Spread some style this holiday season with a modern Christmas card! It's the ideal way to send your wishes to the fashionistas, graphic designers, and/or architects in your life.


Equipment and Materials

Materials

  • Card stock sheets (350+ gsm)

The quantity of sheets depends on the number of cards you wish to create. For this project, we used Brown Silver card stock from GMUND's 925 collection.

Trotec Laser and Accessories

You can use any laser system from the Speedy series for this application. Due to their array of features specifically designed for industrial production, systems from the GS series are optimized for processing large greeting card volumes. 

Tip

Different engraving shades can be achieved on paper — from bright, white lines to deep, black contours. The trick lies in adjusting the power, speed, and Z-offset settings. For instance, a low power setting will yield lighter results, while a higher power setting will produce darker engravings.

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Step by Step

Step 1: Prepare the Artwork

Create your own design, or download our template (below) and adjust the graphics to your liking. Send the finalized artwork to JobControl® using the recommended print settings below.

 Print Settings

process mode resolution cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
halftone others
color enhanced geometries
inner geometries first

Step 2: Laser Process the Card Stock

Place your card stock sheet on the honeycomb cutting tabletop or aluminum cutting grid table. Cover the remaining work area (e.g., with standard printing paper). This technique concentrate the vacuum's suction force on your card stock, which prevents it from moving while being laser processed.

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 -

Step 3: Fold the Card

When the card stock has been laser processed, remove the cutout from your laser. Fold the sheet along the crease line, which is engraved along the centre of the card.

Some types of paper can produce traces of smoke. In most cases, the residue can be gently removed with a damp cloth.


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