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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.

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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!).

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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.

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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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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‚Äôs important moments. What better way to do that than with a little humor and sass? ūüėČ 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!

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 ūüôā
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!

Scenes from around the Studio: May Edition

It’s been a fun and busy month at Steel Petal Press!

For months we’ve been hard at work, designing, creating and printing 40+ new cards, bookmarks, magnets, mugs and gift wrap. Seriously, we start planning our May release in January. First we decide what new products we want to create, and start working on designs.¬† We go through several iterations of many designs to further refine what we have, how it looks and what it says.¬† Once all the designs are ready to move forward, we go into production.¬† Printing and packaging all the cards in house takes several weeks of work, especial with a big release like the one we just completed.¬† We also do a full catalog redesign, removing items we have discontinued and adding all the new items.¬†¬†After that we photograph all the cards and get them onto our online shops.¬† It’s definitely an undertaking and it takes multiple months from start to finish.

I am particularly excited to share our new hand ILLUSTRATED line of cards (pictured below) by owner, Shayna Norwood. We are taking our love of hand drawing back to our roots with this beautiful new line of cards.

Illustrated Letterpress Cards from Steel Petal Press

Drawing Process Greeting Cards

We also have lots of funny new cards for when you think HOLY SHIT.

New Holy Shit cards from Steel Petal Press

Aside from working on the big new release I also traveled to the National Stationery Show again this year as a buyer. I have always loved being at the Stationery Show either as an observer walking, exhibiting or buying. It’s such a lovely community of people.¬† Paper People are the BEST people.¬† I know so many people from the years I’ve spent exhibiting, buying and from the Tradeshow Bootcamp community so in some ways it feels a little bit like “coming home.”

National Stationery Show Trip

I will leave you with this calming photo taken on my flight back to Chicago. After a whirlwind month of May, it’s nice to be home and we have some exciting big things cooking!!

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10% OFF Mugs for National Coffee Day

_COFFEEDAY

It’s no secret. We really, really love coffee.

So National Coffee Day? We’re taking it very seriously by having a coffee mug day sale!

Take 10% off all coffee mugs online and in our Logan Square retail shop, ONLY on National Coffee Day: Friday, September 29th, 2017

All day online at steelpetalpress.com use the code YESCOFFEE at checkout.

Or visit our Logan Square Retail Shop: 2321 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 60647 (map) | 11a-7pm

New Birthday Cards from Steel Petal Press

Last May we release¬†some funny new letterpress¬†birthday cards¬†that we didn’t have a chance to share with you yet. ¬†Below are our newest selection of funny birthday cards

Muthafukka Birthday Card Bday Beer Bud Birthday Card Barf Day Birthday Card

We also couldn’t help including some of our favorite funny letterpress cards from last year too!

Rock Star Birthday Card F-ing Bday Birthday Card LookingGood Birthday Card Drinking Buddy Birthday Card Bday wino Birthday Card Awesome Bday Birthday Card Unicorn Birthday Card

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.

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ALL NEW: Funny Birthday Cards

We have all our new releases for spring 2016. You asked for it, and you got it Рmore 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 ūüôā

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