As a self-proclaimed pen snob and sucker for most any stationery set, I recently couldn’t resist the Rifle Paper Co. Botanicals Stationery Set when I stumbled upon it at Barnes and Noble.
I’ve purchased many Rifle Paper Co. greeting cards, notebooks and other prized paper goods and have always been super satisfied. But this set didn’t quite tickle my fancy.
The set is $14.95 plus tax and includes “16 writing sheets & envelopes, plus labels.”
The set is tied with jute and a cute tag, so I wasn’t able to peek inside before purchasing.
The paper is super thin...So thin, my ink bled onto the other side. The paper isn’t lined and reads “From the desk of | Cute Banner | Date.” Super cute design and I always love Rifle Paper Co. floral designs.
(Note: Gold ink is Dr. Ph. Martin’s Iridescent 11R Copper Plate Gold. Link to purchase here. Such an awesome gold ink!)
There are four sheets of each design: Teal, Pink, another Pink and Dark Taupe. Each sheet measures 5 ½ inches wide by 7 ½ inches long. The set is a beautiful color scheme with teal, pink, tan, dark taupe, gray...all neutrals.
Sixteen envelopes are included. The envelopes are dark gold metallic and measure 3 3/4 inches in width and 5 3/4 inches in length.
Personally, I think the envelopes are too small. Addressing the envelope is my favorite part of any lettering project, so I was disappointed with the size.
Speaking of addresses, 18 address tags are included. Very cute but small. I recommend using an extra fine point pen if using the labels; otherwise, you’ll run out of room. You’ll notice I didn’t use the tag for my envelope.
(Note: White ink is Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen-White. I purchased mine from Paper and Ink Arts. This is the best white ink I have found thus far.)
Overall, I rate the set 6 out of 10.
Bang for the Buck: 3
Pros: Awesome floral pattern, great colors.
Cons: Paper is super thin. Ink bleeds through paper. Address labels cute but not practical. Small envelopes.
What are your favorite sets? Please comment below...I'm always looking for more stationery! :)
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