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Spring forward & Baby news
February 2012

 

--------------------  Spring forward  --------------------

We haven’t had much of a winter this year in New England, and most days it feels like spring is already here! As we pack up our parkas and wool sweaters, it’s time to print some new spring stationery! Featuring fun bright colors and coordinating Custom Image StationeryStamps, our new designs are sure to put a spring in your step.

 

Spring Stationery (PrintingPress)

A small yellow silhouette of a crane sits in the bottom right corner of our PrintingPress 6.0 design. We added the bird as a floating image and dragged it to the bottom right corner of a White A7 card. We added the name in blue lowercase letters using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows. We repeated the design on the front of a White A2 folded note card. We lined the Dusty Blue envelopes in Yellow and added coordinating Custom Image StationeryStamps.

 

Spring Stationery (Platinum)

Craving the beach? Check out our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design. We added a border image of aqua coral running along the bottom of a White A7 card. We added the first name in all capital letters using the Trebuchet font. We used four different shades of aqua for the letters. We repeated the design on the front of a White 4-Bar folded note card and used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print both cards. We added a single aqua coral to the bottom of the back of the White envelope. We tucked the return address underneath the coral, leaving room between the first and last names for the coral. For a splash of color, we lined the envelopes in Aqua and created coordinating Custom Image StationeryStamps.

 

Spring Stationery (Extreme)

Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design features bright spring hues and fun stripes. We started by adding a 2 inch Line (Left) custom border to a White A7 card. We filled the pattern with our new spring stripes (sorbet) pattern. Not a fan of pink? No problem. Use the Selective Color feature to customize to the stripes using your favorite colors. See this month’s Extreme Tip for tips on using this technique. Next, we used a floating text box to add a single initial in white using the Times New Roman font that is included with Windows at 350 pt. We dragged the text box to the top left corner of the card so that the “s” blocks out the stripes. We filled the background of a White 4-Bar folded note card with the same pattern and placed the initial in the center of the card. Since the stripes run to the edge of both designs, we used our printer’s borderless feature to print both cards. For an extra punch of color, we lined the Magenta envelopes in Saffron and added coordinating Custom Image StationeryStamps.

 

 

--------------------  Baby news  --------------------

If your family is about to grow by one (or two!), our adorable new birth announcements are just what you need. We created a variety of designs ranging from traditional pastel to modern simplicity. All of these designs feature images from our Illustrations collections. Our birth announcement projects are so easy to download, personalize and print you can be done before nap time is over!

 

Birth Announcements (PrintingPress)

Our PrintingPress 6.0 design is the perfect statement of modern elegance. We started by adding the daisy trio (kiwi) image from our Illustrations Everyday collection to the left side of a White 4-Bar card. We used the Sample Color tool to add the baby’s name in the same green in all lowercase letters using the Trebuchet font. We added the rest of the text in grey and increased the left margin so that we could center all of the text to the right of the flowers. Since the flowers run off the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. We added a black version of the flowers on the back of the envelope alongside the return address. We created coordinating Custom Envelope Liners and Custom Image StationeryStamps to dress up the Pewter envelopes.

 

Birth Announcements (Platinum)

Love cutesy baby stuff? Check out our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design. We started by adding the elephant (cherry) image from the zoo animals folder in the Illustrations Baby collection to the bottom left corner of a White 4-Bar card. Next, we added a background image to give the elephant a grey ground to stand on and a blue sky behind him. We used a floating text box to add the baby’s name in white lowercase letters in the Palatino Linotype font that is included with Windows at 110 pt. We balanced the floating text box on the elephant’s trunk so that it looks as if he is holding it aloft. We typed the rest of the text directly into the main text area in grey and white using the Palatino Linotype font. Since the design bleeds to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. We added the elephant to the back of the envelope alongside the return address and added the family name using a separate text box so that it can sit on the elephant’s trunk. We lined the White envelopes in Scarlet and added coordinating Custom Image StationeryStamps.

 

Birth Announcements (Extreme)

Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design uses fashion forward pastel baby hues while avoiding the traditional blue or pink. We started by filling the background of the announcement in a light yellow. Next, we added the flower vine (black) image from Illustrations Everyday collection. We used the Selective Color tool to change the black drawing to a raspberry pink. Next, we used the Selective Color Eraser tool to erase the white outside of the flower image while leaving the white within the lines of the image opaque. For tips on this technique, see the Extreme Tip from the September 2011 issue.  We added the baby’s name and the rest of the text in purple using the Palatino Linotype font in a combination of all lowercase and all uppercase letters. We created the 3 x 5 inch announcement as a Label in PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 to allow us to print four cards onto a White 8.5 x 11 inch full sheet and trim with a rotary trimmer after printing. We created a backing card by filling a White A7 card with a yellow and white polka dot pattern that we created using Extreme’s Custom Pattern Creator. Since the polka dots run all the way to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. We used a double-stick tape gun to mount the announcement to a Metallic Lavender 3.25 x 5.25 inch custom cut card and then adhered the set to the polka dot backing card. We created coordinating Custom Envelope Liners using Metallic Orchid paper and Custom Image StationeryStamps to go with the Metallic Lavender envelopes.

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

--------------------  My favorite color  --------------------

PrintingPress Extreme 6.0’s powerful Selective Color tool lets you change the color of just part of an image. But it also lets you change EVERY color in an image! Read the following instructions to learn how to change the entire color scheme for the spring stripes pattern from this month’s Extreme Spring Stationery design. The original pattern used the sorbet color scheme.

 

Original Pattern

 

But what if pink just isn’t your thing? No problem. You can change the color of each stripe using any color in the rainbow. Here we’ll show you how to change the pattern to use light blue and yellow. First click in the card and click on the Selective Color button in the Adjust palette. If you are working on the flat card (where the pattern is in the border), make sure that the Apply to Border button is selected. Next, click on the Choose Selective Color button and choose the new color that you would like to use in the popup menu that appears.

 

Add shape with zig zag border

 

Next, click on the Apply Selective Color button and the cursor will change to a paint bucket. Move the cursor over the stripe that you would like to change and a preview window shows you which color will be replaced.

 

Apply Selective Color

 

Once you click with the paint bucket cursor, PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 will replace the color beneath the cursor with the color that you specified. In our example below, you can see that we replaced the cherry color with ocean blue. We did not have the Contiguous setting enabled, so all of the occurrences of the same color within the pattern were replaced rather than just the contiguous area beneath the cursor.

 

Single Color Replaced

 

We continued to replace the pinks and oranges with different hues of light blue and yellow, and the finished result is below.

 

Completed Pattern

 

 

 

 

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