May 11, 2012

Use a Dictionary for the Details!

Hi all! I hope you are having a wonderful day. This is Jeannie from NonnasScraps.
I am so excited to be the guest designer today! I just love this place and I hope you do, too!

Father's Day is just around the corner. I don't know about you, but I think finding "guy" sentiments or stamps is tough! So, I have resorted to another source, the dictionary!
This card just screamed, "Classic!" to me (that describes my husband to a T!) 
Here's what I found in Merriam Webster's on-line dictionary:

a : serving as a standard of excellence : 
of recognized value<classic literary works>

b : traditionalenduring <classic designs>

c : characterized by simple tailored lines 

in fashion year after year <a classic suit>

Woo hoo! Letter A is perfect! So, off to print using my home computer. 

  • I first opened Microsoft Word 2010. (A similar word processing or graphic program can be used.)
  • I then set my page margins :
    • Select Page Layout: Margins

Select "Custom" margin; set values to "3"

  • In the Word Document, I typed my text. (see the specifics for this card below) and set the justification to centered. I also chose the color for my text at this time.
  • Select Insert: Shapes

  • I wanted to print on a circle, sized 3 x 3", so I selected a circle and adjusted the size.

  • I then sent the Word Document to the my home printer. (Hint: Note which is the "leading edge" or the one that exits the printer first. This edge will go into the printer first in a later step.)
  • I gathered the shape to be printed upon, the printed sentiment sheet and either temporary glue stick or blue painter's tape ( Don't know why I got the glue stick--- I really prefer tape.)

  • I adhered the cut to to the paper, using the printed shape as a guide. I made sure that the "leading edge" was securely adhered to the paper.

  • I returned to my Word document and deleted the MS Word shape, so that all I  print is the sentiment.
  • I then sent the document a second time to the printer. Hint: Be sure you know which side will be printed and send the leading edge into the printer first.)
  • Voila! I had a perfect sentiment printed in the perfect place!

  • Specific ingredients for my card:
    • Mojo Monday Sketch 235 April 2, 2012, Sketch by Teresa Kline
    • Lettering Delights digital papers: Generations and Heritage
    • Font: Traveling Typewriter
    • Google search for antique car silhouette image (converted in MTC software)

This is a great way to print to any cut, making use of all of the TTF that are available from so many sources!

Thanks for stopping by! 


Lisa said...

What a handsome card. I too have a hard time with manly cards. Great tip with the shapes. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

What a great tutorial on using word. AND the card is awesome ..

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Love your card, so manly and I love your tutorial on word... I never thought of doing that and it sure would make life easier! Thank for sharing this with us today.

Candy said...

Fantastic card! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

Java Jen's Creations said...

What a great idea!!! Great tutorial! I think I'm going to give this a try! Thanks for the inspiration! Your card is fantastic!!

Cricut Couple said...

What an amazing card! I love everything about it!!!