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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,


Creating a Unique Image with Napkins

2 Jul

Looking for unique napkins to give as a gift or to use at a party or corporate event?  Consider printing a custom logo or artwork on a set of napkins for a very special touch. From corporate events to conferences to in-office appointments, providing your guests with printed napkins featuring artwork or a logo is the perfect opportunity to enhance or introduce a brand or create a special look at a social event.june-photo-napkins

If you have a wedding logo or custom-designed monogram, using it on a set of napkins can add a very personal touch at an engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and/or at the wedding.  And for special celebrations like anniversary parties and 50th birthday parties, unique artwork or a photo can make a statement and set the tone for the event.  Even kid’s artwork can be printed on napkins and will make your little artist feel absolutely proud of his or her masterpiece.

Digital full-color napkins are personalized on white or ivory social-quality napkins in beverage or luncheon size with a high quality 4-color process.  Our napkins are recyclable and made & printed in the USA.

Wonderful uses for custom napkins include featuring a picture of a favorite pet, showcasing an image of a boat or rendering of a home for a one-of-a-kind housewarming gift, introducing a new business logo at a corporate event, or printing an image of someone’s painting can make a thoughtful present.   Personalized full-color napkins provide a wonderful addition to special celebrations and event planning needs.

Best wishes,


Outdoor Summer Concert Planning Checklist

26 Jun

concert collage 2I love going to outdoor concerts to hear some of my favorite artists.  It’s a great excuse to get together with friends and enjoy music at the same time.  Over the years I have learned some tricks to making it an enjoyable evening by planning ahead.  I thought I would share some of my tips with you on how to plan for a memorable outing!

A week before the concert, start an email with your group to plan for food.  With our friends, we typically volunteer to bring food that’s portable and easy to share.  I usually have everyone “reply to all” to get an idea of what’s being planned so you don’t end up with all desserts or six cheese platters!

I’ve put together a checklist of items you will need for your outdoor concert and everyone can chip in with different items.  Here’s a handy list of items to bring to your outdoor concert:


This list can seem a little overwhelming.  Just plan ahead and it will be smooth sailing and a great day (or evening) of friendship and fun.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear if you have any other tips I missed!  And feel free to share what outdoor summer concerts you are planning to attend this summer.