Looking for fabulous holiday gifts? Check out our new Amazon Custom store where you can personalize and place your order online. New designs are being added all the time!
Pro customers, contact us about listing your original designs in our Amazon Custom store!
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Is it just us, or did the holiday decorations start popping up all over town before Thanksgiving this year? Ready or not, the holiday season is officially upon us! If you’re wondering how to spread some holiday cheer this year, why not throw a holiday cocktail party? We’ve created festive new designs that will suit any soiree. And of course, we used new free fonts from fontsquirrel.com. Don’t forget; you’ll need to download any fonts you are missing in order to edit the sample projects on your computer. Want to continue the theme at the party? Coordinating berry wreath, snowflake and reindeer stripes gifts are available for purchase on our Amazon Custom store.
Looking for classic elegance? Try our PrintingPress 7.0 Berry Wreath Holiday Party invitations. We started by creating a wreath of red berries on a Natural Cotton A7 card by copying a floating image of a branch of red berries and placing copies all around the card. Next, we added the invitation text using the GriffosFont and Quiline Script Thin fonts in red and brown. After printing, we rounded the corners of all the cards with a corner punch. We used our OKI C711WT digital color printer with white toner to print the address in white onto Deep Red envelopes. If you would like to be connected with a professional printer using the OKI C711WT, let us know. To complete the look, we lined the Deep Red envelopes in Metallic Pewter.
If you’re looking for something modern, try our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 Snowflake Holiday Party invitations. First, we used floating text boxes to sprinkle blue asterisk “*” snowflakes using the Tiza font along a Natural Cotton A7 card. We varied the size, rotation, and shade of blue of the snowflakes to achieve a more natural snowfall. Next, we typed into the main text area of the card using the Amatic and Tiza fonts in red and blue. Since the snowflakes run 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 card. We sprinkled the snowflakes across the flap of the White envelope, which we lined in Deep Red.
Want something that absolutely screams Christmas? Check out our PrintingPress Extreme 8.0 Reindeer Stripes Holiday Party invitations. We started by using the custom pattern creator and custom border tool to add a red and white striped border to a Natural Cotton A7 card. For tips on creating your own custom striped patterns, see this month’s Extreme Tip. Next, we filled the background of the card in a robin’s egg blue. Then we added a white silhouette of a reindeer’s head and used the shape tool to add a red nose. Next, we wrote the words “Holiday Party” in white using the Grand Hotel font and used another shape object to make the dot in the “i” red like Rudolph’s nose. We added the rest of the invitation text in white using the Walkway Bold font and used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print the card. We created gorgeous addressed envelopes with white printing onto Deep Red using our fabulous OKI C711WT digital color printer with white toner. If you would like to be connected with a professional printer using the OKI C711WT, let us know. The finishing touch? Robin’s egg blue striped Custom Envelope Liners.
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We know that holiday gift shopping can be overwhelming, time consuming, stressful, you name it! One easy answer for pretty much anyone on your list is personalized stationery. It’s easy to tailor to the recipient’s taste, and a snap to print out yourself at the last minute. We created flat and folded versions of each design, added return address envelopes, and used free fonts from fontsquirrel.com. Need more presents under the tree? Coordinating snarky eyeroll, watercolor brushstrokes and watercolor vine gifts are available for purchase on our Amazon Custom store.
If you have a sarcastic hipster on your list, then our PrintingPress 7.0 Snarky Eyeroll Stationery is perfect for you. First, we added an image of a pink pair of glasses with the eyes a rollin’ to the top of a White A7 flat card. Next, we wrote the words “MY REACTION TO AMOST EVERYTHING.” using the Amatic font in dark gray beneath the glasses. To personalize the card, we wrote the first and last name in pink at the bottom of the card. We repeated the design for the White A2 folded note card. The glasses made one final appearance on the back of the White envelopes, which we lined in Pewter.
Need something for a best girlfriend? Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 Watercolor Brushstrokes Stationery is absolutely gorgeous. We started by adding a pink swash of paint to the bottom right corner of a White A7 card as a floating image. Next, we used a floating text box to add the first name in white using the Windsong font. We used a circular watercolor image for the front of the White A2 folded note card and then lined the White envelopes in Metallic Vintage for a splash of elegance.
Our PrintingPress Extreme 8.0 Watercolor Vine Stationery looks like each card was painted by hand. First, we used a floating text box to add the first initial to the top of a White A7 card using the Permanent Marker font. We filled the font in a brushstrokes (black) pattern and then used the Colorize tool to change it to aqua. Next, we added a watercolor vine as a floating image, colorized it to green, then copied and flipped the copy so that the vines are mirrored on either side of the initial. Finally, we used a floating text box to add the full name below the initial using the WC Mano Negra Bta font. We filled the text with the brushstrokes pattern and colorized the pattern to dark gray. We set the text box’s Text Shape to Bend Down to gracefully arc the name along the path of the curved vines. We surrounded the return address with the vines on the White envelopes, which we lined in Aqua.
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Visit PapyrusOnline.com today and shop their new assortment of fashionable personalized holiday gifts by Mountaincow, including a collection of mugs, water bottles, serving trays, whiteboards, puzzles and notepads. Gifts can be personalized and ordered right on their website.
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PrintingPress Extreme 8.0's custom pattern creator makes it easy to create your own custom patterns by repeating a shape or image across any color background. But did you know that it also makes it easy to create your own custom striped pattern? Just select Create / Edit custom pattern… in the Color/Pattern menu to create your own custom pattern. For this month’s example, we created a 0.25 inch custom border and then filled it with a custom pattern. First we set the pattern’s background color to white. Next, we set the pattern’s shape to Rectangle and the shape’s color to red. Below you can see the default pattern behavior to repeat the red square over and over.
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In order to create the stripes, we decreased the horizontal spacing of the pattern. By changing the Across spacing from the default value of 50 to 0, the squares become a single line.
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We entered a name for our custom pattern in the Name field in the top left corner of the window and clicked on the OK button to save and apply the pattern to the card’s border. Below you can see the horizontal striped pattern.
In order to rotate the pattern, we used the Rotate Pattern field in the Adjust palette in the Design palette group. First, we made sure that the Apply to Border setting was enabled, then we rotated the pattern 315 degrees.
You can see the finished result with the rotated pattern below.
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