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.
Much to my pleasure, my brother and sister-in-law gave me carte blanche when designing the invitation suite for their Cape Cod wedding. They didn’t have any specifications other than the colour palette and that they didn’t want a typical nautical “Cape” style. I knew I wanted to create a design that was very much focused on illustration, so came up with this toile pattern that included a gristmill and a windmill (the venue had a water wheel outside), with some fall foliage thrown in because it was a fall wedding and fully illustrated type. Everything in this suite was hand drawn, including every letter. All pieces were then letterpress printed (also by me) except for the envelope, which was digitally-printed.
I’m so happy with how this invitation turned out. It’s great when clients let you do your thing and have fun with a job. Fun wedding too!
This could be our favourite wedding invitation YET. We designed a custom wedding invitation for Darryl and Alexis for their destination wedding in Mexico. The area where they are having the wedding is known for its whale migration, so they wanted to include an illustration of a whale on the invitation. We love clients who let us do our thing and these guys did just that. The result is a super fun, original invitation.
Printed on Crane Lettra, pearl white 300 gsm in Red and Cerulean Blue.
In late 2013 we were approached to design a simple and elegant, yet very elaborate invitation suite. This one had all the pieces: the typical 4 piece suite, pocketfold, vellum, lined envelopes, plus illustrated map, favour tag, belly band, valet card, and thank you card…most of them with painted edges.
Then announcement card was printed in black with a blind deboss starfish header and Relais & Châteaux logo, on pearl white double-thick 600 gsm Lettra with robin’s blue painted edges. We illustrated the map and printed it in black on pearl white double-thick 600 gsm Lettra, also with painted edges. The reply card was printed in black and a blind deboss on pearl white 300 gsm Lettra. The favour tag was also black and blind deboss, trimmed in a square shape with painted edges and striped b&w baker’s twine. The thank you card was A2 size with a 2 colours printed on the front and a one-colour greeting inside, also with painted edges (a first for us for a thank you, but why not?) All envelopes were lined with robin’s blue printed liners. The final package was assembled in a pocketfold, the announcement held in place with an open vellum pocket. The pocketfold was then sealed with a band featuring a blind deboss of the recurring starfish illustration.
And there it is, our most elaborate invitation suite yet!
This was an incredibly fun wedding invitation to work on and our first pocketfold invitation…ever! Pocketfolds seemed to be all the rage a few years ago but oddly enough this is the first time a client approached us for a custom invitation to be contained in a pocketfold. Christa and Robert decided that a modified version of our Scrolling Vine invitation would suit their Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding just fine, printed in gold and black inks. We also designed and printed a reply card, event timeline, map and gift enclosure card.
The whole package was finally wrapped together in a custom printed letterpress band.
We’re so thrilled to have the chance to be working with more local clients lately. This custom invitation comes courtesy of a lovely couple living in North Bay, Claire and Robert. They came to visit us with the idea of having the chapel where they were going to be wed featured on the invitation. They also loved our Hivernale invitation and so wanted some of the elements of that invitation incorporated into theirs.
Chantal gave three sketches (below) each of which featured a different aspect of the chapel.
Claire and Robert chose the 3rd sketch, which features an illustration of the chapel and a lovely decorative border, printed in light grey ink with the text in fuschia. The result is a lovely, soft invitation with matching envelope. Thanks for being such fanstastic clients, Claire and Rob!
Printed on Crane Lettra, 300 gsm, pearl white in light grey and fuschia. 6.5×6.5″.