Art Deco Wedding Inspiration

Art deco is a popular trend both for weddings and other parts of life. It mixes vintage glam with modern lines, which makes it look balanced and sophisticated. We’ve compiled some awesome Art Deco designs to get you inspired.

Art Deco Letterpress Wedding Invitation Art Deco Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Being in Chicago makes it really easy to be inspired by art deco design, given the vast array of art deco architecture. Steel Petal Press has three different art deco inspired letterpress wedding invitation packages for your vintage inspired event.

But that’s only one part of the wedding, right?

Art Deco Cake Inspiration

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Cakes are one of the best (and coolest) parts of weddings. They’re the visual centerpieces of a whole reception, and these ones really take the cake (not sorry for that)! You can see how detailed they are, but that doesn’t take away from the glamour and they still look totally modern and completely delicious.

Art Deco Rings

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And we all probably think about the ring when we think about any wedding. These are all vintage, but with today’s artisans, it wouldn’t be hard to find something custom and perfect for your own art deco taste. Again, the mix of geometric shapes and well-placed curves make these rings look incredibly balanced, glamorous, and, most importantly, special.

Art deco design is timeless and beautiful. If you love vintage style that’s both stylish and classic then maybe Art Deco is they style for your wedding or next get together.

Cards for your Friend who just got dumped.

We all have bad days, and so do those people who are closest to us. We always want to cheer our friends up when they’re having a bad day, whether they’re in town or across the country. Sending a reminder to a friend can help to soften the blow from any breakup. Here are a few of Steel Petal Press’s favorite letterpress greeting cards to give your friend a reason to smile.

Single Valentine's Day Cards

You never want to say “I told you so”, but we always knew they could do much better.

Letterpress Friendship Card You're Amazing

The amount of mascara running down your friend’s cheeks doesn’t change the fact that she’s a totally rad gal.

Bummer Letterpress Greeting Card

We all have bummer kind of days, but getting mail can fix that (even if it’s just a little).

Good Vibes Encouragement Card

Positive thoughts and good vibes are the best medicine for a break up. Time to get back on that horse, friend!

Whether we’re bummed because we’ve been dumped by our bae or our boss, these letterpress greeting cards can brighten the day of those at the raw side of a break up.

Chicago Renegade Craft Fair Recap – 2015

Chicago Renegade Craft Fair is always the biggest and best of them all!

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2015

It was another super awesome year at Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago last weekend.  I was worried with all the storms the night before, but the rain cleared up by Saturday morning and the weather all weekend was gorgeous.

Steel Petal Press at Renegade Craft Fair

This was my first time exhibiting in a booth on my own and my first time at a Renegade since 2013.  I was BUSY all weekend and had my best year of sales yet.  I know I say that every year, but really it just keeps getting better!  I attribute it to the good weather and the full booth all to myself.  More room to display = more items to sell. :)

The booth was filled pretty much the whole time and it felt like there was a constant stream of customers lined up to make a purchase.

Renegade Craft Fair

All the best sellers were in full affect.
The Holy Shit cards always sell well.

Funny Birthday Card

This year there was a new star of the show. Apparently there’s a lot of AWESOME BABIES being born these days.

congratulations baby card

Aside from that, it was really nice to meet some instagram followers in person (don’t be shy!) and to have visits from some of my favorite Chicago retailers: Sadie at Paper Source, Julie at Virtu, Ann from The Fig Tree and Todd from Foursided.  We love our retailers!  Please be sure to check our growing list of stockists for a local retailer near you.

Thank you again Chicago AND Renegade Craft Fair for the super awesome weekend!!  My next show will be the One of A Kind Show in December at the Merchandise Mart.

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:

You can find Steel Petal Press at Booth #123 !

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