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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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Do You Like Funny, New Shit? Cool, We Made Some!

Let’s be honest: who doesn’t like funny, new shit? Steel Petal Press certainly does! One of our favorite things to do is to create new and funny additions to our product line. As we always say, our mission is to create products that help people celebrate and connect through life’s important moments. What better way to do that than with a little humor and sass? 😉 Check out all the funny, new shit we made for our most recent product release:

Cards:
In case it wasn’t clear, we LOVE cards. Our new releases are comprised mostly of cards which are perfect for a variety of occasions. Check out these great new Steel Petal Press original designs we made for this latest release:

For The Birthdays: Old Fart (left) / Just One Drink (middle) / You Were Born (right)
For The Parents: Bad Dad Jokes (left) / Take It Easy (right)

Gift Bags:
Steel Petal Press isn’t just a one-trick pony… we also design and create other items such as gift bags! We think that sass shouldn’t just be limited to the cards you give but gifts, too. Check out these newest styles:

For The Gift Bags: Best Gift Ever (left) / Goddamn Happy Birthday (right)

Coffee Mug:
We sure do love our mugs at Steel Petal Press! No matter how you take your coffee (cream and/or sugar) it never hurts to have a little snark with it! Check out our newest mug style:

For Coffee Mugs: Fresh Fucks

Bookmarks:
Steel Petal Press also has an extensive line of bookmarks because books rule! Do we really need anymore reasons than that? Check out this great new style we just released:

For The Bookmarks: Big Books

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

2019 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide!

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us which means love is in the air…and in the cards and gifts here at Steel Petal Press! Whether you want to get something sexy, snarky, or just plain sweet, we’ve got what you need to show your special person how much you love them! Check out our 2019 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide below!

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2019

“Kinky” and “Ladies Night” Truth or Dare Game ($14.95)
Who doesn’t love a good game of Truth or Dare? These fun (and sexy) versions of an old classic make the perfect Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) day gift!

“Horny For Food” Oven Mitt ($13)
This is more of a tongue-and-cheek gift.  Give it to a special person with a great sense of humor and an affinity for cooking! Because, let’s be honest, who out there doesn’t TOTALLY relate to this oven mitt? (No one, that’s who).

“Love and Happiness” Crystals and Stones Set ($20)
This beautifully packaged set contains Rose Quartz, Amethyst, and Quartz Crystal. It has an attached affirmation that states: “Happiness is my choice and love is abundant in my life”. What a perfect sentiment to share with whoever you love this Valentine’s Day!

The “Movie Kama Sutra” Book ($12.99)
This book makes an “sex”-cellent gift for those with an affinity for movies, pop culture, and boning in hilarious and weird ways!

“Junk Food” Tattoos and Love Notes ($20)
This set of 24 adorable Valentine’s cards in the shape of pizza, soda, popcorn, and french fries come with little temporary tattoos and cute-sy love notes! These work well as little V-day gifts in your office or in a child’s classroom!

Steel Petal Press Valentine’s Cards ($3.33-$6)
We’ve created a line of cards that are sure to make your Valentine smile; from laughing or sweetness, you choose! We have classic favorites, like “Hate You/Love You” and “Tinder Love” and new best sellers “Bear Lets Fuck” and “Cheesy Valentine Day“, you’ll find the perfect card here!

We hope you enjoyed our 2019 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide!
Be sure to stop by our brick & mortar store (and shop our Steel Petal Press products online) to browse these awesome products AND MORE!

Holiday Gift Guide For Pet People!

Christmas gifts are all about buying something your friends, family, and loved ones are sure to enjoy. However, what do you get a person who considers their furry family as important as their human one (which is pretty easy to do, let’s be honest!). Here’s a simple solution: check out our Holiday Gift Guide For Pet People! It’s sure to have the perfect gift for any cat and/or dog (or BOTH) lovers in your life!

Pet Lover Gift Guide

Socks:
Socks make a great gift for anyone but we have some hilarious styles that feature hilarious sentiments for feline or canine fans! Better yet, they come in at only $10.50-$11.50!

Puzzles:
Puzzles make the perfect cold weather activity because you don’t have the leave the comfort of your warm home to do it! However, a puzzle fit for a pet person must include cats or dogs, of course! No worries, we have both! 🙂

Tea Towels:
Tea Towels make can make a fun and funny home decor statement. Steel Petal Press carries a variety of styles from Blue Q with laughable cat and dog quotes. Better yet, they’re only $14!

Cat Mug Garden:
These are new to our brick & mortar location this year but make a great for cat lovers (or plant lovers!) This mug is a small hydroponic garden which can then be used to enjoy a favorite beverage once the plant removed. Plus, look at that cute kitty design…what’s not to like!

Cat/Dog Butt Magnets:
These funny butt magnets, featuring both dog and cat butts, have been a fan favorite every holiday season at our store!

Cards:
Steel Petal Press makes a variety of awesome holiday cards but our “Meowy Catmus“, which comes in singles ($6) or boxed ($16) is the perfect combination of punny and kitty.

We are at the end of the Holiday Gift Guide For Pet People which means you have the difficult task of picking which awesome suggestion you want to buy (sorry, not sorry!) But, on the bright side, you know your favorite pet person is sure to love it no matter what!

Happy shopping!

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

Holiday Gift Guide For Book Worms!

A good book warms the soul which can be a difficult task to do during the cold temperatures of the holiday season. Steel Petal Press knows how awesome reading is but how difficult it can be to shop for a loved one who is always nose deep in a book! Check out our Holiday Gift Guide For Book Worms for gift ideas that are sure to capture the attention of your favorite reader 🙂

Bookmarks:
We here at Steel Petal Press love reading so much that we created our very own collection of letterpressed bookmarks ($3)! Witty and sassy (like all things SPP), these bookmarks make perfect stocking stuffers for any book fanatic! Some of the top sellers are the “John Waters”, “Awesome People Read”, and our new “Stopping Point” bookmarks!

Magnets:
As you may have seen in our previous gift guides, Steel Petal Press makes some pretty kick ass magnets for some pretty kick ass types of people and book lovers are no different! Our “Awesome People Read” magnet ($6) matches with our top selling bookmark style but also makes a great addition to any gift for someone who just thinks reading is awesome (like us!)

Socks:
The perfect way to read a book is making sure you’re cozy as heck, right? RIGHT. So, picking out a perfect (and hilarious) pair of socks for your favorite bookworm is a great gift idea! Blue Q socks are our personal favorites here at Steel Petal Press and at only $10.50-$11.50 they won’t break the bank! Heck, they even made some specifically for this occasion (“Fuck off, I’m Reading” socks!!)

Mugs & Tea Infusers:
Another perfect pairing for reading books is…tea, of course! We’ve got a large selection of mugs that are sure to get a laugh including a “Book Nerd” mug ($16) which is fitting for any loud and proud book nerd. In addition to that, Steel Petal Press has plenty of hilarious tea infusers from cats, to dogs, to even flamingos and all with a $10-$15 price range. We believe that even the simplest tasks like making tea and reading a book should be fun!

Hopefully our Holiday Gift Guide for Book Worms inspired some gift-giving ideas. Rest assured that with these gifts from Steel Petal Press, your beloved book worm will be filled with holiday joy!

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

Holiday Gift Guide For Your Booze Buddy!

There’s no better way to get into the Holiday Spirit than with some Holiday “spirits”, are we right?! (DUH, of course we are!) That’s why Steel Petal Press is always fully stocked with funny and functional drinking gifts perfect for that friend (or friends) that gets down while boozin’ up! Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for your Booze Buddy:

Mug:
The “Hungover” Mug ($16) is designed by Steel Petal Press and is perfect for those mornings that follow a night of “too much” fun (if there is such a thing)!

Magnet:
The Whiskey Magnet ($6) is also designed here at Steel Petal Press and is inspired by a quote from a very famous fan of alcohol, Mark Twain! It adds a bit of attitude to any magnetic surface and we are all about attitude 😉

Soaps:
Soap Distillery is Chicago-based company that makes unique soaps based on alcohol. Some of the most popular scents include Whiskey, Bourbon, Gin, and the strange sounding but awesome smelling, Beer & Cigarettes. For only $7 a bar, these soaps make awesome gifts for men or women. They also add a little boozy charm to their self-care routine which never hurt anyone.

“True Stack” Drinking Game:
I’m sure your favorite boozing buddy didn’t think that drinking could get anymore fun…and they would be wrong! The “True Stacks” Drinking Game ($20) puts a spin on the classic Jenga game aka it just adds alcohol, but ya know, hell yeah!

Drinking Accessories:
It’s always important to accessorize even when it comes to drinking. Your booze buddy is sure to love some “In The Buff” drink markers ($13) or an Army Man bottle opener ($10)! We also carry a line of ice cube trays from Peak which come in Sphere and Cube form ($15). These make a perfect addition to any liquor lover’s freezer!

Winter Cocktail Book:
For that cocktail connoisseur in your life, this Winter Cocktail Book ($22.95) provides lots of great new recipes. Like we said, nothing makes getting into the holiday spirit easier than some holiday-themed spirits!

Christmas Cards:
We here at Steel Petal Press are big fans of greeting cards (duh) and also of booze (double duh) so we designed a Christmas card that combines both of those things. The final result? Our very popular ‘Tis The Season card.

We are at the end of our Boozing Buddy Gift Guide. Keep on drinking and be sure to stop by our brick & mortar store (and shop our Steel Petal Press products online) to browse these awesome products AND MORE!

‘Tis The Season To Spread Holiday Cheer With Steel Petal Press Cards!

Ho, Ho, HOLY SH*T – the holiday season is fast approaching, and before you go and get into the “spirit”(s) *wink wink*, pick out a couple of our awesome Holiday cards that’ll make your family happy…or at least get them off your back!
Our new and classic Holiday card styles range from sentimental to snarky so Steel Petal Press is a one-stop shop for all your loved ones …
whether they’ve been naughty:
 or nice:
We know the holiday season can be stressful, but luckily for you, we’ve made picking the perfect card easy.
Don’t forget – Steel Petal Press also has all of your other gifting needs covered too including kickass gift bags, tags, and wraps:
All of these holiday items (along with much, much more!) can be browsed and purchased online through our super convenient website: Click here!

Shayna is OLD, but Steel Petal Press has NEW Birthday Cards!

Another candle on the cake. Another year around the sun. No matter how you say it, it means the same thing: IT’S BIRTHDAY TIME!  We love birthdays at Steel Petal Press and we have designed some amazing new birthday cards that’ll be sure to fill any anyone’s special day with the perfect amount of sass & sentiment!

So Vain Birthday Card

However, don’t think we’ve forgotten a few of our birthday classics that, like many things including yourself, continue to stay? awesome with age!

Pulp Fiction Samuel L Jackson Birthday Card

Let’s also give a special shout out to our founder and favorite Libra, Shayna whose birthday is coming up on September 23rd! Our zodiac collection is a fun and creative way to send positive birthday vibes to any favorite sign in your life 🙂
All of these new & classic birthday cards (along with much, much more!) can be browsed and purchased online through our super convenient website: Click here!

July Rewind – Where The F*CK Did This Month Go…?!

Hi there!

We can’t believe July has come and gone already…

While this month was much less eventful than the previous (IN ALL THE RIGHT WAYS), we’ve still been busier than ever here at Steel Petal Press. Check out all the shit we’ve done in our July Rewind:

NYNow Preparation
As we’ve mentioned before, Steel Petal Press is making the HUGE commitment of exhibiting at the August ’18 NYNow. So, there’s been HUGE amounts of planning, organizing, and stressing going on around here! With the show beginning in a little over a week, the entire team has been working so hard to get everything ready to go. In fact, check out what our shipping pallet looks like: NYNow Pallet
Although, we think it looks more like some weird alien cocoon…
This is only a small fraction of the work left to do for and at NYNow but we know it’ll be all worth it in the end 🙂

*By the way, if you’re gonna be at NYNow, come visit Shayna and Shelby at the Steel Petal Press Booth (#7675)*

Holiday Hijinx
We know it’s a little odd to be thinking about the Holiday Season when we are still getting 80+ degree days here (atleast in Chicago!)! But, our new Holiday collection will be going live on our retail website August 13th…(that’s only like 5 days away, how exciting!)

Our team worked super hard this year to add some fresh and holiday-themed products like cards (duh!) and gift bags. We are really excited for everyone to see our new items for this upcoming release.
Please consider this sneak peek an early Christmas gift *wink, wink*:

Wholesale – Oh, Wow!
We’ve been incredible busy this past month with wholesale orders, but trust us – we aren’t complaining! We love that so many people share a love of snark and sass as well as an appreciation for handcrafted letterpress stationery. Most notably, we got a BIG ASS order from our wholesale account with Paper Source who ordered JUST under 6,000 units from us…I KNOW, RIGHT?! They’re favorites from us include Awesome Babies, Holy Shit – Engaged, Holy Shit – 29 Again, and Big Gay Wedding. We truly appreciate every wholesale order we receive…it keeps us busy and allows us to share Steel Petal Press worldwide!

We Met Mayor Ted From Queer Eye!

Last, but certainly not least, a special guest unexpectedly came into our store…Mayor Ted from the second season of Queer Eye! We couldn’t have been more excited to meet this kind and humble dude who is working so hard to make political and cultural changes in his hometown of Clarkston, GA! It was such an honor to meet him (and the Fab Five by extension, right?!)

That’s it for us and our July Rewind!
Stay tuned for all the exciting adventures August will bring 🙂

Wedding Cards to make you AWWW or LOL

New Wedding Cards from Steel Petal Press

It’s Summer which means humidity isn’t the only thing in the air…LOVE IS, TOO! What we’re trying to say is: IT’S WEDDING SEASON!

Steel Petal Press LOVES weddings so we focused on creating the perfect collection of wedding cards that range from snarky to sentimental! These include some new favorites and old classics

Mazel Tov Congratulations Card

Wedding Congratulations Card

However, as our owner Shayna celebrates her 8 year wedding anniversary on July 31st,  we here at Steel Petal Press recognize the importance of celebrating love that continues to grow each and every year. Therefore, we created a variety of anniversary cards so there’s sure to be an ideal choice for every type of couple.

Anniversary Cards by Steel Petal Press

All of these Wedding and Anniversary cards (along with much, much more!) can be seen and purchased online through our super convenient website: Click here!