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Charming Nuptials & Distinctive Dining
March/April 2015

 

--------------------  Exciting News!  --------------------

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our new product line, Tablet Couture™ by Mountaincow. One of our Tablet Couture decorative custom frames will instantly transform your iPad® or other tablet into a sophisticated digital picture frame. Now there is finally a great way to display framed digital photos in an elegantly decorated home or office using luxury custom frame mouldings and liners originally designed for paintings and prints. Mountaincow has teamed up with venerable local custom framing specialist Providence Picture Frame to produce these museum-quality tablet frames.

 

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You can easily insert and remove your iPad from Tablet Couture frames using our new patent-pending connector. You can charge your iPad in the frame using your existing the power adapter, making for a perfect charging station. Every frame can be displayed in portrait or landscape orientation with no adjustment. Our Tablet Couture Slideshow app will soon be available for download from the App Store for advanced display features. With Tablet Couture you can display an entire collection of digital photos in a single elegant frame placed proudly on a mantle, shelf or desk.

 

Easily insert and remove tablet from Tablet Couture frame.

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Believe it or not, the snow finally did melt, and tiny flowers peeked through the no-longer-frozen earth to show that spring really has arrived! As always, spring flowers bring thoughts of wedding bouquets, so we’ve created fabulous new wedding invitation designs. Keep an eye out for the new 2015 Wedding Reception Trends article from wedding expert Sharon Naylor, coming soon exclusively to Mountaincow.com.

 

Rustic Harvest Wedding Invitations
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Looking for something classic? Try our PrintingPress 7.0 Rustic Harvest Wedding Invitations featuring our luxurious Natural Cotton stock. We started by adding a dark grey weather vane to the top of a Natural Cotton A7 card. Next, we added several stalks of wheat as floating images below the weather vane. We typed the invitation text in the same dark grey as the weather vane using the Georgia font that is included with Windows and the Alyssa Afternoon font from Fonts & Graphics for Weddings. We set the Text Case for the text using the Georgia font to UPPERCASE and typed the bride and groom’s names in a larger point size to make them really stand out from the rest of the text. We added a few more stalks at the bottom of the invitation and to the Natural Cotton 4-Bar response card. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards. We lined the White envelopes in Metallic Brass, which coordinates with the wheat and adds a little shimmer.

 

Love Birds Wedding Invitations
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Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 Love Birds Wedding Invitations, also featuring our Natural Cotton stock, is sweet and elegant. First, we added a pair of love birds to the top of a Natural Cotton Square card. The birds are cuddling together, leaning their heads and tails towards each other, forming a heart. We used Platinum’s Colorize feature to make the birds coral, but you could easily change it to suit your wedding colors. We added the invitation text in grey using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows in all uppercase letters. We wrote the bride and groom’s names in coral using large lowercase letters. The loving pair is nestled in a grey birdcage on the Natural Cotton 4-Bar Response card. We rounded the corners of both cards using a corner punch for a modern look. We added a grey version of the love birds on the White envelopes, which we lined in Coral.

 

Garland Wedding Invitations
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Want something whimsical? Check out our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 Garland Wedding Invitations which we’ve printed in white using the amazing OKI C711WT digital color printer with white toner. We started by adding a garland to the top of a Cinnamon A7 card and then used floating text boxes to add the bride and groom’s names using the Courier font that is included with Windows. We added a tiny banner between the names and used a third floating text box to add the word “AND” using the Colin font from Fonts & Graphics 2 in all uppercase letters. We set the Text Shape for the “AND” text box to Bend Down to make it follow the curve of the banner. We set the Text Shape to Bend Up for the bride’s name and to Bend Down for the groom’s name to make the names curve slightly around the banner. We typed the rest of the invitation text directly into the main text area of the card and added a few more garlands alongside the wedding date. We added a garland to the Cinnamon 4-Bar response card and used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards after printing. We lined the Cinnamon envelopes in Black for contrast.

 

 

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Once the ceremony is over, it’s time for the party to really get started! As your guests grab a cocktail and walk into your reception, the first thing they’ll need to know is where to go. We’ve created new place card and menu designs to help you customize your reception in style.

 

Pennant Banner Table Stationery
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Our PrintingPress 7.0 Pennant Banner Table Stationery is bold and playful featuring black stock with white printing using the amazing OKI C711WT digital color printer with white toner.  We used folded cards for both the Black place card and the Black A7 folded menu to make them easy to stand up without holders. We added a festive pennant banner to the top of each card so that the string runs up across the edge of the fold. We copied the image and pasted it onto the back panel of the folded card and flipped it horizontally so that when it prints, it will be joined with the banner on the front of the card. We styled the text using the Georgia font using all uppercase and all lowercase letters.

 

Banner Table Stationery
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In the mood for something modern? Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 Banner Table Stationery is just right for you. We started by adding a banner image from our Cartographics Map Art collection to the top of a Cinnamon A7 card. Next, we used a floating text box to add a heart “♥” using the Times New Roman font that is included with Windows above the banner. We set the heart’s text color to red and added a red outline to make it a little thicker.  We added the menu text in black using the Jackson Sans font that is included with PrintingPress software and added a tiny heart at the bottom of the menu. We repeated the banner and heart on the front of the Cinnamon place card and after printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards.

 

Chair Table Stationery
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Our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 Chair Table Stationery is sitting pretty. We used PrintingPress Extreme 7.0’s multi-up place card feature to create 2.5” x 10.625” strips of card stock that can easily be folded into chairs. For tips on creating multi-up place cards, see this month’s Extreme Tip. We added a collection of five vertical flourishes along the top of the card to mimic the rods of the back of a traditional wooden chair. In order to separate the name and table, we enabled the place cards Use separate text boxes setting. We placed the Guest Name text box at the top of the card above the chair back flourishes, which we colorized to light blue.  We used the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2 for the guest name and set the text color to dark grey. We set the Skew to 40 to straighten the slanted letters a bit and added a 0.25 point outline. We placed the Table Number text box on the “seat” of the chair and sandwiched it between two horizontal blue flourishes. We used the Georgia font in dark grey for the table number and set the Text Case to UPPERCASE. We finished the chair by adding two more vertical blue flourishes at the bottom of the card to represent the legs. We set up the place cards to print three chairs onto each Ecru 8.5” x 11” full sheet of card stock. In order to get the folds in easy to measure places (who can find 2.2 inches on their ruler?), we had to cut 0.375” off of the top of the sheet before scoring using the scoring blade for our rotary cutter. The first score goes 4.25” from the top of the chairs, then the next two scores are each 2.125 inches from the previous score. We used a double-stick tape gun to hold the chair together and then used a corner punch to round the corners for a more polished look. We added the bride and groom’s names above a different blue flourish on the coordinating Ecru A7 menu card and rounded the corners after printing.

 

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

--------------------  A Myriad of Multi-Up Possibilities  --------------------

PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 lets you use labels, address labels, and place cards to print multiple items per page using any layout. The Label stationery type will print an entire sheet of the same sticker, while the Address Label stationery type will print a sheet of addressed stickers using the names in the project’s Mailing List. The Place Card stationery type will print a sheet of place cards using the names (and optional tables) in the project’s Guest List. In this month’s Chair Table Stationery design, we used the multi-up place card feature to print three 2.5” x 10.625” place cards onto a single sheet of card stock as shown below.

 

chair place cards printed on full sheet
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You can configure the place cards on the Layout page of the stationery wizard to work with any size that you can feed through your printer. To print more than one place card per page, choose Multiple (P) or Multiple (L) in the Cards Per Page section. Choose Multiple (P) if your place cards are right-side up on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet when you hold the sheet so it is taller than it is wide. Choose Multiple (L) if your place cards are rotated 90 degrees on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet when you hold the sheet so it is taller than it is wide. Below, you can see the place card settings that we used. Once you have selected a Multiple option, specify the height and width of a single place card in the Unfolded Place Card Size section.

 

multi-up place card layout

 

Click on the Full Sheet tab to customize the sheet size settings. Enter the height and width of the full sheet (which does not have to be 8.5 x 11 inches) in the Full sheet size section. Enter the number of rows and columns in the Number of place cards section. Multi-up place cards allow you to specify different measurements for the top, left, right and bottom margins of the sheet. Labels and address labels use the same margins for top and bottom. You can see our chair place card full sheet settings below.

 

multi-up place card full sheet settings

 

When configuring labels and address labels, you will enter both the individual label settings and the full sheet settings on the Layout tab as shown below.

 

address label layout

 

 

 

 

 

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