Hi all! I am going to make a lake art gift where I will laser cut the shape of the lake out of a 20x12 sheet, add text and decoration, etc. I’d like to back the piece with something blue so that the lake cut out is blue…evoking the sense of water. Any ideas?
I don’t want to use a full matching sheet of acrylic and would prefer something thinner. Aluminum? Are there metallic papers that would be durable enough?
So maybe? The thing to “worry” about with foil cardstocks is that if the foil is really metal, the glowforge can’t really cut it. I did fool with some great metallic foil cardstocks, and the key was cutting them from the back. The foil tears quite cleanly, or at least it did on mine. I posted about it, let’s see if I can find it…
I don’t need to cut the card stock – just adhere it to the underside of the wood where the lake shape itself will be cut out. I just don’t want it to look chinsy compared to an acrylic or anodized aluminum.
There are more styles of cardstock with more finishes than you think. I’m sure there’s something good out there.
Here’s a crazy idea too: a really nice print of whatever image you want as your underlayer. You can make your own printed ocean image and go from there. If you dont want to do that, find a nice wrapping paper or premade printed cardstock and go with that. Several people have used very pretty origami papers as backings to similar effect… here’s one from @monosyth