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If you’ve been experiencing the insane heat like we have here in New England, you know for sure that summer is officially here. And nothing says summer like a New England clambake! Most often it’s a clamboil - with all sorts of seafood and other ingredients going into one pot for easy preparation and more time with your guests. We don’t have any recipes to share but we do have fun new invitations featuring our sumptuous Natural Cotton stock to help get the party started.
Do your tastes run traditional with a modern twist? Check out our PrintingPress 6.0 design. We added a large sand-colored crab silhouette as a floating image at the top of a Natural Cotton A7 card. We wrote the invitation text in navy blue using the Trebuchet and Impact fonts that are included with Windows. We typed a row of bullet characters “·” to create a dotted line in the middle of the text. Since the dots run to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the card. We lined the Midnight envelopes in Cinnamon and added a coordinating line of dots in the return address.
Our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design oozes New England charm. We added a red gingham border image to a Natural Cotton A7 card. The gingham border runs across the bottom of the card and is deliciously offset by a silhouette of a lobster at the top of the card. We added the invitation text in gray using the Palatino Linotype font that is included with Windows and the Alyssa Black Tie font from Fonts & Graphics for Weddings. Since the gingham runs off the edge of the invitation, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature and then used a corner punch to round the corners of the card. We lined the White envelopes in Scarlet and added the lobster alongside the return address.
Want to go all-out New England prep? Try our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design. We filled the background of a Natural Cotton A7 card with a green and white striped custom pattern. We added a big blue lobster silhouette to the top of the card and added the invitation text in blue using the Georgia font that is included with Windows. We added a banner image behind the main text area, used the Colorize tool to make it the same blue as the lobster, and then set the text color for one line of text to white so that it really pops against the banner. We stretched the lowercase “L” in “clamBAKE” vertically to make it taller and used a floating text box to nestle the words “NEW ENGLAND.” We added a 0.25 point outline to all of the text to make it stronger against the striped background. Since the stripes bleed to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature and then rounded the corners of the card with a corner punch. We added the banner to the return address and lined the White envelopes in Midnight.
-------------------- Baby of mine --------------------
Expecting a visit from the stork this summer? We’ve created adorable new easy-to-print birth announcement designs to help you spread your good news with style.
Our PrintingPress 6.0 features a spotted white elephant sitting at the top of a Natural Cotton 4-Bar card. We added the announcement text in gray using the Georgia font, adding the baby’s first and middle names in magenta and green to coordinate with the pachyderm’s spots. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the card. We lined the White envelopes in Pink Lemonade and added a parade of colorful polka dots within the return address.
Looking for something modern, maybe with an urban edge? Check out our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design. We added the baby’s first name towards the bottom of a White A2 card using the Georgia font in all lowercase letters. We wrote the first letter in black, and then lightened each subsequent letter so that the name gently fades to light gray. We added the rest of the text in medium gray below the name, using a floating text box to put the parents’ names on the right side of the card. We used a corner punch to round the corners of the card and lined the White envelopes in Sky for a splash of color.
Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design offers a touch of whimsy, with a pink bubble wand scattering the baby’s stats across the Natural Cotton 4-Bar card in colorful bubbles. To create the bubbles with the baby’s stats, we added floating text boxes with colorful backgrounds. We used shape objects to create a few smaller bubbles without any text. For tips on creating the text “bubbles,” see this month’s Extreme Tip. We added the text to the announcement using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows and the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2 using the same bright colors used in the bubbles. Since the bubble wand runs off the edge of the card, we used our printer's borderless printing feature and then used a corner punch to round the corners of the card. We added a green bubble to the return address on the back of the White envelopes and added Pink Lemonade liners.
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PrintingPress Extreme 6.0's floating text boxes let you add text anywhere that you like on any type of stationery. In this month’s Extreme Birth Announcement design, we created “bubbles” with text floating inside. First, we added the “bubble” floating text box and typed in the number. We gave the text box a custom background and set the Background Color to green.
Next, we changed the text box’s Background Shape to Oval.
We added two more floating text boxes to add the words above and below the numbers in the green bubble.
We set the Text Shape for the top text box with the word “JUNE” in it to Bend Up, and we set the Text Shape for the bottom text box to Bend Down. We set the Curve Height for both new text boxes to 0.10 for a shallow bend.
To complete the look, we set the Horizontal Alignment for both of the new text boxes to Align Text Center and set the Character Spacing to 4 to separate the letters.
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