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Festive letterpress holiday cards with a traditional touch

Nothing says it’s the holidays again quite like seeing a big evergreen sitting atop of cars zooming down the road. These festive letterpress holiday cards are a perfect fit for a more traditional greeting. The Lucas family chose to print our seasonal Wagon design in Coral and Olive letterpress colors, inks that compliment each other beautifully, especially during this time of year. To top it off, a photo featuring nothing but big smiles beaming back at their friends and family made for a cheerful finishing touch.

Festive letterpress holiday cards from Smock

Letterpress ink colors: Coral and Olive | Digital printing: CMYK | Design: Wagon | paper: 1 ply white bamboo | size: S-6 | customization: 30474 | Paper Twist

Sophisticated foil stamped holiday cards

Lauri Lawrence worked with P.S. The Letter to create her sophisticated foil stamped holiday cards last year. They opted for our Red Shine foil which made for a bolder and festive statement, while at the same time remaining classic due to their more traditional font choices. To give this holiday set a little something extra, they decided to add a scarlet metallic envelope liner with our Windsor pattern foil stamped in Gold Shine. It’s clear that our Cooper design has never looked better! 

Sophisticated foil stamped holiday cards from Smock

Sophisticated foil stamped holiday cards from Smock 

Foil stamping color: Red Shine | Fonts: Spence + Mason | Design: Cooper | Paper: 2 ply white bamboo | Size: S-8 | liner: Metallic Scarlet with Windsor Pattern in Gold Shine | Design: Cooper | Customization: 36732 | P.S. The Letter

Join Us for a Holiday Sale

Join us for a two-day holiday shopping event at our studios in Syracuse, NY on December 8th and 9th. We are partnering with the Food Bank of Central New York, and any customer that brings a canned food item or cash donation ($5 minimum) will receive 10% off their entire purchase. Bring in a reusable bag and receive a free gift. A variety of products will be available for sale at the event: letterpress holiday cards, gift wrap, keepsake boxes, notebooks, gift tags, and more.

The Holiday Sale will take place from 5-8pm on Friday, December 8th and from 10am-4pm on Saturday, December 9th at our studios at 509 West Fayette Street. Sale entrance will be on Niagara Street. Parking will be available on the side of the building.

Playful foil stamped holiday cards with colorful envelope liner

We couldn’t think of a better way to get back into the holiday spirit than with these playful foil stamped holiday cards! It’s hard not to smile while looking at those two cuties. Instead of using typical holiday colors, they changed it up by using a varying color palette for an extra touch of festive fun. The Fleming envelope liner pattern was a perfect compliment to the confetti pattern adorning the Collin’s design. We have no doubt this sweet family’s year was filled with nothing but love and laughter! 

Playful foil stamped holiday cards from Smock

Playful foil stamped holiday cards from Smock

Foil stamping color: Gold Matte | Digital Color: CMYK | Fonts: Darling | Design: Collins | paper: 1 ply white bamboo | size: S-6 | customization: 31139 | liner: Fleming pattern in CMYK | Bella Figura NYC

2017 Open Studio Event and Holiday Sale

We’re happy to announce that we are participating in the Delavan Center Open Studio this November. We’re hosting a shopping event on Friday, November 3rd from 5-8pm and Saturday, November 4th from 10am-4pm to kick off the holiday season! Come by our Syracuse print shop to stock up on discounted holiday cards, notebooks, keepsake gift boxes, and gift wrapping essentials. We’ll also be offering letterpress printing demonstrations with free takeaways, shop tours, refreshments, letterpress coloring sheets for the kids, and more. And we’re bringing back our popular wreath-making workshops, too! Join us for a fun crafting session that’s great for adults and for kids (we recommend ages 8 & up). Sign up for a workshop below!

Wreath-making workshops at Smock

Sign up for a wreath-making workshop at Smock

We will be offering three separate wreath-making workshop sessions during the event: 6:00 pm Friday, and 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on Saturday. Workshop sessions will be $20 each, and will last for about an hour. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your session. If you’re unable to attend a session, we’ll also have wreath-making kits available for sale!

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Our shop is located at 509 West Fayette Street, studio 135.

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Custom tri-fold holiday photo cards with gold foil

We worked with our friends at Union Street Papery to create these darling tri-fold holiday cards for the Spangler family. The tri-fold card features digital printing on both the front and the back, and each panel highlights a different photograph. Gold matte foil was included to make the initial greeting stand out, and we created custom envelope liners featuring the reindeer pattern from our Merry gift wrap to add some extra holiday cheer. 

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foil color: gold matte | digital printing: CMYK process | fonts: Jules + Moderno | paper: 1-ply white bamboo | sizes: S-6TF | envelope liner: custom pattern based on our Merry gift wrap | customization #:31184 | Union Street Papery

Custom holiday photo cards with red shine foil

We love creating custom holiday cards and seeing all of the festive patterns and motifs come through the shop, but we’re always especially honored to print holiday cards for our Smock dealers. Last year we worked with Sarah Gallante, owner of Pom Paperie in Valencia, California, to create her family’s custom holiday cards. The front of the card featured a group photo of Sarah, her husband, her children, and of course their family dog Chibi in front of the most picturesque mountain scene. The cards also featured a “be merry” message with the year and family name in red shine foil on the front, while the backside of the card showcased individual portraits and an update on each family member. Confetti patterned envelope liners in various shades of red, blue, and gray tied all of the colors from the digitally printed cards together and made for a fun finish! 

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foil color: red shine | digital ink color: CMYK process | fonts: Woodland + Darling | paper: 1-ply white bamboo | size: S-6 | martell design | envelope liner: confetti pattern in silver + sand + cloud + deep red + cardinal + cherry + pewter + navy | customization #31473 | Pom Paperie

Holiday Photo Card Ideas for Newlyweds

After the wedding has passed and the save the dates, invitations, and thank you cards have all been sent, you might find yourself missing the thrill of ordering custom stationery. Our solution? Custom holiday cards featuring your wedding photos! Friends and family will love getting a peek at some of your professional photos from the big day, and you can create a custom card that pairs your digitally printed images with luxe foil stamping or letterpress printing. Can’t decide on just one photo to share? Create a tri-fold or double-sided card to include multiple images! 

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And if you haven’t made it to the altar yet, you can always share your engagement photos instead! 

Holiday photo cards with engagement photos from Smock

Right now we’re offering complimentary rush service and free digital envelope addressing for custom holiday card orders placed by December 12, 2016 – there’s still plenty of time to get your cards created and sent out for the holidays! Let us take care of the addressing and all you’ll need to do is stuff, stamp, and seal your cards. Check out our collection of custom holiday cards for more ideas! 

Holiday photo cards with Santa Claus envelope liners

Our friends at  The Inviting Place helped the Vawter family create these chic custom holiday photo cards using different elements from our design library. A black and white family photograph on the front of the card was accented by red foil stamped design motifs from our Merci Holiday card, while the reverse side of the card pairs a letterpress printed border with a second digitally printed photograph. Our vintage Santa Claus print was used to create a festive envelope liner to finish off the cards.

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foil color: red shine | letterpress ink color: pewter | digital ink color: CMYK process | fonts: Nublia +Woodland | paper: 1-ply white bamboo | size: S-6 | envelope liner: vintage Santa Claus print | customization #31400 | The Inviting Place

2016 Holiday Shop Recap

Last weekend we kicked off the holiday season with a 2-day holiday shopping event complete with crafting and calligraphy workshops at our studio here in Syracuse, New York. In-house designer Jessica Downs (creative lead for our sister company Bella Figura) hand lettered a huge chalkboard sign complete with Bayberry inspired greenery to welcome shoppers to the event.

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We had so much fun hosting NYC-based calligrapher Virginia Lucas Hart, who taught an intro to modern calligraphy course on each day of the event. Each guest received a personalized calligraphy starter kit during the course, which included two hours of instruction. We loved seeing how many people were inspired to learn this beautiful art form! 

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During the event, shoppers stopped in to stock up on holiday cards, gift wrap, gift boxes and more – and many took home limited-edition calendars! The calendars feature Virginia Hart’s hand calligraphy, and pair letterpress printing with digital printing in the loveliest shades of blue. If you missed out on the event but want to snag a calendar, be sure to follow us on Instagram – we’ve got a few left, and we’ll be  hosting a giveaway soon! 

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Our in-house crafting expert Jennifer DeRoberts taught wreath-making workshops throughout the weekend as well, showing attendees how to craft festive paper wreaths with upcycled, die-cut leaves made from our gift wrap and excess envelope liners from custom orders (we loved seeing foil liners sprinkled in throughout the wreath designs!).

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