Just in time for the holidays we have some great gift wrap ideas to make your gifts one of a kind. We just released 2 new gift tags and 3 new styles of gift wrap.
Newest Holiday and Christmas Card Releases
It’s not even Halloween yet, but we’ve already been preparing for the holidays since summer. I’m happy to announce our newest holiday card releases for 2016.
Steel Petal Press was nominated for a Brassy Award!
An entrepreneur is “one who undertakes significant financial risk.” So, really, all sellers are brave. You’re all bold. You’re all crazy enough to ignore the odds and tough enough to stick it out.
Square hears a lot of these stories, and some stand out. Stories of extraordinary vision and extreme perseverance. Of building your community while you build your business. Of turning an idea into a livelihood into an unstoppable force.
Square created the BRASSYs—their first-ever awards program—because they want to recognize these sellers. Five BRASSY winners will receive mentorship from business luminaries at a special one-day Seller Summit, a $10,000 cash prize, Square hardware, and more.
What is your company’s vision?
Steel Petal Press shares beauty and humor with the world through handmade, letterpress stationery. We create letterpress greeting cards that help people celebrate and connect through life’s important moments. Our brick and mortar retail shop supports local and independent makers with a focus on beautifully designed products that help spread joy and laughter.
What makes your product or business unique and innovative?
At Steel Petal Press we use the historic craft of letterpress printing everyday in our studio. All our greeting cards are 100% letterpress printed in house. We custom mix all our inks by hand and hand-feed each sheet of paper one at a time through our vintage printing presses from the 1960s. We are committed to preserving the history of letterpress by educating the public on the process and craft of letterpress printing. Our retail location provides a unique experience to customers because the print shop, printing presses, machines and processes are visible to the public from the shop.
How has your business made a positive impact to your customers, neighborhood, and/or community?
Steel Petal Press has positively impacted our community by providing a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, beautiful products, education on the craft of letterpress and support of other small local businesses. Our greeting cards are handmade in house, while also exuding beauty and humor. Our retail shop has a curated, unique selection of gift items that support other independent business. Most importantly, our vintage printing presses and the craft of letterpress is on display so neighbors, tourists and visitors to the shop are exposed to the unique and historic craft of letterpress.
New Shop Photographs for Steel Petal Press
a few weeks ago we had our good friend (and super talented photographer) Jenn Kathryn, come in and take photos of our new studio, production and retail space. Below is just a small sampling of the photos she took. You can see more extensive gallery on the about page of our site: www.steelpetalpress.com/pages/about-us
We love the photos so much, and hope you do too. Everyone is invited to visit us in person now that we’re open to the pubic. You can shop for gifts, or see the presses in action!
For info on our Brick and Mortar Page.
Upcoming Craft Fairs and Events
Steel Petal Press is heading out of the studio, and you can find all the cards and gift items that we design and print in house for sale at the following events around Chicago over the next few months.
Chicago Summer Renegade Craft Fair
Steel Petal Press in Chicago Style Weddings!
The Steel Petal Press REGAL letterpress wedding invitation was recently featured in Chicago Style Weddings!!
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!
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!!
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.
And finally we had another article about Steel Petal Press in the Logansquarist.
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.
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!
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./
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
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).
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.