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In Tents Letters & Dear Old Dad
May/June 2015

 

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After one of the longest, coldest winters in recent memory, we sped through a few days of spring here in New England and are dove right into summer. And that means it’s time to pack swimsuits, sleeping bags, bug spray, and hiking boots and send our kids off to sleep away camp. The most important thing to pack? A pile of adorable personalized stationery to make it easier for them to send home newsy letters to Mom & Dad. All of the designs include return address envelopes with your child’s camp address. Want to ensure that your letters arrive on time? Pre-print a few envelopes with your address. And don’t forget to include stamps…

 

S’More Camp News Stationery
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Our PrintingPress 7.0 S’More Camp News Stationery will conjure up sweet memories of toasting marshmallows and making s’mores by the campfire. First, we added an image of a tower of chocolaty s’mores on the left side of a White A7 card. Next, we added the message “s’more camp news from lexi…” at the top of the card using the Charlotte font from Fonts & Graphics 3 in the same dark brown as the oozing chocolate. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards. We added a huge single s’more that is missing a bite above the return address on the back of the White envelopes, which we lined in Cinnamon.

 

Gone Hiking Camp Stationery
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Will your camper be hiking off into the wilderness? Try our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 Gone Hiking Camp Stationery. We started by adding distressed hiking boot prints walking up the left side of a White 7 x 10 inch custom cut sheet of paper.  We used the Colorize feature to make the boot prints dark brown and then wrote the child’s first name in the same brown using the Courier New font that is included with Windows. In order to give the writing a textured look, we placed a cracked texture (black) image above the main text area, used the Colorize tool to make it white, and placed it over the name. We used a cracked texture image to distress the return address as well, so just move it out of the way to modify the return address, then drag it back into place once you’ve finished. Once your child finishes writing a letter, the sheet will fold and fit perfectly into the Dark Chocolate A7 envelopes. We printed the return address in white using the amazing OKI C711WT digital color printer with white toner and lined the envelopes in Sage for a woodsy look.

 

Making Waves Camp Stationery
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Our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 Making Waves Camp Stationery is perfect for any camper leaving for a few weeks of paddling. First, we added a canoe silhouette (black) image to the top of a White A7 card and colorized it to pink. Next, we used a floating text box to add the words “a note from” in aqua using the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2 at the top of the card. We set the Skew for the text to 40 to straighten out the script font’s letters a bit for a more casual look. We used another floating text box to add the camper’s name in white using the Jackson font that is included with PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 and then used the Text Shape to bend the text down a bit to follow the curve of the canoe. To complete the design, we added a custom border to create water filled with preppy aqua & white stripes. To see how to create the wavy striped border, see this month’s Extreme Tip. Since the water runs to 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 cards. We added the canoe to the return address on the back of the Blush envelopes which we lined in Sky.

 

 

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Another getting ready for summer ritual? Figuring out the perfect way to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day. Whether you’re planning a small family barbeque, an extended family brunch, or taking Dad out for a tête-à-tête, you’ll want to have the perfect gift ready to go.

Tablet Couture by Mountaincow

This month we’ve created fabulous pairings of manly stationery and Tablet Couture frames to give Dad a little extra style. One of our Tablet Couture™ decorative custom frames will instantly transform your iPad® or other tablet into a sophisticated digital picture frame. Tablets can easily be inserted and removed from Tablet Couture frames as needed using Mountaincow’s new patent-pending connector. They can be charged while in the frame using the power adapter included with the tablet, making for a perfect charging station. Every frame can be displayed in portrait or landscape orientation with no adjustment. Mountaincow’s 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. Check out the feature in our local paper, The East Side Monthly. To celebrate all the fabulous Dads out there, we’re offering 20% off Tablet Couture frames for Father’s Day. Use code TCDADS at checkout.

 

Vintage Vinyl Stationery
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Does your Dad love all things retro? Check out our PrintingPress 7.0 Vintage Vinyl Stationery. We started by adding an image of a vinyl record on a turntable to the bottom right corner of a White A7 card. We wrote Dad’s name in red using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows in all uppercase letters at the top of the card. We set the Character Spacing to 18 to space out the letters across the top of the card. We repeated the turntable beside the return address on the back of the White envelopes which we lined in Deep Red.

Tablet Couture Wide Iron Age frame

The perfect pairing for this vintage vibe? A Wide Iron Age frame by Tablet Couture. It has the look of ancient, aged iron with a fabulous patina, but it’s made of solid wood.

 

Sweet Sounds Stationery
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Keeping with the audio theme, our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 Sweet Sounds Stationery hits just the right note. We added an image of a pair of old school over-the-ear headphones with a long cord as a floating image on a White A7 card. We used a floating text box to add Dad’s name in brackets in blue using the Courier New font in blue. We placed the name in a loop created by the cord and rotated it a few degrees to the left. We placed a cordless version of the headphones on the back of the envelope and put the return address within the headphones. We used an additional text box to add braces around the return address and lined the White envelopes in Midnight.

Tablet Couture Burnt Wood frame

Which frame fits the aesthetic of your tunes-loving Dad? Try the Wide Burnt Wood. It’s the perfect blend of edgy and polished.

 

 

Uber Macho Stationery
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Does your Dad love anything with a manly hipster vibe? PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 Uber Macho Stationery is just what you need. First, we added an image of mounted antlers to the top left corner of a Cinnamon A7 card. Next, we used a floating text box to add the words “A NOTE FROM” curving gracefully between the antlers. We used additional text boxes to add the words “the desk of” on the plaque and then used additional text boxes to add Dad’s name beneath the plaque. We added the antlers to the return address on the back of the Cinnamon envelopes which we lined in Black. For a modern pop, we printed the cards and envelopes in white using the amazing OKI C711WT digital color printer with white toner, but it would look fabulous printed in black as well.

Tablet Couture Wide Reclaimed Fence Post frame

What frame would your hipster loving Dad choose? The rustic Wide Reclaimed Fence Post, of course.

 

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

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PrintingPress Extreme 7.0’s custom border tool really does offer endless possibilities. For this month’s Making Waves Camp Stationery, we used the custom border tool to create a preppy interpretation of the water’s surface. Below you can see a screen shot of the settings that we used in the Border palette to create the striped wavy border.

 

Border palette
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 First, we added an aqua custom border to the card and set the Border Shape to Line (Top). We set the border’s Fill Width to 0.2 inches and set the Margin Top to 0.625 inches so the “water” sits at the bottom of the canoe.

 

Added custom border

 

Next, we filled the border with a striped custom pattern.

 

Filled custom border with striped pattern

 

In order to make the border look like water, we set the border’s Line Type to Wave and set the Outline Thickness to 14.

 

Changed border's Line Type

 

See the pretty waves? But right now just the black outline is wavy, not the striped pattern. To make the pattern flow up into the wavy outline, we need to disable the Adjacent to Fill setting.

 

Adjacent to Fill

 

The final step is to set the Outline Color to White to make it disappear…

 

Finished!

 

 

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