Letter writing need not always involve the writing of long tomes; the task of filling a large sheet of paper may seem too daunting and keep you from ever getting started.
Instead, try sending off shorter notes more frequently.
It can’t quite touch the look and feel of engraving, but it certainly approaches it. There are many companies out there that produce high-quality stationery.
Here’s a video from Crane’s explaining the difference between engraving and thermography and giving you a look at the complex process that makes engraving so expensive: Update: We now offer our own line of quality, Art of Manliness letterpress stationery. Be sure to check out examples of their work and get a feel for their reputation before investing in your new stationery.
If you want to buy the cream of the crop, and you’ve got some cash to burn, check out Crane and Co., Dempsey and Carroll, and Piccolo Press (for those in the UK). If you’re looking for letterpress stationery, there are lots of small companies out there that make graphically interesting designs like Page Stationery.
If you’re on a budget and just want some stationery to get started, American Stationery has some options that are not too shabby.
Social Sheets Slightly larger than the correspondence card (usually about 6×8), social sheets also make excellent stationery for shorter notes.
You simply fold them in half and place them in an envelope.
Engraving, which dates from Medieval Europe, is the oldest process for creating embellishments. Ink is spread over the plate, then wiped off, leaving only the ink in the engraving.
Paper (and only the highest quality paper will suffice) is then forcefully pressed against the plate; so forcefully that the paper enters the etchings and the ink is transferred.