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Here in New England, we’re preparing for a time-honored summer tradition: sleep away camp! We’re getting ready to pack up our kids’ camping gear, bug spray, and of course stationery to write letters home! In full awareness that we will receive very few letters, we still plan to send a whole stack and cross our fingers.
If “LAX 4 LIFE” is a phrase frequently heard in your household, check out our PrintingPress 6.0 design. We wrote the camper’s name in purple using the Georgia font that is included with Windows. We added bright pink lacrosse sticks as floating images and crossed them beneath the name. We wrote the camp address beneath the sticks and added a purple ball to get the game started. We created two formats for this design: White 7 x 10 inch custom cut paper for long letters, and White A2 folded note cards for a quick note. The Magenta envelopes are lined in Purple and repeat the lacrosse motifs in purple along with the return address.
Our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design combines a rustic design with a bold metallic color scheme. We added a wooden sign as a floating image and then used a floating text box to write the words “camp news from Jackson” in white using the Meegles font from Fonts & Graphics 3 on the sign. Because the sign runs off the edge of the card, we used our printer to print the White A7 card. We used a black version of the sign to showcase the return address on the back of the Metallic Saffron envelopes, which we lined in Black.
If your camper is young or just isn’t big on writing letters, try our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design. We created a fill-in letter to make it super easy for your child to send you quick updates. We added images of a storage trunk as background images to a Natural Cotton A7 card. We used the Natural Cotton so that the card is sturdy enough to forgo the envelope and be sent as a postcard. We used floating text boxes to add “labels” to the trunk using the Meegles font from Fonts & Graphics 3 where you child can hand write in key information. Pack a Sharpie and some stamps, and you’re good to go!
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Save the date cards are expected these days to make sure that your guests reserve your big day and don’t make other plans. Not to mention the fun of spreading the news and choosing a fun design to celebrate your style! We have fresh new designs to get you started.
Our PrintingPress 6.0 design gets things started with a nautical theme. A Carrick Bend knot is tied across the front of the Natural Cotton A7 card. We added the knot as a floating image and enabled the Make white transparent setting so that the text behind the image is visible. We added the future bride and groom’s names in yellow using the Palatino Linotype font that is included with Windows. We added the rest of the text in gray and yellow using the Georgia font. Since the rope runs off the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print the card. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the card and lined the Midnight envelopes in Yellow.
Looking for something a little more elegant? Try our layered PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design featuring Natural Cotton and metallic stock. We added a gold anchor to the top of the 3 x 5 inch custom cut Natural Cotton card. We added the text in gold using the Palatino Linotype font and the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2. We added a nautical knots background (royal blue) image as a background image to a Natural Cotton A7 card and used our printer’s borderless printing feature. Next, we used a double-stick tape gun to adhere the save the date card to a Metallic Brass 3.25 x 5.25 inch custom cut card and then to the patterned backing card. We added a blue anchor to the back of the White envelopes alongside the return address and used Metallic Brass Envelope Liners for a touch of elegance.
Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design features a modern interpretation of subway art on a Cinnamon A2 card. We created interlocking blocks of text using the Impact and Trebuchet fonts that are included with Windows as well as the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2 and the Georgia and Palatino Linotype fonts. We filed all of the text in a new distressed (black) pattern for an edgy look. We used floating text boxes to add some text on top of the text in the main text area and added patterned line borders to the text boxes. For tips on using this technique, see this month’s Extreme Tip. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the card. We used the subway art style for the return address on the back of the Cinnamon envelopes, which we lined in Black.
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PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 doesn’t let you choose a pattern for lines in custom borders, but you can achieve the same effect using a simple trick. Create a custom border, and rather than adding a 2 point outline, add a 0.03 inch fill. Click on the Fill Color button, select your pattern, and you’re all set!
The end result looks just like a patterned line border!
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