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Father’s Day Gift Guide from Steel Petal Press

Father's Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is coming up and we wanted to make sure you’re ready with a unique letterpress father’s day card and a hilarious gift or two to keep him laughing so we created this Father’s Day Gift Guide to help you on your quest for the perfect gift!

At Steel Petal Press we got you covered with BOTH funny cards, and one of a kind gifts for you dad or baby daddy on Father’s Day.  Below is a quick gift guide of the best items we recommend for your dad.

You can find all of these awesome gifts below at our Brick and Mortar Retail shop in Logan Square Chicago!

Blue Q men’s socks are always a big hit!  We have a great selection of socks for baseball lovers, for mr fix it, for sports lovers or handymen.

Father's Day Socks

We also have mugs for dad, dog dads, cat dads or anyone who loves hot liquids, coffee or tea
Finally, Gentleman’s Hardware is always a big hit.  They offer an array of tools for men, outdoor tools and useful well designed items for the Gentleman in your life.

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Visit us as anytime!!

Steel Petal Press  2321 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 60647
You can find all the Father’s Day cards for sale on our website!

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 13th!

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Listen, we’re not trying to nag you but Mother’s Day is a little over a week away:  SUNDAY May 13th which means you’re running out of time to pick the perfect card to celebrate your mom!

Steel Petal Press has got a variety of Mother’s Day cards which range from funny to sentimental so you can pick just the right one to show your mom you care!

Visit us as Steel Petal Press
2321 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 60647

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But, let’s be honest, after all the shit you probably put her through it might be nice to get her a little something else. No worries, we’ve got plenty of perfect little something else’s that Mom’s are bound to love!

Maybe a mug to put all her coffee in (which she needs now thanks to you)? Or even a magnet to hang up your old artwork she still keeps on the fridge?

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Regardless, she’s bound to love whatever you pick out for her…so just make sure to pick her out something before Sunday!  After all, she did go through hours of labor to birth you, so why wait ‘til the last minute!

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Steel Petal Press at the Spring One of a Kind Show

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We’re so excited to be participating in the One of a Kind Spring Show this Friday – Sunday! We’ll be on the 7th floor of The Merchandise Mart In BOOTH 1035!

We’ll be there with a brand new release of SO MANY NEW NEW NEW cards and products. We’re excited to share them all with you!

ALSO – Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away (Sunday May 13th) so don’t forget to pick up a card for mom while you shop.

Of if you can’t make the show, you can always pick up a Mother’s Day card through our online shop
We can’t wait to see you guys there!

SPP x RCF = Home Sweet Chicago

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago

Steel Petal Press will be selling at our 8th year at Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago!
There will be handmade goods, food vendors, music, and of course hilarious cards from Steel Petal Press!
It’s sure to be a good time!!

Saturday & Sunday, September 9th-10th
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Division Street, Chicago

See map

Steel Petal Press will be at Booth 268 – Find us THERE!

Steel Petal Press at Renegade Craft Fair

Summer Weddings + Cards to give at Wedding

Wedding Card

Summer is a time for outdoors, for biking and swimming, celebrations and (one of our personal favorite) WEDDINGS.  We love summers and we love summer weddings in Chicago! We recently released some fun new wedding cards.  Perfect to give at your summer wedding or any time of year.  These wedding cards range from sweet, to funny, to realistic and true.

Committing to one person for the rest of your life is something admirable and romantic, it is a time of great celebration and at Steel Petal Press we want our wedding cards to help share the excitement and support the friends you love most who choose to take the plunge

Below are some of our favorite letterpress wedding cards for this season.  We share our newest releases and also some old favorites.


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Hiring Retail and Shipping Assistant

Steel Petal Press is hiring

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 *floater* position (approximately 5-15 hours/week) with potential for growth. This floater position has very flexible hours and could fit well for a person with an open schedule. Weekend availability is a MUST. We prefer that the potential employee live reasonably close to the area of the retail store. A floater will occasionally fill in for shifts in retail, shipping, and post production 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 person with great retail & customer service experience, keen attention to detail and who will fit in well with our small team. A passion for stationery is a bonus.

Retail Sales Tasks include:
-Customer interaction and service
-Retail store maintenance
-Opening and closing procedures
-Helping with window displays and merchandising
-Helping with misc. tasks as needed

Shipping Clerk / Post Production Tasks include:
-Processing, shipping and packing online and wholesale orders
-Counting inventory, and keeping inventory organized
-Folding, sleeving and packaging product

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

It’s a bonus but not required if you have:
-Social Media, marketing, writing experience
-Familiarity with wedding invitations and stationery

We are interested in hiring the right person and training them to fit our business. Resumes without the ideal experience will still be considered.

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: kat at steelpetalpress dot com.

If it seems that initially you may be a fit for our company, we will first conduct short phone interviews. Some candidates may then be called in for in person interviews.

Letterpress Demos at Steel Petal Press

Steel Petal Press Letterpress Studio and Shop Chicago

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The second saturday of every month Steel Petal Press will be hostly a Letterpress Demonstration and Q&A as a part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Public Art. You can find more information on the multi-location, year long event HERE.

The event will be Free and Open to the public 2-3pm on the following dates:

Chicago has a long and rich printing history; from printers row on the nations register of historic landmarks, to Vandercook inventing the flatbed press in Chicago over 100 years ago. But how often the public get to see these historic machines in person and watch them in action? Steel Petal Press will host monthly 1 hour long letterpress printing demos on the Second Saturday of every month. At the demos we will go through the printing process from start to finish and be available to answer questions regarding the printing process and the history of printing.

Upcoming Craft Fairs and Events

Summer Renegade Craft Fair 2016

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.

Logan Square Farmers Market
Sunday, August 28th | 10am-3pm
Starting on the east side of Logan Square and along Logan Boulevard

Chicago Summer Renegade Craft Fair
Saturday, Sept 10 – Sunday, Sept 11 | 11am-7pm
Wicker Park, Division Street
Booth 118 – near the corner of Paulina on the North side of the Street

One of A Kind Show, Chicago
Thursday, Dec 1 – Sunday, Dec 4
The Merchandise Mart, Chicago
Thur, 12/1, 11a – 8p
Fri, 12/2, 11a – 8p
Sat, 12/3, 11a – 7p
Sun, 12/4, 10a – 5p

Booth 1022


Handmade Chicago Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Handmade in Chicago Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Here at Steel Petal Press®, we love all things handmade. How better to share that love than to put together a list of our favorite local and handmade Valentine’s Day gift ideas? If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your sweetie, read on.


1. Handmade Men’s Gifts

Not sure what to get your guy? Check out the oh-so cool handmade art from LuciusArt. You can score woodblock prints and digital artwork made by graphic designer and artist Kevin Lucius.

2. Handmade Chocolate

Katherine Anne Confections gives you tasty selection of handcrafted truffles, chocolates, caramels, drinking chocolate that use local and organic ingredients. While you’re there picking up your sweetie’s, gift, be sure to try to ridiculously delish hot chocolate.

3. Handmade Cards

And what’s the perfect handmade finishing touch for the perfect handmade V-Day gift? A handmade letterpress valentine’s day card, of course! Plus, nothing says “I love you” like a heartfelt, handwritten note.

Plus, letterpress Valentine’s Day cards are perfect for loved ones near or far. You can let your besties on the other side of the country know you’re thinking of them. Or your Aunt Velma or your Grandpa Mo.

4. Handmade Jewelry

You can find the perfect ring, earrings or necklace for your honey at Moira K. Lime. Handmade by Chicago artist Katie Carder, this one-of-a-kind jewelry is inspired by the beautiful and organic shapes and patterns found in the natural world.

5. Handmade Spirits

The first distillery to open in Chicago since Prohibition, Koval Distillery makes organic whiskey, liqueurs and specialty spirits. This urban craft distiller also offers classes and tours if you want to go all out. You can find Koval offerings in their online store, at the distillery and other stores around the city.

Handmade Cupcakes

Satisfy your sweetie’s cupcake cravings at Swirlz Cupcakes. They make scrumptious flavors like classic red velvet or the amazing carmelita. Plus, they offer gluten-free and vegan options. YUM!

Handmade Hats

For a unique V-Day gift, check out Squasht Boutique’s reversible hats. They come in tons of chic prints and trendy colors, so you’re sure to find one that suits your main squeeze. Squasht designer Lesley Timpe also creates dresses, skirts, tops, tunics and headbands, which you can find at her brisk-and-mortar store in Ukrainian Village or online.

Local Gifts

We have a few favorite places for local art, crafts, home goods, bath and body products, and more: Wolfbait and B-Girls in Logan Square, Paperish Mess in West Town, and Sacred Art in Lincoln Park

Here are a few more of our favorite letterpress valentine’s day cards from Steel Petal Press®

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So Much Love Gold Foil Card

Check out the entire selection of Steel Petal Press’s letterpress valentine’s day cards to be ready for Valentine’s Day 2016.

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 !