laser cutter xmas greetings card

Exclusive, self-made Christmas card

Follow this tutorial to create a modern and elegant Christmas card using your Trotec laser and a simple piece of paper, and surprise your loved ones with an engraved and cut card.


Preparation

Required material:

  • You will achieve the best results using paper (or material) with a weight of more than 150g. We used sturdy, two-tone cardboard from the GMUND 925 series.

Machine used:

Use any model from the Speedy series to process this sample. For larger quantities or serial production of greeting cards, the GS series is the best solution for you.

Important:

  • For the best cutting results, we recommend using the honeycomb cutting tabletop. The minimum contact area will help keep residue on the back of the material to a minimum.
  • Alternatively, you can use the aluminum cutting grid table.

Step by Step

Step 1: Import /create design template

Create your design or use the template provided. Due to the specific characteristics of the paper, we have been able to create two different levels of engraving. You can test this using the grayscale matrix.

 Print settings

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

Step 2: Laser process

Place the paper on the honeycomb cutting tabletop and cover the rest of the table. This coverage ensures the full vacuum power of the engraving table and prevents the paper from shifting.

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:

  • Laser parameters will vary depending on the type of paper used for the application. Utilize the grayscale matrix to find the best parameters for your paper.
  • For a perfect cutting result, we altered our laser parameters for the complex geometries of the tree and the outer contour of the card.

Step 3: Post-processing

During processing, some papers tend to produce traces of smoke. In most cases, this residue is easily removable with a damp cloth. Finally, fold the paper at the crease, and your card is complete!


Inspirations

  • Easily personalize your card with a Trotec laser and add the recipients' names for that extra touch. The serial print function of CorelDraw allows you to add a complete list of names automatically.
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