Custom Sized Boxes in a Hurry

Need a custom box in a hurry and don’t have the time to design one yourself? There are hundreds of free box templates on the internet, but if you need an odd size you may have to stretch and tweak so much, you might as well draw it yourself. Fortunately, there is a free box design tool called Template Maker. Template Maker is an online tool for making all kinds of boxes. Sandy McCauley made an awesome video on how the Template Maker works, which is how found this tool for my toolbox. Sandy McCauley Template Maker Video

I recently started a new business venture with a laser cutting machine, making custom products I cannot cut with my KNK Maxx. And while it certainly could cut paper for boxes, I did not purchase the Print and Cut upgrade for it (major big bucks!) I wanted a nice presentation box to hold this product for shipping. So, my KNK Maxx Air is far from retired, but is a valuable partner in my business.

I started with the dimensions I needed to hold fifty units of the product and used the Template Maker tool to design the box. One of your options is to download the result as an SVG. Since you are working with a SVG file you can use any cutting design program on the market to customize and cut your box.

I added my logo and text to describe the contents of the box, positioning these objects within the fold lines of the box. Next, I set up the file as a Print and Cut and moved the print, emboss and cut lines to different layers so they could be executed in turn.

After printing on cardstock and mounting to the mat, my first process was to emboss the score or fold lines using the Embossing Tool. Switched to the Standard Material Blade to cut out my box, once again using the Print and Cut operation.

Using a creasing tool while folding the sides and glue flaps of your box helps keep the box rigid. I did notice that the glue flaps were a little bit small and I will increase those in my cutting software next time. Apply glue to the appropriate flaps and form your box.

My custom product fits perfectly and will help protect the contents during shipping.

My Maxx Air allowed me to create a professional presentation of the completed custom job for my client! Be it business or pleasure we all need unique custom sized boxes occasionally. Having our KNK cutters makes the task easy!

 

Materials

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade

Embossing Tool

Cardstock

Paper Glue

 

Happy New Year!

Winter, my favorite time of the year! Christmas is over and we have had below zero temps for the last 10 days or so. The reason I love winter is because for me it is time to stay inside and create! The week between Christmas and New Years is a vacation with out leaving my house.

My Scrap Chick is one of my favorite sites to purchase cutting files. They often have sales where you can get a sweet paper piecing file for 50 cents. They also have a weekly freebie if you sign up for their emails.

This sweet card was made using one of their files. Generally, if I am going to make a card like this I will cut enough for 6-12 cards. It doesn’t take  a lot of time to  assemble them and  I have a large family to share them with. The bird is paper except for the glasses which are vinyl, as is the Happy Birthday.

Materials

Cordinations paper

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

force 34 vinyl   90 paper

speed   400

I hope 2018 is a year filled with good  health and time to enjoy the things that you love.

Fa la la

My daughter is new to the KNK world so when she wanted to cut heat transfer vinyl she came to visit. She had found a free svg file that she liked. Here is the link to that file. It was near and dear to her heart because for years we had two llamas, Leo and Alf.

The picture doesn’t do it justice. The entire image, other than the black base layer is glitter vinyl. It is adorable in person.

Remember to mirror the image if making this file with HTV.

 

 

Materials

Glitter flex II heat transfer vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

Force 45

Speed 400

Multicut 2

New beginnings

My son recently bought his own practice and moved from San Diego to Wisconsin.Then they got a kitten to keep their older cat company. Their older cat had a skin condition which made it scratch and caused sores. So like any good cat person, his better half Annie, had a dress made so the open area would be covered and ordered a matching dress for the kitten. I applied the logo to the dresses. The kitten in a Savannah hybrid, her name is Lily. The older cat , Mia, has since healed and the kitten has outgrown her dress.

 

And then because at one time I had ordered 200 koozies ( just in case I ever needed a koozie) I made some Koozies with their logo.

Materials

Heat transfer vinyl

heat press

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

Speed 350

Force 33  2 passes

red capped blade

 

Both were pretty simple. My son had designed the logo and sent it to me as a jpeg. I was able to trace it and turn it into a KNK file. I then mirrored the image and cut it from the heat transfer vinyl.  When cutting htv I use a lower force but do a multiple cut with 2 passes. It seems to weed better this way. I don’t do a lot with htv and my heat press compared to regular vinyl, but everytime I make something with HTV I am so happy that I invested in a heat press.

A wedding plaque

I had a special request for a sign for a wedding. It had leaves, lots of leaves, and the guests were each suppose to sign a leaf at  the reception. She sent me a Pintrest picture of what she wanted. I was able to make the leaf and the stems in shapes and then went to Layout/array and made multiple leaves and stems. I then scattered them all over the space and when I had them all where I wanted I welded them together, along with an open rectangle in the center.

 

I then weeded out the leaves and the center rectangle and applied it to a stained wood plaque. I painted over the areas that I had weeded and waited until the paint was fairly dry before removing the vinyl.

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Here is the finished result.

Materials

vinyl

transfer tape

stained wood plaque

paint

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 36

Speed 450