Smokey Road Press specializes in custom wedding suites, baby announcements, party invitations and business cards. We can work with you on all manner of project involving typography, illustration and calligraphy. We can also print something that you have designed yourself. Please contact us and include details about the nature of your project, your timeline and your budget.

INKS

We use rubber-based Van Son inks for the finest inking around. Choose from our 40 plus ink colors to truly customize your letterpress pieces. Custom colors may be ordered for printing at an additional fee of $75. Please provide the Pantone color when ordering.

TYPEFACES

Here’s the skinny: serif typefaces have the little feet at the end of each leg while sans serif faces have non. Here at Smokey Road Press, we offer a variety of both sans and serif faces. We especially love typefaces that were originally cast in metal type (that is, afterall, what letterpress is all about.) For a complete library of our typefaces, click here.

PAPER & ENVELOPE CHOICES

Smokey Road Press offers a variety of paper and envelope choices for clients to choose from. Letterpress is happiest when printed on light (in terms of color) paper. With that in mind, we offer a variety of papers in soft white, fluorescant white and cream hues. Our in-house papers include Cranes Lettra, Legion Bamboo and Arturo. For more information on our fine papers, please click here. We are happy to custom order specialty papers. Please contact us for details.

SIZES

Cranes Lettra and Legion Bamboo

4 Bar Reply card or very small thank you note Envelope size: 3 1/8” x 4 7/8“
A2 Direction/reception/greeting/thank you card Envelope size: 4.375 x 5.75
A6 Direction/reception/greeting/thank you card Envelope size: 4.75 x 6.5
A7 Invitation/greeting card Envelope size: 5.25 x 7.25
A7 Ungummed Inner invitation envelope Envelope size: 5.25 x 7.25
A7 Outer Outer invitation envelope Envelope size: 5.5 x 7.5
5.5" Square Direction/reception/greeting/thank you card Envelope size: 5.5 x 5.5
6.5" Square Invitation/greeting card Envelope size: 6.5 x 6.5
7.25" Square Invitation/greeting card Envelope size: 7.25 x 7.25
7.25" Sq. Ungummed Inner invitation envelope Envelope size: 7.25 x 7.25
7.5" Square Outer invitation envelope Envelope size: 7.5 x 7.5
A10 Thank you card Envelope size: 3 7/8” x 9 1/4”

Arturo European Size Envelopes

400E Place Card Envelope Envelope size: 2.75 x 4
500E Reply Card Envelope Envelope size: 3.54 x 5.51
550E Monarch Card Envelope Envelope size: 4.125 x 7.5
5SQE Square Reply Envelope Envelope size: 5.5 x 5.5
600E Invitation Envelope Envelope size: 4.72 x 7.09
650E Tea Length Envelope Envelope size: 4.375 x 9.375
6SQE Square Invitation Envelope Envelope size: 6.5 x 6.5
700E Grande Invitation Envelope Envelope size: 6.13 x 8.38
700EWG Grande Invitation Env (ungummed) Envelope size: 6.13 x 8.38
7SQIE Square Grande Invitation Inner Envelope Envelope size: 7.25 x 7.25
7SQIEWG Square Grande Invitation Inner Env (ungummed) Envelope size: 7.25 x 7.25
7SQE Square Grande Invitation Envelope Envelope size: 7.5 x 7.5
800E Grande Invitation Outer Envelope Envelope size: 6.38 x 8.63
900E Letter Envelope Envelope size: 4.33 x 8.66

Arturo US Size Envelopes (White & Softwhite Only)

4 Bar Reply card or very small thank you note Envelope size: 3.625 x 5.125
A2 Direction/reception/greeting/thank you card Envelope size: 4.375 x 5.75
A6 Direction/reception/greeting/thank you card Envelope size: 4.75 x 6.5
A7 Invitation/greeting card Envelope size: 5.25 x 7.25
A7 Ungummed Inner invitation envelope Envelope size: 5.25 x 7.25
A7 Outer Outer invitation envelope Envelope size: 5.5 x 7.5
A9 Invitation/greeting card Envelope size: 5.75 x 8.75
5.5" Square Direction/reception/greeting/thank you card Envelope size: 5.5 x 5.5
6.5" Square Invitation/greeting card Envelope size: 6.5 x 6.5
7.25" Square Invitation/greeting card Envelope size: 7.25 x 7.25
7.25" Sq. Ungummed Inner invitation envelope Envelope size: 7.25 x 7.25
7.5" Square Outer invitation envelope Envelope size: 7.5 x 7.5

PRICING

Please download our current price list here.

THE PROCESS

Once a client has committed to working with us and signed a contract, we then move onto the design process. Here are some things you may want to know about our procedure

Customizing a pre-existing Smokey Road Press design:
This applies to clients who are seeking to play with the color and typefaces on some of our pre-existing in-house designs. When you customize one of our designs, you are allowed two small modifications to the design at no additional fee. This includes modifications such as typeface and color choice. We charge an extra $25 for each additional edit. Larger modifications (such as design and composition edits) are charged at $75 an hour. For more information about custom orders, please visit our FAQ page.

A completely new custom design:
We charge $75 an hour for custom design work, with a minimum design fee of $500 for weddings and a minimum fee of $200 for all other projects.

OUR DESIGNERS

Margot Ecke is the founder of Smokey Road Press and its main designer. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA from Cornell University. She received a Professional Printing Certificate from the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico and completed her training by earning her Certificate in Bookbinding at the North Bennett Street School in Boston. Margot was the Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts at Wells College in Aurora, New York from 2004-2006, where she interned at the Press and Letterfoundry of Michael and Winifred Bixler. She has taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, the North Bennet Street School and the Ink Shop. She was an Assistant Professor of Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of Georgia from 2006-2009. Her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally.

YOU DESIGN IT, WE PRINT IT

Sometimes it’s fun to design a project on your own. The staff at Smokey Road Press is here to make your project come to life. You have four options when it comes to having your job printed. The easiest way is to send us your files and we will take it from there. We prefer working with Adobe Illustrator, but can easily work with InDesign, Photoshop and Word. You can also send us an illustation (on a piece of paper) and we can scan it and prep it for making a plate. We charge $75 an hour to prepare digital files. For more information about the price of custom orders, please contact us.

If you are interested in learning how to print a project yourself, we recommend taking our Introduction to Letterpress Printing course. If you would like private printing tutorials, you may choose to work with one of our Master Printers for a fee of $100 an hour.

If you are a stationery business looking for a letterpress printer to work with on a consistent basis, we offer competitive prices and expert printing. Please contact us for terms and conditions.

ORDERING SAMPLES

Can you? You sure can! Samples are $10 per suite. A suite includes the invitation, reply card and one envelope. The $10 fee cover the cost of printing and shipping.

The Leathers Building, Unit 600
675 Pulaski Street
Athens, GA 30601

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