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All New Gift Wrap and Gift Tags

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.

You can find them for purchase online or in our retail shop!

For You Letterpress Gift Tag Hooray Letterpress Gift Tag Fun Unique Gift Wrap Neon Heart Gift Wrap unicorn 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.

We have some fun new money holders and funny letterpress christmas cards to make you laugh 🙂  You can view all the new releases below.  And stay tuned for more new releases coming your way soon!

hanukkah gelt money holder my treat shot glass money holder greeting card stocking money holder greeting card Christmas  treat yo self money holder greeting card

Dick in a Box Christmas Card Dick in a Box Christmas Card Jolly Drunk Santa Christmas Card merry whatever Santa Christmas Card Something Special Letterpress Christmas Card

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

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

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!

Awesome Letterpress Birthday Card Chicago Funny Letterpress Birthday Card - Wino Damn Gina Birthday Card Drinking Buddy Birthday Card Funny Letterpress Birthday Card Funny Letterpress Birthday Card For Girl David Bowie Birthday Card

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

Moms, Dads and Grads

Mom, Dad and Grad cards:

Even though it’s still full-on winter here in Chicago, we’ve got the spring holidays on our mind.  Our new releases for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and new Graduation Cards have arrived and all are available in the online shop.  I had a lot of fun designing these. I especially love the pop of gold foil in cap of the graduation cards.

Check out the selections below, or click each image to access each card directly.

Letterpress Father's Day Card Letterpress Mothers Day Card Letterpress Father's Day Card Letterpress Mothers Day Card Letterpress and Gold Foil Graduation Congratulations Card Letterpress and Gold Foil Graduation Congratulations Card Letterpress and Gold Foil Graduation Congratulations Card

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®

letterpress valentine's day card - I fucking love you card

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.

All New Valentine’s Day Cards 2016

I’m excited to share some of my newest letterpress valentine’s day card releases for 2016 !  These card are all for sale in my online shop and in stores at retail locations across the country.  (click each image to purchase the card)

Below is one of my new favorites: “F*ing Love You” — or do you read it “I Love F*ing” you ? This card debuted at the One of A Kind Show last month and turned into a new best seller.  You people just love dirty words, don’t you?

letterpress valentine's day card I fucking love you card

I also introduced a few new gold foil Valentine’s Day cards on red paper.  I just love the pop of gold against the red.

So Much Love Gold Foil Card

Valentine's Day Card

I also created a variation on one of my best selling cards “You’re My Favorite” which is one of my first designs from four years ago, and still a crowd favorite.  This card is for couples who have been together a little longer and are STILL each other’s favorite.

My Favorite Valentine's Day Card

Finally inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s move True Romance with Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, I created the “You’re So Cool” card.  It might be more of an “inside joke” for people who’ve seen the movie, but those of you who have, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t yet seen the film, you should. I love Tarantino, and True Romance is one of his earlier works, but also one of my favorites.

Letterpress Valentine's Day Card


Send New Years Cards instead

With all the shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking, traveling, and visiting that happens from November to December, it can be tough to find the time to sit down and write holiday cards. If you feel this way, you’re not alone. More and more, people are turning to New Years cards instead of traditional holiday greeting cards. Let’s consider a few reasons why you might want to make the switch, too.

First of all, December is hella busy. The weeks leading up to Hanukkah and Christmas don’t leave a lot of time for writing out holiday cards in the way one would like. Instead, give yourself a break and sit down to write your cards after Hanukkah or Christmas when you have less going on.

Secondly, with new year greeting cards, you have more time to get your cards written and sent out since there’s no hard-and-fast rule about when people are supposed to receive these cards. You have at least a week or two into the new year for sending your greeting.

Thirdly, who doesn’t love the idea of starting out fresh? New Year cards are a fun way to emphasize that.

Last but not least, there are tons of beautiful letterpress New Year’s cards out there that let you keep in touch with the ones you love and wish them all the best in the new year. Here are a few of our favorites from around the interwebs:

Letterpress New Years Cards

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Not sure about sending New Year’s Cards? Why not try both? You can send Christmas cards to half the people on your list and New Year’s cards to the other half. This should help take some of the deadline pressure off your shoulders.

If you’re still feeling unsure about sending happy new year greeting cards instead of Hanukkah or Christmas cards, you might consider sending New Year’s photo cards, which are reminiscent of traditional holiday photo cards, or New Year’s letterpress cards, which can add some elegance to your greetings.

Happy New Year Custom Holiday Photo Card