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Easy Holiday Gifts & Engaging News
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2014

 

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It seemed a bit early when all the stores put up holiday decorations before Thanksgiving, but time has flown by and the holidays are officially upon us! Hopefully you’ve got your holiday shopping in hand, but there are always last-minute additions to the list, and we’re here to help. We’ve created fabulous new personalized stationery designs (both flat and folded versions of each) that you can download and print in a snap.

 

Baker´s Delight Personalized Stationery
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Need a gift for someone with mad skills in the kitchen? Check out our PrintingPress 7.0 design, which we’ve printed in white using the amazing C711WT digital color printer with white toner from OKI Data Americas. We added an image of a rolling pin to the top of a Cinnamon A7 card and then added the name beneath it using the Georgia font that is included with Windows. We repeated the design on the front of a Cinnamon A2 folded note card but made the rolling pin a bit larger. We added the rolling pin above the return address on the flap of the Cinnamon envelopes and lined them in White to coordinate with the fabulous white print. Don’t have access to a white printer? No problem! Print the design in black and swap in Black envelope liners.

 

Glamour Dots Personalized Stationery
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Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 design is modern simplicity at its best. We started by adding a polka dot border image to a White A7 card. Next, we used a floating text box to add the name at the top of the card in black and goldtone using the Georgia and Trebuchet fonts that are included with Windows. We disabled the Make White Background Transparent setting on the text box so that the white background remains opaque to block out the polka dots behind the name. We added a coordinating background to the front of a White 4-bar folded note card and then used two floating text boxes with the Make White Background Transparent setting disabled to add the first and last names above the dotted background. Since both designs run to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. We lined the White envelopes with Metallic Saffron and added polka dots behind the return address for a bit of fun.

 

Photo Shoot Personalized Stationery
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Looking for something for someone artsy? Try our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 design. We started by adding an image of a vintage camera in the bottom right corner of a White A7 card. Next we used a floating text box to create a strip of old school 35mm film across the top of the card with the first name in one frame of the film. To learn how to create this film effect, see this month’s Extreme Tip. We repeated the design on the front of a White 4-bar folded note card and used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print both cards. We created another “film strip” on the back of the White envelopes to dress up the return address a little bit and added Twilight liners for a polished look.

 

 

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The holiday season brings good cheer, family get-togethers, and a large number of sparkling engagement rings! If you find yourself staring at your left hand all day long, our new save the date designs are just what you need. Once you’ve enjoyed every last second of your engagement high, and you’ve circled the big day on your calendar, you’ll want to send out save the date cards to make sure that all your friends and family will be there. We’ve created a new collection of designs for you featuring our luxurious Natural Cotton stock.

 

Hipster Java Save the Date Cards
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Love simplicity with a cheeky vibe? Check out our PrintingPress 7.0 design. We started by adding a pair of to-go coffee cups complete with cardboard sleeves to the front of a Natural Cotton A2 card. Next we added a black moustache and red lips to the cups to mark them as “his” and “hers.” We used the Courier New font that is included with Windows to add the text in black and wrote the future bride and groom’s names in red. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards for a modern look.  We separated the bride and groom’s names with a kiss on the back of the Cinnamon envelopes, which we lined in Deep Red.

 

Carved in a Tree Save the Date Cards
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Love anything with a rustic feel? Try our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 design. We started by adding a wood grain background image to a Natural Cotton A7 card. Next, we added a white image of a heart pierced by Cupid’s arrow and used floating text boxes to add the bride- and groom-to-be’s names within the heart using the Meegles font from Fonts & Graphics 3. We wrote the wedding date in white using the Courier New font with a 0.75 pt white outline to make it pop against the faux wood grain. After printing the cards using our printer’s borderless printing feature, we rounded the corners of the card with a corner punch.  We added a black version of the heart to the outside of the envelope and used the Colorize feature to make it dark brown. We placed the return address within the heart  and added Powder Blue liners to complete the look.

 

Hipster Antlers Save the Date Cards
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Our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 design offers a fun, hipster twist on a classic. We started by adding a pair of boxwood branches to the top of a Natural Cotton A7 card and colorized them to green. Next we used a floating text box to add the words “SAVE THE DATE” to the top of the card using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows. We set the text box’s Text Shape to Bend Up to make the text arc gracefully beneath the branches. We typed the future bride and groom’s names in the main area of the card using the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2. We used the Horizontal Stretch feature to widen the text and used the Skew feature to straighten the script font a bit. We surrounded the happy couple’s names with a pair of antlers which we changed to coral using the Colorize feature. We used a floating text box with the Text Shape set to Bend Down to add the words “ARE GETTING MARRIED” beneath the names. We used intersecting arrows to decorate the wedding date at the bottom of the card. We used a corner punch to round the corners of the card. We lined the Cinnamon envelopes in Coral to pull together the soft color scheme.

 

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

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PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 includes a plethora of design features to allow you to create your own unique designs. This month, we created a vintage “film strip” that looks like 35mm film from (gasp!) back in the day using a combination of floating text boxes, custom borders and backgrounds. Here we’ll walk you through the steps to create your very own film strip from scratch. First, we used a floating text box to add the name “mitch” to the card in all lowercase letters using the Courier New font that is included with Windows.

 

Added floating text box

 

Next, we enlarged the text box so that it is the size we want the filmstrip to be.

 

Resized floating text box

 

To begin the filmstrip effect, we added a custom border to the text box. We set the Border Shape to Double Line (Top/Bottom), added a black inner and outer pen, set the border’s Width to 0.04 inches and filled it in black. Next, we set the border’s Fill Type to Shape, changed the Fill Shape Color to White, and adjusted the spacing until the white squares looked like the holes in the edges of a strip of 35mm film.

 

Border palette

 

Added custom border

 

Next, we filled the background of the textbox in a slate blue color.

 

Filled text box background

 

To complete the filmstrip effect, we created “frames” by typing vertical bars “|” evenly separated by spaces on either side of the name. We vertically stretched the vertical bars so that they would extend from the top of the text box to the bottom.

 

Finished

 

 

 

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