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Hats off to the Grad & Shower the happy couple
April 2013

 

--------------------  Hats off to the Grad  --------------------

Springtime is flying by and the academic year is coming to a close. Where did the time go? We don’t know, but we do know that it’s time to start planning celebrations for the soon-to-be-graduates in your life. Whether your loved one is graduating from elementary school or college, the occasion calls for celebration. We have fun new invitation designs to get the party started, from a small family gathering to a bash for the whole class.

 

Graduation Party Invites (PrintingPress)

Our PrintingPress 6.0 design is simple and colorful and features our luxurious Natural Cotton stock. We wrote the graduation year in bright colors using the Georgia font that is included with Windows in a giant point size. We capped the “0” in “2013” with a mortarboard. We wrote the invitation text in grey with the graduate’s name in coral to make it pop. After printing the A7 card, we used a corner punch to round the corners. We lined the White envelopes in Fuchsia for burst of color.

 

Graduation Party Invites (Platinum)

Want something off the beaten path? Check out our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design. We started with a White A7 card and added a grunge background with a large swash of black paint in the center. We added the invitation text in white using the Impact and Courier New fonts that are included with Windows. We used floating text boxes to add “shadows” in blue to the graduation year and the graduate’s name by floating the text boxes behind the main text area and moving them down and to the right. We wrote the return address in white on the black paint on the back of the Pewter envelopes, which are lined in Sky.

 

Graduation Party Invites (Extreme)

Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design is modern and festive and features our luxurious Natural Cotton stock. We started by adding a sunburst background image to a Natural Cotton A7 card and colorized the background to light grey.  We added the invitation text in black using the Georgia font and a few words in sienna using the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2. We also added a few stars using the Wingdings font that is included with Windows. We used a floating text box to create a sienna rectangle to highlight the venue and created arrows to highlight the hostess’ name using the characters “» _ ›” from the Georgia font. We stretched the center character by 100% and set the Baseline Shift to 8 to vertically center it on the other pieces of the arrow. Since the sunburst runs to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print the card. We highlighted the return address in the same manner as the venue and lined the White envelopes in Metallic Vintage for a touch of elegance.

 

 

--------------------  Shower the happy couple  --------------------

Wedding showers, or couples showers, celebrate both the bride and groom before the wedding. Often focused on gifts for the home, wedding showers are almost a laid-back version of the big day – without the ceremony, of course! Our fabulous new invitation designs feature our luxe Natural Cotton stock will work for any style soiree.

 

Wedding Shower Invitations (PrintingPress)

Love bold simplicity? Try our PrintingPress 6.0 design. We added the bride and groom’s names in magenta to the upper right corner of a Square Natural Cotton card using the Georgia font. We joined the names with a grey ampersand using the Palatino Linotype font that is included with Windows. We added the invitation text in grey using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows in all uppercase letters. We used a corner punch to round the corners of the card and lined the White envelopes in Magenta for a splash of color.

 

Wedding Shower Invitations (Platinum)

Our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design is spot on! We started by adding a yellow dotted background image to a Natural Cotton A7 card.  We added the text in dark grey using the Georgia font in a combination of all uppercase letters and lowercase italic letters. We used a text box to add the future bride and groom’s names in a dark grey circle. We set the text box’s background color to dark grey and the text box’s Background Shape to Oval. Since the dots run to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature and then used a corner punch to round the corners of the card after printing. The dark grey dot appears behind the return address on the back of the White envelopes, which are lined in Yellow.

 

Wedding Shower Invitations (Extreme)

Want something with a bold sense of style? Check out our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design featuring our Natural Cotton stock. We added a banner at the top of a Natural Cotton A7 card and colorized the banner to dark grey.  We used a floating text box to add the words “PLEASE JOIN US FOR A WEDDING SHOWER” in white along the banner using the Palatino Linotype font. We set the text box’s Text Shape to Bend Up and the Curve Height set to 0.35 so that the text follows the curve of the banner. We added the rest of the invitation text in grey and aqua using the Palatino Linotype font, the Impact font and the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2. We added some of the text in floating text boxes so that it could be rotated 90 degrees to the right. We created double lines within the text using the “=” character.  For tips on using this technique, see this month’s Extreme Tip. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the card. We added the banner to the return address on the back of the White envelopes, which we lined in Aqua.

 

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

--------------------  Stretch the line  --------------------

In this month’s Extreme Wedding Shower design, we created double lines using the “=” character. You can repeat any character to create a line if you just follow these simple steps. First, we typed enough “=” characters to fill the line.

 

Type "=" characters to fill line.

 

Next, we selected the line of “=” characters and decreased the Character Spacing until the “=” characters formed solid lines.

 

Decrease Character Spacing

 

Now the double line has been created, but it is too short. To complete the double line, we selected the “=” characters and set the horizontal alignment to Stretch Justify Text.

 

Stretch Justify Text

 

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We used the same technique to add the double line to the section of text listing the venue, with one additional twist. First, we typed the “=” characters to fill the width of the text above.

 

Smaller Double Line

 

Next, we decreased the character spacing and set the horizontal alignment. But as you can see, the double line fills the whole text area, and we want it to stop at the end of our text.

 

Created Double Line

 

The solution? Select the line of “=” characters and set the Indent Text Right setting on the Paragraph palette to 155 to match the text above it.

 

Completed

 

 

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