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Honoring Veterans at our 2018 Open Studio Event

We hosted our 2018 Open Studio event right here in the heart of Central New York on Saturday! This time around, we had the chance to honor our veterans. Guests who came signed a card that would be delivered to the Syracuse Veterans Administration Hospital. We also offered other letterpress take-aways to spread patriotic pride. As usual, we hosted a series of other interactive activities for our guests to enjoy. From wreath-making to printing demonstrations, we loved sharing a glimpse into our letterpress world. With the happiest time of year right around the corner, our holiday sale was a great way for guests to kick off the season. Thanks to all who stopped by and for those who couldn’t make it, we hope to see you next year!

2018 Open Studio

2018 Open Studio

2018 Open Studio

2018 Open Studio

2018 Open Studio

2018 open studio

Visit us for our 2018 Open Studio Event

It’s that time of year again! Smock invites you to create special thank-you cards for veterans during its upcoming 2018 Open Studio event on Saturday, November 10 from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M at the Delavan Center located at 509 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, New York. In addition to crafting letters, veterans in attendance will receive a complimentary letterpress coaster from all of us here at Smock.

At this special event, guests will have the opportunity to write personalized thank-you cards for veterans, see letterpress in action, and even get a personalized tour of our shop.  As always, we’ll have craft projects and a coloring station for guests of all ages to enjoy. With the holidays right around the corner, letterpress holiday cards and gift wrap will also be available for purchase.

Wreath-Making Workshop

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! Be sure to check out the Smock Open Studio event on Facebook for updates.

2018 Smock Wreath Making Workshop Open Studio

We will be offering two separate wreath-making workshop sessions during the event. Workshop sessions will be $20 each and will last for about an hour. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your session.

2018 Smock Open Studio

Event Details

  • When: Saturday, November 10, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
  • Where: Delavan Center, 509 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, New York. Guests to enter at the 515 W. Fayette St. entrance
  • Admission: FREE
  • Parking: Available in the main parking lot of the Delavan Center and along Niagara St. and Wyoming St.


  • Bring a reusable bag to receive 10% off
  • Veterans receive a FREE letterpress coaster

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

Change the World Letterpress Card Sale!

If you haven’t purchased a box of letterpress Change the World cards yet (or if you’re looking to buy more!), you’re in luck. From now through August 27, get an extra 25% off all sale items when you buy a box of our Change the World cards. Use discount code zaeg6Dub at checkout to take advantage of this offer.

Get an extra 25% off sale items from Smock when you buy a boxed set of their change the world cards (100% of profits from the cards help great causes!)

Our Change the World letterpress card series launched earlier this year (100% of profits are donated to critical environmental causes) and we can’t say enough good things about the organizations these cards help. Profits from the first card in the series, Sunflower, are donated to the Pesticide Action Network North America to address Colony Collapse Disorder and help save the honey bees (our food supply is dependent on them!). The cards come with organic sunflower seeds that you can plant to help the bees out!

Smock's Sunflower card, part of the line's change the world card series, helps the Pesticide Action Network save the honeybees.

The profits from the series’ second card, Fracking, helps Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project change the gas and oil industry in order to protect the environment and our drinking water. The Fracking cards come with temporary tattoos — you can view photos of people wearing their tattoos (and upload a photo of your own!) on the special Tumblr page we’ve set up at

100% of profits from Smock's fracking cards are being donated to Earthworks to help reform the gas & oil industry and to protect the environment and our drinking water.

The fine print: sale ends at 11:59pm on Monday, August 27. Order must contain a minimum of 1 box of Fracking or Sunflower cards to receive the discount. 

Smock Sale to benefit Earthworks! Make your holiday shopping matter.

If you haven’t gotten started on your holiday shopping yet, head over to our sale section for some great gifts for the paper lovers in your life! Sale section items are marked down to 50% off, and if that weren’t reason enough to start shopping, we’re adding a bonus: all proceeds from sale items purchased on Monday, November 28 or Tuesday, November 29 will be donated to Earthworks Oil & Gas Accountability Project to help raise awareness about hydrofracking. Through this project, Earthworks teams up with tribal, urban and rural communities to protect their homes and the environment from the devastating impacts of oil and gas development. Your purchases can make a difference! Need some ideas? We’ve put together some great combinations for gift sets with items straight from our sale section, so check out our picks! We’ve included a wide range, so you’ll find ideas for under $15 or $30.  Our sale section has also got some fantastic holiday cards & gift tags, so stock up before they’re gone!

Great Gifts under $15

Perfect for the person who loves to send little notes just because. Pair a box of our Ellie notecards with a box of coordinating petite folded notes — at just $7 per box, give these letterpress cards as a set for a pretty present at just $14.

Social notes and petite folds with a sweet elephant motif make a great gift for someone who loves to send snail mail.

Know a paper-crazy kid? Introduce them to letterpress with these sweet cards! Petite folds in fun colors with kid-friendly motifs come in sets of 8.  At only $7 per box, these would be great little stocking stuffers! Choose from our Ellie, Horsey, Liony and Ducky notes.

These little letterpress notes are perfect for gift tags or sweet little lunchbox notes.

Petite folded cards from Smock are a perfect stocking stuffer for a child who loves writing special notes!

Great gifts under $30

Our Thackthwaite attachment is a pretty cube full of sticky notes — 700 of them, to be exact. Attachments from Smock are made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and they’re FSC certified, so they’re eco-friendly and cute. Snag this deal (marked down to $9!) and pair with a set of blank Thackthwaite notecards for just $21.

These lovely floral greeting cards pair perfectly with this cube of sticky notes -- a great gift for a stationery lover.

Pair some flat social notes with one of our notebooks for another great gift idea under $30 — we love seeing our Horsey flat notes with a Persimmon notebook, a fun combination for only $16.

Letterpress notes from Smock pair perfectly with an eco-friendly notebook.

Letterpress Horsey notes from Smock pair perfectly with an eco-friendly Persimmon notebook.

At just $2 per card, we love the idea of giving a sampling of cards (paired with a lovely keepsake box, like the Veranda box pictured below).  Simply choose 10-12 cards from our fabulous selection of designs, package your picks in a small keepsake box, and you’ve got a great present for less than $30. Cards for special occasions such as engagements, birthdays, a new baby or ‘just because’ will have the recipient of this thoughtful gift prepared for the year.

A sampling of cards for every occasion, paired with a stylish keepsake box, makes a great gift.

A variety of the letterpress greeting cards that are marked down from Smock - perfect for birthdays, baby showers, Valentine's day & more.

Holiday Cards

Don’t forget about holiday cards! Check out the beautiful holiday cards in our sale section — stock up on our Joy & Peace cards and send stylish letterpress greetings this season. Our Joy petite folds make great gift tags, and our Celebrate cards make lovely thank you notes after the gift giving is over. Looking for something more traditional?? Check out our Holly letterpress greeting cards or our festive Poinsettia gift tags – boxes sell for just $7 each!

Blue & silver inks and elegant holiday ornaments and motifs make these letterpress holiday cards extra pretty.

Traditional Christmas letterpress greeting cards from Smock feature holly berries and season's greetings

Festive gift tags featuring cheery poinsettias. Letterpress printed on bamboo paper from Smock.

We’ll be posting more gift ideas along with DIY projects for the holidays over the next few weeks (including tutorials for gift bows and the most beautiful holiday wreaths ever), so stay tuned!