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Custom Jewel Tone Watercolor Bat Mitzvah Invitations

We worked with Toni at The Write Image to create these magical Bat Mitzvah invitations for Sophia. The set featured a range of rich. watercolor jewel tones in rich shades of deep purple, emerald, and royal blue. Gold matte and indigo shine foil stamping added a luxurious shine to the invitation suite, which included flat social notes, transportation cards, reply cards and party cards. Embellishments like coordinating custom envelope liners and indigo shine foil edging were added to complete the look.

Custom jewel tone watercolor bat mitzvah invitations Custom jewel tone watercolor bat mitzvah invitations Custom Bat Mitzvah invitations from Smock

foil color: gold matte + indigo shine | letterpress ink colors: royale + orchid | digital ink color: CMYK process | fonts: Hutton + Percy | paper: 1-ply white bamboo + duplexed 2-ply white bamboo | size: S-8SQ + S-6SQ + S-5SQ + 5.25 x 5.25 + S-6 | foil edge: indigo shine | envelope liner: custom watercolor 3 | customization #30852 | The Write Image 

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.

Custom foil stamped holiday photo cards from Smock Custom letterpress holiday cards featuring digitally printed photos from Smock Custom foil stamped holiday photo cards from Smock

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

Join us at the 2016 Buy Local Bash

If you’re in the Syracuse area, please join us next Monday at the 7th Annual Buy Local Bash! We’ll be there with a variety of products (including coasters, holiday cards, and notebooks!), and you’ll have the opportunity to discover lots of other great local businesses, too – enjoy live music, food and beverage samples, and shopping at this unique social event. The Buy Local Bash is a fundraiser for Syracuse First,  a local organization dedicated to shifting the community to buy local as often as possible. Pre-sale tickets are available online, and you can follow along on Facebook for updates leading up to the event. We hope to see you there! 

Visit Smock at the 2016 Buy Local Bash

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.

Hand-lettered chalkboard signage at the 2016 Smock Holiday Shop2016 Smock Holiday Shop Recap

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! 

Calligraphy workshops with Virginia Lucas Hart at Smock's 2016 Holiday ShopCalligraphy workshop materials from Virginia Lucas HartCalligraphy workshops with Virginia Lucas Hart at Smock's 2016 Holiday ShopCalligraphy workshops with Virginia Lucas Hart at Smock's 2016 Holiday ShopCalligraphy workshops with Virginia Lucas Hart at Smock's 2016 Holiday Shop

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! 

shs_a11a0262Limited edition calendar created in collaboration with Smock + Virginia Lucas Hart for the Smock 2016 Holiday ShopSmock 2016 Holiday Shop / Warehouse Sale

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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Join us for a gift wrapping workshop on Thursday, December 8

Join us for a gift wrapping workshop on Thursday, December 8 from 6-8pm! The class will be held in our studio, which is located at 509 West Fayette Street in Syracuse. Learn how to wrap like a pro during this 2-hour gift-wrapping session – your $30 class fee includes wrapping materials for 3 medium-sized gifts, and we’ll show you how to make unique gift toppers and create an invisible seam (each attendee will get 3 full sheets of gift wrap to work with, so if you have lots of smaller gifts, that’s fine too!). All proceeds from the workshop will be donated to our friends at Onondaga Earth Corps. You’ll have the opportunity to stock up on additional gift wrapping essentials during the event as well. Sign up below to secure your spot! 

Gift wrapping essentials from Smock

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Romantic garden inspired custom wedding invitations

These elegant custom wedding invitations feature a unique combination of both blind embossed and blind debossed florals, making for a beautifully textured design. Inside the invitation envelopes, colorful florals and greenery were bursting right off the envelope liners, which featured lovely pastels in shades of blues, greens, and purples. Letterpress printing in wisteria ink was used for the text throughout the suite, accented by a sweet script font to highlight names and key details. 

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letterpress inks: wisteria + blind deboss | blind embossing | fonts + design: Nublia & Graham, custom | paper: 1-ply + 2-ply ivory bamboo | size: S-8 + S-6 + S-5 | envelope liner: custom submitted artwork | customization #34393 | Lion in the Sun

Cute custom holiday photo cards

How cute are these custom holiday photo cards that we created in collaboration with our friends at Rugg Road Paper Company?! Red shine foil adds a festive, holiday feel and coordinates perfectly with the red hats featured in the family photos throughout this folded card. We love how they shared highlights from their Disney vacation on the backside of the card, and the red foil stamped envelope liners made for a gorgeous finish! 

Digitally printed custom holiday photo cards with red foil stamping Digitally printed custom holiday photo cards with red foil stampingDigitally printed custom holiday photo cards with red foil stamping

foil color: red shine | digital ink color: CMYK process | fonts: Isabella + Worthington | paper: 1-ply white | size: S-8F | envelope liner: Marav pattern in red shine foil | customization #31297 | Rugg Road Paper Company 

Sign up for a wreath-making workshop during our 2016 Holiday Shop

We’re hosting a shopping event on Friday, November 4th from 3-8pm and Saturday, November 5th from 10am-4pm to kick off the holiday season! Come by our Syracuse print shop to stock up on holiday cards, keepsake gift boxes, and gift wrapping essentials. We’ll also have lots of great gifts under $20, like coasters, calendars, art prints, and notebooks. 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! Calligrapher Virginia Lucas Hart will also be here offering two calligraphy workshops during the event – 6pm on Friday and 1pm on Saturday – learn more and sign up today

Sign up for a wreath-making workshop at Smock Sign up for a wreath-making workshop at Smock

We will be offering three separate wreath-making workshop sessions during the event: 4:30pm Friday, and 10:30am and 3:30pm 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! 

Enter the sale at our 519 entrance – the address is:
519 West Fayette Street
Syracuse, New York 13204

Follow along with our Facebook event for updates and sneak peeks! 

Visit our 2016 Holiday Shop + sign up for a calligraphy workshop!

In a few weeks we’ll be hosting our 2016 Holiday Shop! Join us on Friday, November 4th from 3-8pm and Saturday, November 5th from 10am-4pm at our Syracuse print shop for a warehouse sale and several workshops. It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on gifts, cards, calendars, and gift wrapping essentials to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. We’re excited to be welcoming calligrapher Virginia Lucas Hart to offer calligraphy workshops on each day of the event (sign up here!) and we’ll also be bringing back our popular wreath-making workshops this year, too! Virginia is a talented calligrapher based out of New York City and we’re thrilled to be hosting her at our event. Take a peek at the photos below to see some of  Virginia’s past workshops for an idea of what to expect! 

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Photography by Virginia Hart and Naomi Davis

Bayberry Gift Wrap featured in Gifts & Decorative Accessories Magazine

We were excited to spot our double-sided Bayberry gift wrap in the September 2016 issue of Gifts and Decorative Accessories Magazine. The feature was all about gift wrapping, and making the exterior of your gift look just as special as what’s inside. Our double-sided gift wraps make it easy to dress up a gift – use the alternating patterns on a gift with multiple boxes, or use a strip of the opposite side of the wrap like ribbon as a finishing touch. Many thanks to Gifts & Decorative Accessories for including Smock in this feature! 

Smock's double-sided Bayberry gift wrap featured in Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazineSmock's double-sided Bayberry gift wrap featured in Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazine

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