I know it's a little late, but I wanted to share this year's Halloween project before the season really slides into the holidays. I'll share the process in designing and making these laser cut skeleton greeting cards with handmade envelopes.
I love all things creepy. No surprise, Halloween is dear to my dark little heart. There's something about the air of the fall, that brings with it the insatiable urge to craft. I chose the skelton in a coffin to be both archetypal, and show off the detailed capabilities of laser cutting.
If you're familiar with physical productions that rely on vector files (vinyl cutting, laser cutting, etching), you'll know the most important thing to check in your artwork is that there are no overlapping lines. Above is the coffin cut that's folded to make the card, and the skeleton cuts that are attached to the cover. If you're only viewing your artwork in standard mode, you might not be able to see over lapping or unnecessary lines. Before prepping your files for output, Command+Y in Illustrator to see the outline preview. Make the Path Finder your best friend. It's especially important to coordinate your production files for whatever hardware will be producing your artwork.
Pictured above on the left is the laser cutter. If you haven't checked out the Sodo Maker Space yet, I really encourage you to do so. The middle is a process shotof the design being cut. 2 full cuts took just over 2 minutes. You can see how detailed and fragile the finished cuts look.
The card was sized irregularly so I had to make custom envelopes. They are matching ivory with a torn edge. These were a limited run but you can purchase the last few on ETSY! They are blank, but you can purchase a calligraphy listing for $2.50 and have a message written and addressed directly to your recipient!
Hope everyone's Halloween was a skele-TON fun! I'm excited to share upcoming projects from the rest of the holiday season.