In an elegant metallic gold and white palette, these notes are the perfect way to say “Merry Everything and Happy Always” to all of your family and friends during the holidays. Smock makes all of their sustainable bamboo paper in Syracuse, New York in an entirely wind-powered workshop. The bamboo comes from an FSC certified bamboo plantation in China, and the paper is produced exclusively for Smock in New England. Smock prints with vegetable oil-based and Low-Volatile Organic Compound inks and solvents using antique letterpress machines. How’s that for a low carbon footprint?Read the brand story
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- Pack of 8 cards
- 100% recycled envelopes
- 6.75" H x 4.5" W
- White matte paper with letterpressed metallic gold detail
- Bamboo paper
- Made in Syracuse, New York
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The Brand Story
Debbie Urbanski and Harold Kyle go way back. “Their first collaboration involved Debbie’s poetry, Harold’s lead type and a lovely old Vandercook press,” says Smock’s business relationship coordinator, Jenna Wysokowski. Together they founded Boxcar Press in Syracuse, New York. Boxcar, Smock’s parent company, grew into one of the nation’s largest letterpress shops. In 2008, Boxcar collaborated with creative director Amy Graham Stigler to found Smock. Amy had worked as an art historian before moving into design. After attending graduate school in Chicago, she worked for several museums and cofounded the paper company Snow and Graham. In 2011, she opened Monograham, a paper and gift boutique, in a quiet Wisconsin lake town. She now lives there with her family while she continues to design for Smock.
Amy’s past informs her designs today, but she is certainly not limited to art history. She draws inspiration from just about everything: Milton Avery paintings, slightly overblown flowers, Julia Margaret Cameron photography, kindhearted people, antique embroidered linens and slightly tattered anything, to name a few. Her imagination and scope are endless. And when she chooses a direction, production is completely sustainable. Smock only uses vegetable oil–based and low-volatile organic compound inks and solvents, lowering the environmental impact.
We recycle our photo chemistry, film, paper offcuts and photopolymer printing plates. Empty ink cans and old rags are kept out of landfills.
Jenna tells us, “We recycle our photo chemistry, film, paper offcuts and photopolymer printing plates. Empty ink cans and old rags are kept out of landfills.” In addition, the company recycles and composts waste, packages its products with recycled materials and donates extra paper to local schools. If that weren’t enough, the retail packing is “biodegradable, tree-free and petroleum-free.” And on top of all this, Smock donates 1 percent of all sales to environmental organizations. Now that’s a gold standard.
The Scoop on Bamboo Paper
Smock paper—made from bamboo—is acid-free, chlorine-free, pesticide-free and fertilizer-free. As the first American print shop to print on luxury bamboo paper, Jenna says, “We wanted a truly sustainable paper that was gorgeous, too. Today we work with a historic paper mill a short drive down the road in New England to produce our exclusive bamboo stock.” Bamboo is sustainable and renewable. As the fastest-growing plant on the planet, bamboo requires neither pesticides nor fertilizers to grow. “We consider bamboo to be a true wonder plant,” says Jenna. “Bamboo is harvested in only three to five years, versus 10 to 20 years for most softwoods. Bamboo generates up to 35 percent more oxygen than hardwood trees, and absorbs four times as much carbon as hardwood.” And the result? “Imagine the highest-quality cotton paper. Now imagine something even prettier and without the pesticides used in cotton production.” Sounds good to us.