A friend at work has a package of commercially prepared cardstock sheets that are perforated into 18 small scalloped tags on each letter size sheet. She asked me to help her find a template so she could print these tags with some text and a small graphic. I was able to find and download the template as well as figure out how to place the text and graphic like she wanted. I wondered how many times the tags on those perforated sheets would become separated/detached/torn on their journey through a printer. Also when using the template, it is necessary to populate each tag separately. Even when using the copy and paste functions that becomes a tedious task. And if you really only wanted to print 5 tags, once you removed them from the sheet, running that sheet through the printer again is all but impossible. The solution to the dilemma? Why, my 15″ KNK Maxx Air and my Make the Cut software using the wonderful Print and Cut function!!! Here is a picture of the tag I created. And, I was able to cut 30 tags from a letter size sheet of cardstock instead of 18!
White 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock
Machine: 15″ KNK Maxx Air
Blade: Red Cap Standard Material, Force: 50, Speed: 80, 2 Passes, Print and Cut
My original intent was to use the MTC pixel trace function with the tag outline from a screen capture. However, the screen capture image was such poor quality that the trace would have required much remedial work. Creating the shape from scratch was much quicker with more accurate results. I knew the size of the tag was 2″ long by 1 1/4″ wide – not very big. I started with a rectangle and welded circles to that to create the scalloped top edge. A hole for hanging was added using the Boolean Join function.
The graphic was downloaded from the Internet, saved as a PNG file, and used as Texture on the tag. The font was chosen and words added just like I wanted them. I thought I was all set and filled up the page by duplicating my tag. I checked the page full of tags using the Print Preview function and they looked great. Imagine my surprise when I printed a whole sheet of tags that looked like this.
To diagnose the problem, I removed the texture from the tag and printed a single one and it looked like this.
That told me that the use of the texture function was somehow to blame. So I increased the size of the white background on the texture graphic (my PNG file) and added it back to the tag. The next printout looked like this.
I knew I was on the right track so I again increased the size of the white background on my graphic file and did another test which gave me the result I wanted.
Lesson learned: the file used as texture in a shape needs to be as large as or larger than the shape itself. I also realized that if I could see the grid lines on the mat inside of my tag shapes after I had added the texture, I was going to get black in those areas when I printed the tags. This is only true when using the “Contrast” option in the “Mat Configuration”. If using a color for your mat, you will always see the grid lines on top of your objects.
An alternative method of preventing the black fill is to create a background white rectangle larger than the whole group of objects as Sandy McCauley teaches in her tutorials.
A downloadable file for the tag shape can be found in the link below.