-------------------- Oh Baby --------------------
If you’re expecting a new addition to your family, you’ve got your hands full with all sorts of preparations. We’ve lightened your load a little bit by creating adorable new birth announcement designs. All you have to do is enter your little one’s info, maybe add a photo, and you’re all set. We’ve used fun new free fonts from our old favorite, fontsquirrel.com. Please note that you will need to use the links we provided to download any fonts you are missing in order to edit the sample projects on your computer.
If you are a fan of the cupcake gender reveal craze that is sweeping the nation, check out our PrintingPress 7.0 Cupcake Birth Announcements. We added an image of a vanilla cupcake with pink & blue sprinkles to the outside of a White 4-Bar folded note card. We wrote the words “he or she” open and see…” to the front of the card using the Lobster and Teen fonts in pink, blue and gray. On the inside of the card, we added an image of a cupcake with a bite taken out of it to reveal the pink center. We put the baby’s name and stats at the bottom in pink and gray. To complete the look, we lined the White envelopes in Pink Lemonade. Having a boy? Use the blue cupcake version and Powder Blue liners.
Want something different? Try our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 Headline Birth Announcements. First, we used the Gensch et Heyse font to create a newspaper headline at the top of a Natural Cotton A7 card. Beneath the “Thomas Family News” titular banner we used the Kameron font to add the “Special Edition” date and. Next, we used a floating text box to add the “article” text on the right side of the page. To complete the front page look, we added a gorgeous photo of mom and baby in the bottom left corner. We lined the White envelopes in Powder Blue.
If you have a gorgeous photo of your newborn, then our PrintingPress Extreme 8.0 Photo Birth Announcements are just right for you. We started by adding a baby photo as a floating image to a Natural Cotton A7 card. We made the photo large enough to fill the entire card and placed it behind the main text area of the card. Next, we used a floating text box to add the words “oh boy!” in blue using the Pacifico font. We set the text box’s Text Shape to Bend, set the Curve Height to 0.30 and placed the text box in the bottom left corner of the card. We used another floating text box to add the baby’s name and stats using the Frente H1 font. We set the text box’s Shadow Type to Offset Shadow (down), set the shadow color to blue, and placed the text box in the bottom right corner of the card. To complete the design, we used floating text boxes to add blue hearts typed using the Nexa Rust Extras Free* font. Since the photo goes all the way to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature and then rounded the corners of all the cards with a corner punch. We used supercharged addressing to create beautiful addressed White envelopes and lined them in Powder Blue. Having a girl? Change the blue accents to pink and change oh boy! to oh baby!
We’ve created precious coordinating personalized gifts for our PrintingPress Pro Extreme 9.0 customers. Some of the gifts, such as the puzzle luggage tag, could be used as unique birth announcements. Others would make wonderful gifts for the new parents. We’ve designed mugs, coasters, luggage tags, notepads, puzzles, trays, water bottles and whiteboards for you, and you can add any other gift items you’d like. Then you can order the items and upload the artwork from directly within PrintingPress Pro Extreme 9.0. Not an invitation professional but want some of this fabulous gear? Upgrade now. Have the upgrade and want to be connected with consumers? Let us know.
-------------------- Holiday Cheer --------------------
Now that fall is officially upon us, the whole holiday season will be here before we know it. We’re here to help you breeze through at least this part of your holiday planning with fabulous new holiday card designs. Featuring festive colors, vintage themes, and a modern twist, you’re sure to find something that will work for you. And all the designs use free fonts from fontsquirrel.com.
Love the resurgence of all things eighties? Then our PrintingPress 7.0 Video Game Holiday Cards are perfect for you. We used the Oxygene 1 font in red, green, blue and yellow to create a Christmas tree that might have come from a Yuletide union of the classic Galaga and Centipede video games. We used the Unibody 8 Pro Bold font to add the family’s greeting at the bottom of the Natural Cotton A7 card. After printing the cards, we used a corner punch to round the corners and lined the White envelopes in Deep Red.
Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 Photo Holiday Cards are the perfect way to showcase a favorite vacation photo. First, we added a photo (yes, those are really our kids!) to the right side of a Natural Cotton A7 card. We cropped and resized the photo so that it takes up a little more than half of the card and leaves about a quarter of an inch of white all around the photo. Next, we added a graphical border to add a thick black line on the left side of the card. We adjusted the card’s margins and typed a holiday message of peace, love and joy using the Caviar Dreams font in white over the black border. For a modern twist, we wrote only three letters of each word on a line and wrote the “O” in “JOY” in red. Since the black border goes to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. For an additional modern edge, we used our fabulous OKI C711WT digital color printer with white toner to print onto Black envelopes and then lined them lined in Celery. 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.
Hey animal lovers, want something too cute for words? Look no further! Our PrintingPress Extreme 8.0 Boston Terrier Holiday Cards are dangerously darling. We started by adding an image of a Boston Terrier wearing a bright red collar with holly leaves to the front of a White A7 folded note card. Next, we used a floating text box to add the words “happy barking holidays” in gray and red using the Amatic and Learning Curve Pro fonts. We set the text box’s Text Shape to Bend Up and placed it above the festive pup. We used the same fonts to add the family name at the bottom of the card and left the interior of the card blank for a handwritten message. We used supercharged addressing to create stand-out envelopes with adorable little “snowflakes” beside the street address and zip code. For tips pairing images or text boxes with different parts of the address, see this month’s Extreme Tip. We created Custom Envelope Liners with green & white stripes for the Deep Red envelopes. We printed the address in white using the 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. If you have the OKI C711WT and would like to be connected with customers in need of printing, let us know.
Need some distinctive holiday gifts this season? How about a personalized mug, coaster, luggage tag, notepad, puzzle, tray, water bottle or whiteboard? We’ve created coordinating keepsakes for all of this issue’s holiday card designs. Available exclusively for PrintingPress Pro Extreme 9.0 customers, they’re easy to personalize and order from within the software. If you haven’t upgraded yet, go ahead and upgrade now. If you’re interested in finding an invitation professional who can order these for you, please let us know.
-------------------- Pin To Address --------------------
We love using the supercharged addressing features of PrintingPress Extreme 8.0 to design gorgeous addressed envelopes. In this tip, we’re going to show you how to pin design elements to different parts of the address. In this month’s Boston Terrier Holiday Cards, we supercharged the address by using an alternate font for the label name, bending the label name in an arc above the rest of the address and putting the zip code on its own line. We also used the automatic text modifications to spell out state names and address abbreviations.
To make the address really special, we wanted to add little asterisk snowflakes “*” beside the street address line and the zip code line. First, we placed a floating text box with an asterisk to the left of the house number.
Next, we used the Pin To Address button on the Align palette in the Design palette group to work some magic.
We clicked on the asterisk text box to select it and then chose Pin to Left or Right, Pin to Top or Bottom and Mirror Left & Right in the popup menu that appears. In order to make sure the asterisk stays beside the house number in multi-line street addresses, we also selected Pair with address element, house number.
Below you can see the newly mirrored copy of the asterisk on the right side of the street address.
Next, we added another asterisk text box and placed it to the left of the zip code. We used the Pin to Address button to enable the Pin to Left or Right, Pin to Top or Bottom and Mirror Left & Right and Pair with address element, zip code settings. You can see the completed supercharged address below.
Below you can see examples from a PDF of printed envelopes that shows how the asterisks move left, right, up and down in order to stay positioned correctly whatever the length of the address.
* For the Nexa Rust Extras Free font, click on the DOWNLOAD NEXA RUST FROM FONTSPRING link and you will see the script font as well.
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