laser cutter xmas greetings card

Exclusive, Personalised Christmas Card

Wow your friends and family with a laser cut Christmas card this year! All you'll need is a Trotec laser, some paper and a whole lot of Christmas spirit.

Preparation

You Will Need:

  • The sky is your only limit, but you will see the best results if you use paper (or any material) with a weight of 150gsm or more. We decided to use a noble, two-toned cardboard from the GMUND 925 series.

Machine Used:

You can use any machine from the entire Speedy range to produce this Christmas card. For larger quantities and mass production, the GS series would be the best suited solution.

Important:

  • For best cutting results, we suggest using the honeycomb cutting tabletop. The minimal contact area will help reduce residue build-up on the back of the material.
  • Alternatively, you can use the aluminium cutting grid table.


Step by Step

Step 1: Import / Create the Design Template

You can create your own design for the Christmas card if you wish, or you can use our free template. Due to the special characteristics of the paper, we have easily been able to create two different levels of engraving - you can test these by using the grayscale matrix.

 Print Settings

Process Mode Resolution Cut Line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Colour Enhanced geometries, 
inner geometries first

Step 2: Laser Process

Place the paper on top of the honeycomb cutting table, ensuring that you cover up the rest of the table. This will create a vacuum and prevent the paper from slipping or shifting throughout the laser process. 

Laser Parameters

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/HZ
Black Engraving CO2 40 70 500
Red Engraving CO2 14 70 500
Blue Cutting CO2 5.0. 3 1000
Cyan Cutting CO2 5.1. 1 1000
Green Cutting CO2 15 3 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on 0 High Quality
1 on 0 High Quality
1 on 0 -
1 on 0 Correction "30"
1 on 0 -

Info:

  • The laser parameters can vary depending of the type of power you have chosen to use. Try using the grayscale matrix to find the optimum parameters for your desired paper. 
  • For the perfect cutting result, we used different laser parameters for the fine geometries of the tree and the outer contour of the card itself.

Step 3: Post-Processing

  • The crease line will allow you to fold the card perfectly without any difficulties.
  • Be aware that some kinds of paper can produce a lot of smoke. In most of these cases, the smudge marks can be removed with a slightly damp cloth

Inspirations

If you want, you can add the recipients' name to the Christmas card! It is simple and easy - the serial print function of CorelDraw will allow you to add a complete list of different names automatically.