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Reserve the Day & Call me crazy
February 2013

 

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We haven’t been hibernating during the long months of winter… we’ve been designing and planning to prepare for wedding season! To kick it off, we’ve created fabulous new save the date cards that are fun and sure to get noticed.

 

Save the Date Cards (PrintingPress)

Our PrintingPress 6.0 design makes a bold statement with its earthy color scheme and modern graphics. We added a striped image with a heart cutout to the top of a Cinnamon A2 card. Next, we added grey text at the bottom of the card using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows. We wrote the couple’s names in red to make them really pop. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the card. We added a similar striped image across the flap of the envelope and rotated all of the address text boxes 180 degrees so that we could print the envelope with the flap open. We lined the Cinnamon envelopes and lined them in Deep Red.

 

Save the Date Cards (Platinum)

Love everything vintage? Check out our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design. We added His & Hers 1950’s style glasses to the top of a Natural Cotton A7 card. His frames are thick, black and nerdy, while Hers are pink and bejeweled. We added the text in black using the Times New Roman font that is included with Windows and used floating text boxes to add a few words in pink using the Noodles Strong font from Fonts & Graphics 3. We added black and pink retro stars as floating images for added retro flair and used a corner punch to round the corners of the card after printing. We lined the Pewter envelopes in Black and let the return address fall from a star on the front of the envelope.

 

Save the Date Cards (Extreme)

Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design is au courant with the age of digital communications. We typed a math equation at the top a Natural Cotton A7 card, adding the names of the bride and groom-to-be with the sum being “<3” or love. We used the Georgia font that is included with Windows for all of the text on the card except for the pink “= <3” which we typed using the Courier New font that is included with Windows. We used floating text boxes to add brackets around the entire equation, and filled the braces with our scribble pattern colorized to a gold hue. We used a smaller point size to write the rest of the text at the bottom of the card and separated each piece of information with a “+” to continue the math theme and used a corner punch to round the corners of the card. We created Custom Envelope Liner and filled them using our zig zag pattern which we colorized to pink and scaled up to an audacious size and then popped into the Metallic Vintage envelopes. To complete the math theme, we surrounded the return address with the braces and separated the city, state and zip with a “+” for both the address and the return address. For tips on using this technique, see this month’s Extreme Tip.

 

 

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Speaking of the age of digital communications, do you occasionally tire of the process of exchanging cell numbers? “Here, give me your phone and I’ll dial my number and then you’ll have it” can get a bit old. Sometimes, old school is the way to go, and our calling cards are just the thing. Printed onto our luxurious Natural Cotton stock, they’re gorgeous and take but a moment to pass to a new acquaintance.

 

Calling Cards (PrintingPress)

Loving the old school vibe? Our PrintingPress 6.0 design features a classic 1940’s telephone in the upper left corner of the card. We added the text in the bottom right corner of the card using the Palatino Linotype font that is included with Windows. We wrote most of the text in the same dark grey as the phone using all uppercase letters but wrote the first name in green using all lowercase letters for a modern twist. We used the 4-up feature to print four 2.5 x 3.5 inch cards onto a single Natural Cotton A7 card and then separated the cards using a rotary trimmer and used a corner punch to round the corners of the card.

 

Calling Cards (Platinum)

Our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design has a contemporary feel with a grey and yellow geometric tile design. We added the design as a background image and wrote the first name in yellow using the Palatino Linotype font in all lowercase letters at the top of the card. We used a floating text box to write the last name in grey using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows tucked underneath the first name. We wrote the contact info in grey at the bottom of the card beneath the motif. We used a folded card in PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 to print four 2.5 x 3.5 inch cards onto a single Natural Cotton A7 card and aligned everything on the left card to the left, and everything on the right card to the right to make it easier to print. We added a similar background image to the back of the card to repeat the motif all the way across the back of the card and used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print the cards.  We separated the cards using a rotary trimmer and rounded the corners using a corner punch.

 

Calling Cards (Extreme)

Love the retro look but want something with more of a punch? Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design is just right for you. We used the Label stationery type to create a sheet of 3 x 3 inch cards that look like old fashioned rotary dial phones. First, we added a custom background and filled it in aqua. Next, we used the custom border feature to add a thick black round border within the aqua background. We used floating text boxes to create the number slots on the dial and added a floating image for the metal stopper. We used another floating text box to write the words “call me” in aqua in the center of the dial using the Courier New font. We wrote the name in aqua and the contact info in black on the back of the card. After printing both sides of the card, we used a rotary trimmer to separate the cards and then used a corner punch to round the corners.

 

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

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You know that PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 gives you tools and flexibility to create your designs exactly as you want them. But did you know that it also gives you flexibility when addressing envelopes? The Alternate Font feature lets you specify separate fonts for different parts of the address, and you can use the Automatic text modifications feature to change the text that is printed on the front of the envelope. PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 will read the names and addresses in your project’s Mailing List, and then follow the rules in the Automatic text modifications settings to perfect the address. To access these settings, just double-click on the placeholder address on the front of the envelope.

 

Automatic text modifications

 

For this month’s Extreme Save the Date design, we enabled the Replace commas with setting and set it to replace commas with a “+” (plus).  We also enabled the Spell complete state names, and Spell Street, Apartment, #, etc. settings, so an address that would originally look like this:

 

unmodified address

 

Would automatically be updated in PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 to print like this:

 

address with automatic substitutions

 

 

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