I make floating Christmas ornaments to sell in craft shows and through a local shop. To make the inside, I adhere a vinyl design to a piece of acetate (overhead transparency). I decided it would be fun to make a greeting card using the same process. This time though, I used 3 sheets of transparency and placed portions of the design on each. By creating it in this way, it gave it a 3D effect.
- Intermediate Vinyl
- Mylar, acetate, or other transparent plastic sheet
- White Cardstock
- Scrapbook Tape
- 3M (or similar) foam tape
- Red Capped Blade
- Zing Orbit
Machine Settings for Zing Orbit and Scal:
- Cutting Card stock: Pressure – 56, Speed – 12, Multi-Cut – 2
- Cutting Vinyl – Pressure – 50, Speed – 16, Multi-Cut – Off
- Cutting Transparency – I cut this on my original Zing with MTC: Force 120, Speed 11, Multi-cut – 3
- If you want to have something printed on the card, do that first. If you plan to use PNC, make sure to print your registration marks. Of course, it would be fine to simply cut by hand as well.
- Cut the card stock window panes. For this I first cut a 5″ X 7″ rectangle, then 4 smaller rectangles from that.
- Cut 3 pieces of transparency. You’ll need them to be just a little smaller than your card size, but big enough so the edges will be under the window frame. Leave enough room along the edge for scrapbook tape to stick to the edges. (See
- Cut out the vinyl for your design. Decide which portions need to be in the background, and which in the foreground.
- Adhere vinyl to transparencies. Stack them carefully on the card, and on each other, as you build your design so that you are lining things up properly.
- Use small pieces of foam tape between transparencies, hidden under the vinyl, to build up the design and hold it together.
- Stick the double-sided tape to the backside outer edges of the window frame. Carefully adhere to your card, being sure to line up carefully. If you have cut your transparencies small enough, this should hold all pieces together.
I am pretty happy with how this turned out. It might be easier next time to cut the window panes out of the front of the card. This way I could place the transparencies behind the cut-out. I would then need to line the card (or just the back side of the card front) to enclose the layers.