Index Card Carrier SVG Cut File - Final
Now that we have our 2D mockup of the pieces and fold lines, we can draw a test cut line in IllustratorR. Just lock the layer containing the mockup and draw the cut line on a new layer. If you like rounded corners, create those as you draw the corners of the flap.
Next we need to consider the 12 x 12 inch paper limitations. As you can see, our mockup is too big for 12 x 12 inch card stock. So where would be the best place to divide the mockup into two or more pieces. First, the sides could be separated from the main section, allowing that section of the carrier to fit within the 12 inch width cutting area on the Silhouette.
But the pattern is still to long to fit inside the 12 inch height of the cutting area. When the carrier is closed, the flat will overlap the front. We can remove 1 inch from the height of the front section. Also, we could remove the flap and make it a separate section of the pattern. This will give us a main section of the carrier that will fit inside the 12 x 12 cutting area.
Lock the current layer, and draw a new cut line for the main section of the carrier, omitting both sides, the flap and 1 inch from the front section. Next, we will redraw the flap section as a separate piece. When we do this, we will need to add an additional 1 inch to the height. This additional height will be used to glue the flap to the back section of the carrier.
Finally, because we have shorten the height of the front section by 1 inch, we need to shorten the height of the side section the same amount. We don't want the sides to pock above the front section. We also need to add .5 inch to the width of the side piece. Again, this .5 inch addition will be used to glue the side section to the back section.
The result is a three-piece index card carrier design for an SVG cut file.
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