All of our stationery with envelope linings will automatically have the linings inserted and adhered in your envelopes.  You do not have to attach the linings manually on any item we offer.  We handle all this for you during our production phase.

Stationery linings are optional on many items and will create a finished look to your envelopes. Many of our lining options include gorgeous prints, traditional patterns, metallic accents and trendy designs.  When your note card is received and opened, the envelope liner is one of the first elements to be seen.  It can really make a statement.

Consider adding envelope linings when you are creating a box of stationery for a birthday, wedding thank you cards, housewarming or holiday gift.  The recipient will be delighted when they open the present and see the wonderful extra color or pattern within the envelopes.  Indeed, envelope linings are the perfect accent to envelopes when gift-giving to make the set extra special.

Best wishes,


Happy 21st Anniversary To Us

25 Sep

tss-history-blog-002bIt seems impossible to believe that our website begin 21 years ago.  Can you imagine a world without emails or websites?  It was all new at that time.  Large corporations were just putting email systems in place.  The late 1980’s saw the first authorized use of commercial email on the Internet.  We started as a very small little company in 1994.  At that time, we were completing personalized order forms by hand.  Then we were faxing in orders to factories.  No one emailed in orders.  We were a one-person company with some friends and family volunteers to help from time to time.

tss-history-blog-001Back in the day, we took our product images with a Kodak camera that had a floppy disk.  We inserted the floppy into our first computer and after probably 5 minutes the image appeared on the screen and we loaded it into our back end system.  We were using a store-bought application for our website in the early days.  We had few choices for website graphics, colors, styles and typestyle.

Time passed, we grew slowly and steadily, and we continued to add more and more products like stationery, gift stickers, notepads, and even hand-painted ceramic piggy banks.  We learned through trial and error.  As one of the premier personalized stationery and gift websites on the internet, we had few competitors at the beginning.  We soon grew out of our internet solution as we needed the tools to be more flexible for the types of products we sold.  We hired professional developers to create a custom application for our website, which was a very big deal at the time.  We were growing.  Fast.

We were a trailblazer in this industry and, in many ways, still are.  We still operate by adding products one by one, giving personal care to each item in our selection, providing unique product options for many items, and creating boutiques online to show the items off, just the way we’d like to see them if we were a retail store.  Our staff has grown, too, with many professionals joining our family, and adding their special touches to the look and feel of the website, the product images, the graphics, work flow of the website, the services we provide to our customers, and more. Several of our original staff members are still with our company and are as indispensable as ever.

tss-history-blog-003Starting with a website that boasted 50 products 21 years ago in a corner of our living room, to the present as we feature a comprehensive selection of over 20,000 personalized stationery and gift items, with over 10,000 visitors daily, has truly been a process.  We moved to a nice large modern facility and have a full team supporting the 24/7 business.  However some things never change. Our specialty niche and daily responsibilities are still the same as they were on day one:  to provide excellent service, quality products and competitive pricing.

We treat every order with care, with several customer service team members checking the details as it moves through the process.  We answer customer’s emails very quickly.  We answer our phone and help customers personally.  We have a skilled team of customer service representatives (who also love personalized items, I might add!) and get excited about helping customers create their great orders.  And we go out of our way to assist with special requests.

Creating wonderful personalized products is what we do.  All of the products we offer are made in the USA.  And we keep many factories humming with the volume of orders that we produce.  We love all the repeat customers that return to us time after time.  We enjoy the growth we have experienced and are grateful to our customer base.  It’s been an exciting 21 years and it’s time to celebrate!

Looking forward to what the next twenty years will offer!

Best wishes,