-------------------- Just Our Type --------------------
Here at Mountaincow, we love fonts almost as much as chocolate! In this issue, we’re featuring one of our favorite sources of free downloadable fonts, fontsquirrel.com. They offer a wide variety of styles, handy search tools, and almost all of the fonts that they offer are free! And for our friends who are invitation professionals, most fonts are also free for commercial use. Pros, please make sure to read each font license carefully before use. Note that the fonts in the downloaded projects will not work properly until you download and install them. We’ve included links to each of the fonts that we used in this issue’s designs, so happy downloading!
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Another thing we love at Mountaincow? Weddings! We love weddings so much that we are heading to Las Vegas October 3-5 to exhibit at the WeddingMBA trade show! We will have software and white printing demos in our booth, and we are teaching a seminar about printers and software. We’re super excited to have an opportunity to chat with our West Coast customers, so please register today and come see us in Vegas! In the meantime, check out these fabulous new wedding invitation designs in a variety of styles from modern whimsy to classically elegant. All of the designs feature our Natural Cotton stock for a touch of luxury.
Watercolor invitations are all the rage right now and our PrintingPress 7.0 Watercolor Garland Wedding design exudes modern elegance. We started by writing the bride and groom’s names at the top of a Natural Cotton A7 card in mustard gold using the Windsong font. We used all lowercase letters for a touch of whimsy and added a watercolor laurel garland as a floating image below the names. We added the rest of the invitation text in gray using the Nadia Serif font in all uppercase letters. We rounded the corners of the card with a corner punch after printing for a modern look. We used the same fonts on the Natural Cotton 4-Bar response card and lined the White envelopes in Metallic Brass.
Want something playful? Check out our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 Balloon Wedding design. We started by adding a balloon as a floating image along the side of a Natural Cotton A7 card. We used the Colorize feature to make the balloon robin’s egg blue. We used floating text boxes to add the bride and groom’s first names in white on the balloon using the Great Vibes font. We rotated the text boxes and placed them so that part of each name runs off the edge of the balloon. We wrote the rest of the invitation text in robin’s egg blue using the Abril Fatface font, writing the bride and groom’s full names in gold. We used the same fonts and colors on the Natural Cotton 4-Bar response card and used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards after printing. We created Custom Envelope Liners with robin’s egg blue stripes for both of the White envelopes to complete the look.
If you love bold colors, then our PrintingPress Extreme 8.0 Watercolor Poppies design is just right for you. First, we added a pair of watercolor red poppies as floating images in two corners of a Natural Cotton A7 card. Next, we used floating text boxes to add the bride and groom’s first names to the upper left corner of the card using the Alex Brush font in green and brown. We wrote the rest of the invitation text in gray using the incredibly popular Josefin Slab font. We used another floating text box to add the words “dinner & merriment to follow” in the bottom right corner of the card. We used the same fonts on the Natural Cotton 4-Bar response card and rounded the corners of all the cards with a corner punch after printing. For an elegant detail, we lined the White envelopes in Metallic Vintage.
We’ve created gorgeous coordinating personalized gifts for our PrintingPress Pro Extreme 9.0 customers. Some can be used as wedding favors that would become treasured keepsakes and others are perfect as a gift for the bride and groom. We’ve designed mugs, trays, flat foil guest books, water bottles and whiteboards for you, and you can add any other gift items you’d like. Then you can order the items and upload the artwork from directly within PrintingPress Pro Extreme 9.0. Not an invitation professional but want some of these fabulous keepsakes? Let us know and we’ll connect you with a PrintingPress Pro Extreme 9.0 invitation professional. Don’t have the latest upgrade yet? Upgrade now. Have the upgrade and want to be connected with consumers? Let us know.
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If you’re recently engaged, don’t forget to send out save the date cards to ensure that your guests can attend your wedding! Whether your guests are local or will need to arrange travel and hotels, it’s important to let them know when and where the wedding will be.
Love classic elegance? Our PrintingPress 7.0 Elegant Save the Dates are just what you need. We started by adding a motif with banner as a floating image to the top of a Natural Cotton A7 card. Next, we write the bride and groom’s first names in gray using the Porcelain font. We added the rest of text in gray using the Cinzel font, a really great all caps serif font. After printing the cards, we used a corner punch to round the corners. We added a pink motif as a floating image to the front of the White envelope above the address and added Pink Lemonade liners.
Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 Photo Save the Dates are perfect if you have a gorgeous engagement photo that you’re dying to share with the world. First, we added a photo of the happy couple behind the main text area on a Natural Cotton A7 card. We used floating text boxes to add the words “SAVE our DATE” in white and gray in the top right corner of the card. We used the Nexa Rust font in white and the Nexa Rust Script* font in gray. We used the same fonts in gray to add the bride and groom’s names and the wedding date and location at the bottom of the card. After printing using our printer’s borderless printing feature, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the card. We used the same fonts on the envelope, writing the bride and groom’s names in blue on the back of the White envelopes, which we lined in Pewter.
Feeling nauti? Our PrintingPress Extreme 8.0 Nautical Save the Dates are fun, beachy, and can be easily customized to any color scheme. We started by adding a striped light blue and white custom pattern to the background of a Natural Cotton A7 card. Next, we added a rope heart as a floating image and used the Colorize feature to make it dark gray. We used floating text boxes to add the bride and groom’s first names inside the heart in gray using the Nexa Rust Script* font. We wrote the rest of the text on the card using the Nexa Rust Script* font and the Josefin Slab font, using a floating text box to bend the text above the heart into a graceful curve. We used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print the stripes all the way to the edge of the card and then rounded the corners of the card using a corner punch. We created stylish addressed envelopes using the supercharged addressing features and worked around some spacing issues in the font using the kerning features in PrintingPress Extreme 8.0. For tips on using kerning on address text boxes, see this month’s Extreme Tip. The final touch? We lined the White envelopes in Pewter.
Don’t want a traditional save the date card? We’ve created fun alternative options for you! Rather than sending a flat card, why not send a puzzle or mug? We’ve created coordinating keepsakes for all of this issue’s save the date designs. Available exclusively for PrintingPress Pro Extreme 9.0 customers, they’re easy to personalize and order from within the software. If you haven’t upgraded yet, go ahead and upgrade now. If you’re interested in finding an invitation professional who can order these for you, please let us know.
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Sometimes fonts have issues with kerning (spacing between letter pairs), and these issues are easy to fix using the Character Spacing field in any version of PrintingPress. But when you need to resolve spacing issues on addressed envelopes, PrintingPress Extreme 8.0’s kerning feature lets you customize how specific letter pairings are spaced. Spacing issues can be more obvious in script fonts, such as the Nexa Rust Script* font used in the PrintingPress Extreme 8.0 Nautical Save the Dates. Below you can see the placeholder city and state shown on the envelope without any modifications. In “Sampletown,” the “m” is too far from the “p” and the “o” is too close to the “w.” In “New York,” the “Y” is too far from the “o” and the “o” is too close to the “r.”
To adjust kerning for an address, double-click on the address text box and click on the Kerning tab. Then click on the Add Kerning Pair button as shown below.
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The Edit Kerning Pair window will appear. Now you can enter kerning pairs and adjust the spacing. Enter the first letter in the pair in the First letter field, and enter the second letter in the Second letter field. Choose Tighten to bring the characters closer together, or Loosen to add more space between the characters. Adjust the number in the points field to adjust the spacing. Specify which font the kerning pair should apply to with the Apply kerning pair to combo box. You can use one of the Use any letter checkboxes if the font you are using always needs to bring letters closer to it. For example, if the font’s letter “F” leaves too much space before all subsequent characters, then you could just check the use any letter checkbox in the Second letter section. Below, we have created a kerning pair to bring the letter pair “mp” 2 points closer together.
We added a collection of kerning pairs in order to fix the issues with the Nexa Rust Script* font.
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Below you can see the updated placeholder city and state shown on the envelope now that the kerning pairs have been added.
* For the Nexa Rust Script font, click on the DOWNLOAD NEXA RUST FROM FONTSPRING link and you will see the script font as well.
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