I had a bracelet made for my daughter and didn’t have a box to wrap it in. So I looked online for a template. I was pretty excited when I found this site that makes it easy to create several different styles of boxes. You can just put in the dimensions you need, and it creates a perfect template. You even have a choice of PDF, SVG, or DXF. So cool!
I decided on a hexagon box and chose to save as an SVG. After a little trial and error, I found it easiest if I separated the score lines from the cut lines in Inkscape. (This could be done in MTC or another software.) I then imported the SVG into MTC.
In MTC, I placed my score lines and cut lines on two different layers. I wanted to use the pen to draw a design on my box, so I also imported a sketch file onto a 3rd layer. Finally, I needed a registration box, so I created one and put it on a 4th layer.
I don’t do a lot of paper crafting so I have never bothered to purchase a scoring tool for my Zing. (I NEED to purchase one of these!) I tried a few different methods before I found a way to get acceptable score lines. I found if I greatly reduced the blade exposure, decreased the force to around 3, and cut on what would be the inside of the box, I could later go over the score lines using a manual score board to get a good result. (If you are lucky enough to have a score tool for your cutter, you will want to change your score lines from dotted lines to solid. Just think how great the soon to be released KNK Force would be for this project!!)
Score board (or score tool as mentioned above)
12 X 12 Card Stock
Red Capped Blade
Adhesive roller (or other adhesive)
Settings on Zing:
Cut: Speed – 10, Force – 40, Pass – 2, Offset – .35
Score (Cut dashed lines. If using Score Tool, settings will be different.) : Speed – 10, Force – 3, Pass – 1, Offset – .35
Pen: Height – 25 post notes, Speed – 10, Force 15, Pass – 1, Offset – 0
Place card stock on carrier mat, right side down.
Check settings as listed above. Cut “registration” and “cut” layers. Make sure other layers are off.
Change settings as listed above. Set blade origin to “use last” and cut (or score) “registration” and “score” layers. Make sure other layers are off.
Remove from mat. If needed use manual score board on score lines. Replace on carrier mat, right side up.
Change settings as listed above. Use gel pen to draw “pen” layer. Make sure all other layers are off. Remember to set the origin where you want the design to draw, as you will not be using the registration box for this layer.
Remove from mat and fold on score lines. Glue together. You might want to add a little tape on the inside of the box to make sure seams stay together. I used ink to distress the edges.
If you’d like a copy of the free MTC file to create my Fall Gift Box, click here.