Smudge Ink is a stationery company and letterpress studio that was founded in 2002 by Kate Saliba and Deb Bastien. After 14 amazing years of business, the duo hand-picked April May to become the new owner in 2016. Smudge Ink is known for its signature florals and bright, happily nostalgic correspondence! As Smudge Ink's family of people and presses has grown and changed, so has its product line, establishing itself as a stationery and gift brand.

Smudge Ink also works directly with individuals on custom printing projects from announcements and invitations to personal and corporate stationery. Weddings by Smudge Ink is a line of customizable design suites for clients who are looking for wedding invitations and save the dates tailored to their unique style.

At the end of the day, Smudge Ink is about making products that make people happy to give and to receive. So take a look aroundyou can even wear your slippers—does shopping get any better than that?

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Check out our stacks.

Smudge Ink offers a full line of stationery products, including greeting cards, boxed notes, calendars, notebooks, notepads, wrapping paper, gift tags, writing sets, and more. We proudly make all of our products locally. Our letterpress products are printed by us in our studio in Boston, and our growing line of offset-printed (or flat-printed) products is produced in Maine.

We are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and take pride in making a conscious effort to recycle and reuse almost everything in our working studio. We source post-consumer recycled paper and envelopes for all products. We also partner with companies who actively engage in and encourage environmentally responsible practices.

Class of 2016


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    DEB BASTIEN special projects

    overscheduler in denial (no is not in her vocabulary) / winter snow storm enthusiast / treat day czar

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    EMILY GOODALE print manager

    sriracha peddler (you know you want some) / cat rescuer & illustrator / tiny things collector

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    Sarah von Moritz shop manager

    children’s lit devotee / around-the-world citizen / your non-stereotypical college football buff

  • ALYSSA SMITH guest blogger

    fluent in Japanese / researches amusement parks in her free time / solid beach volleyball skills

  • Clayton Beltran illustrator

    budding tailor / raised on an almond farm / mildly over confident about his first new england winter (he thinks a pea coat will do)

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    Sabrina Garber wedding & custom project manager

    stays-way-too-late employee / human zagat guide / caffeinated (which feeds into staying way too late)


    studio jokester / likes to draw lines with pencils / a curly haired version of emily

Giving Back
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Help us help others.

We feel lucky to be part of the greater Boston community and try to find meaningful ways to give back and support its wonderful people and establishments. As part of this effort, we partner with local non-profit organizations to design cards specifically for them and donate 10 percent of the sales back to the organization. Partners in this Give Back program so far include Circle of Women and WE CAN. Visit this page to view the selection of cards included in this program.

We make charitable contributions to other causes we are passionate about. Below are some of the organizations we have supported in the past:

Rosie’s Place, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), The One Fund, Greater Boston Food Bank, Breakthrough Cambridge, Courageous Sailing, Community Cooks

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Here, there, and (maybe even) in your ‘hood!

Smudge Ink products can be found in over 900 retailers around the country and worldwide. Our retailers range from small boutiques and independent bookstores to florists, art supply stores, and more. Curious if there’s a retailer near you? Contact us and we can send you a list of where you might find our products... or, head right back into our online store and shop away!

Are you a buyer interested in ordering our products for your store? Visit our wholesale page for more information.

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