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Despite the ease of digital communication (who doesn’t love texting?), nothing beats getting a gorgeous invitation in the mail. And if you’re planning a wedding, a beautiful invitation is an absolute must. Our new modern wedding invitation designs feature Mountaincow Pocket Folders to keep all of the extra information neat, tidy and stylish.
Everything about our PrintingPress 6.0 design is big and bold. We started by adding an image of big blue waves onto a White A7 card, which will be a backing for the invitation. Since the waves go all the way to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. To contrast the striking pattern on the backing, we went for simplicity on the White 3.25 x 5.25 inch invitation. We added the invitation text in black using the Trebuchet font and the Palatino Linotype font, both of which are included with Windows. We made one letter of the bride and groom’s last names blue for a modern twist. We used a double-stick tape gun to mount the invitation onto a Black 3.5 x 5.5 inch custom cut card, then onto the backing card, and finally onto a Black A8 Landscape (pointed flap) Pocket Folder. We repeated the single blue letter on the otherwise simple White A7 directions card and White 4-Bar response card. The final detail? We created an oversized seal featuring the bold blue waves along with the bride & groom’s names and the wedding date for the outside of the Pocket Folder. We used the 2-up feature to print two 2.5 x 7 inch seals onto a single White A7 card using our printer’s borderless printing feature and then separated the two using a rotary trimmer. We used a double-stick tape gun to adhere the seal to a Dusty Blue 2.75 x 7.25 inch custom cut card and then to the outside of the Pocket Folder. We lined the Dusty Blue envelopes in Black for a striking look.
Looking for something with a touch of nature? Check out our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design. We started by adding a light blue image of a cornflower blossom as a background image to the White 4-Bar invitation card. We added the invitation text in grey using the Times New Roman font that is included with Windows. To make the bride and groom’s names pop, we wrote them in a larger point size using all lowercase letters in teal and grey. We added a teal background image of cornflower blossoms to a White A7 card and we used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print both cards. We used a double-stick tape gun to adhere the invitation to a Slate 3.75 x 5.25 inch custom cut card, then to the printed backing and then to a Black A8 Portrait (no flap) Pocket Folder. We added the light blue cornflower background image to the White 4-Bar response card and a teal cornflower blossom to the upper left corner of the White A7 directions card. We created a 4-Bar folded card in PrintingPress Platinum to print two 1.75 x 5 inch seals onto a single White 4-Bar card and then separated the seals using a rotary trimmer. We mounted the seal to a Slate 2 x 5.25 inch custom cut card and then onto outside of the Pocket Folder. We lined the White envelopes in Teal and added the light blue cornflower blossom gracefully draping from the front of the envelope onto the flap.
Our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design offers a contemporary take on preppy argyle. We started by filling the background of a White A7 card in a new modern argyle (spring) pattern. We used a floating text box to place the text on the invitation on an angle. We used the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows in the same rose, lime and cinnamon from the pattern. We used the Label stationery type in PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 to print four 3 x 5 inch invitations onto a single White 8.5 x 11 inch Full Sheet of card stock and separated them using a rotary trimmer. Next, we used a double-stick tape gun to mount the invitation onto a Powder blue 3.25 x 5.25 inch custom cut card, then onto the printed backing card and then onto a Celery A8 Portrait (no flap) Pocket Folder. We used the Shape tool to create snippets of the modern argyle pattern on the White 4-Bar response card, the White A7 directions card, the White 2 x 2 inch seal and the White A8 envelope. We used the Label stationery type to print twelve 2 x 2 inch seals onto a single White 8.5 x 11 inch Full Sheet of card stock and then used a rotary trimmer to separate the seals. We adhered the seals to Powder Blue 2.25 x 2.25 inch custom cut ccards and then centered them on the outside of the Pocket Folder. We lined the White envelopes in Powder Blue for a fresh look.
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If you’ve got a tween in your house, then you know that while they’re not little kids anymore, they’re not quite young adults either. As they move through this transitional period, you may find their personal sense of style changing pretty quickly. One easy way to keep up with their latest style is with updated stationery. Let your tween express him or herself without breaking the bank! We created flat cards and folded notes for each design.
If you hear “Peace – Love – (enter latest trend here)” as often as we do, then check out our PrintingPress 6.0 design. We added three images as floating images to “spell” out Peace – Love – Panda! Cute and fun while also hip, it even works for young teens. We wrote her first name in pink using all lowercase letters in the Palatino Linotype font for both the White A7 card and the White A2 folded note card. Paired with Blush envelopes lined in Green, they’re too cute for words.
Our PrintingPress Platinum 6.0 design is just what you need for the hip young dude in your life. Not cutesy, definitely cool. We added images of old fashioned typewriter keys as floating images at the top of a White A7 card. Next, we used floating text boxes to place the letters of his first name on the keys. We repeated the same design on the front of a White A2 note card and paired the card with Pewter envelopes lined in Scarlet.
If your tween princess can’t make up her mind on a favorite color, then try our PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 design. We used two floating text boxes to write her first name in two colors – one color on top and one color on bottom! For tips on this technique, see this month’s Extreme Tip. We used the Times New Roman font in the Italic style and used a shape to create the dot for the “i” in the “bottom” color. We repeated the same design on both the White A7 card and the White A2 folded note and lined the Magenta envelopes in Deep Pink for a delicious punch of color.
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PrintingPress Extreme 6.0’s floating text boxes make it so easy to add text anywhere that you like. But did you know that you could also use them to crop your text? That’s exactly what we did in this month’s Extreme Tween stationery design. First, we added the name in green using a floating text box.
Next, we duplicated the text box in the exact same location using Copy and Paste in the Edit menu. We changed the text color of the new text box to pink. Since it is in the exact same location as the green text box, the pink text overlaps and completely obscures the green text that is hiding quietly behind it.
Here comes the fun part! In order to crop the pink text box so that it stays in position to line up with the green text box, we need to set the anchor point using the Anchor Point Location control in the Size palette in the Design palette group. The Anchor Point Location control consists of nine small squares or anchor points.
Whichever anchor point you choose “pins” the object in place at that point so that any changes made will be made relative to that point. By default, the anchor point is set to center. Below you can see what happens if we crop the bottom half of the text box with the anchor point set to center.
By setting the anchor point to the top center, we pin the text box at the top center of the box.
Then when we set the Crop Bottom % to 50 for the pink text box, the pink text stays perfectly aligned with the green text.
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