Behind The Scenes – Letters

Custom Letterpress Stationery

We added some new styles of custom stationery to our online shop this week, pictured above is Regal, and below is Monogram.


You can customize these new styles with the initial of your choice, and now we have letters on the brain!

Vintage Letterpress Drawers

These vintage letterpress drawers and type are some of my favorite things in the studio.

Vintage Letterpress Type

Response Card Wording for Wedding Invitations

Reply Card Wording for wedding invitations

This post is to help guide you in choosing the best response card wording for your wedding invitations.
For wedding invitation wording please see this blog post HERE.

Response card wording is much more straight forward than wedding invitation wording.  Here’s the basics:

First you will always need to include a reply-by date, a place for guests to write their names and a place for them to mark if they plan on attending or not.

A few common starters are:

Please RSVP by
Kindly reply by
Please respond by
The pleasure of your response is requested by
The favour of a reply is requested by

Reply Card wording inspiration

Next you will need a line for guests to write in their names.  This can be done with an M________ or simply writing (names) below the line.

For the response line you can keep it basic or get as creative as you like.  A few options I’ve used in the past:

Accepts / Regrets
Accepts with pleasure / Declines with regret
Joyfully accepts / Regretfully declines
Will be there / Will be there in spirit
Can’t wait to celebrate! / Will toast from afar
Will attend / Will not attend

If you are hosting multiple events to which all guests are invited, this is also the place to include extra response lines:

Reply Card with events

If you need to know how many places to set for your sit down dinner,  you should also include a line to list the number attending:

Reply Card wording

You can use the space at the bottom for any other information you need from your guests.  If you need meal selections this a great place to ask for that. Some people note dietary restrictions, food allergies (ie gluten free or vegetarian) or song requests:

Repl yCard food selection


reply card wording for multiple events

I hope this helps get you started on the response card wording for your wedding invitations!  Also be sure to check out my wedding invitation wording blog post for inspiration on that.

Please feel free to contact me any time with any questions you may have regarding your invitations, wording, etiquette or anything else at all!

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Behind The Scenes – Holiday Prep

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This week we started to stock up on letterpress Christmas cards in preparation for a busy Holiday season.

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In addition to our online shop,  you’ll be able to shop with us in person at some local markets this year so stay tuned for details and dates!

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New Releases | Custom Holiday Photo Cards and Christmas Photo Cards

I have some new Custom Holiday Photo Cards, Custom Christmas Photo Cards and Happy New Year Custom Photo Cards up in the shop!  You can find the full collection HERE, or click each image to connect to each card listing.

I love them all, but these first two are my personal favorites.

Custom Holiday Photo Card

I even took a stab at hand lettering with this Custom Happy New Year Card.

Happy New Year Custom Holiday Photo Card Custom Christmas Photo Card Custom Christmas Photo Card Custom Holiday Photo Card Newly Weds Holiday Photo Card

I hope you enjoy!

A trip to the Pumpkin Patch!

Last weekend my husband and I took a trip to the pumpkin patch; Honey Hill Orchard, about 60 miles west of Chicago, to enjoy some fall activities before the winter is here.  We got to see some spectacularly bright foliage and fall colors:

Fall Colors

At the farm we road a hay ride to the pumpkin patch and picked some HUGE pumpkins to bring home with us.

Pumpkin Picking

We also picked some crazy shaped gourds to use as fall decor around the house.  Nature is insane! I’ve never seen such variety of shapes and colors in gourds before. It was pretty amazing.

Picking Gourds

pumpkin patch


We took advantage of some cheesy photo ops.

Farm Visit

Chad and Shayna

And spent some time petting goats and a donkey at the petting zoo. Could this Kid be any cuter?

Goat Petting Zoo Farm

Goats at the Petting Zoo

Behind The Scenes – Feels Like Spring

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We’ve had so many custom letterpress wedding invitation orders around the studio this week, it almost feels like spring.

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The gloomy weather isn’t helping, but we’ll just keep printing bright and cheerful cards and dreaming of sunny days!

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Behind The Scenes

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Our new intern Cheryl is a quick study! Shayna has been showing her the ropes on our C & P press this week.


Cheryl comes to us from Columbia College here in Chicago. We’re excited to have her as part of the team!

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Newest Letterpress Holiday Cards

My new releases of letterpress Christmas Cards and Letterpress Holiday Cards are now up and available in my online shop and on etsy! This year I also included a Hanukkah card in the mix (finally!) I hope you enjoy :)

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Behind The Scenes

It’s October!!


We’re still enjoying lots of sunny days in the studio, but prepping for the upcoming holiday season.

letterpress gift tags

New letterpress gift tags have been added to the shop along with a bunch of great letterpress holiday cards!

New Team Members

I am so happy to introduce the two newest members of Steel Petal Press.


Maranda Powers is my new administrative assistant and studio manager.  She has been managing all the outgoing orders, keeping the online shop and etsy shop in order, managing wholesale accounts and general studio organization.


Cheryl Hinman is my Fall Intern. She is in her final semester at Columbia College where she is studying art and design with an emphasis on book and print arts.  She is interested in learning more about running a business and letterpress printing and will be helping with all aspects at Steel Petal Press.

You can read both of their mini bios on the about page.