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Picture This & Simple luxuries
November 2012

 

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We hope everyone had as fabulous a Thanksgiving celebration as we did here at Mountaincow! We spent time with family, ate lots of good food, and did some serious lounging. Now we’re prepped and ready for… holiday season! First on our list? Holiday cards! We’ve created gorgeous new photo holiday card designs featuring our Photo Card Stock to let you share the latest pix of your cuties.

 

Photo Holiday Cards ()

Want to be a little avant garde with your holiday cards this year? Check out our PrintingPress 6.0 design – Happy New Year cards! We started by adding a long and lean photo (cropped to look like a panorama photo) as a floating image to the top of an A7 Photo Card. Next, we added a smaller photo on the right side of the card and placed it so that it slightly overlaps the larger photo. We added a festive red and blue “Happy New Year” graphic as a floating image on the right side of the card, and then added the holiday greeting on the right side of the card in the same red and blue using the Times New Roman font that is included with Windows. Since the panorama photo runs all the way to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. We added an asterisk above the return address on the bottom of the back of the Deep Red envelope, lined in Powder Blue.

 

New Year´s Party (Platinum)

Our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design is perfect for those who love COLOR. We added a multi-color zig zag border image to an A7 Photo Card. Next, we used a floating text box to add the word “joy” in the top left corner of the card. We used the Palatino Linotype font that is included with Windows in white and used the Sample Color tool to set the text box’s background color to the fuchsia in the border image. We duplicated the text box to add the family’s initial and the words “the matthews family” in the bottom right corner of the card. We added three photographs as floating images and cropped them to complete the collage. We made the card 2-sided in PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 and added a zig zag background as a background image to the back of the card. Next, we used a floating text box to add a holiday greeting using various colors from the background image. We disabled the text box’s Make White Background Transparent setting so that it appears opaque white and blocks out the zig zag background. Since the zig zag border and background run all the way to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. We lined the White envelopes in Fuchsia for a splash of color.

 

New Year´s Party (Extreme)

Have a lot of photos to share? Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design is perfect for you. We created a 2-sided card to feature one large photo on the front and three smaller pix on the back. On the front of the card, we added a photo as the background image and then added the words “merry EVERYTHING” to overlap the photo. We wrote the word “EVERYTHING” in white using the Impact font that is included with Windows. Next, we used a floating text box to add the word “merry” in red using the Alyssa Black Tie font from Fonts & Graphics for Weddings and layered it above the white text. On the back of the card, we created a new candy cane stripes custom pattern and used it to fill the background of the card. Next, we added three 2 x 2.875 inch photos with photo frame border images to make it look like three old fashioned snapshots were tossed onto the card. We used a floating text box with the Make White Background Transparent setting disabled to add the greeting below the photos. We used the Impact and Trebuchet fonts that are included with Windows for the greeting. Since the photo and the striped background both run to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print the card. We used a corner punch to round the corners of the card after printing. We added the return address to the front of the Deep Red envelopes and lined them in Pink Lemonade.

 

 

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No photos? No problem! We’ve created festive new photo-free holiday card designs just for you. Our designs all feature our Cotton stock for a thick, luxurious experience. The texture of the Cotton not only feels elegant, it makes the colors print more vividly so your holiday wishes will definitely stand out from the crowd.

 

Holiday Cards (PrintingPress)

Our PrintingPress 6.0 design features an adorable trio of elves in the bottom left corner of an A7 Cotton card. The elves are dressed in coordinating ensembles of grey and green, and one holds a magenta gift for a pop of color. We added each of the elves as a separate floating image, so you can rearrange the group however you like. We used a combination of the Alyssa and the Alyssa Black Tie fonts from Fonts & Graphics for Weddings to write the word “happy” in green in the top left corner of the card. Next, we used the Palatino Linotype font to write the word “HOLIDAYS” in grey across the width of the card. We used a smaller point size to write the holiday greeting on the right side of the card, using the Alyssa and Alyssa Black Tie fonts in magenta for the family name. We used a corner punch to round the corners of the card after printing. We added a monochromatic elf to bottom right corner of the back of the Magenta envelope and lined it in Pewter to complete the look.

 

Holiday Cards (Platinum)

Love all things retro chic? Check out our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design. We started by filling the background of an A7 Cotton card in dark grey. Next, we added a vintage aluminum Christmas tree from the 1960’s, all decked out with colorful ornaments as a floating image to the center of the card. We added the greeting “may your holiday season be merry and BRIGHT” below the tree in white using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows. We used the Sample Color tool to use the same bright colors used for the ornaments for the word “BRIGHT”. We used our printer’s borderless printing feature and then corner punch to round the corners of the card. We lined the White envelopes in Green and added individual ornaments to the family name on the return address.

 

Holiday Cards (Extreme)

Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design is simple and sweet, and can easily be customized to any color scheme. We started by adding a custom border to an A7 Cotton card. We set the border’s Width to 0.25 inches and filled it with a new sweet candy stripes custom pattern. We added an inner pen to the border and set the Inner Pen Line Type to Double Line. We enabled the Use Alternate Inner Pen Color feature and set the Inner Pen Color to White and the Inner Pen Alternate Color to Pink to create space between the striped border and the pink inner border. Next, we used a floating text box to add the words “wishing you” in dark grey using the Isabelle Tall font from Fonts & Graphics for Weddings to the top of the card. We added a 0.25 point outline to the text to make it really pop. Next, we duplicated the text box and added a 2 point white outline to the copy, and then used the Move to Back button on the Align palette in the Design palette group to move the copy behind the original so that the white outline blocks out the border’s pink inner pen. We created a Christmas Tree using the words “JOY,” “LOVE” and “PEACE” using the Palatino Linotype font. We “decorated” the tree using a star from the Monotype Sorts font that is included with Windows and bullet characters (“·”) using the Palatino Linotype font. We wrote the greeting using the Palatino Linotype font and wrote the family’s last name using the Isabelle Tall font with a 0.25 point outline. We added a banner as a floating image at the top of the tree and colorized it to pink. We added another floating text box with the words “A SEASON FULL OF” and bent the text into a text shape to flow along the curves of the banner. For tips on this technique, see this month’s Extreme Tip. We used the striped pattern to fill the background of the back of the card and rotated it to line up with the stripes on the front of the card once printed. We used our printer’s borderless printing feature and then corner punch to round the corners of the card. The family’s name flies across the banner on the bottom of the back of the Clover envelope, which we lined in Pink Lemonade.

 

 

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Photo Calendar (Extreme Only)

If you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet, it’s time to get started! We’ve got a great idea for almost anyone on your list – a 2013 photo calendar you can print yourself using PrintingPress Extreme 6.0! All it takes is six sheets of our A7 Photo Card Stock and a simple Lucite frame (available at most craft stores). We’ve done all of the hard work for you – the months are already pre-filled with the correct dates. All that you have to do is pop in your own photos and print. We used the Colorize feature to set the color for the border on each month, so you can easily change the design to work perfectly with your photos.

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

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PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 lets you bend text in floating text boxes into different shapes. Once you have chosen your shape, you can use the controls in the Paragraph palette in the Text palette group to adjust the curve to fit perfectly within your design.

 

Paragraph Palette

 

First, we added the text using a floating text box. Although we’re going to want to use white text in the end, it’s easier to work with darker colors so that we can see it against the white background of the card. Below is the text box with the text in the default text shape:  Line.

 

Text Shape:  Line

 

Next, we set the text box’s Text Shape to Wave. As you can see, the default settings for Wave don’t fit well on the banner.

 

Text Shape:  Wave

 

Next, we rotated the text box using the Rotate By Degree control on the Size palette in the Design palette group. We clicked in the control and used our mouse wheel to slowly rotate the text box to the left until the first and last letters approximately lined up with where we wanted them to be on the banner. We rotated the text box to 346 degrees.

 

Rotated

 

Then we clicked in the Curve Height field in the Paragraph palette and used our mouse wheel to slowly crank down the curve height until the text flowed gracefully across the curves of the banner. Our final Curve Height was 0.20. If you find that the amount that it changes with each turn of your mouse wheel is too much, you can manually enter the exact value that you like.

 

Adjusted Curve Height

 

All that was left was to change the text color and outline color to white and we’re all set!

 

Finished

 

 

 

 

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