The endless entertainment of enclosures

Dear Everyone ~

It’s no secret that I love to send (and receive) postcards.
But I also love to mail (and make) envelopes …
and I almost never send an envelope without some enclosures.


If I’m including my business card, I generally put it in
a glassine envelope, so the recipient gets a preview.
If I’m sharing ephemera from a trip,
sometimes there are envelopes within envelopes.
I like to fold a check in thirds and tuck it in the smallest possible envelope.
I actually have letterpress printed envelopes expressly for sending
small samples, snippets, and swatches.


When I’m presenting a gift, I usually select a little enclosure card and
envelope that complements my wrapping.
I love the proportion of a tiny envelope with a small package …
and I love the contrast of a tiny envelope on a large package.

I’ve assembled assortments (no two exactly the same)
of ten delightfully different enclosure envelopes,
each with its card. Several of the usual European “stationery suspects”
are well represented: Smythson, G. Lalo, Pineider, and Jean Rouget.
And Crane’s, of course. And semi-translucent vellum in pastel colours.
And vintage charmola die-cut cards from the genies at Addison Endpapers.
And glassine envelopes embellished with gold letterpress.
And a bit of Japonaiserie.


How neat, petite, and discreet are these envelopes?
The smallest are 2 x 2⅞, and the largest are 3¼ x 4¼.
(I rarely talk about co$t, but these little assortments are a rather big bargain.)
The envelopes are all too small to mail,
but that definitely doesn’t mean you can’t put a stamp in the upper right.
An enclosure envelope is a lovely little surprise on a pillow or a plate.
Bonbon appétit!

Deluxe Assorted Enclosure Envelopes


The H-A-P-P-Y-M-A-I-L-!
accordion above is peeking out of a tiny envelope,
available in a beribboned packet of 10.

Ensconced, Bari