This fun card blasted off from the National Stationery Show this year and it landed in quite a few stores around the country.
As a fan of Superman, Joel drew this card as an homage to the Man of Steel’s crash landing in a corn field in Smallville.
What better way to welcome a newborn to the world than suggesting they are the most super baby since Superman?
You can pick up one these cards from our online shop (below).
Letterpress Congratulations Baby card - Welcome to Earth
Welcome to earth, baby.
This 3-colour letterpress card is an original Papillon Press design, illustrated by hand and printed on our vintage Chandler Price & Co. letterpress.
Printed on eco-friendly Bamboo Paper, this A6 card is blank on the inside so you can fill it in whichever way you like. Price includes matching envelope.
Made by hand in Canada.
- A6 (4.5×6.25″) folded
Posted in: Letterpress Baby Announcement, Letterpress Greeting Cards
If you want affordable letterpress business cards, this is the way to go: $150 for 300 cards. Choose from 7 attractive templates that are printed on eco-friendly thick bamboo stock with your choice of ink colour.
Check out these latest calling cards we printed.
Calling card printed in Navy ink
Calling card printed in Cerulean Blue ink
Calling card printed in Navy ink
Posted in: Blog, Letterpress business cards, Letterpress Calling Cards
Here is another example of when things just come together on the press and it just works. Jaime sent us this fantastic design for her destination wedding, complete with illustrated type, and we took great pleasure in making it look even more fantastic by letterpress-printing it on Crane Lettra, 300 gsm in pearl white.
Jaime's destination wedding invitation
Posted in: Blog, Letterpress printing service, Letterpress Wedding Invitation
Sometimes certain design elements come together and it just works. This was the case with the invitations of Rob and Sarah, who decided to customize our Paris invitation with fantastic colour and font choices. They also wanted to replace our little illustration of lilacs with the skeleton key they had used on their save-the-date. No problem. The result, for lack of a better turn of phrase, just works.
Letterpress printed on Crane Lettra, 300 gsm, pearl white in turquoise and peach inks.
Our Paris invitation perfectly customized
Posted in: Blog, Letterpress Wedding Invitation, Paris invitation
I’m going to follow up our fake April Fool’s announcement with a real announcement now…
Papillon Press is moving!
We’re moving 7 hours south to a pretty little village called Westport. We bought a new house with a detached 1000 sq. ft studio that will be turned into the Papillon Press studio. We’re so excited to get settled in! Our time in Sudbury was beneficial in many respects, but it’s time to move onto the next chapter.
How does this affect you?
If you were thinking of having your design letterpress printed by us or of ordering either business cards or wedding invitations, now is the time to place your order. Things are going to get crazy with moving and with the National Stationery Show in May, therefore we need to wrap up all print jobs by the end of April.
That means you need to place your order and send in your artwork by Wednesday, April 10th, at the latest.
We plan on resuming custom print jobs by the end of June. Call it a short hiatus in order to get organized. We’re not taking a hiatus from this blog or the internet however, so stay tuned for the step-by-step renovation posts which are sure to pop up on this blog. Let the DIY begin!
Westport, ON - future home of Papillon Press
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**We pranked you, sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves. April Fool’s!**
We’ve been keeping a low profile lately because we’ve been working on launching a new product line:
Papillon Press e-greetings and e-vites
Designed for individuals with incredibly busy lives, all our best designs are now available at the mercifully instant click of your mouse.
We’re phasing out letterpress printing in the hopes of going completely paperless. The reason? Letterpress just takes too much time and is too much work. We also want to optimize our green policy and this is by far the best way to save trees.
Browse our new collection of e-cards and e-vites
Posted in: Blog
We’ve been so busy prepping for the National Stationery Show lately that we forgot to blog about these little guys. Illustrated by our friends at Sorry You’re Happy and letterpress printed by us on bamboo paper stock, these are based on the little green soldiers that boys used to play with. How fun are they?
Posted in: Blog, Letterpress printing service
Have you ever wondered how the tradition of giving Valentine’s Day cards began? Today’s Valentine’s Day cards are descendants of the very first Valentine’s Day cards from the 1830s.
Joseph Addenbrooke is often credited with discovering the lace or doily texture used on valentines
Before there was a market for Valentines cards, valentines were simply love letters, handwritten and exchanged. Due to high postage rates of the day, they were often left on doorsteps.
With the improvement of printing techniques in the 1800′s, printers were able to try new and more sophisticated methods of printing.
A fellow by the name of Joseph Addenbrooke, who owned a London stationery firm, discovered that he could create a lace texture on paper during the 1830s. This is often considered a major discovery in the evolution of the valentine.
With his discovery, lace paper became extremely popular and the technique of creating doilies spread among English stationers. In no time, they were competing to create the most elaborate doilies to mimic real lace as closely as possible.
A John Addenbrook valentine
Recipients of valentines would often judge the elaborateness of the cards to determine how much their suitors really felt about them. The more cupids or hearts on a card could be the difference between “like” and “love.” In fact, men could spend up to a month’s wages to purchase an elaborate valentine, especially when purchasing a “proposal valentine” that often depicted a church or a ring.
According to Victorian etiquette, it was improper for a woman to give a valentine to a man.
Over the remainder of the 19th Century, stationers experimented with other methods of printing and embellishing the lace-paper valentines.
Esther Howland, credited as being the Mother of the American Valentine
Around 1847, Esther Howland, a young woman from Massachusetts, received a valentine. It was a pretty typical English valentine, but she was inspired by it and set out to make her own. Lucky for her, her father was a stationer and soon enough she had an order of lace-paper and other materials to make her own cards. She did so well that she started her own business making valentines, The New England Valentine Company.
A card believed to have been designed by Esther Howland
Look at the amazing detail in these cards! No wonder they cost a month's wages. All made by hand.
Esther is often credited as the Mother of the American Valentine. After the cards she made sold so well (over five thousand orders!), Esther began the first assembly-line of valentines. And she wasn’t selling these things cheaply either. With such elaborate and delicate details in her cards, all made and assembled by hand (just like ours!), they would cost between $5 and $10 through the late 1800′s, some cards cost upward of $50! Put that in the inflation calculator and she was making over $100 per card in today’s dollars. It is estimated her business made her over $100,000 a year!
Thanks to the early work and creativity of Addenbrooke and Howland, Valentine’s Day cards are second only to Christmas cards as the most popular seasonal cards to purchase.
Posted in: From the Inspiration File
This past Christmas was a busy time for us for printing corporate holiday and thank you cards. We love when businesses chooses letterpress printing for their cards because it shows that they care about quality and attention to detail…and that’s our modus operandi!
#1 – Holiday card for Akendi. Beautifully vertical and printed in one colour on 265 gsm bamboo paper with inside greeting and printed envelope
#2 – Thank you card for local Anmar, printed in 2 colours on 265 gsm bamboo paper. Blank inside with printed envelope.
#3 – Our Festive Reindeer card customized for Levert Group here in Sudbury. We customized the bulb colours in the Levert green and red, and printed a 2-colour inside greeting and printed coloured envelopes.
Beautifully vertical holiday card for Akendi, printed with an inside greeting.
Thank you card for Anmar.
Our Festive Reindeer card with colours customized for Levert group, printed with an inside greeting
Posted in: Blog, Letterpress Cards, Letterpress printing service
Edge-painting definitely adds OOMF to this one-colour business card that we printed in late 2012.
Printed on 600 gsm pearl white Crane Lettra.
Posted in: Blog, Letterpress business cards, Letterpress printing service