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It´s a date & So sweet
July 2012

 

--------------------  It´s a date  --------------------

Recently engaged? Time to start thinking about sending out save the date cards! A save the date card will make sure that your guests reserve the date far enough in advance to ensure they can attend. In addition, if you are planning a destination wedding, sending out a save the date card six to eight months before the big day will give your guests ample time to arrange affordable transportation and hotel reservations. Our new designs will get the job done in style.

 

Save the Date Cards (PrintingPress)

A modern hourglass filled with ocean blue sand quietly counts the time until the big event on the left side of our PrintingPress 6.0 design. We added the hourglass as a floating image and dragged it to the bottom left corner of the White A6 card. We added the words “SAVE the DATE” at the top right of the card. We added all of the text in blue and grey using the Times New Roman font that is included with Windows in a combination of all uppercase and all lowercase letters. We used the same typestyles for return address on the bottom of the back the envelope and lined the envelopes in Pewter.

 

Save the Date Cards (Platinum)

Want to make a bolder statement? Check out our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design. We started by filling the background of a White A7 card in a rich saffron yellow. Next, we added a groovy circles (buttercup) image as a floating image and floated it behind the main text area of the card. We placed the image so that the center of the circle is near the top of the card to perfectly frame the date. We wrote all of the text in grey using the Palatino Linotype font that is included with Windows in a combination of all uppercase and all lowercase letters. Since the design runs to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. We added a saffron version of the groovy circles to the outside of the envelope so that it prints from the front to the back of the envelope across the flap. We rotated the return address to the left and tucked it under the groovy circles for a modern look and lined the White envelopes in Pewter.

 

Save the Date Cards (Extreme)

Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design is fun and unique and can easily be customized to suit any color scheme. We started by filling the background of a Vellum A7 card in a new texture (black) pattern and colorized it to a light blue. We used floating text boxes to add the month, date and year using the Impact font that is included with Windows. We filled the text in each text box with a new texture (black & white) pattern and colorized each text box in blues and greens. We made the text boxes semi-transparent and overlapped them so that the colors would combine where the numbers touch. For tips on using this technique see this month’s Extreme Tip. We added the rest of the text in the main text area of the card and filled it with the texture (black & white) pattern and colorized it to a dark teal. We created another floating text box to hold the ampersand joining the bride and groom’s names, filled it in a new texture (white) pattern and floated it behind the main text area of the card. Since the design runs to the edge of the Vellum card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. We lined the White envelopes in Powder Blue to complete the look.

 

 

--------------------  So sweet  --------------------

A girl’s sixteenth birthday is a big milestone in her life and is often celebrated with a party. Whether your daughter is planning a big bash in the backyard or a more formal affair in a rented venue, our new invitation designs are the perfect combination of whimsy and elegance for your newly-minted young woman.

 

Sweet Sixteen Invitations (PrintingPress)

Does your daughter love bold colors and simple, elegant design? Check out our PrintingPress 6.0 design.  We started by adding a new dotty 16 (black & aqua) image as a floating image to the top left of a White A7 card.  We wrote the guest of honor’s name in black and aqua using the Palatino Linotype font in lowercase letters. We added the rest of the invitation text in black using the Palatino Linotype font in all lowercase letters. We repeated the multicolor name on the return address at the bottom of the back of the White envelope, which we lined in Black for a striking look.

 

Sweet Sixteen Invitations (Platinum)

Our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design is bright and colorful, featuring a bright green and magenta chevron border. We added the border image to a White A7 card and then used a floating text box to add “16” in magenta using the Palatino Linotype font. We placed the text box so that the “16” rests on the magenta line in the border image. Next, we used another floating text box to add the word “sweet” rotated and tucked inside the numeral “1” in “16.” We adjusted the card’s margins so that the main text area doesn’t overlap the border image, and then added the invitation text in grey using the Palatino Linotype font. We lined the White envelopes in Magenta for a splash of color.

 

Sweet Sixteen Invitations (Extreme)

Is your daughter all about peace, love and rainbows?  Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design might be just what she wants. We started by adding a new peace sign (rainbow) image as a floating image at the bottom right corner of a White 4.5 x 6.5 inch custom cut card. Next, we used a floating text box to add the birthday girl’s name and invitation text on an angle. We wrote the birthday girl’s name using the Impact font, filled it in the texture (black & white) pattern from the Extreme Save the Date project and colorized it to bright green.  We added the rest of the text in purple using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows in all uppercase letters. We used a double-stick tape gun to mount the invitation to a Purple A7 card. We lined the Magenta envelopes in Green for a fabulous burst of color.

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

--------------------  I see right through you  --------------------

PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 lets you add text to any stationery using floating text boxes. Text boxes let you adjust their opacity, so you can create projects where you can see other design elements through the text. In this month’s Extreme Save the Date project, we used overlapping semi-transparent text boxes to meld the numbers in the date together. When we first added the text boxes, the Transparency was set to 100 by default so that the “22” text box placed on top of the “06” text box blocks out the “06” wherever the numerals overlap.

 

Overlapping Text Boxes
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First, we double-clicked on each text box, selected all of the text in the text box, and clicked on the Pattern Make White Transparent button in the Adjust palette.

 

Transparency

 

Now you can see the background and other design elements through the white areas of the pattern.

 

Pattern Make White Transparent
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Next, we selected the three text boxes and set the Transparency to 75. Now you can see the overlapped numbers through the semi-transparent numbers.

 

Text Box Transparency
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