est. 2007

a letterpress studio based in
Toronto, Ontario specializing in limited edition artwork and bespoke stationery.

welcome

Tanya Roberts owns and operates Snap + Tumble, a letterpress studio in Toronto, Ontario. She specializes in small, handcrafted bespoke personal and business stationery and offers the Tabletop Letterpress Workshop, an introductory course covering printing basics.

work

bespoke

Tanya loves working with artists and small businesses. She approaches every part of the printing process with care, beginning with the design and choosing the cardstock to mixing the ink and packaging your finished goods. Tanya works with each client one-on-one to help make the perfect piece. Each design is both individualized and features the simple, Snap + Tumble style.

focus

Snap + Tumble's tabletop presses are the core of Tanya's studio. Her hand-operated machines are ideal for short runs and small cardstock so while she can accommodate large orders, she'll take on your project no matter how small.

Tanya embraces the slow craft movement. She hand-cuts the paper, hand-mixes the ink, and hand-feeds the cardstock through the press, one card at a time. This way, she ensures that all the details are perfect, telling your story beautifully.

process

You and Tanya will start with a consultation to make sure she knows what your project needs. When it comes to making an estimate, the more information you have, the better. But don't worry if you don't know all the details, they will unfold as things move ahead.

When inquiring about your project, consider the following:

  • how many you need (e.g. how many cards and/or envelopes)
  • the size you want (e.g. 4 × 6", 5 × 7")
  • whether you already have artwork or if you need a design
  • the number of colours you want to use in the design
  • whether your want regular weight or ultra thick cardstock
  • the date by which you need it all delivered

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workshops

Tabletop Letterpress Workshop

Tabletop Letterpress Workshop

  • Date:

    TBD
  • Time:

    3 hrs
  • Cost:

    $160 + HST

This workshop is a hands-on introduction to the tabletop Chandler & Price pilot platen and Showcard Mini proof presses. You'll:

  1. learn make-ready, printing and clean-up process
  2. hand-set personal messages with wood or lead type and embellish with cuts (images)
  3. take home your own set of custom printed stationery
  4. learn the basics of letterpress printing including terminology, equipment, typesetting, make-ready, ink mixing, press maintenance and more.

Location

Scarborough, Ontario just off the 401. If you're taking the TTC, it's a short walk from Scarborough Centre station.

Payment

50% non-refundable deposit payable by Interac direct email or via Paypal. Upon registration a list will be provided of recommended letterpress-appropriate cardstock to bring with you. The balance is due upon arrival at the workshop.

Join a Workshop

Bespoke Letterpress Workshop

Bespoke Letterpress Workshop

  • Date:

    TBD
  • Time:

    3 hrs
  • Cost:

    $250 + HST

If you've ever been curious about letterpress and want to print your own design, the Bespoke Letterpress Workshop is for you.

In this 3-hour workshop, you'll

  1. be introduced to a Chandler & Price tabletop platen press and the basics of letterpress printing
  2. print your original one-colour design on your own pre-cut cardstock (up to 6"x8") with assistance
  3. print as many pieces as time and materials will allow
  4. receive a reusable polymer plate of your design
  5. handmix a custom colour
  6. have access to studio lead type (choose between 8 fonts in various sizes)
  7. receive a cardboard case for stationery storage

Upgrade Options

Choose between two weights of the house paper and/or add a second colour for an additional cost.

  • house cardstock (100% cotton rag, a choice between 300gsm or 600gsm). Cost will depend on the quantity and size and will be determined at time of booking.
  • a second ink colour
    • ready-made Pantone colour ($15)
    • handmixed colour ($25)

Special Notes

Artwork will need to be reviewed to ensure that it is tabletop letterpress-friendly and submitted in press-ready PDF format three weeks prior to the workshop. This enables us to tweak the design if necessary and to order and receive the plates with enough time. Artwork must be no larger than 5"x5" and can be multiple images ganged up within those margins. File-prep instructions and details will be shared with you once the workshop has been booked.

Some examples of what can be printed in the Bespoke Tabletop Letterpress Workshop are business cards/stationery, personal stationery, greeting cards, gift certificates, announcement, hang tags, gift tags, calling cards, edition inserts, personal artwork

Location

Scarborough, Ontario just off the 401. If you're taking the TTC, it's a short walk from Scarborough Centre station.

Payment

50% non-refundable deposit payable by Interac direct email or via Paypal. Upon registration a list will be provided of recommended letterpress-appropriate cardstock to bring with you. The balance is due upon arrival at the workshop.

Book Your Workshop

letterpress

Letterpress is a form of printing that uses a device called a "press" to firmly push a printing plate's inked, raised surface onto paper. The resulting impression distinguishes letterpress from other printing methods and gives it its timeless beauty.

The Snap + Tumble studio is equipped with three antique hand-operated presses:

  • 6.5 × 10" Chandler & Price platen press
  • 8 × 5" Adana Eight-Five
  • Mini Showcard proof press

mentions

Snap + Tumble has been featured on lifestyle and design blogs and in these fine publications and events:

  • Ladies of Letterpress
  • The Little Book of Letterpress
  • I Heart Stationery
  • Kinfolk, Issue I
  • Uppercase Magazine (Vol. 8, 25 + 31)
  • Designlines
  • Weddingbells
  • Today's Parent
  • The Junction Flea
  • City of Craft '07, '09, '12
  • OCAD Book Arts Fair
  • The Drake Hotel Wedding Show
  • Doors Open
  • Love & Rummage Trunk Show
  • Spring Handmade Market
  • The Parkdale Flea Summer '13
  • Gladstone Flea Holiday Edition '13
  • SOUVENIR Make Love Studio '16
  • Pixel & Bristles, Summer '16