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This is my second attempt at sending out an acrylic postcard. I learned a few things the last time with the split-etched which surprised me by success...
Easy enough. Just click on the spiral icon, the one hiding behind the line icon, and click on the screen to bring up this window. I punched in:Radius ...
Alt-click-drag and wha-hey! A new spiral appears.
Transform the new spiral with a 180-degree rotation to flip it.
Now zoom in and arrange the spirals so they are concentric. The results should look like below. Now take the pen tool to connect the two spirals.
Zooming back out will let you see the entire shape. Take the pen tool again and connect the outside ends of the spirals by creating a box shape on the...
Alt-click-drag again for glory!
Like before, transforming the copied shape with a 180-degree rotation.
Now you should be able to move the shapes together so that they form a black mass. Go into the outline mode and zoom in to really refine this if you w...
Leaving the spirals for a minute, create the shape of the postcard. I like a 6" x 4" card with 1/4" rounded corners. Don't you?
Now create two guides that bisect the postcard shape for both the horizontal and vertical. Huzzah! There's the center, ready and waiting.
Grab both of the spirals and bring them onto the postcard shape so that their center is on top of the postcard's center.
OK, now we're ready for the addresses. Good old Flibberty and Howard are used again to show how this works. Pretty simple, really.
Just to make sure everything's tidy, I like to put the layers all together nice and neat. Here I have three layers. One for the die cut and one for ea...
Now select all of the elements in the bottom layer and get ready to tweak them. Since the bottom layer is being printed on the backside of the card i...
Oh wow, this looks horrendous! If you hide the top or the bottom you can see each layer and how it will be etched onto the acrylic. Keep in mind tha...
Now all that's left is to laser cut and etch the acrylic and then mail it off. Now after one friend gets it and loves it and then tells your other f...
The first two cards have made it and five more are going out today. One of the fist two is handy with a camera so expect some success shots soon. I ho...
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