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.
These four Troublemakers were illustrated by Joel to accompany some of his favorite words. Printed in black and a cool cerulean blue, the Troublemakers illustrations also include a description of each of the words. The figures themselves were inspired by Depression era characters.
Joel initially printed the cards to use as a limited edition of promotional cards for his illustration work. Thankfully for everyone else, the cards are also available in our shop as one of our illustrated letterpress packs (other sets include Tea Time and Seasons – more to come!).
Last show of the year! We will be selling our Christmas cards and other letterpress stationery at Ottawa’s Idle Hands Holiday Craft Show. Come see us at this lovely event and buy handmade this holiday season!
When: Saturday, November 26 · 10:00am – 5:00pm
Where: St Luke’s Ottawa, 760 Somerset St. W In the heart of funky Chinatown
What do you have to do to have an article written about you in a national newspaper?
Design a Twilight wedding invitation!
We’re lucky to have been found by Nathalie Atkinson, style editor at The National Post, as she came across first our Troublemakers boxed set in person at Kid Icarus and then our Twilight invitation in our Etsy shop.
The article is fantastic! It’s amazing how a writer can take a 20-minute phone conversation and organize it into a concise piece of writing. I guess we are no longer closet Twilight fans!
We were very pleased to be able to print this fantastic business card for Yeah Sure Productions, designed by Jake Bauming of Industrial Strength. This marks the 2nd time we’ve printed on 4-ply black Rising Museum Board.
We often get requests for printing on black paper stock but often times have to turn them down because people expect letterpress inks to be more opaque than they actually are. The truth of the matter is that our inks are quite transparent; the most opaque we have are metallic silver and gold. Any other colour would require several passes on the press and thus become too expensive.
Luckily Jake requested that this card be printed in metallic silver and the result look fantastic after only one pass. The Rising Museum Board takes the impression very well and allows for deep impression without any show-through.