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Summer showers & Beach babies
June 2012

 

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Summer wedding season has begun, and hopefully that means gorgeous blue skies for all you brides and grooms out there. If a couple is planning a destination wedding, a wedding shower is a great way to have a party to celebrate the couple and let family and friends who won’t be making the trek to the wedding ceremony shower the couple with gifts. We’ve created fabulous wedding shower invitations that can easily be adapted to a bridal shower or save the date as well.

 

Wedding Shower (PrintingPress)

Our PrintingPress 6.0 design offers a fun twist on the traditional concept of HIS & HERS. We started by adding shoe prints for men’s and women’s shoes in sky blue to a Natural Cotton card. We embedded the images directly into the main text area of the card and then added the words “HIS” and “HERS” in grey beneath the images using the Palatino Linotype font that is included with Windows. We wrote the invitation text in grey using all lowercase letters and wrote the bride & groom’s names in sky at a larger point size. We lined the Pewter envelopes in Sky for a splash of color.

 

Wedding Shower (Platinum)

Are you loving the recent bright color trend? Then check out our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design featuring a bold color scheme of magenta, black & white. We started by adding a bold black & white striped umbrella as a floating image to a White A7 card. We placed the umbrella in the upper right corner of the card and added the invitation text with the Vertical Alignment set to Align Bottom. We added the text in black using the Palatino Linotype font in all uppercase letters. We added the bride & groom’s names in magenta using all lowercase letters. We added the last line in white and placed a magenta rectangle as a floating image and set it to float behind the main text area just behind the white text. Since the magenta stripe runs all the way to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. We added a closed version of the umbrella beside the return address on the back of the Magenta envelopes, which we lined in Black.

 

Wedding Shower (Extreme)

Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design is modern and fun and can be easily customized to suit any color scheme. We started by filling the background of a White A7 card in an aqua & white custom pattern. Next, we added a white Shape object with a grey border to block out some of the pattern and make room for the invitation text. We floated the shape behind the main text area and dragged the shape so that it runs off of the right edge of the card. We typed the invitation text into the main text area using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows. We wrote the text using all lowercase letters in a combination of grey & aqua. We added the RSVP info in a floating text box and rotated it to run up the right edge of the card. We made the invitation two-sided and filled the background of the back side of the card in aqua. We copied the floating shape object from the front of the card onto the back of the card and dragged it so that it runs off of the left side of the card so that it looks like the white shape wraps around the card. For tips on making sure that both shapes line up vertically, see this month’s Extreme Tip. We added a QR code graphic and the message “we hope to see you there” in the white area created by the shape. Since the design runs to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. We lined the White envelopes in Pewter to complete the look.

 

 

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If your beach gear will include a brand new diaper bag this summer, we have some adorable new birth announcement designs just for you! Two designs feature our Photo Card stock to let you share gorgeous photographs of your little one.

 

Sweet Sixteen Invitations (PrintingPress)

Looking for something classical yet adorable? Check out our PrintingPress 6.0 design.  A tiny baby elephant pulls the baby’s name across a White A2 card. We added the cinnamon colored elephant as a floating image and placed it so that it tugs on the last letter of the baby’s name, written in pink lowercase letters. We used the Palatino Linotype font for all of the text on the announcement, using cinnamon for everything but the name. After printing the card, we used a used a corner punch to round the corners of the announcement. We added a chocolate brown baby elephant on the back of the envelope alongside the return address. We lined the Cinnamon envelopes in Pink Lemonade. Hate pink? Having a boy? Change the name & liner to another color and you’re all set.

 

Sweet Sixteen Invitations (Platinum)

If you’re into the retro photograph craze that’s hot right now, then our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design might be perfect for you. We started by adding a photo of the little cutie to the top of a 4-Bar Photo Card. Next, we cropped the photo to make it square and added a border image to the photo to make it look like it was taken using an old instant camera. We added the baby’s name and stats in grey using the Courier New font that is included with Windows. Paired with an Avocado envelope lined in Pewter, it’s adorably hip.

 

Sweet Sixteen Invitations (Extreme)

Have a gorgeous photo of your newborn but looking for a more classic design? Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design is just what you need. We started by filling the background of a 4-Bar Photo Card in slate blue. Next, we added the photo and cropped it to be square. We added a 6 point white custom border to the photo to make it look like an old fashioned photo and set the border’s Inset to 6 so that the border doesn’t cover up any of the photograph. Next, we wrote the baby’s name and stats in the main text area of the card with the Palatino Linotype font in white. We added a 0.25 point white outline to the text to make it really pop against the background. We used a floating text box to add the words “SPECIAL DELIVERY” in grey using the Courier New font. We rotated the text box so that it looks as though the words were stamped onto the card at the post office. To complete the postal theme, we added a faux postmark so that it appears to have been stamped onto the card slightly overlapping the photograph. We used floating text boxes to add the baby’s stats within the postmark, bending the birth date into a circle within the postmark. We lined the White envelopes in Pewter and added a slate blue background to the return address for a punch of color.

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

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PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 lets you drag floating objects anywhere that you like. But did you know that when you copy a floating object, it will paste it in the exact same location? So if you want to line up objects on different cards or on different sides of the same card, PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 makes it really easy to get started. In the example below, you see the white shape on the front of this month’s Extreme Wedding Shower invitation.

 

Original Shape Object
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If you click on the shape, choose Copy in the Edit menu, then click on the back side of the card and choose Paste in the Edit menu, the shape will be added in the exact same position that it was in on the front of the card.

 

Pasted Shape Object
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Since we want it to look as if the shape is wrapped around the edge of the card, it needs to run off of the left edge of the card. The key is to press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard while dragging the shape object across the card. This will constrain the shape to move in only one direction relative to the original position:  horizontally or vertically. Drag the shape over to the left and let go when you like the new position.

 

Shift Drag Shape Object
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