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OK, so it’s no secret that this has been a long, cold, SNOWY winter here in New England! We are all beyond done with the snow and ice, and we’re dreaming of escaping to the tropics. If (like us) you can’t hop a flight to the Caribbean any time soon, why not throw a cocktail party to celebrate the (almost… hopefully…) end of winter? Kicking back with friends, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres is sure to douse those winter blues!
Our PrintingPress 7.0 design instantly brings a warm summer breeze with an adorable pair of mason jar cocktails-in-love sitting at the top of a Natural Cotton A7 card. A tiny fuchsia heart joins the happy cocktail couple and sets up the invitation line, “who doesn’t love a good cocktail?” written in fuchsia using the Courier New font that is included with windows. We added the rest of the invitation text in grey and used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards after printing. We added the mini heart above the return address on the back of the White envelopes, which we lined in Fuchsia.
Want something with a sense of humor? Try our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 design featuring our Natural Cotton stock. At the top of the card, we wrote “WHAT’S YOUR SIZE?” in grey using the Comic Sans MS font that is included with Windows. Next, we created a cocktail size chart by adding ten different cocktails running along the card. We grouped the drinks by alcoholic strength and used the Colorize feature to make all of the drinks with the same potency the same color. We used floating text boxes to create the “sizes” lightweight, committed and getting serious. We rounded the corners of the invitation using a corner punch and lined the White envelopes in Celery.
Our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 design promises a fun evening with a HUGE jug of hard cider sitting on a Natural Cotton A7 card. We floated the image behind the main text area and then typed some of the text into the main text area and added several floating text boxes to create fun typography on the jug. We used the Georgia font that is included with Windows and the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards. For a touch of elegance, we used Metallic Saffron envelopes lined in Black.
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If you do hop that plane to the islands, make sure to take along some stationery to write gloating notes to everyone back home. Everyone will appreciate the note - with the ease of digital communication these days, receiving an actual card in the mail is like getting a tiny paper present! Don’t have any stationery? Good thing we’ve created fabulous new designs that you can download and print in a snap!
Want something with a wink to social media? Check out our PrintingPress 7.0 design featuring our gorgeous Natural Cotton stock. We added a tiny aqua snail and a tiny aqua envelope to the bottom right corner of a Natural Cotton A7 card to “spell out” snail mail. We wrote the first name in green below the images and for some extra fun we added the social media user name indicator “@” in front of the name. We used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards and lined the Cinnamon envelopes in Aqua.
Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 design featuring our lush Natural Cotton stock is simple, sweet and elegant. We started by adding a heart to the top of a Natural Cotton A7 card. We used the Colorize feature to change the heart to a soft rose color and then typed the first name in grey using the Courier New font. We added arrows on either side of the name and used the Colorize feature to change them to non-metallic gold. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards. We added a grey version of the heart behind the return address on the back of the Metallic Vintage envelopes, which we lined in Pink Lemonade.
Our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 design manages to combine vintage and modern styles with fabulous results. We used a shape and two floating text boxes to create a faux rubber stamp and added it to the top right corner of a Cinnamon A7 card. The “stamp” has a vintage, scalloped edge that we filled in our new texture (black) pattern. We wrote the name using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows and added the star using the Wingdings font that is included with Windows. To learn how we created the faux rubber stamp with the textured scalloped border, see this month’s Extreme Tip. We created a second faux rubber stamp for the return address and wrote the street address using the Georgia font. We set the Text Shape for the return address text box to Double Semicircle so that the street address curves inside the edges of the faux rubber stamp. We put the return address at the bottom of the back of the Cinnamon Envelopes and lined them in Black.
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PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 lets you create custom borders using one of 31 different line types, so you really can create a wide variety of border designs. For this month’s Vintage Rubber Stamp stationery, we created a faux rubber stamp with scalloped edges. We started by adding a shape object to the upper right corner of our stationery. We set the shape’s Border Shape to Oval and filled the background of the shape with our new texture (black) pattern.
Next, we set the shape’s Inner Pen Line Type to wave and set the pen color to White and the Border Fill color to White. We set the Inner Pen Thickness to 20 to make it easier for you to see what we’re doing.
Now you get to see why we used the inner pen instead of the outer pen. If we disable the Inner Pen Adjacent to Fill setting, all of the shape’s background color or pattern that is outside of the border disappears!
The waves aren’t quite the look we’re going for yet – the slope is too steep. The solution? Increase the Inner Pen Spacing to spread out the waves.
Remember that we made the Inner Pen Thickness larger so that you could better see what we’re doing? Now it’s time to decrease the Inner Pen Thickness and declare the first part of our faux rubber stamp completed.
Here are all of the final settings for the fabulous patterned wavy border.
To add the name to the faux rubber stamp, we added a floating text box above the shape. We disabled the text box’s Make White Transparent setting so that the white background remains opaque. We added a custom border to the text box and set the Border Shape to Oval. We set the border’s Width to 0.02 inches and filled it with the textured pattern. We added a 3 point white outline to the border and typed in the name with a few lines (created using underscores “_”) and a star and filled all of the text with the textured pattern.
To complete our faux rubber stamp, we added another floating text box above the other floating objects. We filled the background of the text box with the textured pattern and typed a star in white using the Wingdings font.
To make the star text box look like a ribbon, we placed a tiny shape object with the Border Shape set to Triangle, the color set to White, and the Make White Transparent setting disabled at the bottom of the text box. Voilá!
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