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Sweet Valentine & Wedding Colors
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014

 

--------------------  Sweet Valentine  --------------------

It seems that 2014 has only just begun, yet it is already time for Cupid to dust off his bow and arrow. That means it’s time for us to create some fabulous new Valentines! Whether you want to tuck a single note into a lunchbox or briefcase this Valentine’s Day or you need to print cards for your child’s whole class, you’ll love our adorable new Valentines.

 

Nuts About You Valentines
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Our PrintingPress 7.0 design is a safe way to send nuts to school ;) We started by adding an image of a little peanut to a Natural Cotton 4-Bar card. We added a heart above the peanut and typed the words “I’m nuts about you” in brown and pink using the Georgia font that is included with Windows. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards. We lined the Blush envelopes in Magenta for a punch of color.

 

Just My Type Valentines
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Want something with a retro feel?  Try our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 design. We started by adding an image of an antique typewriter behind the main text area of the card. Next, we typed a heart using the Monotype Sorts font that is included with Windows. Then we typed the words “you’re just my type” in red using the Courier New font that is included with Windows. We used a corner punch to round the corners of the Natural Cotton 4-Bar cards and lined the Deep Red envelopes in Blush.

 

Light Bulb Valentines
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Our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 design features a little light bulb that is just filled with love. We typed the words “guess watt?” at the top of the Natural Cotton 4-Bar card in magenta using the Courier New font. We used a floating text box to type a magenta heart using the Monotype Sorts font and place it so that it is floating in the middle of the light bulb. Next, we used another floating text box to bend the words “you brighten my day” into a semicircle and placed it so that the text curves over the top of the light bulb. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corner of the card and paired them with Magenta envelopes lined in Blush.

 

 

--------------------  Wedding Colors  --------------------

There are so many options available these days for wedding invitations yet it can still be a challenge to find one that suits your style without breaking your budget. This month we’ve created vibrant new styles that can easily be modified to suit any wedding color scheme.  All of our designs feature our luxurious Natural Cotton stock for an elegant look and feel. The colors also print more vividly on the Natural Cotton stock than on standard card stock.

 

Love Birds Wedding Invitations
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Looking for something bold with a touch of whimsy? Check out our PrintingPress 7.0 design. We started by typing the bride and groom’s names in yellow and orange using the Georgia font that is included with Windows in all capital letters to the top of a Natural Cotton Square card. We added the rest of the invitation details in yellow, orange and grey using combinations of all uppercase and all lowercase letters. We used periods “.” to create decorative lines to divide the invitation text into sections. We added a loving duo of grey finches and an orange heart as floating images near the bottom left corner of the invitation. We repeated the same style for the Natural Cotton 4-Bar response card and for the return address on the back of the White envelopes, which we lined in Mandarin Orange. We used a corner punch to round the corners of the invitation and response card.

 

Script Names with Tiny Heart Wedding Invitations
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Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 design has clean, modern lines with a touch of pizzazz. First, we used floating text boxes to add the bride and groom’s names using the Alyssa Black Tie from Fonts & Graphics for Weddings near the top of the Natural Cotton A7 invitation. We wrote the names in fuchsia as a nod to Pantone’s 2104 color of the year, Radiant Orchid. The rest of the invitation text is written in grey using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows. We used text boxes to add columns of text near the bottom of the invitation and topped the columns with an adorable tiny striped heart image. We repeated the same design for the Natural Cotton 4-Bar response card and for the return address on the back of the White envelopes. We rounded the corners of the cards using a corner punch and lined the envelopes in Fuchsia for a powerful splash of color.

 

Modern Subway Art Wedding Invitations
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Love subway art designs? Our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 design is perfect for you. We created a dynamic layout using the Alyssa Black Tie font from Fonts & Graphics for Weddings and the Georgia and Courier New fonts in a combination of magenta, grey and white on a Natural Cotton A7 card. We added some of the text using floating text boxes, but the majority of the text was typed directly into the main text area of the card. The invitation features a custom border as well as several banner images. We created a “stitched” banner with a striped shadow for one of the banners. See this month’s Extreme Tip to learn how we did it. We continued the subway theme on the Natural Cotton 4-Bar response card. The Magenta envelopes feature the same playful design and are lined in Pewter for a classic touch.

 

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We offer instructions for creating complex subway art type layouts in our Mountaincow University online training course.

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

--------------------  Faux Stitching & Striped Shadow  --------------------

The advanced design features of PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 make it easy to create custom design elements. This month, we created a “stitched” banner with a striped shadow. First, we added the banner image to the card and colorized it to grey.

 

Colorized Banner

 

Next, we used a floating text box to add the words “TO THE WEDDING OF” in white text on top of the banner.

 

Added text box

 

We added a custom border to the text box to create the “stitching” at the top and bottom of the banner. We set the border’s Outline Thickness to 2pt, the Line Type to Squares, the Outline Spacing to 4 and set the Outline Color to White. We set the border’s Shape to Double Line (Top/Bottom).

 

Border Palette

 

Then we used the drag handles to stretch the text box so that the “stitches” run off the ends of the banner.

 

Stretched text box

 

To create the striped “shadow” behind the grey banner, we made a copy of the banner and moved it down and to the right a bit. We also moved it behind the first banner in layer order. You can see the new banner behind the grey banner in the screen shot below. The new banner has not been colorized, so it is black.

 

Added copy of banner

 

Then we selected the black banner and enabled the Selective Colorfeature. We clicked on the Choose Selective Color button and used the Custom Pattern tool to create a tiny stripes pattern.

 

Create Custom Pattern
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We clicked on the OK button to save the pattern and then clicked on the Choose Selective Color button again and selected Choose/Adjust pattern so that we could colorize the pattern to grey and rotate the stripes 45 degrees.

 

Rotate & Colorize Pattern
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Finally, we clicked on the Apply Selective Color button in the toolbar and then clicked on the black banner with the paint bucket cursor. Voilà! The entire banner is now filled with tiny grey stripes.

 

Completed

 

 

 

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