First published on 10 Sep 2012. Updated on 13 Sep 2012.
Best for: Letterpress flat cards
Cost: $1,000 for 200 cards
Ri personalises corporate gifts, journals and album but its speciality is letterpress printing that can print the finest details of your design on imported 300gsm-thick notecards. Can't decide whether to go for a classic or contemporary look? Ri’s designers can assist you in creating memorable cards using a variety of colours and two types of font. Allow four weeks for delivery. #02-17 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Rd (6737 8955, www.ristationers.com). MRT: Orchard. Daily 11am-9.30pm,
Elephant and Coral
Cost: From $1,000 for 100 cards
There are dozens of colours, motifs and textures to choose from at Elephant and Coral, which uses 100% cottonseed-derived paper from US stationer Crane’s (above). Their designers will gladly help you create the perfect card to celebrate a birth, wedding or anniversary or mark just about any other occasion you can think of. They’ll also make you an engraved plate that can be used over and over, reducing the cost of subsequent orders of engraved stationery. Allow four to five weeks for delivery. (#03-03 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd (6736 1322, www.elephant-coral.com). MRT: Somerset. Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm.
Best for: Fans of Asian styles
Cost: Depends on quantity ordered
When an email just won’t do, inTouch Stationery gives you the option of using high-quality, personalised stationery at a reasonable price ($3-$8 per card with envelope). Founded 10 years ago, inTouch’s personalised service means you’re sure to get the perfect stationery. All cards are printed in Singapore using offset or digital printing. There’s also a range of charming, high-quality, ready-made cards for all occasions and even a children’s range. For cards with an Asian touch – think Kingfisher or golden-orchid designs – inTouch cards come in packets of eight, either with one design or a mixture, and are priced at $16. These cards can also be personalised with a name or message for an added cost. Allow five working days for delivery. By appointment only. 65 Fernhill Rd (9128 1410, www.intouch-stationery.com). Take a taxi. By appointment only.
Stuck on You
Best for: Kids
Cost: $24.95 for notepads
Stuck on You is a web-based business that personalises schoolbooks, notepads and other items. They also make name stickers suitable for display on everything from pencils to water bottles. The designs are so colourful and fun that you may also end up buying for yourself. All Stuck on You notepads are A5 size and include 30 matching envelope stickers. Choose from a 30-page spiral notebook or 50-page classic notebook. (6348 3182, www.stuckonyou.biz).
Best for: Hobbyists
Cost: From $250
If you want to take personalised stationery to a whole new level, Paper Market can help you make your own cards. They sell everything you need to produce your own specially designed invitation or letterhead – from embossing and letterpress tools to mix-and-match cards with envelopes and coordinated Readymade Suites. If your creative juices aren’t flowing, they also offer a Bespoke Paperstyling Service that pulls all the needed items together for you, and in-store Paperstyling parties that allow your friends and family to benefit from expert instruction. Though the initial investment is a bit high – the cost for just the personal embossing and letterpress tool starts at around $250, not including the paper and decorative items – in the long run it could save you a lot of money. #B1-27 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Rd (6333 9007, www.papermarket.com.sg). MRT: City Hall. Mon 11am-10pm, Tue-Sun 10am-10pm.