An email or text message just isn’t the same as a beautiful handwritten note or card.
Hubbub Paper Co. is a tiny letterpress studio in Cambridge Ontario founded in 2015. We believe that every occasion is worth celebrating.
Each piece in the collection is designed by Sibylle and individually printed by on an antique letterpress. Creating unique, quality goods using sustainable practices and materials is at the core of everything we do.
I’m Sibylle Cox, and Hubbub Paper Co. grew out of my love of design and stationery. I have always been drawn to letterpress for its unique tactile quality. Knowing this, my husband gave me my first press for our first wedding anniversary (paper). We now jokingly refer to that press as the “gateway press”.
I quickly out grew that press and began working on a much larger Chandler & Price floor model. Though bigger, this one hundred year-old cast iron beast is still fully foot powered and hand feed.
The most recent addition to our printing press family is a slightly younger Heidelberg Windmill.
When not in the studio I can be found with my husband and young daughter at the farmers’ market, cooking, baking, playing in the backyard, or teaching web design at Sheridan College.
Our Letterpress Process
All designs generally start with rough sketches or ink drawings. Sketches are then scanned and turned into vector artwork to be fine-tuned.
Finalized artwork is sent off to create polymer plates. A separate plate is produced for each colour being printed. These thin plates come with an adhesive back so they can be mounted to an aluminum base for printing.
All our colours are mixed by hand from Pantone Base Colours using rubber based Van Son inks. Colours are usually matched by eye to a Pantone colour chip.
Paper is cut to a little larger than the final trim size, the press is inked and the first plate is registered to print in the correct position. Each piece that is to be printed is then feed through the press individually.
As each colour is printed the press is cleaned and inked with the next colour. The plates for every colour must be perfectly registered to print in the exact position on the paper.
Once all the colours are printed, the stock is trimmed down to the final size. If needed the cards are feed through the press one last time to crease the line along which they will be folded.