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Troublemakers Illustrated Letterpress Cards

Troublemakers Illustrated Letterpress Cards

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!).

Skullduggery : Crafty deception or trickery or an instance of it
Whippersnapper : An insignificant but pretentious or cheeky person

The cards were recently featured on Under Consideration’s great blog about print design, For Print Only.

You can also watch a video to see how Joel’s original Troublemakers promotional cards were printed. From the ink mixing to trimming and assembly, watch our press in action!

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/23487320]

Ottawa’s Idle Hands Holiday Craft Show

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: Admission is only $2!

Click for the Facebook event
Also check out the list of vendors 

Papillon Press in The National Post…again!

We feel very privileged to have 2 of our Christmas cards featured in The Weekend Post this past Saturday.

Festive Reindeer and Aurora Borealis were featured in this fantastic full page spread alongside some of the finest handmade greeting cards around.

We love the tagline:

“Holiday cards they won’t discard. This season, if you care enough to write, send the very best”. 

You can’t ask for better than that!

Festive Reindeer and Aurora Borealis in The Weekend Post


In the National Post

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!

You can read the online version here. And of course, buy the invitation!

Papillon Press in The National Post

Yeah Sure letterpress business card

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.

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