St Patty’s Day Glassware SALE!!!

Glassware Sale

We are gearing up for St Patrick’s Day this Saturday! To help you celebrate we’re offering 20% off glassware at our brick and mortar location. Come by and grab a glass, have a drink and let’s get classy for the weekend!

All Glassware is 20% off Monday 3/12 – Saturday 3/17

Steel Petal Press
2321 N Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

M-F 11-7 | Sat 10-6 | Sun 11-4

Stay safe this weekend, and please drink responsibly!

Glassware Sale
Glassware Sale

Your Mom deserves a Funny Mother’s Day Card

Mother's Day Card

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 13th and we got you covered!

Don’t forget the lady that birthed you, changed your poopy diapers and the one who made you awesome. She deserves a gold medal, or at least a funny card. Show mom how much you appreciate her on Mother’s Day. The least you could is give her a good chuckle.


Letterpress Mother's Day Card

letterpress mothers day card

Don’t forget Dad too!

Star Wars Father's Day Card

How I got into Letterpress

Steel Petal Press - Chicago Letterpress Demo

I recently had someone ask me via social media how I got into letterpress and what advice I had for someone looking to learn.  I thought I’d share my thoughts here too!

I’ve had a lot of formal training in letterpress.  I first learned while in my undergrad degree I took a book making class for 1 year.  After graduating with a BFA in I was immediately accepted to a six-month internship at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. There I studied silk screening, letterpress, and papermaking, while maintaining the studios and assisting the artists-in-residence and staff. I went on to assist various artists and curators in Washington DC and the San Francisco Bay Area. I also continued to volunteer regularly at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and the San Francisco Center for Book Arts.

Steel Petal Press - Chicago Letterpress Demo

Later on I relocated to Chicago to work towards my MFA in book and paper art at Columbia College Chicago.  (I never finished my degree but that’s where Steel Petal Press was born)
My first semester in Chicago I Steel Petal Press as a side project from my classwork.  I started by printing holiday cards to send to friends and family living far away. After printing my letterpress projects for school, I would use the school’s studios to print personal work in my spare time. I found stores to sell any extra cards I had printed, and the company grew from there.
For someone looking to get into letterpress, I would start by looking into print shops in your area that might offer workshops or dabble classes.  This is a good way to get your feet wet without committing to school tuition or more competitive internships. If you’re looking for more community and immersion into letterpress try reaching out to a letterpress shop and see if they take apprentices or interns.
Below are a few resources to get you started.
Ladies of Letterpress
Briar Press: (the craigslist of letterpress)

Steel Petal Press - Chicago Letterpress Demo


Love is always in The Cards at Steel Petal Press!

Naughty Funny Valentine Card

It’s shocking enough January is almost over but NOW VALENTINE’S DAY IS ALMOST HERE!
Before you start cursing in vain (although we always promote cursing for fun), Steel Petal Press can help!
We’ve got love and Valentine’s day cards ranging from sexy, to snarky, to silly so you can find the perfect sentiment for your sweetie!
Now before the panic truly sets in, pick a favorite card and start spreading the love this Valentine’s! (ps, glad we could help. you’re welcome!) . (click on the images below to access the shop!)

Meet Shelby! Retail Lady @ Steel Petal Press


Shelby joined the Steel Petal Press team in August of 2017 and quickly dazzled us with her enthusiasm for retail and merchandising while cursing and laughing with us. She has been a great fit for our small team.  As we geared up for the holidays she became our first full time employee (outside of me, Shayna) If you’ve come into the retail shop 5 times out of 7 you’ll interact with her.  We’re happy to have  her as a part of Steel Petal Press!
What kinds of things do you do at the studio? What do you enjoy most?
The primary focus of my job here at the studio is the retail space so I like to jokingly say that the sales floor is my baby. I handle every product from the moment it is delivered to us to the moment it goes on the sales floor to the moment a customer purchases it. The process of “checking in” products is a primary role and this simply means that it is input into our computer system and can be found on the register at the time of the sale. Another large portion of my job, and my favorite, is merchandising the sales floor. I truly get creative fulfillment out of making products look fun and inviting for people to shop and I feel proud to make our store look the best it can at all times! While there are lots of additional tasks I do behind the scenes, I would say the last, but certainly not least, main part of my job is customer service. Everyone defines this differently, but for me, it just means making people feel welcome (as we welcome EVERYONE in our space) and that they leave having had a laugh and finding exactly what they came in looking for (and maybe a little bit more).
What do you enjoy doing outside of the studio?
Once I step out of the studio, my favorite way to be is in the company of my amazing friends. We spend most of our time enjoying Logan Square (and other great neighborhoods) appreciating the great food, booze, and arts that our community has to offer! I also enjoy smothering my fur baby, Kitten, with undying love, doing crossword puzzles in PEN (how wild), and binge watching tv shows until my brain melts.
What is your favorite Steel Petal Press card/product and why?
My favorite Steel Petal Press card is the “Even When I Hate You I Still Fucking Love You Dammit” love card because it perfectly sums up how I feel about every single person in my life that I love and it says “fucking”…which is my favorite word…so, it’s perfect.

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What would your perfect day in Chicago look like? 
Honestly, I am lucky enough to be able to live my perfect day in this city on a pretty regular basis..but it would probably involve hanging out with my best friends, eating delicious food from the neighborhood (I’m partial to Parson’s or Boiler Room), getting drunk at one of our favorite places like Estero or Ez Inn, and then catching some live music at The Empty Bottle or Cole’s. It’s nothing fancy but it’s got everything I need and want in a perfect day! 🙂

2017 in Review

Happy New Year!  I’m excited to have finished up 2017 on a much better note than 2016.  The end of 2016 for me was brutal. As I said in last years recap in 2017 I was really hoping to take better care of myself, and let go of toxic feelings (like anger, hopelessness) which included minimizing intake of politic and news for the time being.  I’m too sensitive and my involvement in the current news cycle was bringing me down.

I successfully got through the year much more cognizant of my mental health and taking strides to minimize stresses where I could.  I greatly reduced my news intake and intentionally carved out time for myself and with friends.  Below is my recap of some of the highlights from the past year.

Full Year as Retail Shop!
In June we successfully completed one year as a brick and mortar retail shop. It was a huge learning experience that really paid off in the end.  I love my shop; I love having a closer connection with the public, particularly my Logan Square neighborhood; and I even really enjoy the curation process of buying and merchandising other small card lines and gift items that complement the Steel Petal Press brand.

1 year anniversary party Steel Petal Press

2017 was the year of employees.  The last half of the year we had lots of coming and going of staff. Even though almost everyone left on good terms  it was still the year of  turnover.  In 2017 we hired 7 people throughout the year, and had five people leave for a variety of reasons (moving, full time jobs, work changes, time etc) Most of the turnover happened in the last six months of the year, which took up a ton of my time.  Hiring is time consuming and exhausting.  Starting in 2018 we have a really solid team in place.  I hope for staffing to be stable for at least a little while.

Hiring in Chicago

New Products
We did three big releases this year including 40+ new cards, bookmarks, magnets and wrap.

Taco Gift Wrap Wrapping Paper

Wedding Card

Wholesale Accounts
Even though I took a break from exhibiting at tradeshows to focus on opening the brick and mortar shop, we’ve still had the pleasure of picking up quite a few shops this year.  We are now in over 180 independent retail shops all across the US plus paper source which has 120 shops nationwide.  Etsy Wholesale was a great source of new leads for us this year plus our sales reps worked hard to get us into new shops.  It feels good to know we can still grow our wholesale line without attending tradeshows.

I was interviewed for the Proof to Product Podcast hosted Katie Hunt of Tradeshow Bootcamp (and you know how much I LOVE TSBC).  Steel Petal Press was in several magazines include Monocle Magazine and Voyage Chicago, and you can view the full press list here.

I spent 3 days in Palm Spring attending the PaperCamp+ conference, a business-focused conference for smaller mid-career, stationery companies looking for ways to improve their businesses.  You can read my blog post on that experience HERE.

Paper Camp+ Tradeshow Bootcamp

Steel Petal Press shows at both the Spring and Winter One of A Kind Shows in Chicago. And my favorite show of the year Summer Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago.  I plan on exhibiting at all three shows again next year.  Luckily they’re all in Chicago and I don’t need to travel.

Giving Back
We had a full year of giving back to organizations we believe in.  Every three months we donated money to a different charity based on our sales for that quarter.  We were able to give money to Chicago Women’s Health Center, ACLU, Planned Parenthood and Direct Relief Disaster Support (for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria)

Personally and professionally 2017 was way better than 2016.  I started off the year by finally seeking professional help for my anxiety, leading me to the proper medication and resulted in huge improvement in my mental health and on the rest of my life.  We finally got through all the transition in the shop and I feel like everything is finally settled in our brick and mortar over all.  For the first time in three years since I thought about opening the shop, I now have time to look forward to new ideas and future projects with Steel Petal Press

Below are some of my goals and action items for the next 1-3 years
– I have officially put my wedding shop on a limited access basis.  Although I love working with brides on wedding stationery,  I’m hoping to free up time to focus on other creative ventures that are less deadline driven and more creatively rewarding.
– With that in mind, I would really love to focus more on the wholesale side of the business:
– I would love to get Steel Petal Press cards represented in all 50 states
– I want to focus on building my relationships with my current sales reps
– I’d also love to work on finding more sales representation in more regions around the country
– I would like to get back to exhibiting at a tradeshow this year.  I’ve got my eye on NYNow (switching it up from NSS) in the summer.
– I also want to focus on refining and adding more products and styles to my line.
– Less work on wedding invitations will also free up more time for me to take vacations that are longer than a weekend.  Because I’ll be less tied down to specific client work.

LONG TERM 5 year plan – I would like to open up a 2nd or 3rd SPP brick and mortar location.
another neighborhood, or even SF, LA or NYC.

So there you have it, new goals for 2018 and a great recap of 2017

Spring Letterpress Internship in Chicago


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.

You can find details on the internship here:
Please email me with a RESUME and COVER LETTER.
shayna (at) steelpetalpress (dot) com / subject line “Letterpress Intern”

Hiring! Shipping and Retail Assistant!

Hiring in Chicago

Steel Petal Press is hiring and we’re looking for you!
Read more about our company here:

We are a small boutique stationery company specializing in letterpress greeting cards and wedding invitations. Our flagship location is located in Logan Square (just off the California Blue line stop.) We are looking for a permanent part-time retail and shipping assistant (approximately 8-15 hours/week). This position has fairly flexible hours and could fit well for student or someone with a flexible, open schedule. Weekend availability is a MUST.

We prefer the potential employee live reasonably close to our retail location. This retail & shipping position will work 2-3 late afternoon/evenings per week and on weekends. Additionally there will be more hours available to pick up during busier/seasonal times and/or when other employees have to take off of work (short vacations, medical leave, family leave, etc).

The ideal candidate is a personable and reliable, with great retail, customer service, and shipping experience and who will fit in well with our small team.

Retail & Shipping Tasks include:
-Customer interaction and service
-Retail store maintenance
-Opening and closing procedures
-Helping with misc. tasks and post production of greeting cards as needed
-Helping pack orders
-Occasionally shipping orders

The ideal candidate(s) would possess the following skills & attributes:
-Has retail and sales experience, especially in a boutique setting
-MUST be available work weekends
-Enjoys working with customers
-Has a fun personality and positive attitude
-Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
-Fairly open availability for the flexible schedule we desire
-Has some previous shipping and/or ecommerce experience
-Eagerness to learn, very reliable and hardworking

We are interested in hiring the right person and training them to fit our business. Resumes without the ideal experience will still be considered. Bonus if you have the following: stationery, social media, marketing or PR experience.

To apply, please follow these steps. If steps are not followed as listed, your application will not be accepted:
-Research our company and showcase that you understand a bit about our company.
-Email your COVER LETTER explaining why you feel you would be a great fit for this position and our company (Tips on writing a great cover letter:
-Email your RESUME or work history.
-Use this email: jobs(dot)steelpetalpress(at)gmail(dot)com

If it seems that initially you may be a fit for our company, we will first conduct short online interviews via a link to fill out a form. Some candidates may then be called in for in person interviews.

Shop Hours!

Steel Petal Press Holiday Hours

We will be open for extended shopping hours for Christmas, then closed for several days after that.  Please be sure to make note of our hours before planning your visit.

Holiday Hours:
Dec 18 – Dec 23 OPEN UNTIL 8p
Dec 24 11-3p
Dec 25th – CLOSED

regular hours: Mon-Fri 11-7  |  Sat 10-6 | Sun 11-4

One of a Kind Show 2017

Steel Petal Press at One of a Kind Show Chicago 2015

Steel Petal Press will be exhibiting for the 4th time at the One of a Kind Show in Chicago.  It’s a great place to get unique, one of a kind gift items for friends and family.  Be sure to come say hi to us in booth 1022!

Details are below:

Thursday, December 7 – Sunday December 10

Thur, Dec 7, 11a-8p
Fri, Dec 8, 11a-8p
Sat, Dec 9, 10a-7p
Sun, Dec 10, 10a-5p

BOOTH 1022

We have so much fun every year. I hope to see you there!!

XO, shayna