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 love when designers and illustrators send us really cool artwork to print! This design comes courtesy of Jared and Michelle. We were thrilled when we saw it because we rarely get the chance to print actual illustrations from clients (and as you know, illustration warms the cockles of our illustrator hearts).
This ambitious wedding invitation design came to us from our friends Steven and Nicole of Jump on the Fridge. We handled the printing, they handled the assembly. The alignment was very challenging, since we had to print 2 pieces on both sides and those sides had a continuous illustration so everything had to line up. Despite the challenges, it all turned out beautifully. The final version is one show-stopping wedding invitation!
And the wedding was a lot of fun too!
Printed 2 pieces – 3/1 inks (cerulean blue, warm red and metallic silver), on Crane Lettra double-thick 600 gsm, pearl white.
This year marks the year of our first Sudbury client! We were very glad when Merrill found us (through a rather complicated way) and signed up for letterpress wedding invitations. She chose our Wrought Iron invitation to be printed in black and metallic silver, on St-Armand Ivoire and matched with a deckled envelope.
Could Merrill be the first bride in Sudbury to ever order letterpress invitations? Aside from me (Chantal), she might be. Although if I’m wrong please comment below and tell us why you didn’t call us? 😉
A note on handmade papers: This was the first invitation suite we printed on St-Armand handmade paper. However, we’ve since removed St-Armand papers from our paper list simply because of the level of difficulty in trimming handmade papers. Most handmade papers do not have machine-cut edges, meaning the sheets are all different sizes and this makes trimming difficult. Also the rough surface quality of the St-Armand paper meant that it had to be dampened before printing to ensure that the solid areas of colour printed well. Merrill and Peter’s invitation looked fantastic, but all in all it was too much trouble to trim and print for us to continue using St-Armand papers for letterpress jobs with large quantities.
It’s been 2 months since the National Stationery Show (NSS) so we’re a little behind on the recap. The reason being because we’ve been too busy filling orders placed at the show! So we’re not complaining 🙂
This was our first showing at NSS and we’re very happy with the results. Our line has been picked up by many new stores in the U.S and some in Canada (stay tuned).
First off, let’s talk about:
The Booth with a capital “B”
Chantal’s brother, engineer extraordinaire, was kind enough to donate his carpentry skills in the building of our booth in the dead of winter. We knew we wanted something reusable because we were planning on driving it all down to NYC (only 17 hours away) in our minivan, so it had to be a modular booth that came apart in pieces small enough to fit in the minivan.
We also knew that the booth had to assemble without using any tools because we had heard that the union at the Javits Center were very strict about using their unionised labour for any assembling. And thus, being frugal, we wanted to assemble it ourselves so…no tools.
We gave my brother a hand-drawn sketch which included a built-in bench that doubled as storage, wainscotting and basically said that we wanted it to look like a well-appointed Victorian library, minus the stuffiness.
It went from this:
And the building begins.
New York is a 17-hour drive from Sudbury, so one full day of driving brought us to Syracuse, NY where we stayed overnight (and had our first Ruby Tuesday experience…not bad!). The last bit of driving from Syracuse was not uneventful: after a tire exploded on the highway and flew at the van and after Chantal pulled something in her neck (being unable to move her neck for the next day or so) we finally made it to NYC.
Aside from being yelled at once because we were unloading too slowly, setting up the booth at Javits was a piece of cake. We can’t thank Chantal’s brother enough for making the booth so damn easy to assemble!
The beauty of packing up after NSS is all the free gear you can pick up! We scored 2 sweet standing card racks and had the van not been so packed, we could have taken a beautiful sideboard (it hurt to just leave it there).
I won’t lie, after the show we were EXHAUSTED. It’s 3.5 long, long days of smiling and chatting. It was all worth it, though, and we met tons of cool people.
The next morning our van disappeared (along with booth, sweet new card racks and everything in it). Things got a little rocky at that point, but we eventually figured out that the van was not stolen but towed. After a trip to the Brooklyn Navy Yards and paying a hefty fine to the NYPD we finally hit the road, 4 hours behind schedule.