2016 Letterpress Wall Calendar

My 2016 letterpress wall calendar is here! It was inspired by my trip to the Adler Planetarium several weeks ago.  The silver ink printed on black paper really makes the image of the moon phases pop.  I’m totally in love with it.  It is 11×14″ ready to frame or hang on your wall.  It’s available for sale online in my online shop and on etsy.

Moon Phases 2016 Letterpress Calendar

NEW: Letterpress Christmas Cards

Below are a few of my newest holiday card releases, and Letterpress Christmas Cards for the 2015 holiday season.  I had fun incorporating new gold foil into the release.  All are available for sale in my shop. And you can also click each image to purchase each design directly.  They are available as single cards or in sets of 6 for $16

Gold Foil Christmas Card

Letterpress Christmas Card

Funny Christmas Card - Whiskey

Hannukah Card

Gold Foil Christmas Card

Letterpress Christmas Cards.

Renegade Craft Fair 2015 !

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2015

Yay!! I will be a vendor at Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago in September.  It’s always the biggest and best of them all. Find us along with 300+ other awesome handmade vendors on Division Street, September 19-20th.

Find more info here: http://www.renegadecraft.com/chicago

… more details to come …

Fall Letterpress Internship

Fall Letterpress Internship Chicago Commitment:
1-2 days a week, 12 week minimum

Must be:
Hard-working and very reliable, clean, with meticulous attention to detail and ability to work on repetitive tasks.
Letterpress experience, printing or other detail oriented and meticulous hands on experience very beneficial (but not required).

Tasks include:
Packaging and folding inventory, labeling, trimming paper and other production work. You will also learn some presswork including,press maintenance, ink mixing and custom pantone color matching, registration, press set up and production.

This internship is unpaid but I will train you on the press or trade for press time (if you have the right experience) This can be a great opportunity for someone willing to work hard and learn.

Please email me with a resume and cover letter.
shayna (at) steelpetalpress (dot) com / subject line “Fall Letterpress Intern”

and feel free to pass on to interested parties.

Thanks! shayna

NEW: Mugs and Shot Glasses

And finally, my last post on my newest releases from The National Stationery Show in May.  I added two more typographic mugs to my line PLUS, I was nerdy excited about my line of shot glasses.  (Maybe I’m friends with too many drunks and bar tenders, but I know at least 10 friends to whom I would give these as gifts.)

All are available in my online shop!

Boss Lady Coffee Mug Typographic Coffee Mug 21 Shot Glass Birthday Bitch Shot Glas Lips Shot Glass PAR-TAY Shot Glass Shots Shot Shot! Birthday Shot Glass

NEW: Mugs and Shot Glasses

Date Night: Let’s Ride


In installment #2 of this Date Night Series, we’re pairing some of our hand-printed cards with date suggestions. Use the cards to hand write an invitation to a spouse, a friend, a parent, and let the good times roll!

Chicagoland boasts a splendid many options for cycle enthusiasts—the new phase of The 606 deserving no small mention. This is a city that loves to spin our wheels… in the best way. Use our Let’s Ride card, grab a bud and try out one of these options for a wheelie fun time.

Whether you’re dusting your two wheels off from a period of infrequent use or just need a tune-up, you’re going to want to wind your way to Heritage Bicycles on N. Lincoln Avenue. These folks combined their two loves—coffee and cycling— into this one-stop shop. Get your bike fixed up, outfit your ride, and fuel up for your journey all in one.

With that, take a turn on the elevated Bloomingdale Trail,—the first of four connected park/paths in the Logan Park area, as part of the bit 606 initiative opened this June.

When you’re warmed up, join forces with others, like Higher Gear Chicago that organizes a monthly Women’s Farmer’s Market Ride. The site is also a great resource for upcoming group ride and city-wide cycling events.

Options abound, so get moving while the sun still shines!

NEW: Letterpress Birthday Cards

In addition to my Astrology Birthday Card series, I also released several new Letterpress Birthday Cards and a few in gorgeous Gold Foil. (looove the gold foil!) All are available for sale in my online shop. Or you can click each image to purchase directly.

Gold Foil Letterpress Birthday Cards Birthday Spankings Funny Letterpress Birthday Cards Birthday Squeezes Letterpress Birthday Cards

Behind the Scenes: Meet Our Newest Studio Member!

We were so delighted to recently bring Kat on board to help with all things Steel Petal Press, and invite you to get to know her a bit, too!
Name: Kat Wisniewski
Job title: Studio Manager/ Administrative Assistant
Describe your area of study and previous work, and how you think each relate to or lead your position at Steel Petal Press? 
I’ve worked in retail and management since 1994, both in big box stores and boutique environments. Through my work experience, I’ve learned to possess a keen eye for detail and also how to efficiently multi-task. In many previous positions, I’ve done various tedious, repetitive and simple tasks, where efficiency and speed are highly valued. I also own a home-based jewelry business, where I work online a lot and ship out orders regularly. These assets aid in my position at Steel Petal Press because I am responsible for quality controlling the product, shipping the product and general office duties.
What inspires you artistically?
Everything inspires me artistically. If I had to pick out a few things that I seek out for inspiration I’d say that I’m inspired by glass sculpture, fashion, colors, surrealism and minimalistic style.
What kinds of things do you do at the studio? What do you enjoy most?
I’m the only official in-studio employee, besides Shayna, which is a welcome change. I order the supplies, quality control everything, and ship out orders. I enjoy the boutique environment and working with minimal supervision. I also enjoy coming in early, so I can get the bulk of my work done with my music helping to push me through the morning.
What do you enjoy doing outside of the studio?
I keep extremely busy outside of the studio because I enjoy having multiple sources of income. What keeps me the busiest is the product photography work I do (out of my kitchen) for other jewelry artists. I also manage three online stores where I sell my jewelry and jewelry making supplies. Additionally, I have my pieces in a few retail locations, so I have to keep up with providing stock as things sell. Lastly, I write jewelry making projects for magazines and also teach jewelry making at various Chicagoland locations. Oh yeah, and I tend to my husband and pets everyday. They are what truly makes me happy, and they provide soothing comfort from my stressful multi-tasking.
What is your favorite Steel Petal Press card/product and why?
That’s easy! It’s the Holy Shit cards of course! What a simple design that many people respond to with laughter. These are great and this line of cards can be used for so many different occasions. By the way, I have an idea for a new Holy Shit card… TBDiscussed later. 
What would your perfect day in Chicago look like? 
My perfect day in my city (where I’ve lived my whole life), would include waking up to my kitty cats kissing my face, going out to a fun new place to eat with my husband, taking my doggie daughter out to a big park (like Horner Park), then going to a movie, museum or thrifting!


Wedding Envelopes: Guest Addressing Etiquette

Calligraphy Guest Addresses

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All beautiful wedding invitations should come in a beautifully addressed envelope. Some couples choose to hire a calligrapher to write out guest names and addresses, while digitally printed “faux calligraphy” although not traditional, has become a more budget friendly accepted alternative.

Below you can find advise on how to properly format your guests names and addresses on your invitation envelope.

Do not use abbreviations

123 S. Main St, Apt #777
St. Louis, MO, 34567

Instead, spell out state names, directions, cities and addresses completely.

123 South Main Street, Apartment Number 777
Saint Louis, Missouri, 34567

Do not use initials

Example: Carl M. Martin

Instead spell out middle names completely.
Example: Carl Michael Martin

Use titles when addressing formal wedding invitations.
Example: Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

For informal invitations, you can use first names, but use the woman’s name first.
Example: Jane and John Doe

Traditionally, couples use inner and outer envelopes to address wedding invites.

Now let’s get to the common formats of addressing guests.
Here are some great examples for addressing singles, married couples, children, and professionals:

Single unmarried couples living together should be listed on separate lines
Ms. Joan Williams
Mr. Ben Jones
5678 Lovers Lane
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Single guest bringing a plus-one
Ms. Brianna Smith and Guest
388 North Anytime Street
New York City, New York, 09876

If you don’t want guests to bring a “plus-one” to your wedding, don’t write “and guest” on the envelope.

For a married couple with the same last name, both spouses’ titles are on the same line and the husband’s title goes first.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Robinson
762 South Drake Trail
Los Angeles, California, 90201

For a married couple whose wife kept her maiden name, the names should be on the same line and the wife’s name goes first.
Mrs. Beth Johnson and Mr. Bob Robinson
762 South Drake Trail
Los Angeles, California, 90201

For a married couple with children, the children’s names should be listed on a separate line.  You may want to use “Mr. and Mrs. Walter Scott and family” if there are a lot of children to squeeze in.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Steve, Adam, and Ashley
38 West Wall Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60694

If children are not invited, simply do not include the children’s names on the envelopes.

For same sex couples, you can put either guest first
Mr. Bill Harris and Mr. Jose Sanchez
384 West Lincoln Highway
Chicago, Illinois, 60601

When you address invitations to professionals, you should ALWAYS spell out professional titles such as Doctor, Reverend, Colonel, Lieutenant, etc. For judges and mayors, use the title “Honorable.” You don’t need to use “Attorney” and “Esquire” on wedding invitations. For instance, if the husband is a professional but the wife isn’t, use the husband’s name first because professional titles outrank social titles.

When the husband is the professional
Doctor and Mrs. Charles Reed
478 Martin Luther King Drive
Houston, Texas, 72892

When the wife is the professional
Doctor Mary Reed and Mr. Charles Reed
478 Martin Luther King Drive
Houston, Texas, 72892

When both spouses are doctors
The Doctors Reed (or Doctors Mary and Charles Reed)
478 Martin Luther King Drive
Houston, Texas, 72892

If the wife decides to use her maiden name, address her first.
Doctor Mary Brown and Doctor Charles Reed
478 Martin Luther King Drive
Houston, Texas, 72892

Addressing judges when one spouse is a judge but the other isn’t
The Honorable Ava Taylor and Mr. Ray Taylor
9834 West Cherry Road
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 57628

When both spouses are professionals, but in different professions
The Honorable Janet Jone and Lieutenant James Jones
636 Russell Street
Atlanta, Georgia, 37618

Inspiration: Adler Planetarium

adler planetarium

A few weekends ago, I headed to LA to attend the super inspiring Tradeshow Bootcamp Business camp. It was a day long intensive conference full of workshops and speakers, geared towards businesses that have been around 3-5 years looking get to the next level.

Something that many of the speakers talked about at the conference was how to be original and the importance of finding outside inspiration. With that in mind I’ve been coming up with ideas, field trips and other activities to feed my inspiration. Last Monday I took several hours in the morning to visit the Adler Planetarium in my home town of Chicago. (Chicago is home to many wonderful and extensive museums)

I found myself drawn to the architecture of the building. So many curves and circles. Very well thought out:

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I also loved the section on “Astronomy in Culture

Some of the medieval tools and artifacts like the golden astrolabes, sundials and armillary spheres from thousands of years ago were absolutely gorgeous.


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How amazing is this African illustration of the phases of the moon below:

adler planetarium

And here are a few more ancient sky, moon and astronomy illustrations.

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