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Spring 2020 New Release – Part I

Can you believe we already have to start thinking and planning for our 2020 NEW RELEASE?! It’s bonkers…but true. It’s a time that’s full of mixed emotions: stress, excitement, frustration, happiness, and many more! However, the process of creating a New Release is integral in moving the brand forward in creative and compelling ways. It reminds our current shoppers why they love us and creates another opportunity to “woo” new customers.

To kick off a New Release, it’s allllll about creativity! We begin brainstorming and sharing ideas for cards and other gift items we make such as stickers, mugs, or even bookmarks. For this release, we are focusing on Mom, Dad, Grad, and Love cards as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduation, and Valentine’s Day will be the biggest upcoming holidays people will need cards for! For our gift items, we have a little more design freedom since these items aren’t geared towards a specific holiday.

Steel Petal Press New Release Letterpress Greeting Cards for Every Occasion Mother Day Fathers Day Valentines Birthday
Here we see initial ideas being presented for
further comments, questions, and critiques.

While this process can be fun, it can also be very tiring. It takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks from start to finish although we are ALWAYS thinking of new ideas so it never really stops. Additionally, it can be difficult to look at the same thing for so long and to constantly be listening to a pool of different opinions (but we truly value hearing them!).

Steel Petal Press New Release Letterpress Greeting Cards for Every Occasion Mother Day Fathers Day Valentines Birthday
Here we have Rachel (left), Dan (middle), and Shayna (right) discussing some of the
ideas and any necessary changes needed to make it stronger…
PLUS COFFEE (also a very important component of the design process, LOL!)

However for this release, the creative portion went a lot smoother than normal . At the end of only 2.5 weeks, we have a solid 27 NEW ITEMS that are completed and ready to move onto the next part of the process. That’s absolutely incredible, and to make it even better, we couldn’t be happier with the products we’ve created.

Steel Petal Press New Release Letterpress Greeting Cards for Every Occasion Mother Day Fathers Day Valentines Birthday Stickers Prince Pizza Yoda
A little teaser of a few of the finalized designs for the
Spring 2020 New Release from Steel Petal Press.

That’s a wrap…of this portion! In Part II, we’ll show a behind-the-scenes look into how these products are produced, including in-house and out-source creation. Stay tuned.
XOXO

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New Release – Mental Health Trackers

Notepads to track your mental health on a daily or weekly basis

The last (but definitely not least) of our newest release is our Mental Health Trackers! These notepads a new product category for Steel Petal Press. They also mark the beginning of me talking more openly about Mental Health.

Mental Health is an issue that is near and dear to my heart. Having Steel Petal Press as a public company I wanted to be able to use this platform as a way to share my story and to help others feel less alone.

There was quite a bit of discussion about what would be constructive way to use Steel Petal Press as a platform. Would I just share my story on Social Media? Take the form of written blog posts? Be a product I created? What would that product look like?

I wanted more than an inspirational quote or words of encouragement. When someone is suffering from mental health issues inspirational seem trite and hopeless. (For me they actually made me feel worse.) I wanted to create a product that would actually be helpful, while also help me tell my story. My goal is to help others feel less alone. After much thinking, and overthinking, I decided to create these notepads.

I designed these Mental Health Trackers as a tool to aid anyone looking to improve their emotional well-being. The simple act of writing down your emotions on paper can often help us see the causes – and therefore – solutions more clearly.

It was a difficult decision for me to talk about my mental health issues publicly, but it’s a conversation that needs to be had. As vulnerable and uncomfortable as sharing my story makes me feel, the thought that it could help someone far outweighs the negatives.

Not only do I want to destigmatize the public opinion of what it means to struggle with mental illness but shed light on how isolating, painful and dangerous it can be.

I want to share my story but also the stories of others, because no one experience is the same. The more we talk about mental health the better we can understand each other, maybe together we can lessen the stigma and shame by sharing our experiences. I hope that through story telling, it can help others who are suffering can help feel a little less alone.

New Release – Wine Bags

In case it wasn’t obvious (see cards like Lets Drink Champagne, Beer Bud, and Wino Bday), we here at Steel Petal Press enjoy knocking back a drink…or two…or three, haha! That’s why we are so excited to announce this new category to our product offering at Steel Petal Press: wine bags!

Hilarious Funny Sassy Snarky Wine Gift Bags From Steel Petal Press

Our line of gift bags have proven to be a huge success so we thought: “Why not make bags for the best gift of all – WINE!” There’s 1 design for birthdays, 1 design for holidays, and 2 hilarious bags that pair perfectly with any wine.

Funny Snarky Sassy Age Gets Better With Wine Old Birthday Jokes Wine Bag
Age Gets Better With Wine Bag – $7
You may not be getting any younger but you can be getting drunker.
Funny Sassy Snarky Christmas Holiday Season Wine Gift Bag
Tis The Season Wine Gift Bag – $7
The perfect bag to hold your holly, jolly Christmas *spirits*!
This design is also based on one of our top selling Christmas cards! 

And please remember to gift responsibly. Cheers!

Our Wine Bags are available for BOTH retail and wholesale purchase through our website – along with so much more cool shit!

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New Release – Stickers

At Steel Petal Press, we really are just kids in grown up bodies because one thing we really love are stickers. One day we realized that if we loved them so much we should marry them…no wait, make our own…so we did just that! Take a look at our very own (and new) Sticker collection:

Cute Funny Hilarious Pop Culture Fuck Fucking Stickers From Steel Petal Press
We’ve taken some our favorite and most popular design elements from other Steel Petal Press items and made them into stickers! We are totally “stuck” on how awesome they are!

We created our stickers around awesome and popular design elements from other Steel Petal Press products because as the saying goes: “You can never have too much of a good thing!”…er, wait….

Fuck Fresh Out Of Fucks Read A Fucking Book Funny Explicit Stickers From Steel Petal Press
Here’s a few of our stickers featuring our favorite word – FUCK!
Fuck Sticker – $3
Fresh Fucks Sticker – $3
Fucking Book Sticker – $3
Pop Culture Icon Freddie Mercury Queen Samuel L Jackson Pulp Fiction Muthafukka Stickers
A couple of awesome pop culture stickers starring Freddie Mercury and Pulp Fiction!
Freddie Mercury Sticker – $3
Muthafukka Sticker – $3

Badass Bitches Get Shit Done MF Motherfucking Girl Power Sassy Funny Feminist Stickers From Steel Petal Press
A pair of stickers celebrating our favorite power – GIRL POWER!
MF Girl Power Sticker – $3
Bad Bitches Sticker – $3

Our Stickers are available for BOTH retail and wholesale purchase through our website – along with so much more cool shit!

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New Release – Everyday/Plant Cards

For our new release, it was important for our brand to create a line of cards that focused on imagery that excited us rather than occasion-specific designs (i.e., birthday or wedding cards). We love things like the outdoors and gardening so naturally we looked to Mother Nature for inspiration and our Plant Card collection was born!

Handmade Letterpress Plant Monstera Fiddle Leaf Fig Bird of Paradise Greeting Card
These hand drawn images were inspired by the beauty of nature and feature 3 different
types of of plants: the Fiddle Leaf Fig, a Monstera leaf, and a Birds of Paradise.

BONUS: Each of these designs come in a boxed set of 6 so you can quickly and easily stock up on your favorite one!

Hand Drawn Monstera Leaf Nature Print Letterpress Greeting Card
Monstera – Single: $6 / Boxed Set: $16
You won’t be-LEAF how awesome this Monstera card is! 
Hand Drawn Fiddle Leaf Fig Nature Print Letterpress Greeting Card
Fiddle Leaf Fig – Single: $6 / Boxed Set: $16
You won’t be-LEAF how awesome this Fiddle Lead Fig card is! 
Hand Drawn Birds of Paradise Nature Print Illustration Letterpress Greeting Card
Bird of Paradise – Single: $6 / Boxed Set: $16
You won’t be-LEAF how awesome this Bird of Paradise card is!

Our Plant Cards are available for BOTH retail and wholesale purchase through our website – along with so much more cool shit!

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2019 Father’s Day Gift Guide!

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th this year which means it’s fast approaching! There’s no question we all love our Dads but they can definitely be a pain in the ass….especially to shop for! But, that doesn’t mean you should avoid getting him something to celebrate the fact he’s YOUR Dad! That’s why Steel Petal Press put together a gift guide to make your gift shopping easier and his day more awesome! Without further ado, enjoy our 2019 Father’s Day Gift Guide:

Steel Petal Press Father's Day Gift Guide Funny Snarky Dad Gifts
2019 Father’s Day Gift Guide!

Father Of The God Damn Year Mug, Meriwether of Montana ($16) – This statement mug is the grown-up equivalent of giving your Dad a trophy for being the god damn best!

In A Fix Pocket Multi-Tool, Wild & Wolf Inc ($17)– We know Dads LOVE being handy…and let’s be honest, he’s helped you out a time or two in your life! This pocket tool makes being handy even more convenient and is a perfect gift for outdoor Dads, too!

Gentleman’s Beard Kit, Kikkerland ($12) – Self care isn’t on the forefront of most Dad’s brains. This Beard Kit will help him stay lookin’ sharp and handsome. As a bonus, your Mom will also appreciate this gift 😉

Humorous Dad Socks, Blue Q ($11.50) – These hysterical socks will make your Dad laugh even more than he makes himself laugh.

Best Dad Ever Desk Sign, He Said, She Said ($28) – Now your Dad can brag to all his co-workers how awesome he is at being your father with this cool, classic desk sign!

Father’s Day Cards From Steel Petal Press ($4-$6) – We’ve created a line of Father’s Day cards that range from funny to snarky to sentimental so you’re sure to find the perfect card to let your Dad know how much you love him!

Be sure to stop by our brick & mortar store (and shop our Steel Petal Press products online) to browse these awesome products AND MORE!

Steel Petal Press Shop location:
2321 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647
M-F 11-7 | Sat 10-6 | Sun 11-4

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May Retailer Shout Outs!

We love to see how you guys curate Steel Petal Press products out in the world! Let’s take a look at some of the amazing photos our customers and stockists tagged us in for the month of May!

Fun Snarky David Bowie Birthday Cards
Joanne and Company (rep group) – San Francisco, CA
Fun Cute Loving Mothers Day Greeting Cards
Paper Place – Austin, TX
Princess Leia Star Wars Mother Fucking Girl Power Greeting Card
Paper On Pine – Philadelphia, PA
Funny Dad Beer Pun Fathers Day Greeting Cards
Sacred Art – Chicago, IL

You guys really do continue to blow us away with your awesomeness 🙂 Keep’um coming!

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March/April Retailer Shout Outs!

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We’re a little behind sharing some of our favorite content from our wholesale stockists the last few months… but, better late than never, right!? We absolutely love sharing Steel Petal Press with the world and we love even more seeing how YOU share it with the world.

Enjoy a few of our favorites we saw in the months of March and April:

Pulp & Circumstance – Newberg, OR
Studio Colfax – Denver, CO
The Fig Tree – Chicago, IL
Decade – Denver, CO

We get such joy out these so please – keep’um coming!!!

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SPP Has What Moms Need: Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

We know you love your Mom but did you know Steel Petal Press loves Moms, too?! We create and curate a variety of cards and gifts as unique and awesome as each Mom. Here are our top picks for 2019 in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide:

Best Mom Ever Stemless Wine Glass, Slant Collections ($14) – What better way to “Cheers” your Mom for being awesome than with this adorably sentimental stemless wine glass.P

Porn For New Moms Book, Chronicle/Hachette ($12.95) – They say motherhood changes everything…including what counts as sexy! This hysterical picture book includes images of hot men cleaning the house, changing diapers, and much more. Give some laughs, and a little inspiration (wink, wink), for Mother’s Day with this awesome gift.

I Love My Asshole Kids Oven Mitt, Blue Q ($13) – This snarky oven mitt makes a great gift for any Mom that enjoys cooking and their children…even if they are assholes.

Best Mom Ever Towel, Natural Life ($14) – This cute towel makes a loving addition to any Mom’s living space and serves as a great reminder of how much she’s loved!

I Love You Mom Succulent Planter, Natural Life ($15) – Face it, you may not be the favorite baby if your Mom is a Plant Mom but the gift of this charming little planter will still make her day very special!

Mother’s Day Cards, Steel Petal Press, ($6) – Last, but certainly not least, be sure to pick out one of our amazing letterpress Mother’s Day cards for an final touch of sentiment to a perfect gift!

New Release Step 1: Creative Process

Hi guys, we are so excited to kick off our blog series which gives a segmented, in-depth look at all the steps we do at Steel Petal Press to create a “New Release”.

To start off, we first want to clarify what a “New Release” is for us. It’s the term we use to describe when we create, produce, and then sell new styles of products for Steel Petal Press. Our goal is to design new items in every category we offer (cards, mugs, bookmarks, magnets, gift wrap, gift bags). For example, in this New Release we are actively working on, there are 41 new items being made – WOW!

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s discuss the portion of the New Release process that comes first (and we actually just wrapped up the other day!): The Creative Process. As you could probably guess from the title, we use this time to think of fresh new ideas and Shayna then designs them either by hand or using Ilustrator. This is by far our favorite part of the New Release journey because it involves a lot of laughter, fun, and thoughtful artistic discussions.

Brainstorming is a huge part of the Creative Process of a New Release. We are constantly writing down ideas and discussing how things do or don’t work. It’s a constant discussion where small ideas are reworked and grown into final salable, on-brand product! This whole process, from thought to final design, can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks.

A close-up shot of some ideas for our current New Release

Next up, we use our weekly staff meetings as the forum for those aforementioned thoughtful artistic discussions. The input from our entire team is CRUCIAL in designing amazing products for SPP. The melting pot of different perspectives allow for us to see things in new and different ways as well as build upon each other’s ideas. Here’s a couple photos of what this looks like:

Pictured (From Left To Right): Shayna, Dan, and Matt discussing card ideas
Pictured: Shayna discussing a potential new mug idea

Last, but not least, staff feedback and discussion is not only used to invent new ideas but it’s also an important tool to see what ideas AREN’T working. While it may seem like everything we create kicks ass (because it does, duh), behind the scenes is not as simple. We are often tabling ideas for another time because we aren’t able to make a solid final idea out of it. Other times, an idea is presented that someone LOVES but, with more input, we recognize that the idea just doesn’t translate to a product or to our brand.

Thanks for joining us on this first leg of this current journey to a New Release for Steel Petal Press. Stay tuned next month to see Step 2!!
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