A perfect holiday invitation or card deserves to arrive in the perfect package, not a plain-Jane white envelope with the standard liberty stamp. Here are some great resources to help you get creative with your shipping.
• Verde Studio on Etsy offers expertly curated sets of unused vintage stamps (image 1).
• It might seem obvious, but at the USPS online shop you can find a range of stamps that aren't always available in your local post office. Check out some of the additional postage for less-common options (image 2).
• Upload your own photos and artwork at Stamps.com to create custom limited edition stamps (image 3).
• Paper Presentation sells a range of envelopes in beautiful papers, including the unique glassine options shown above (image 4).
• For almost any color and size of envelope you can imagine, check out envelopemall.com, where you can also have your envelopes custom printed (image 5).
• Paper manufacturers offer envelope samples, sometimes for free in small quantities, or in packs of larger quantities. For envelopes made from top-of-the-line quality papers, visit Mohawk Fine Papers — which includes Strathmore papers as well as their own eponymous collection — or Neenah Papers, maker of the gorgeous Cranes and Eames paper lines.
Images: 3, Custom Stamp Designs by Sarah Rainwater; others as linked above