Papillon Press is a letterpress and illustration studio located in Westport, Ontario, Canada that specializes in illustrated greeting cards and paper goods. Our greeting cards, note cards, gift tags, thank you cards, stickers, etc. all feature our hand-drawn illustrations and are printed by hand on our 60 year-old letterpress.
We’re happy to have our first bilingual (français, english) invitation under our belt! This is a custom invitation we designed for Sarah and Charles, a fun bilingual couple. The one-colour modern design is complemented by a fun envelope liner with a custom monogram.
Printed on 300 gsm Lettra in ecru, 6.5×6.5″. Liner printed digitally.
We receive quite a few requests to have photos printed on our letterpress. Oftentimes people want their photos featured on cards without having to insert a photo into a frame card.
Most letterpress printers do not offer digital printing services (including us) therefore we won’t print a full-colour photo on a letterpress-printed card. However we do offer an option: convert the photo to a halftone.
Converting to a halftone simply means converting the image to a series of tiny dots, which we can then incorporate into the artwork for the rest of your card and print it all on our letterpress.
Here is a quick example of a digital photo of Joel and Chantal* converted to a halftone (85 lpi):
So while we don’t offer digital printing, we can still incorporate photos on a letterpress card in a way that doesn’t compromise the aesthetic of the card.
And for something completely different, Joel and Chantal can illustrate your portraits using your photo as reference.
*Joel is very photogenic while Chantal always makes stupid face in photos
We have quite a few hunting and racing cuts in our collection. This one has an image of a horse pulling a buggy and its driver. We love horses, Chantal especially, as she grew up taking riding lessons and is an excellent rider. She’s recently taken to watching the Canadian TV show Heartland, which is about a horse ranch in Alberta. She watches the episodes online when she’s trimming wedding invitations. It helps the time go by and keeps her entertained!
Speaking of Heartland, click here to take a look at our Heartland-inspired western wedding invitation!.