Thursday, August 6, 2009

G. Lalo Bordered Card Pack: Pistache / Green

G. Lalo Bordered Card Pack: Pistache / Green

In my continuing saga of Exaclair product sample reviews, I give you the G. Lalo Bordered Card Pack, shown here in Pistache / Green.

G. Lalo Bordered Card Pack: Pistache / Green

The set comes wrapped in cellophane, with the G. Lalo logo embossed in gold on the band that holds them all together so prettily.

G. Lalo Bordered Card: Pistache / Green

The paper texture on the cards and envelopes is laid, or slightly textured/lined. On the cards it is straight/horizontal, and on the envelopes it has a lovely diagonal slant. The envelopes are lined with nice, crinkly white tissue liner.

Although I am a big fan of green, I don't tend to like pastels, and this one seems to have a lot of orange/brown undertones with a kind of washed-out feel. Would I have chosen this off the shelf? No. But it's still an enjoyable experience to write a note on it. Actually, contemplating the color... for you ink-nuts out there, perhaps the new Noodler's V-mail GI Green would be a match. I hear it has some funky orange undertones and edges to it. (Sorry, inside ink joke there for those of us that follow new Noodler's inks and their funky behaviors... maybe just a bit too closely.)

G. Lalo Bordered Card: Pistache / Green

Of course how it behaves with fountain pen ink is one of my primary considerations, so here you can see a closeup (and if you want even closer, view large). I used a Sheaffer Agio fountain pen with a fine nib, carrying Noodler's Hunter Green ink. This ink doesn't exactly harmonize with the shade of green on the border, but oh well. At least the ink is waterproof. It behaved beautifully on the paper - quick drying, no hint of feathering.

G. Lalo Bordered Card + peacock

The envelopes are so elegant and beautiful - thick and weighty, but not too much so - that they hardly need anything else... but this peacock wanted to go along for the ride.

Though there was no price on this pack of cards, my research direct from the Exaclair website indicates these retail for $13 and come in packs of 10. (You can purchase them at Distinctive Stationery.) I am generally loathe to pay more than $1 per card unless it's something spectacular, and this is a little too understated for my definition of spectacular, so I probably wouldn't buy them. But, they're still lovely and I'll enjoy using them.

10 comments:

  1. I'm not a big fan of green either, but I actually like this shade of green! I think of this color as "sage" and it's actually the color of my kitchen. These might look good with a dark, hunter green ink.

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  2. Yeah, but... the very ink color I used was called "hunter green!" I have another ink called Ebony Green (from Private Reserve) that might jive better.

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  3. ...and I actually AM a big fan of green... just not *this* green. :-)

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  4. That ink looks almost like "emerald." Just too, too many choices in inks (and so little time and money). :o)

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  5. Never trust the name of an ink. You gotta see it to know what you're gonna get.

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  6. all I have to say is wow they are very pretty but of course I like green and some shades of white and green go very well together . I kind of like this green . It would probably grow on me if I looked at it enough . LOL !!

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  7. I love this stationary and wish I could afford to get a set or two of it. I find it elegant! Maybe If asked what I want this year for Christmas I will suggest it. Ilona does this place have a paper catalog I can request from them? I would love to see their other offerings. Some companies enclose extra catalogs with orders. If this was the case with your sampler please enclose one with your next Letter to me. I would be grateful.
    Your friend Tascha

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  8. That's ironic; just yesterday I received my green G Lalo stationary in the mail (Verge de France with matchinge envelopes). I love the thick feel of the paper, and I actually like the color. It's more interesting than white, but isn't as in-your-face as yellow or pink. Verge de France seems to be a bit addictive though. I'm tempted to get one in every color!

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  9. Oh, I love love love the Verge de France stuff!

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