Letterpress Bookmarks – ALL NEW

The last of our new releases are our awesome and amazing Letterpress Bookmarks. They’ve all been doing well in our new gift shop.  Hope you enjoy!

Letterpress Bookmarks Awesome People Read Letterpress Bookmarks Read a Fucking Book Letterpress Bookmarks Books are the new Black

Good Press for Steel Petal Press

Since opening our new retail shop to the public June 1st Steel Petal Press has gotten some good press mentions and notice from the public!

The most exciting is being named “Best Stationery Shop” in Chicago Magazine Best of 2016 issue. We were a critics pick (not a choice that readers voted on) But still super exciting none-the-less.  I still haven’t had a chance to pick up the hard-copy of the magazine, but as soon as I do, you bet it will be all over social media 🙂 stay tuned!!

Best of Chicago Magazine 2016

We also had several great mentions in DNA Info read both those articles HERE and HERE.

DNA Info Steel Petal Press

Below is a photo from one of the articles of me and our intern Laura working on the press, with the retail shop in back.

Steel Petal Press Gifts, Letterpress and Stationery

And finally we had another article about Steel Petal Press in the Logansquarist.

Steel Petal Press Gifts, Letterpress and Stationery


ALL NEW: Mugs and Shot Glasses

We’ve also released some new gift items.  The Chicago Mugs listed below have been doing really well in our retail shop.  They make a great gift for Chicago lovers and tourists love them too.

Chicago Mug

And who doesn’t love a good curse word. OR anything with bad words in general. Our Fuck Mug has been doing great since we launched it. It’s a new best seller!

Fuck Mug

We also love our new shot glasses! Great as a gift for your drunk friend or as a fun party favor.  We just love this Anchor and the Yay below./

Anchor Shot glass Gift Yay shot glass gift item

Fall Internship Opportunity at Steel Petal Press

Fall Letterpress Intern

Letterpress Internship Chicago
Starting in August Steel Petal Press is looking for another letterpress intern.  Details on the position and how to apply are listed below.

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

ALL NEW: Fortune Cookie Greeting Cards

One of my favorite new releases for 2016 so far has been my new line of Fortune Cookie Greeting Cards. They are interactive greeting cards with a pull out fortune based on your life event.  We have Birthday Fortunes, Graduation Fortunes, Baby, Marriage and Romance Fortunes. Each greeting card has a special fortune for the recipient.

Birthday Fortune Cookie Card Birthday Fortune Cookie Card Birthday Fortune Cookie Card Romance Fortune Cookie Greeting Card Romance Fortune Cookie Greeting Card Marriage Fortune Cookie Greeting Card Marriage Fortune Cookie Greeting Card Graduation Fortune Cookie Greeting Card Graduation Fortune Cookie Greeting Card Baby Fortune Cookie Greeting Card Baby Fortune Cookie Greeting Card

ALL NEW: Funny Birthday Cards

We have all our new releases for spring 2016. You asked for it, and you got it – more great Funny Birthday Cards for all the special people in your life!

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We also have a new line of interactive “Fortune Cookie” cards with an interactive pull out fortune. These are some of our new favorites. We have fortunes for all the big events in your life, which I’ll share more next week. For now here are our letterpress birthday cards that are fortune cookies. We hope you enjoy, and at least you had a little chuckle 🙂

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funny birthday cards

NOW OPEN: Letterpress Stationery and Gift Shop Chicago

Steel Petal Press: A Letterpress Stationery and Gift Shop is now open in Chicago

Stationery and Gift Shop Logan Square Chicago

We are super excited to announce that as of June 1st, 2016 the Steel Petal Press Letterpress Stationery and Gift Shop is NOW OPEN in Logan Square, Chicago!!!

Here you can shop the full collection of Steel Petal Press cards along side other stationery and gift items that we love.  Below are a few photos from around the space, or if you’re in Chicago please come visit us in person!!

LOCATION: 2321 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 60647
Summer HOURS: Mon-Fri 11-7 | Sat 10-7 | Sun 11-5

Stationery and Gift Shop Logan Square Chicago Gift Shop Chicago Gift Shop Chicago

The space is open and you will be able to view the vintage presses and the production area from the Gift Shop area. Below is a photo of me in front of the press area a few weeks after we moved in.

Stationery and Gift Shop Logan Square Chicago

We can’t wait to see you!

Please don’t forget to follow us on social media for all the latest updates too:
instagram | facebook | twitter | snapchat

I’ve also been meaning to share a blog post about the move. So please stay tuned for more on that….

Mother’s Day in Chicago

Mother’s Day is around the corner. Prepare to make Mom’s day with some of Chicago’s best Mother’s Day activities this year.

Brunch it up.

A great brunch is a must for Mother’s Day. Luckily, we’re spoiled for delish brunch options. Here are just a few of our faves:

Lula’s – Logan Square

A forerunner of the farm-to-table movement, Lula’s serves simple yet sophisticated fare with ingredients like fresh farm eggs and porridges made from cornmeal ground at a local mill. Your mom will want to get in on the lemon brioche French toast and The Royale breakfast sandwich.

Lula Cafe

Revolution Brewing BrewPub  – Logan Square

This local craft brewery—the largest in Illinois—also happens to throw down a serious brunch. Egg in a hole, country-fried chicken pizza (pizza for breakfast? heck yeah!), and brisket omelet are just a few of their offerings.

¡Bang Bang!  – Logan Square

If you’re Mom’s super low-key, she might prefer the casual style at this sweet eatery where you can nosh together on scratch biscuits, breakfast sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, and, of course, totally scrumptious PIE!


Balena – Lincoln Park

Enjoy a rustic, Italian-inspired Mothers’ Day brunch featuring smoked salmon bruschetta, caponata hash, porchetta panini and more. ($35 per person)

bellyQ  – Near West Side

Served family style, this Asian-barbecue brunch includes mouth-watering morsels like duck & pho dumplings, kimchi pancakes, phozole and Vietnamese cinnamon donuts plus options to make your brunch boozy. ($18 per person)


Must. See. Art.

Once Mom has had as many mimosas as she wants, why not work off those pancakes while taking in some art? You can catch the last day of Kathryn Andrews: Run for President at the Museum of Contemporary Art [https://mcachicago.org/Home]. Or check out Van Gogh’s Bedrooms at the Art Institute.

Get moving.

Before you brunch, take Mom on a walk for a great cause in the Susan G. Komen Chicagoland Area Race for the Cure , which kicks off at 8am from Grant Park. Or you could start or join a local CycloFemme  ride.


Spa Day? Done.

Mother’s Day calls for some serious pampering. Make it happen at one of these must-visit independent spas.


Help Mom Zen out with a little time in the infrared sauna, rain shower, and gorgeous relaxation tent. You can also choose from Eastern-inspired services like shiatsu, reflexology, and chakra balancing.

Dana Hotel & Spa

Treat Mom to a Be My Honey Facial featuring a fruit-infused honey mask plus face, neck, and shoulder massage ($135 for 50 minutes) or the Berry Bubbly Mani & Pedi, a berry aroma spa experience topped off with champagne ($125).

The Spa@theWit [http://spaatthewit.com/]

Contemporary and serene, this petite day spa is the perfect place to pamper Mom to a massage that merges aromatherapy and hot-stone techniques with light bodywork ($125 for 50 minutes) complete with a rain shower, plush robe, and chill time in the Whisper Lounge.

Make Mom laugh.

Nothing says quality bonding like some good laughs. Take your mom to Second City’s new show 104th Revue: Fool Me Twice, Déjà Vu . Don’t forget to get advance tickets.

Honor Mother Nature.

Take your mom to the Lincoln Park Conservatory  to check out their gorgeous collection of tropical palms and ancient ferns. You could also head to the Garfield Park Conservatory  for their spring show colorise. Or just wander in your post-brunch haze in any Chicago park if the weather’s right.

Find the perfect card.

Top off your Mother’s Day plans with one of our unique letterpress greeting cards. We’ve got a bunch of cool Mother’s Day cards to choose from, whether you need one for your Mom or your wonderful partner. And if you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to keep an eye out for by our brand-new brick-and-mortar store opening in June.

letterpress mothers day card

Mother's Day Card

mother's day



moving sale chicago

We are FINALLY moving into our Studio-Production-Retail location in Logan Square Chicago in the upcoming weeks. Our tiny 500 square foot studio is moving on up into 1700 square feet with a new Store Front and Retail Location. We’ll be open to the public and selling Steel Petal Press products, along with a variety of other stationery and gift items.

The new location is located at 2321 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. We plan on taking a few weeks to set up shop, and then opening our doors to the public in the next month. Please stay tuned for more updates on the move and the Grand Opening of the new Shop!!

To help with the move we’re offering a CRAZY HUGE 40% off Moving SALE on all ready-made items!

WHERE: my online shop HERE.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 29 – Thursday, March 31
HOW: Use the code “MOVINGSALE” when you check out

1- Visit my Online Shop
2 – Add all ready-made items to your card
From your cart
3 – Click “Check Out”
4 – In the right column: enter the code: “MovingSale” where it says “apply discount”

Subject to Availability
(sorry this sale does not apply to any custom-made stationery or wedding orders)

Working with Steel Petal Press on Wedding Invitations

Anchor Wedding Invitations

To give you a sense of what it will be like to work with Steel Petal Press as your wedding stationer, we’ve put together a step-by-step breakdown that explains the specific process of working with Steel Petal Press so you’ll know what to expect every step of the way.


  1. We’ll meet in person or over the phone to discuss your style and your vision for your wedding stationery. You don’t need to know all the specifics such as exact colors and design. All of these things can be worked out during the design process. You can just come in with a few ideas. That said, if you know exactly what you want from the get-go, that’s great, too.
  1. You can place your initial deposit directly through our website. Please choose your printing option (if using a combination of both, choose letterpress) and fill out all the appropriate information and details of your order.
    Also please send the wording. You can find sample invitation wording HERE;  and response card wording HERE.
  1. Once I receive your wording and initial deposit, I’ll send you the initial proof within a few days. For custom orders, you’ll get the initial proof within a week. If you didn’t have a specific design or colors in mind, I’ll include a few different options in different colors for you to choose from.
  1. For custom designs, you send in the changes you like to see. If needed, we can go through up to three rounds of design edits. Anything beyond three rounds costs extra.
  1. You sign off on the approved proofs and send in your final payment.
  1. Once I have the final proof approval I will require payment in full before I go into production.  At that point the turn around time is 2-3 weeks for production.
  1. You get your invitations. Happy dance!

There you have it. Easy-peasy. The timeline for this process depends on whether or not you choose a custom design, how long it takes for you to review proofs, how many design edits you need, and how long it takes for me to receive your payments. In general, non-custom orders takes three to five weeks from start to finish. For custom orders, it’s around 4­­–6 weeks.

Still have questions about the process? We’re here to answer any additional questions you may have. Please feel free to reach out anytime through our CONTACT page.