Dimensional Stickers. Next we're going to create 3-D stickers that will really make your scrapbook pages pop!
Let's begin by opening the file dimensionalart.cdr. All of the files have at least one or more items set up in one pair of two (see the top two images in Figure 10). These sets will be used for printing the image from a regular printer and for Vector cutting the pieces that will be used for the dimensional piece, bottom piece (see bottom of Figure 10 for vectoring).
To set up the 3-D stickers to outline portions of the image to cut out, check out our Technical Library article called Smoothing an Outline which shows you how to quickly outline an area of the image you want to cut out and to smooth the cut lines.
We've set up the camera for you to try out to create multiple dimensional stickers using a jig. When you open the file camerajig.cdr you will see a file set up like Figure 11.
Creating the Template Jig. We used 2 -1/8" thick, 14.5" width, 4.5" length pieces of wood to create our templates (see Figure 12). Any sturdy type of material is fine for this process as long as you can create the template.
Step 1: Print the items in your file that resemble the items at the top of Figure 10 using your regular printer. Make sure that before you do so you Center your images first on the paper in CorelDRAW. This will ensure accuracy when cutting the images using the machine. To center your images, click onto the graphic and Press "P" on your keyboard.
Step 2: Take your printed images from the printer.
Step 3: Next, go to the laser and place your wood inside the laser. In CorelDRAW, using the printing version (top part of Figure 10) print your image in vector mode to cut through your material. On our 45 watt machine we used 35% Speed and 100% Power. The vector portion of the images will cut out squares for the jig, and two camera pieces: the rectangle portion of the camera, and the circle for the lens (Figures 12 and 13).
Step 4: Now, place your printed graphics underneath the wooden template (Figure 12) with the squares. Match the outline of the boxes on paper to match the outline of the boxes cut out of your wooden template. Use tape to hold the paper in place. Then place your wooden template back into the laser at the top left corner of the system.
Step 5: Back in Corel, send the job to the laser in vector mode to cut through the paper. On the 45 watt, we used 100% speed and 20% power. You will have cut out pieces matching those shown on the right side of Figure 13.