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The Spring Wedding Show 2011

It’s that time of year again…time for the Spring Wedding Show at the Drake Hotel!! We hope to see you indie brides there 😉

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Chantal’s Top 5 songs to print to

Music is crucial to us when letterpress printing, since it can become a bit repetitive sometimes (especially when printing 1000 business cards) and listening to music helps pass the time. We really have to crank the volume to cover the sound of the press and other machinery, so we’re basically deaf to the outside world and have to communicate with each other through walkie talkies! It’s worth it, though, to be enveloped in our own little letterpress bubble 😉

Here are Chantal’s current favourite songs to print to:

1. Paperbag Writer – Radiohead

2. I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman – K-OS

3. Follow UsBig Boi

4. Everything in its Right Place Radiohead

5. Dare Gorillaz

What are your Top 5 songs to work to?

Top 5 reasons for having a letterpress calling card

1. Say you’re out for the evening, and you start a conversation with a charming lad or a lovely lady. The conversation is spectacular and you want to really want to get their number! You could both whip out your cell phones and enter each other numbers, but that’s just boring. Hand them your calling card. Your vital info is all there, so no messing around with annoying technology. Simple. Convenient.

2. Letterpress=Quality. Let people know that you care about quality right off the bat.

3. Calling cards make you look professional without being formal. It’s not quite a business card, but it’s not scrawling your email on a napkin either.

4. It’s a conversation piece! The person on the receiving end of your calling card will be impressed and spend time running their hands over your card.

5. Express your personality! Since it’s not as formal as a business card, you don’t have to go all corporate with your calling card.  Use funky colours or intricate illustrations. Go for a custom design. Let people know who you are.

An example of a Papillon Press custom calling card

From the Inspiration File: early 20th-century colour photos

A few years ago I  (Chantal) discovered a website showing the photographs of a certain Russian photographer, Prokudin-Gorskii, that were all developed in colour! It was the most amazing thing ever, to see authentic scenes from over 100 years ago in full colour. Apparently he had developed a special process for developing in colour, but the photos were subsequently lost during the Russian Revolution and only resurfaced later. I often use theses images for reference because they are so vivid.

There is also a very interesting section on the website about re-creating his colour process but using digital methods.

We tend to think of the past in black and white or in sepia tones, so to see it in colour reminds us that those people in the photos really did exist. Here is a selection of favourites:

self portrait of the photographer

Awesome cast iron machinery

Calling Card Giveaway

***Edit: Congratulations to Vanessa Dewson, an Ottawa area photographer, who won our Twitter giveaway!



Yes! We are giving away a beautiful set of letterpress calling cards.

We recently added to our website the option of ordering 300 pre-designed calling cards for only $150.  Printed on soft white, 265 gsm Bamboo paper, all you have to do is choose the design you like and enter your information on the order form.

To kick off our new line of calling cards, we are offering a free set (300 cards).

What do you have to do? It’s easy, provided you have a Twitter account.

  • Log onto Twitter
  • Follow us (if you’re not already!)
  • Find today’s tweet about the calling card giveaway (here it is!)
  • And retweet!

Super easy! We will be drawing at random from the list of retweets and revealing the winner both on Twitter and here on Friday afternoon.

Here are some specifics on the giveaway:

  • Printed in one colour only. Choose a colour from our palette. (Giveaway does not include any other colours, including blind printing & metallics).
  • Choose one of our six pre-designed calling cards (show above).
  • Cards will be shipped to you in 2-3 weeks
  • Giveaway does not include embellishments. Refer to our price list for extra embellishments
  • We will ship the order for free within North America.

Good luck!

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