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Haunting Halloween Party & Holiday Cards
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014

 

--------------------  Haunting Halloween Party  --------------------

Whether you want to invite your children’s friends over to play doughnuts on a string before trick-or-treating, or you want to go all out with a costume cocktail party, Halloween is a great excuse to throw a party. We’ve created spook-tacular new designs to get your party going.

 

Winged Skull Queen Halloween Party Invitations
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Feeling a little goth? Try our PrintingPress 7.0 design for a frightfully elegant look. We started by adding an image of a bat-winged skull (wearing a crown, of course) to the top of an Ecru A7 card. We wrote the invitation text in black using the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2 and the Georgia font that is included with Windows. To complete the invitation, we added a pair of flying bats in the bottom corners of the card, which we rounded using a corner punch. We added the crowned skull above the return address on the back of the Ecru envelopes, which we lined in Black.

 

Hipster Halloween Party Invitations
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Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 design is perfect for throwing a party filled with ironic costumes. We started by adding a pumpkin wearing hipster glasses and a fedora in the bottom left corner of the Natural Cotton A7 card. Next, we added an image of a black speech bubble to the right of the pumpkin and used a floating text box to write “boo.” in white using the Courier New font that is included with Windows. At the top of the card, we wrote “eat, drink and be scary” at 42 points to make a bold statement. We added the rest of the invitation text centered to the right of the pumpkin. After printing, we rounded the corners of the invitation with a corner punch. We added the speech bubble behind the return address on the front of the Pewter envelopes, which we lined in Black.

 

Striped Skull Halloween Party Invitations
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Looking for something ghoulishly dramatic? Check out our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 design. We started by filling the background of the Natural Cotton A7 card in a new distressed stripes (black) pattern. Next, we added an image of a sketched skull near the top of the card. We used the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2 and the Georgia font in the main text area and in multiple floating text boxes to write the words “Please join us if you dare…” at the top of the card, wrapping the last few words around the curve of the skull. For tips on getting the curve just right, see this month’s Extreme Tip. We used the main text area and floating text boxes to add the rest of the invitation text, writing “HALLOWEEN PARTY” in bright orange uppercase letters to make it really pop. Since the stripes run all the way 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 added a black version of the skull alongside the return address on the backs of the Mandarin Orange envelopes, which we lined in Black.

 

 

--------------------  Holiday Cards  --------------------

We have created fabulous new holiday card designs featuring white printing! The amazing C711WT digital color printer with white toner from OKI Data Americas makes it possible to print in white affordably - even addressed envelopes! If you would like to be connected with a professional printer using the OKI C711WT, let us know. If you have the OKI C711WT and would like to be connected with customers in need of printing, let us know. Don’t want white? You can easily change the designs to suit any color scheme.

 

Vintage Bulbs Holiday Cards
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If you love modern elegance, check out our PrintingPress 7.0 design. We started by adding a collection of old fashioned light bulbs dangling from the top of the card. We wrote the greeting using the Georgia font in a half uppercase and half lowercase italic letters. We configured the card in PrintingPress 7.0 so that it prints two per page. We printed two onto a Metallic Deep Red 7 x 11 inch custom cut card. Then we used a rotary trimmer to cut the cards down to 5 x 7 inches each and used a corner punch to round the corners. The lights run from the front of the envelope onto the flap above the return address on the Metallic Deep Red envelopes, which we lined in Metallic Brass.

 

Gingerbread House Holiday Cards
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Love a winter wonderland? Then our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 design is just right for you. We added an image of a gingerbread house decked out in white icing to a Cinnamon A7 card. Above the house, we wrote the words “home sweet home” using the Georgia font and placed an icing heart behind the main text area to frame the saying. We wrote the holiday greeting below the house using a combination of all uppercase and lowercase italic letters and rounded the corners of the card with a corner punch. We added more icing decoration to the Cinnamon envelopes with Deep Red liners.

 

Retro Holiday Cards
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Our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 design has a fabulous vintage vibe. First, we created a striped custom border on a Deep Red A7 card. Then we added the greeting in all capital letters using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows. We used a floating text box to add the words “oh so very” in the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2 on a curve.  We added a sunburst image and a banner image and floated them both behind the main text area of the card. We positioned the sunburst to highlight the word “BRIGHT” and positioned the text “THE PENNFIELD FAMILY” above the banner. We designed the sunburst in gray so it would print in a halftoned shade of white on the OKI C711WT printer. To complete the holiday card, we wrote each member of the family’s name in the Isabelle font at the bottom of the card. We added coordinating decorations to the Deep Red envelopes and lined them in Metallic Frost.

 

 

 

Extreme Tip

 

--------------------  Ahead of the curve  --------------------

PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 allows you to bend text into different shapes, and the new Arc shape gives a beautiful, graceful curve. In this month’s Extreme Halloween design, we used the Arc text shape to bend text around the skull on the invitation. First, we added the text to a floating text box and set the text box’s Text Shape to Arc.

 

Text Shape Arc

 

Next, we used the controls on the Character palette to decrease the character spacing to bring the letters closer together.

 

Character Palette

 

Adjusted Character Spacing

 

Then we used the Rotate by Degree control in the Size palette to rotate the text box to the left to bring the letters around towards the back of the skull.

 

Rotate By Degree

 

Rotated By Degree

 

Finally, we used the controls on the Paragraph palette to decrease the diameter of the circle of the Arc text shape to bring the letters closer around the skull.

 

Circle Diameter

 

Adjusted Diameter

 

 

 

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