XXL Lasercut Birthday Card

Wish to create a cool, cheap and private birthday card? This tutorial will get you began (and educate you some Inkscape tips on the best way). Use your creativeness and provides a cherished one, the good and largest birthday card EVER.

Inkscape, a free and open supply vector drawing program is the one factor you must design your card.

Tip: Winter is coming (pun supposed). So why not make a big Christmas card?

For the laser chopping, discover a FabLab close to you…

Take pleasure in!


MDF 3mm

Trotec Laser Cutter (Because of fablab Leuven for his or her help!)

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Step 1: Open Inkscape

If you have not, obtain the free Inkscape program. I take advantage of the moveable model (www.portableapps.com). Ensure you are comfortable with this system itself. You may need to observe some tutorials on vector drawing first. It takes some getting used to the “thought”, however you will get began with this tutorial as nicely.

Draw a rectangle, barely smaller than your canvas (for establishing your canvas first, see final three steps), utilizing the rectangle instrument on the left. Click on on the colour bar on the underside to pick a contrasting shade. That is simpler to work with.

Tip: draw any rectangle and put within the dimensions as you want. You possibly can select them on the high of the display screen, so long as you are in “rectangle drawing mode”.

The massive thought

Why work this fashion, you may ask? Properly, the concept is to have a giant greeting card, the place the textual content is all wooden. All the remainder are cutouts. To be sure you do not mess it up (at my first go, some letters fell out as a result of they weren’t hooked up to something). Therefor the best is to attract a rectangle, barely smaller than the MDF. All the things that can be white, can be wooden… Get the concept? 😉

Step 2: Write Textual content

Write all of the textual content you need to use, utilizing the textual content instrument on the left.

Choose a pleasant thick font. You may also discover some good (free) ones on the net (dafont.com as an illustration).

Choose a white shade, to get an thought of what it would appear like.

Step three: Edit Textual content

You need the letters to stay collectively, so they do not fall out of your greeting card. Use the “letter house align” setting on high to regulate.

Tip: you may also choose a part of the phrase (or a letter) and use ALT+arrow to maneuver particular person letters round.

Step four: Alter Sizes

Press F1 tot choose the textual content object you need to resize and use the arrow that seem to enlarge. For those who maintain CTRL, the proportions are maintained.

Step 5: Let’s Get Private

After all, you need to make it private. Consider interest’s your beloved likes and search the net for some .svg-files or vector recordsdata. My buddy likes witches and elephants, so i bought myself some free vectors at https://publicdomainvectors.org. Simply press obtain and save them to your arduous drive (even tho, is says Save As XML-format, simply sort “.svg” after the file identify you need). Then drag and drop the file into Inkscape.

After all, you may also draw your individual stuff…

Step 6: Put It All Collectively

This step is the longest and most enjoyable half. Put all of the stuff you gathered collectively.

Alter sizes and many others. and put every part on high of the pink rectangle.

All the things needs to be white, so you will get an thought of what it would appear like.


Be sure EVERYTHING is hooked up to one thing else. Therefor discover the overlap (of the white elements) on the perimeters! Because the pink rectangle is smaller than your canvas, all components I put in are related to the outer picket “body” of the cardboard. White = wooden (keep in mind?).

Save a duplicate (or 2)

Save a duplicate of your work, now that you just nonetheless have all “unfastened” components. In case you mess it up or need to make changes later, you possibly can at all times use that file. So do a fast Save As… and stick with it (almost there).

Get it collectively

  1. Convert textual content (ones you are proud of it) with CTRL + SHIFT + c
  2. Place all components as you want
  3. Click on the pink field and one of many components.
  4. Press CTRL + – (this can substract the ingredient from the pink rectangle)
  5. Repeat for all components till every part is related

There are sooner methods to do that, however this fashion, it is possible for you to to verify every part and return (CTRL + Z) in case you mess it up.

Step 7: Convert for Slicing

Choose all utilizing the command CTRL+A

Click on the color-dialogbox. Select “None” as a fill and “Crimson” as Line Coloration. For Trotec Laser Cutters, use zero.05mm for the pink traces.

Step eight: Group and Rotate

Click on your drawing twice together with your mouse. Spherical arrow will seem. Maintain down CTRL and rotate (seize maintain of 1 nook and rotate).


Oh yeh, you could possibly additionally press the rotate 90° button on high, however I believed you may like the additional tip for freerotating (which is identical, however with out the CTRL-button).

Step 9: Alter Canvas Setting

Open the canvas settings on high and select “portret”.

If you have not adjusted the scale, put in 30×60 cm.

Step 10: Remaining Test

Click on your drawing. Click on in your favourite shade and verify for the final time. Is every part related?

Select transparant once more (=no shade).

Step 11: Get It Lasered

Laser away and luxuriate in your individual XL birthday card!

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