Print and Cut Valentine Card – Elephants in Love

We are half way through January, which means it’s time for me to think of Valentine projects. I don’t make a lot of cards, but thought I’d try one of my JPGs as a simple “print and cut” Valentine Card. Since elephants seem to be popular right now, I decided to use my “Elephants in Love” file.

Elephants in Love Valentine Card

For this project, I printed out the entire design for the background, and then imported as a pixel trace and cut just the elephants. I used hot glue to adhere the elephants to the background, giving the card a 3-D effect.

Materials:

  • Card stock
  • “Elephants in Love” or file of your choice. (If you’d like to purchase this file for $.40, follow link and use coupon code KNK40 until the end of this month.)
  • Red Capped Blade
  • Printer
  • Hot glue
  • Make-The-Cut software

Settings for Zing:

  • Force – 100 (will vary with weight of card stock)
  • Speed – 10
  • Multi-cut – 1 or 2

Steps:

  • Print design on card stock
  • Cut to desired size
  • Score fold line
  • Import > Pixel Trace and adjust settings to capture the portion of design you want to cut. Make sure to tick Texturize Path and Blackout Path. My other settings were: Threshold 136, Despeck 182, and Resample x.50 s. Don’t be afraid to tweak these settings to get the results you want.
  • Complete Print and Cut as described in the Make-The-Cut manual. Here are a few things to remember:
  1. Adjust your mat size to match your paper size.
  2. Go to Print Options and tick Print Registration Marks.
  3. Go to Print Set-Up and make sure your page orientation is set correctly.
  4. Now, look at Print Preview to make sure things look the way you want them to print. (I also set my printer software to do Print Preview just to make sure I don’t get any surprises when I print.) Double-check your orientation, page size, image quality, etc. in your printer software before you print.
  • After printing, adhere your printed paper to your mat. Insert into your Zing, making sure the orientation matches what you see on the screen. Set Origin so that the laser lines up with the corner of your paper. (Refer to manual if you are not sure about this.)Set Origin
  • Select Finished, and then Cut. The mat and blade holder will move so that the laser is close to the first registration mark. (If it does not end up close to the mark that is represented by a flashing red dot on the screen, you may have the mat size or orientation set incorrectly. If this is the case fix what is not right and re-set your Origin.) Use your arrow keys to move the light directly on top of the registration mark.

Move Laser to Registration Mark

  • You might want to decrease the number for Steps as you get closer to the registration mark to increase your accuracy when moving toward the mark. (If you look closely in the photo above, you can see where my laser light ended up before I moved it with the arrows.)
  • Click Next to advance to the next registration mark and use arrow keys again as needed. Do the same for the next arrow. The cutting process will begin.
  • Remove your cut image from the mat and use a dab of hot glue to adhere to background card.