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Sweet Valentine & On Your Mark
January/February 2016

 

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

We enjoyed an unseasonably warm holiday season, and now the New Year has reminded us how cold winter here in New England can be! We’ve warmed our hearts by creating fabulous new Valentine’s Day card designs to help you release your inner Cupid. If you love puns as much as we do, you’ll have a hard time choosing just one of our designs! We’ve included two envelopes for each design; one for hand delivery and one to be sent in the mail. That way, your kids can hand one to each of their classmates or teachers, and mail one to Grandma and Grandpa.

 

Love You a Latte Valentines
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Our PrintingPress 7.0 Love You a Latte Valentines are the picture of Valentine’s sweetness. We added an image of an adorable pair of coffee mugs hugging to the top of a Natural Cotton 4-Bar card. Below the loving couple, we wrote the message, “i love you a latte” using the Courier New font that is included with Windows. After printing, we rounded the corners of the cards using a corner punch. We added a few hearts above the name on the Deep Red hand delivery envelope and printed the design in white using the amazing OKI C711WT digital color printer with white toner. If you’d like to find a professional in your area who can print in white for you, let us know. If not, print it in black on an inkjet or laser printer. We lined the Deep Red envelopes in Blush to complete the look.

 

You’ve Got The Write Stuff Valentines
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Want more pink? Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 You’ve Got the Write Stuff Valentines are just right for you. We started by writing “valentine… you’ve got the write stuff” in pink and gray using the Georgia font that is included with Windows on a Natural Cotton 4-Bar card. We added an image of a pink and red striped pencil at the bottom of the card and used a floating text box to add the signature “xoxo alicia” across the pencil. We used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards and lined the Blush envelopes in Deep Red.

 

Xmas Tree Silhouette Holiday Party
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Our PrintingPress Extreme 8.0 You're Spec-tacular Valentines are completely confident in their cuteness. We started by adding an image of a kraft heart at the top of a Natural Cotton 4-Bar card. To give the heart its personality, we added a pair of glasses. We used a floating text box to add the word “valentine” using the Courier New font and bend it into a curve above the bespectacled heart. We wrote the rest of the text in the main text area of the card and then used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards after printing. We lined the Cinnamon envelopes in Deep Red for a splash of color.

 

 

--------------------  On Your Mark   --------------------

The New Year brings new beginnings, and what’s a bigger new beginning than getting married? There are many steps to planning a wedding, and save the date cards are a great start. Typically sent six months in advance (or 9 months for destination weddings), they are a way to ensure that everyone you want at the wedding can make plans to be there. You may not know yet whether your wedding will be a formal affair or a more casual gathering, but don’t worry! Save the date cards are typically informal and often fun. We’ve created whimsical new designs to make sure your guests mark their calendars.

 

 

Just Got Real Save the Dates
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Want something simple but with a sense of humor? Try our PrintingPress 7.0 Just Got Real Save the Dates. We wrote the words “it just got real” in robin’s egg blue at the top of a Natural Cotton A7 card using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows. We replaced the “o” in the word “got” with an image of an engagement ring. We wrote the rest of the text in robin’s egg blue and gold and rounded the corners of the card with a corner punch after printing. We lined the White envelopes in Metallic Brass for a touch of elegance.

 

 

Happy Hipster Save the Dates
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Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 Happy Hipster Save the Dates are so cute it hurts and can easily be customized for any couple. We started by creating the happy hipster couple using “parts” and used the Colorize tool to set the color for each component. We used a separate piece for the face, hair, eyes, mouth and glasses (which you can easily remove). You will need to use the Move to Back button in the Align palette in order to select the woman’s face (since her hair completely covers the face). First, move the hair to the back. Then click on the face to select it and change the color. Then move the face to the back and you’re done. We added the text in coral and gray using the Jackson Sans font that is included with PrintingPress. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards and paired them with White envelopes lined in Coral.

 

Heart Calendar Save the Dates
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Want to really make sure they know the date? Our PrintingPress Extreme 8.0 Heart Calendar Save the Dates are perfect for you – we added a calendar of the wedding month to the card! We started by adding a heart image to the top of a Cinnamon A7 card. Next, we colorized the heart to red and then added a banner image at the bottom of the heart. We used floating text boxes to add the words “SAVE –the– DATE” over the heart using the Courier New font. We bent the SAVE and DATE text boxes on curves and left “–the–” in a straight line. We used another floating text box to add the words “for the wedding of” on a curve above the banner using the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2. We wrote the bride and groom’s names in the main text area of the card as well as the wedding date. Next, we used a floating text box to create a calendar of the wedding month, using the Columns feature to perfectly space out the numbers and make it easy to change for your own wedding month. For tips on creating columns, see this month’s Extreme Tip. To highlight the wedding date, we wrote the number in white and placed a tiny heart behind it. We rounded the corners of the card with a corner punch after printing for a modern look. We used the supercharged addressing features to create gorgeous, unique Cinnamon addressed envelopes and lined them in Deep Red.

 

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

--------------------  Creating Columns  --------------------

PrintingPress Extreme 8.0’s column feature makes it really easy to create neat columns of text for wedding programs, hotel info cards, and even calendars! For this month’s Heart Calendar Save the Dates, we used a floating text box to add the calendar. First, we added a floating text box and typed in the days of the week, separating each day with a tab character.

 

add floating text box

 

Next, we disabled the Resize Text Box to Fit Text setting to keep the width of the text box constant. Then we used the Columns field in the Paragraph palette in the Text palette group to add seven columns to the text box.

 

Added 7 columns and disabled Resize Text Box to Fit Text

 

Next we needed to type in the dates for the calendar. Since we’d just told the text box not to automatically resize as we add text, we dragged the bottom of the text box to make room for all of the numbers.

 

dragged text box to make it taller

 

Next, we double-clicked on the text box to edit it in place. We placed the cursor after the last “S” in the text box and hit the Return key on our keyboard to start a new line. Since the month of June in the year 2017 starts on a Thursday, we repeatedly hit the tab key to move the cursor from column to column until it was below the “Th” for Thursday and typed a “1”.

 

started typing dates
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We kept typing the rest of the numbers for the month, hitting the Return key at the end of each line and the Tab key between each column.

 

typed all dates in month

 

Next, we set the text box’s Vertical Alignment to Vertically Justify Text to evenly space the numbers vertically.

 

vertically justify text

 

To complete the calendar, we set the text and outline color for the wedding date to White and placed a tiny heart behind the number.

 

Finished!

 

 

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