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Is Halloween a big deal in your neighborhood? Who doesn’t love answering the doorbell and discovering the adorable/impressive/indecipherable/flat-out-lazy costumes we find on the other side of the door? If you want to amp up the holiday even more, why not throw a costume party? We’ve got fabulous new invitation designs that will work for anything from a group of your children’s friends to a grown-up spooky soirée.
We do love anything with a skull on it, but who could resist the charming… ahem… gentleman on our PrintingPress 7.0 Dashing Skull Halloween Party design? We started by adding a green skull as a floating image on a Natural Cotton A7 card. Next, we added a sophisticated top hat for panache. The complete his disguise, we added a gray moustache. We wrote the invitation text in gray, teal and green using the Georgia font that is included with Windows. We rounded the corners of the cards using a corner punch, then topped the return address with a teal version of the top hat and lined the White envelopes in Teal.
Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 Keep Calm Halloween Party design is on trend and too adorable for words. We started by filling the background of a Natural Cotton A7 card in orange. Next, we added a sweet little ghost with a royal crown as floating images at the top of the card. We added the words “KEEP CALM AND COME TO OUR HALLOWEEN PARTY” in white using the Arial font that is included with Windows. Since the orange background runs to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards. We added the ghost behind the return address on the front of the Mandarin Orange envelopes, which we printed in white using the amazing OKI C711WT digital color printer with white toner. We added
Black liners for a bold look.
Want something a bit more chilling? Check out our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 Creepy Chalkboard Halloween Party design. In order to achieve the chalkboard effect, we used our fabulous OKI C711WT digital color printer with white toner to print in white onto black stock. We created an eerie design using skulls, spider webs and banners to decorate the invitation to “EAT, DRINK AND BE SCARY” using the Georgia font and the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2. 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. After printing, we rounded the corners of the cards using a corner punch. We bent the return address into a circle around a skull in a field of cobwebs on the flap of the Black envelope, which we lined in Metallic Pewter.
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Even though we just got back to school, the holidays are already right around the corner! How is that possible??? Not to worry; your always-prepared friends at Mountaincow have created fun, easy-to-print designs so that you can send holiday wishes to everyone on your list with ease.
Our PrintingPress 7.0 Map Holiday Cards are so cute it almost hurts. All of the images are from our Cartographics Map Art Collection, making it easy for you to customize the design to your state and color scheme. We added a striped version of the great state of Georgia to the right side of a Natural Cotton A7 card. Next, we wrote “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” in grey using a combination of the Jackson Sans and Jackson Sans Wide fonts that are included with all versions of PrintingPress. We used a swooping dotted line with a heart to point to the city where the sending family lives, which is marked with a red heart. We placed a smaller gray version of the heart above the family’s name at the bottom of the card. We rounded the corners of the cards using a corner punch and added Celery liners to the White envelopes for a clean, modern look.
Want something with a sense of humor? Check out our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 Hipster Santa Holiday Cards. First, we filled the background of a Natural Cotton A7 card in dark gray. Next, we added the idea of Santa without actually drawing his face by adding a Santa hat, glasses, and a white moustache. We wrote the greeting in white and red using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows. Since the gray background goes all the way to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. We used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards and lined the White envelopes in Deep Red.
Our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 Bicycle Xmas Tree Holiday Cards practically explode with holiday cheer. We started by adding an image of a women’s bicycle with a basket in the bottom left corner of a Natural Cotton A7 card. We used the Colorize feature to make the bicycle red, and then added a tiny Christmas tree decorated with white ornaments in the bicycle’s basket. We wrote the greeting in grey and green using the Georgia font that is included with Windows and wrote the family’s last name in red to match the bicycle. On the back of the envelope, the return address looks like it is the wind created by the bicycle as it speeds away. To learn how we created the return address, see this month’s Extreme Tip. We lined the White envelopes in Deep Red for a festive look.
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We love PrintingPress Extreme 7.0’s text on a curve feature, which makes it easy to bend text into different shapes. In this month’s Bicycle Xmas Tree Holiday Cards design, we used multiple floating text boxes to create the look of text blowing in the wind behind a speeding bicycle. In order to get the wavy text, we played with different values for the Text Shape and Curve Height.
First, we added just the family name in the envelope’s return address text box.
Next, we set the return address text box’s Text Shape to Wave, set the Curve Height to 0.40 and dragged the text box down below the envelope’s flap.
We created a new floating text box to hold the street address line of the return address. In order to make it nestle nicely beneath the family’s name, we set the Text Shape to Inverted Wave, set the Curve Height to 0.30 and tucked it underneath the return address text box.
We added a third floating text box to hold the city and state, set the Text Shape to Wave and the Curve Height to 0.30 and dragged it beneath the peak of the curve in the street address.
To complete the look, we created one final floating text box to hold the zip code. We left the Text Shape set to Line but rotated it slightly to the left so that it follows the angle of the bicycle crossbar.
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