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A day for Mom & Practice makes perfect
April 2012

 

--------------------  A day for Mom  --------------------

While it’s true that a hug and a kiss is all any mom really wants for Mother’s Day, a gift from the heart never hurts! For many, the traditional standby might be chocolates or flowers. At Mountaincow, it’s personalized stationery! This year we have fresh new designs to delight your mom that you can print in a flash.

 

Happy Mother´s Day (PrintingPress)

If your mom is up on current trends and loves the bright jewel tones that are hot this spring, check out our PrintingPress 6.0 design. We started by adding a bright green cockatoo as a floating image to the upper left corner of a White A7 card. Next, we wrote mom’s first name in magenta using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows. We used all lowercase letters and added character spacing for a modern look. We repeated the design on the front of the White A2 folded note card and on the coordinating Custom Image StationeryStamps. For real impact, we lined the Metallic Magenta envelopes in Green. Since the envelopes are metallic, we printed the return address using our laser color printer.

 

Happy Mother´s Day (Platinum)

Our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design makes a statement:  your mom’s name! We started by adding a saffron border image to a White A7 card. The border runs along the left side of the card, so we used a floating text box to add mom’s name in white lowercase letters using the Palatino Linotype font that is included with Windows. We used a large point size and placed the text box so that the letters run off of the edge of the border and melt into the background of the card. We created a similar design on the front o f a White 4-Bar folded note card and used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print both cards. We lined the White envelopes in Saffron and added coordinating Custom Image StationeryStamps.

 

Happy Mother´s Day (Extreme)

Is your mom out in the garden as soon as the ground thaws each spring? Then our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design is perfect for you. We started by adding an image of an antique watering can in the bottom left corner of a White A7 card. We used the Colorize feature to make the image aqua and then used a floating text box to add mom’s name in orange using the Palatino Linotype font. We set the Text Case to UPPERCASE and set the text box’s Text Shape to Random Jitter so that it looks like the letters are sprouting up out of the ground. We repeated the same design on the front of the White A2 folded note card and on the back of the envelope. We lined the White envelopes in Aqua and added coordinating Custom Image StationeryStamps.

 

 

--------------------  Practice makes perfect  --------------------

Whether or not you do a full practice run through your wedding ceremony, the rehearsal dinner is a standard tradition the night before a wedding. It’s a great way to get together with family and important guests in a more intimate setting the night before the big day. We’ve created fabulous invitation designs so that you can make sure everyone marks their calendars, and we’ve included table place cards so that you can direct your special guests to their seats in style.

 

Rehearsal Dinner (PrintingPress)

Our PrintingPress 6.0 design is simple, bold and modern. We started by adding the bride and groom’s names to the top of a White A7 card using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows. We wrote the first names in grey using all uppercase letters, with the first letter in a bright blue or green. We wrote the last name using all lowercase letters in the bright hue. We used a large point size for the name and set the card’s margins to zero so that the names run to the edge and used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print the card. We wrote the rest of the text in grey with a few splashes of color, and added clinking modern wine glasses to toast the happy couple. We added the wine glasses to the White place card and to the coordinating Custom Image StationeryStamps. We lined the Pewter envelopes in Sky for a punch of color.

 

Rehearsal Dinner (Platinum)

Prefer a more earthy  color scheme? Try our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design. We started by adding a single black flower silhouette to the left side of the White invitation. We added the text using the Palatino Linotype font in black uppercase letters and added the bride and groom’s names in large red lowercase letters. We used the 4-up feature to print four 2.5 x 4.5 inch cards onto a single White 5 x 9 inch custom cut card and separated them using a rotary trimmer. We added a black and white confetti background image to a White 4 x 6 inch card and used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print the pattern. Next, we used a double-stick tape gun to mount the invitation to a Black 4.75 x 2.75 inch custom cut card, the patterned backing and a Cinnamon A7 card. We added the flower and bold red text to the White place card, to the return address on the back of the envelope, and to the coordinating Custom Image StationeryStamps. We lined the White envelopes in Deep Red.

 

Rehearsal Dinner (Extreme)

Our bistro-inspired PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design is fun and elegant at the same time. We started by adding a custom background to a White A7 card and filling it with our new mosaic tile (black & white) pattern. We used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print the card since the tiles run all the way to the edge of the card. We created the invitation using the Label stationery type so that we could print six 4.75 x 2.75 inch cards onto a single 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of card stock. For tips on creating your own label configurations, see this month’s Extreme Tip. We added a pen and ink style banner image to the invitation and used a floating text box to add the bride and groom’s names in aqua written across the banner. We wrote the names using the Palatino Linotype font, set the Text Case to UPPERCASE and set the text box’s Text Shape to Bend Up so that the text curves along with the banner. We used additional floating text boxes to add some of the invitation text curving above and below the banner using the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2 with a 0.25 point outline. We added the rest of the text directly into the main text area of the card. After printing the sheet of invitations and separating them using a rotary trimmer, we used a double-stick tape gun to adhere the invitation to an Aqua 3 x 5 inch custom cut card and then mounted the set onto the mosaic tile backing card. We created coordinating place cards featuring the mosaic tile pattern. The banner graces the back of the White envelope, which is lined in Aqua and features coordinating Custom Image StationeryStamps.

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

--------------------  Multi-up math  --------------------

The Label stationery type in PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 makes it easy for you to create stationery to match any label that you’ve purchased. But you can also use the Label stationery type to print sheets of any size card. If you’ve got a rotary trimmer, this may be your method of choice for printing any card size for fewer runs through the printer. This technique is especially useful for printing card sizes that are too small to fit through the printer one at a time. You just have to do a little math to figure out how to configure your Label stationery settings. First, choose New in the Stationery menu, choose Label in the Type section and click on the Next button. Enter a name for your stationery and click on the Next button. Now it’s time to set up the label.

 

Default Label Size

 

The first thing that you want to do is enter the height and width for your label. The default label size is 2 x 4 inches, but you can set it to anything that you like. For our example, we’re using the Extreme rehearsal dinner project, so the height is 2.75 inches and the width is 4.75 inches. Next, the task is to determine how many labels will fit onto a single sheet. Keep in mind that you may want to rotate the sheet so that it is 11 inches wide in order to maximize the number of labels that you can fit. Use the formulas below to determine how many rows and columns you can fit on a full sheet.

 

number of columns = full sheet width

label width
   
number of rows = full sheet height

label height

 

Since our labels are 4.75 inches wide, the only way that we can fit more than one row of labels is to rotate the sheet. So we can fit two rows and three columns with the sheet rotated sideways.

 

Layout

 

The next thing to determine is the margins. Since our design does not have any bleed, the simplest way to trim a full sheet is to have the labels adjacent to each other with no extra margin between them. So determining the margins is straight math:

 

left margin = full sheet width  — (number of columns x label width)

2
   
right margin = full sheet height  — (number of rows x label height)

2

 

So our margins would be:

 

left margin = 11  — (2 x 4.75)

= 0.75
2
     
right margin = 8.5  — (3 x 2.75)

= 0.125
2

 

 

EXPERTS ONLY EXPERTS ONLY

If your design runs to the edge of the card/label, then you may want to add “padding” between the labels so that the card can be easily trimmed while keeping the design fluid. If your design is borderless but is a solid background color, then you don’t need padding since all of the cards will be the same. However, if your design has a pattern that runs to the edge or an image that runs off one side of the card, then you will want to add padding so that each card’s design is complete without overlapping the other cards. First, you’ll want to add overprint to the design. Then you’ll want to include the overprint in the equation to leave space between the labels. Note: you might need to recalculate the number of rows and/or columns for everything to fit.

 

left margin = full sheet width — (# columns x label width) — ((# columns — 1) x overprint)

2
 
right margin = full sheet height — (# rows x label height) — ((# rows — 1) x overprint)

2

 

If we add 0.25 inch overprint to our label size, we need to drop the number of rows by one, so now we only fit four cards per sheet rather than six. The newly calculated margins are below.

 

Layout with Overprint

 

 

 

 

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