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Falling in Love & Baby Steps
JULY/AUGUST 2014

 

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Somehow the long summer days always seem to just fly by, and now fall is just around the corner. If you’re getting hitched this fall, we’ve created some fabulous new invitation designs to help you stick to your budget in style. Each design is bursting with personality and a modern touch.

 

Sweet Timeline Wedding Invitations
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Our PrintingPress 7.0 design features an adorable timeline of the couple’s romance on our luxurious Natural Cotton stock. We used dotted line images to map out the timeline, and then added tiny icons for each milestone using a coffee and rose color scheme on the A7 invitation. We typed the invitation text in lowercase letters using the Courier New font that is included with Windows and the Noodles font from Fonts & Graphics 3. We created a coordinating layout on the 4-Bar response card and used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards after printing. We printed in dark coffee on the Cinnamon envelopes, which we lined in Deep Pink.

 

Banner Stripes Wedding Invitations
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Looking for something bolder? Try our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 design featuring our Natural Cotton stock. We started by adding a faded stripes background (grey) background image to the A7 invitation. Next, we added a coral and grey banner image as a floating image. We typed the invitation text into the main text area of the card in dark grey and white using the Alyssa Afternoon font from Fonts & Graphics for Weddings and the Georgia font that is included with Windows. We positioned the text so that it runs along the bands of the banner. We used floating text boxes to add the bride and groom’s names on top of the widest band of the banner and rotated the names 10 degrees to the left. We added a smaller faded stripes background image to the 4-Bar response card and then added a smaller coral & grey banner to the top of the card. Since the grey stripes run to the edge of the cards, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print both cards and then rounded the corners with a corner punch. Additional banners spruce up the White envelopes, which we lined in Pewter.

 

Modern Elegance Wedding Invitations
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Our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 design oozes modern elegance. We started by creating a “logo” made with the bride and groom’s names in saffron and black using the Trebuchet font, the Courier New font and the Georgia font (all of which are included with Windows) and the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2. We used a variety of different text styles (outline, shadow) to create a striking look and unified the logo by placing a saffron line at the top and a black line at the bottom. We used the Label stationery type to print four of the 4.25 x 4.25 inch invitation cards onto a single 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of White card stock. We used a rotary trimmer to separate the invitations and then used a double-stick tape gun to combine the invitation, Black 4.5 x 4.5 inch custom cut card stock and Metallic Saffron Square card for a glamorous layered look. We repeated the type styling on the White 4-bar response card and lined the Metallic Saffron envelopes in Black.

 

 

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If you’re currently involved in a totally different kind of planning (ordering diapers instead of wedding cake), then you’ll appreciate our adorable new birth announcement designs. While you can’t print them before your special delivery arrives, you can select a design and have everything ready to print once your little one makes his or her debut!

 

Tiny Kicks Birth Announcements
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Looking for something cuter than cute? Check out our PrintingPress 7.0 design featuring our gorgeous Natural Cotton stock. We started by adding an image with a tiny pair of pink high top sneakers in a grey heart to the top of a 4-Bar Natural cotton card. We added the baby’s name in pink using the Noodles font from Fonts & Graphics 3 and typed the rest of the text in grey using the Georgia font. We added bars of diagonal pink stripes to the top and bottom of the card as floating images. Since the stripes go all the way to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature and then used a corner punch to round the corners. We added a tiny heart above the return address on the back of the Pewter envelopes and lined them in Blush.

 

Modern Photo Birth Announcements
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Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 design featuring our lush Natural Cotton stock is perfect for showcasing an adorable photo of your little one. We used the Trebuchet and Courier New fonts to add the text in grey and blue and highlighted the baby’s middle name using a grey banner placed behind the main text area of the A7 card. We added the baby’s photo as a floating image, converted it to grayscale, and placed it in the center of the card. Next, we used a floating text box to add white text in the bottom left corner of the card. We set the background color of the text box to blue so that the white text really pops. We used punctuation to create arrows around the words “proud parents” and wrote the parents’ names below a little blue heart. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards and paired them with White envelopes lined in Pewter.

 

Cute as a Button Birth Announcements
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Our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 design featuring Natural Cotton stock is cute as a button. We started by adding the baby’s photo as a background image on the A7 card and converted the photo to grayscale. Next, we added a custom border to the card and set the border’s Shape to Line (Bottom). We set the border’s Width to 1.125 inches and filled it in White. We added a 6 point inner pen in pink to complete the custom border. We typed the baby’s name in violet using the Georgia font with a combination of uppercase, lowercase and italic letters. We used a floating text box to add the baby’s stats and parents’ info to the right of the name and scattered a few colorful buttons as floating images. We filled the entire background of the back of the card with our new buttons (multi) pattern and used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print each side of the two-sided cards. We rounded the corners using a corner punch and then lined the White envelopes with coordinating Custom Envelope Liners.

 

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

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PrintingPress Extreme 7.0's alternate font feature lets you use a second font for part of an address such as the label name. Sometimes it can seem difficult to combine two fonts if they have greatly different line spacing. This issue can be especially problematic when the Mailing List includes contacts with multiple lines of text in the label name. For example, below we’ve set the alternate font for the label name to use the Bickham Script Pro font. You can see that the line spacing for the Bickham Script Pro font is very large, and the main text has been pushed too far down..

 

Large Line Spacing

 

Don’t worry; it’s easy to fix this issue using the Line Spacing and Baseline Shift controls in the Character palette.

 

Character Palette

 

First, you’ll want to adjust the line spacing for the alternate font to bring the two lines in the label name closer together. In our example, we changed the Line Spacing to -260. However, although the two lines of the label name are now the appropriate distance apart from each other, you may notice a slight problem where it overlaps the rest of the address…

 

Adjusted Line Spacing

 

The -260 line spacing on the second line of the label name pulls the first line of the rest of the address up so far that it overlaps the label name. This is easy to fix. Just shift the baseline of the label name up to separate it from the rest of the address. We set the Baseline Shift to 40.

 

Adjusted Baseline Shift

 

Perfect!

 

 

 

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