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An important milestone & Tying the knot
August 2012

 

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A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a big turning point in a Jewish boy or girl’s life. After the ceremony, parents often throw lavish parties, and the bar seems to be set higher every year. Not to worry! We have fabulous new invitation designs that are very easy on the wallet.

 

Bar / Bat Mitzvah (PrintingPress)

If your daughter loves bright, bold colors, try our PrintingPress 6.0 layered design.  We created the backing layer by adding a black striped background image to a White A7 card. Since the stripes run to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. Next, we added a new daisy (aqua & black) image as a floating image on the right side of the 2.5 x 3.5 inch invitation. We added the invitation text in black using the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2 and the Palatino Linotype font that is included with Windows. We wrote the Bat Mitzvah’s name and her parents’ names in the same aqua used in the flower. Since the flower runs off the edge of the invitation, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. We used the 2-up feature to print two invitations onto a White 4-Bar card and then separated them using a rotary trimmer.  We used a double-stick tape gun to mount the invitation onto a Green 2.75 x 3.75 inch custom cut card and then onto the striped backing card. We added a new daisy (black & aqua) image as a floating image on the left side of the White 4-Bar response card. We lined the Metallic Aqua envelopes in Black. Since the envelopes are metallic, we printed them using our laser printer.

 

Bar / Bat Mitzvah (Platinum)

Our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design is perfect for the laid back, groovy teen. We started by adding a new tie dye background image to a White A7 card. Next, we used a floating text box to add the invitation text in grey using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows in a combination of all uppercase and all lowercase letters. We used the Malkah font to add the Bar Mitzvah boy’s Hebrew name and then rotated the text box 20 degrees to the left. We duplicated the design for the response card and used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print both cards. We lined the White envelopes in Pewter and added the return address on an angle on the back of the envelope.

 

Bar / Bat Mitzvah (Extreme)

Does your daughter love being the center of attention? Our attention-grabbing PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design, featuring a Magenta A8 Portrait Pocket Folder (no flap), might be just right for her. We started by filling the background of a White A7 card with a new sunburst (white on black) pattern to make the backing for the invitation. Since the pattern runs to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. We added a new sunburst (black) image as a floating image in the top left corner of the 3 x 4 inch invitation and colorized it to light grey. We added the invitation text in black using the Palatino Linotype font with the Text Case set to lowercase. We wrote the Bat Mitzvah girl’s name in magenta to make it really stand out. We created the invitation using the Label stationery type and added a 0.25 inch overprint to the invitation to print four invitations on a single White 8x5 x 11 inch sheet and separated the invitations using a rotary trimmer. Next, we used a double-stick tape gun to adhere the invitation onto a Magenta 3.25 x 4.25 inch custom cut card, then to the patterned backing card and then finally onto the inside flap of the Pocket Folder. We added the black sunburst (black) image to the White A7 directions card, White 4-Bar response card and the seal. We used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print both the directions and response cards, and used the Label stationery type to print eight 2.5 x 3.5 inch seals on a single White 8x5 x 11 inch sheet and separated the invitations using a rotary trimmer. We mounted the seal onto a Black 2.75 x 3.75 inch custom cut card and then mounted the set onto the outside of the Pocket Folder. We added the sunburst (black) image to both Magenta envelopes so that it runs from the front of the envelope to the back across the flap. For tips on this technique, see this month’s Extreme Tip. We also lined both envelopes in Black.

 

 

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Planning your wedding is a massive project, and sometimes all of the details can seem overwhelming. We’ve got one covered for you:  invitations! Our gorgeous new wedding invitation designs are chic, elegant, and budget friendly. All of our designs feature our Pocket Folders to keep all of the additional pieces organized with style, but any of these designs could be done on a budget by skipping the Pocket Folders and seals and just sending the layered invitation pieces.

 

Wedding Invitations (PrintingPress)

Having a beach-themed wedding? Check out our PrintingPress 6.0 design featuring a White A8 Portrait (no flap) Pocket Folder.  First, we added a new sea star (stone) image to the right side of a White 4 x 6 inch custom cut card. We added the invitation text in grey using the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2 in all lowercase letters and the Palatino Linotype font in all uppercase letters. We wrote the bride and groom’s names in blue using the Palatino Linotype font in all lowercase letters to make them really pop. We used a double-stick tape gun to attach the invitation to a Pewter 4.25 x 6.25 inch custom cut card, then to a Sky A7 card and then to the inside of the Pocket Folder. We added a trio of sea stars to the White A7 directions card and a conch shell to the White 4-Bar response card. We also added the sea star to the seal and used the 2-up feature to print two 2.5 x 3.5 inch seals onto a White 4-Bar card and separated them using a rotary trimmer. We adhered the seal to a Pewter 2.75 x 3.75 inch custom cut card, then to a Sky 3 x 4 inch custom card and then to the outside of the Pocket Folder. We added a sea star to the back of the White A8 invitation envelope alongside the return address and added a new sand dollar (stone) image alongside the address on the Pewter 4-Bar response envelope. We lined both envelopes in Sky.

 

Wedding Invitations (Platinum)

Our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design is perfect for anyone with neutral wedding colors. We started by adding a new peony (coffee) image as a floating image to the bottom right corner of an Ecru 3.5 x 3.5 inch card. We used the 2-up feature to print two cards onto a single Ecru 3.5 x 7 inch card. We added the invitation text in dark brown using the Palatino Linotype font in all lowercase letters with the bride & groom’s names in a large point size at the top. Since the peony runs off the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature and told it that the card was a 5 x 7 inch card. We used a double-stick tape gun to mount the invitation to a Dark Chocolate 3.75 x 3.75 inch card, then to a Cinnamon 5.5 x 5.5 inch custom cut card and then to the inside of a Ivory Square Pocket Folder (no flap).  We used the same type styles for the Ecru 5.5 x 5.5 inch custom cut directions card and for the Ecru 4-Bar response card. We created 2 x 2 inch seals by creating a 2 x 4 inch folded card and then using the 2-up feature to print two of the folded cards (each of which has two seals) onto an Ecru 4 x 4 inch custom cut card. We used our printer’s borderless printing feature with the card size set to 4 x 6 inches to print the seal. We adhered the seal to a Dark Chocolate 2.25 x 2.25 inch custom card, then to a Cinnamon 2.75 x 5.75 inch custom cut card and then to the bottom of the outside of the Pocket Folder. The final touch? We lined the Ecru envelopes in Cinnamon.

 

Wedding Invitations (Extreme)

Want something a little less traditional? Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design could be perfect for you. We started by filling the background of a White A7 card in a new geometric (white on black) pattern and colorizing it to grey to make the backing card for the invitation. We used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print the backing card since the pattern runs all the way to the edge of the card. Next, we used a floating text box to add the bride & groom’s names to the top of the White 3.75 x 5.75 inch invitation. We wrote the names in the Palatino Linotype font in light green at a very large point size so that they take up the entire width of the card. We added the rest of the text in grey using the Trebuchet font. We set the Vertical Stretch to 40 for all of the text to give the text a more modern look. We used a double-stick tape gun to mount the invitation onto a Celery 4 x 6 inch custom cut card, then to the printed backing card, and then onto the inside of a Celery A8 Portrait (no flap) Pocket Folder. We duplicated the large light green text on the White A7 directions card, on the White 4-Bar response card, the back of the invitation envelope and on the seals. We used a floating text box to add smaller green text to write “PLEASE DELIVER TO:” above the address on the front of the invitation envelope. We used the Label stationery type to print ten 2 x 4 inch seals onto a single 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of card stock. We then adhered the seal to a Pewter 2.25 x 4.25 inch custom cut card and then to the outside of the Pocket Folder. We lined the Pewter 4-Bar response envelopes in Celery and the White A8 invitation envelopes in Pewter.

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

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PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 lets you easily add floating images to the front or back of your envelope. But what if you want the image to float across the front of the envelope right onto the flap? We’ve got just the trick. First, open the flap of your envelope and measure the height of the envelope with the flap open. Our A8 envelopes measure 8.125 x 5.5 inches when closed, and 8.125 x 8 inches when open. Now create a one-sided envelope in PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 to fit the size of your opened envelope. The default placement will put the address in the center of the envelope and the return address in the upper left corner as shown below.

 

One-Sided Envelope
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In order to properly place everything on the envelope, we need to know where the front of the envelope ends and the flap begins. Click on the Insert Shape button in the toolbar to add a shape to the envelope. Leave all of the default settings on the first step of the wizard and click on the Next button. Leave all of the default settings again except for the Height, which you need to set to the height of your envelope when it is closed. For our A8 envelope, we set the Height to 5.5 inches. Click on the Next button and then click on the Finish button to place the shape on your envelope. Now make sure that the Relative to Stationery setting is enabled on the Align palette in the Design palette group. Click on the Align Bottom button to align the shape to the bottom edge of the envelope as shown below.

 

Add Shape
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Now you can use the height of the shape to place your design elements. Add your image and place it where you would like it to cross over onto the envelope flap. Press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard and drag the address down so that it is where you would like it to be vertically on the envelope as shown below.

 

Add and Align Image
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To finish, delete the shape and bend the return address into a curve around the image.

 

Finished
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When you’re ready to print, place the envelope into the printer with the flap open and the bottom edge of the envelope going into the printer first. Then make sure to choose Print front and back in one pass in the Print order section in the Print window.

 

 

 

 

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