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Playing Cupid & Special delivery
January 2013

 

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s time to don your wings and play Cupid. Whether you need to create just a single card for your sweetie or a stack for your child’s entire class, we have fabulous new Valentine designs for you to download and print in a snap. We used the Inner Envelope feature to print just the names on the envelopes for all of the designs for hand delivery.

 

Valentines (PrintingPress)

Our PrintingPress 6.0 design is stylish and on trend with bright spring colors. A parade of colorful hearts marches across the White 4-Bar card. We added the Valentine greeting in dark gray using the Times New Roman font that is included with Windows using all capital and then all lowercase letters. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the card. We lined the Midnight envelopes in Fuchsia for a burst of color.

 

Valentines (Platinum)

Need more hearts? Try PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design. We added a border image that uses tiny red and pink hearts to block out the shape of a heart on the White 4-Bar card. We wrote the Valentine greeting in red and gray using the Palatino Linotype font that is included with Windows. Since the hearts run all the way to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. We lined the Deep Red envelopes in Deep Pink for a truly rich combination.

 

Valentines (Extreme)

Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design is tres chic and easy to customize to any color scheme. We filled the background of a White 4-Bar card in our zig zag (black & white)  pattern and used the Colorize feature to make the zig zags pink. Next, we used a floating text box to add the words “be mine” in gray using the Alyssa Black Tie font from Fonts & Graphics for Weddings. We set the text point size to 170 so that the swoop of the “b” would run off the edge of the card. We used a shape to create a swoop for the “e” so that it runs off of the right edge of the card. For tips on using this technique, see this month’s Extreme Tip. We added the signature using the Georgia font that is included with Windows and then used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print the card. We used a corner punch to round the corners of the card and tucked it into a Blush envelope from our Overstock Stationery Sale lined in Pewter.

 

 

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Is your family about to get a little bit bigger? Maybe seven pounds or so bigger? We have gorgeous new birth announcement designs to help you let the world know your joyous news. You can even print the envelopes in advance so that you have less work to do once the baby arrives.

 

Birth Announcements (PrintingPress)

Not loving the traditional pastel pink or blue baby themes? Our layered PrintingPress 6.0 design features a modern color palette of gray and yellow. First, we added a striped image to a White A7 backing card. The image includes the word “baby” written in white in the top left corner of the image. The bottom of the “y” falls off of the yellow stripe and turns yellow so it is visible on the white stripe. We used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print the backing card. We added the baby’s name in yellow using the Palatino Linotype font in all lowercase letters. We added a tiny gray heart above the baby’s name and then added the baby’s info in gray using all uppercase letters. We used the 4-up feature to print four 2.75 x 4.75 inch announcements onto a White 5.5 x 9.5 inch custom cut card and then separated them using a rotary cutter. We used a double-stick tape gun to adhere the announcement to a Pewter 3 x 5 inch custom cut card and then mounted the set onto the backing card. We added a gray heart and the return address in yellow along the left side of the front of the White envelope and lined it in Pewter.

 

Birth Announcements (Platinum)

Our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design features a modern interpretation of old fashioned subway art on our elegant Natural Cotton stock. We used pink and gray, but you can substitute any color for the pink. We typed much of the text into the main text area of the card using the Palatino Linotype font and the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2. We used the bullet character “·” to create dotted lines throughout the birth announcement. We used floating text boxes to add some of the text elements such as the “24” in the birth date. We placed the baby’s height and weight in the center of the announcement and used the bullet “dotted lines” above and below the stats. We used floating text boxes rotated 90 degrees to the left to add the words “pounds,” “ounces,” and “inches”  as well as the bullet “dotted line” to separate the stats. We floated a gray heart image behind the main text area of the card and then used a floating text box with the text color set to white to block out the words “baby girl” on the heart. We used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print the announcement and paired it with Blush envelopes from our Overstock Stationery Sale lined in Pewter.

 

Birth Announcements ()

Have an adorable photo of your newborn? Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design, featuring an Avocado A8 Portrait Pocket Folder (no flap) from our Overstock Stationery Sale, is just right for you. We turned the Pocket Folder on its side and snuck the photo into the pocket for safekeeping. We filled the background of the White A7 announcement card in a new diamond dots (black) pattern and used the Colorize feature to make it avocado green. Next, we added a floating text box with a custom border and turned off the Make White Background Transparent setting so that the white background remains opaque. We used a combination of the Palatino Linotype font and the Alyssa Black Tie font from Fonts & Graphics for Weddings to add the text to the announcement. We added a banner (black) image and used the Colorize feature to make it avocado green and then used another floating text box to add the baby’s name floating atop the banner. We set the text box’s Text Shape to Bend Up with the Curve Height set to 0.45 for a gentle curve. We added one more text box with a custom border to the bottom of the announcement to elegantly frame the baby’s stats. We used our printer’s borderless feature to print the card and then used a double-stick tape gun to place the announcement on the inside of the Pocket Folder. We used the Label stationery type to print eight 2.25 x 3 inch seals onto a single sheet of White card stock and then separated them using a rotary trimmer. Next, we used a double-stick tape gun to adhere each seal to a Pewter 2.5 x 3.25 inch custom cut card and then to the outside of the Pocket Folder. We lined the Avocado envelopes in Pewter to complete the look.

 

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

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Sometimes a design is sooooooooo close, but not quite what you want. This month we used the Shape tool in PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 to give the Extreme Valentine design the extra touch that it needed. When we started, the swoop of the “b” in “be” flowed perfectly off of the left edge of the card, but the “e” in “mine” simply refused to swoop gracefully off of the opposite edge.

 

original text

 

No problem! We created a false swoop using the Shape tool. First, we added a shape object and set its Border Shape to Line (Bottom). We set the Outline Thickness to 3 and used the Sample Color tool to set the Outline Color to the same gray as the text.

 

Border Palette

 

Next, we moved the shape over by the “e” to start positioning it as our swoop. As you can see, it’s not very swoopy yet.

 

added shape object

 

Next, we clicked in the Rotate By Degree field in the Size palette in the Design palette group and used our mouse wheel to slowly rotate the shape until the line looked parallel with the ending line of the “e.”

 

rotated shape

 

Now that the outline of the shape lines up with the “e,” we’re almost there. We dragged the shape so that the bottom edge of the “swoop” lines up with the bottom edge of the “e.” As you can see in the magnified screen shot below, the line thickness does not exactly match the thickness of the “e.”

 

magnified zoom

 

To fix this issue, we clicked in the Fill Width field in the Border palette and used our mouse wheel to slowly increased the value until the thicknesses matched. Then we set the Fill Color to the same gray and we’re done!

 

added border fill

 

Below you can see the end results.

 

end results

 

 

--------------------  Professionals only  --------------------

PrintingPress Pro Extreme 7.0 includes full support for OpenType Pro fonts, many of which include special versions of characters with swoops for placing them at the end of a word like the ‘e’ in our example.  You can learn more about PrintingPress Pro Extreme 7.0 on our website, and you can learn more about OpenType Pro fonts by following our OpenType Fonts board on Pinterest.

 

Check out tips on downloading projects, borderless printing and more in our Newsletter Notes section.


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