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As springtime begins to bloom around us, we think of flowers… bundled into bouquets… Weddings! We’ve created some fabulous new wedding invitation designs for this year’s wedding season. Each of the styles can be customized to suit your color scheme and include coordinating Custom Image StationeryStamps so that you have a truly unique wedding invitation.
Our PrintingPress 6.0 design combines bold colors and modern type styling. We started by adding a rice paper butterfly as a floating image on a White 4.75 x 6.75 inch custom cut card. We placed the butterfly in the upper left corner of the card and then added the invitation text in black lowercase letters using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows. We added character spacing for an airy look. We added the bride and groom’s names in magenta using all uppercase letters. Next, we used a double-stick tape gun to mount the invitation to a Magenta A7 card and then adhered the set to the inside flap of a Black A8 Portrait Pocket Folder (no flap). We created a seal for the outside of the Pocket Folder with the bride and groom’s names and the wedding date. We added a profile of a rice paper butterfly perched atop the bride’s name as a floating image. We used the 4-up feature to print four 2.5 x 3.5 inch seals onto a White A7 card and then used a rotary trimmer to separate the seals. We used a double-stick tape gun to adhere the seal to a Magenta 2.75 x 3.75 inch custom cut card and then mounted the set to the outside of the Pocket Folder. We added the profile of the butterfly to the coordinating White A7 directions card, White 4-bar response card, and both Magenta envelopes. We lined the envelopes in Black and added coordinating Custom Image StationeryStamps with the same butterfly that appears on the invitation.
If you love the animal print trend as much as we do, check out our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design. We combined a tan pony print with a Black Square (no flap) Pocket Folder and Sky accents, and the result is runway-ready. The invitation is simple, featuring sky blue names written using the Palatino Linotype font that is included with Windows in all lowercase letters. We added the rest of the invitation text in black using all uppercase letters for everything but the location, which is also in sky lowercase letters. We used the 4-up feature to print four 3 x 3 inch invitations onto an Ecru 6 x 6 inch custom cut card and then used a rotary trimmer to separate the invitations. We added a pony print background image to an Ecru 6 x 6 inch card, printed the card, and then trimmed it down to 5.5 x 5.5 inches using a rotary trimmer. We used a double-stick tape gun to mount the invitation to a Sky 3.25 x 3.25 inch custom cut card, then onto the pony backing card and then adhered the set to the inside flap of the Pocket Folder. We added coordinating pony accents to the Ecru 5.5 x 5.5 inch custom cut directions card and Ecru 4-bar response card. We added a pony background image to a 4-bar card in PrintingPress Platinum 6.0, added two floating text boxes to create two seals, and used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print the pair of seals onto a single Ecru 4-bar card. After using a rotary trimmer to separate the seals, we used a double-stick tape gun to adhere the seal to a Sky 2.75 x 3.75 inch custom cut card and adhered the set to the outside of the Pocket Folder. To complete the look, we created coordinating pony print Custom Envelope Liners and Custom Image StationeryStamps for the Ecru envelopes.
Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design fuses modern and traditional in perfect harmony. We started by filling the background of a White A7 card with a new custom pattern featuring the very “now” color team of grey, yellow and white. For tips on creating interlocking custom patterns such as this one, see this month’s Extreme Tip. Since the pattern runs to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. The invitation text is a combination of the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2 and the Times New Roman font that is included with Windows. We added a 0.25 point outline to the text using the Isabelle font and added a vertical stretch of 30 to the text using the Times New Roman font. We added a large yellow ampersand using the Palatino Linotype font with the Italic style to join the bride and groom’s names, which we added using floating text boxes. We used the Label stationery type in PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 to print six 2.75 x 4.75 inch invitations on a single White full sheet of card stock. We used a rotary trimmer to separate the invitations and then used a double-stick tape gun to mount the invitation to a Black 3 x 5 inch custom cut card and then adhered the set to the patterned backing card. The 4-bar response card includes custom border with the border’s Shape set to Line (Bottom) that is filled in the same pattern that was used on the backing card. We added a custom border with the border’s Shape set to AccuCut A7 Frame (NC674SJ) – portrait to the bride and groom’s address. We lined the Slate envelopes in Yellow and added coordinating Custom Image StationeryStamps.
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Once the ceremony is over, it’s time to party! Whether you’re hosting a small group of family and friends or you’ve booked a large venue to fit everyone including your second cousin Albert, our table stationery can help you choreograph the event. We’ve included beautiful place card and menu card designs, and added coordinating table cards for larger events. The PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 project also includes a seating chart to display at the entrance to your reception to guide guests to the appropriate table.
Our PrintingPress 6.0 design combines modern simplicity with a dash of whimsy. A duo of swans stands gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes at the top of the White place card. A green heart floats over their heads and echoes the heart formed by their graceful necks. The images float over the guest names, which are written in the Trebuchet font using the same green as the heart. The table information is written in grey on the inside of the place card. We entered all of the information into the Guest List using all lowercase letters so that everything prints in lowercase. We repeated the design on the White 4 x 7.5 inch menu card and White 6 x 6 inch custom cut table card.
Planning a beach-themed reception? Check out our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design. We added a background image featuring a bamboo lattice pattern that forms little bamboo “xoxo”s to a White place card. We created the place card in PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 without any folds so that the pattern continues all the way across the fold. We added a single sea turtle as a floating image. We wrote the guest name and table info in the same color as the turtle using the Palatino Linotype font with character spacing. We entered all of the information into the Guest List using all uppercase letters so that everything prints in uppercase. We added a pair of sea turtles to the top of the menu card and added a coordinating border image. We added the bride and groom’s name in blue using the Alyssa Afternoon font from Fonts & Graphics for Weddings and used the Palatino Linotype font for the rest of the text. We used the 2-up feature to print two 4 x 10 menu cards onto a single White 8 x 10 inch custom cut card. We added a bamboo lattice border image to a White 8 x 8 inch custom cut table card. Since the pattern runs to the edge of all of the cards, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature.
Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design is clean and elegant and can easily be customized to any color scheme. It also includes a seating chart that can replace or supplement individual place cards. We added a custom border with the border’s Shape set to Line (Top) to the seating chart. We filled the border in a custom pattern of circles in similar shades of green. We added a large initial to the top of the page using the Ryan font that is included with PrintingPress Extreme 6.0. Next, we used a floating text box to add the couple’s names and wedding date using the Palatino Linotype font atop their newly shared initial. We used three floating text boxes to add the list of guest names and tables using the Palatino Linotype font. Each text box has two columns, and the names are connected to the table numbers using the dots column separator. For tips on working with columns, see the Extreme Tip from the July 2010 issue. We printed the seating chart onto Epson’s 13 x 19 Premium Presentation Paper Matte using a wide format ink jet printer with the borderless printing feature. We repeated the same design on the White 4 x 7.5 inch menu card and on the White place card. We filled the background of a White 6 x 6 inch custom cut card to create the table card.
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PrintingPress Extreme 6.0’s custom pattern creator lets you design endless patterns using any shape or image. This month, we took a built-in shape and created an elegant custom pattern simply by overlapping the shapes to create an interlocking pattern. To fill the background of your stationery with a custom pattern, click on the Background Color / Pattern button in the Character palette and select Create / Edit custom pattern in the popup menu that appears.
The Create Pattern window will appear. You can entera name for your pattern in the Pattern name field if you wish. Click on the Background fill color or pattern button and fill the background of the pattern in yellow. Next, choose the shape that you would like to use for your pattern. We used AccuCut A7 Frame (NC674SJ) – portrait. Adjust the size of the shape using the Width and Height controls until it has the right proportion and is approximately the size that you would like. We disabled the Lock aspect ratio setting so that we could adjust the height and width disproportionately.
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Now it’s time to make the shape a bit more interesting. First, set the Center type for the shape to Hollow. Next, click on the Fill color button and choose Dark Grey and set the Width to 24. Click on the Line button and choose White andset the Outline and Inner to 24.
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All that’s left now is to overlap the shapes. We checked the Stagger rows horizontally to add extra interest to the pattern. Click in the Across field and use the wheel on your mouse to decrease the value until you like the overlap. Repeat for the Vertical field and you’re all set!
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