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!



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

Embossing Tool


Paper Glue


PNC Pop-Ups

I think Print and Cut (PNC) is a very fun technique that can be used for a lot of different applications.  For today’s post I’ve combined it with another fun technique – Pop-Up cards.

I wanted to make a get well card for a dear friend who had just had surgery and one for an upcoming birthday.  The theme “Poppin’ In” was stuck in my brain.  I searched the internet for free pictures of popcorn and also of jack-in-the-box toys.  When I found several of each that I liked, I saved them.  Then I took them into the Make the Cut software and pixel traced them using the Texturize and Blackout functions.  I chose two different pictures so I would have different views for the front and inside of the cards.  Both of the images for each of the cards fit on a 5″ x 7″ piece of photo paper.  This picture shows the Jack-in-the-Box images on photo paper with the registration marks.


This was loaded onto the mat, the mat inserted into my 15″ Maxx Air and the Print and Cut process was started.  As you can see in this next photo the position of the laser light needed to be adjusted so it was right on top of the registration mark.


Using the arrow keys on my keyboard I moved the mat so the laser light was covering the dot of the registration mark.  When I am looking at it with my eyes rather than through the camera as in the next photo, the laser light seems to be almost swallowed up when it is right over the black dot rather than the large red dot as in these two photos.


After cutting, the two pieces looked like this.


Now it was time to prepare the card itself.  I wanted to have writing that looked nice on the front and inside of the card.  I put a felt tip pen in my Pen Tool, selected a font that I liked, changed the Plotting Defaults in my KNK Studio software to indicate that I was using a Pen instead of a Drag Knife and also selected Sign Blank in the Cut box.  Then I selected my text and sent it to the machine just as I would have for a cutting design.  It is very important that when you are performing multiple operations (writing, scoring, and cutting) on the same piece of cardstock that you use the Sign Blank option in KNK Studio or the WYSIWYG option in MTC to keep everything in its correct position.  This is a photo of the pen tool in action.


Next I used my Embossing Tool – the smaller end – to score the fold lines for the Pop-Up mechanism on the inside piece of the card.  Finally, I inserted the blade holder with the blade, changed the Plotting Defaults/Tool to Drag Knife and cut the card pieces.

To cover up the hole created by the Pop-Up mechanism, a second piece of cardstock is used as the outside of the card.  On the portion that was to become the front of the card I used the Maxx to write more words on a separate piece of paper, used my sewing machine to attach that separate piece of paper to the cardstock and glued one of my PNC cutouts to the piece of paper.  When it was complete, the front of the card looked like this photo.


With the outer and inner parts of the card glued together, the Pop-Up mechanism looked like this.


You can see the hole that it created that needed to be covered up.  When gluing the inside and outside pieces together, take care to not get any glue on the Pop-Up mechanism.  This mechanism is offset from the center of the card due to the shape of the PNC piece that was attached to it.  The inside of the card when finished looked like this photo.


Since the little clown had his arms held out, I decided he could hold a sign for me.

The second card, the birthday card, was constructed in the same way.  The following two photos show the front and inside of the card.



The following settings were used in the making of these cards:

Cutting Cardstock:  KNK Studio Software, Plotting Defaults/Tool=Drag Knife, Plotting Defaults/Cut=Sign Blank, F=55, V=100, Red Blade, Blade Height=25 PIN

Cutting Photo Paper:  MTC Software, Cut Type= Print and Cut, Offset=0.75, F=98, V=55, Multi-Cut=2, Blue Blade, Blade Height=25 PIN

Writing with Pen:  KNK Studio Software, Plotting Defaults/Tool=Pen, Plotting Defaults/Cut=Sign Blank, F=3, V=175, Pen Tip- 1/8″ above paper

Scoring with Embossing Tool:  KNK Studio Software, Plotting Defaults/Tool=Pen, Plotting Defaults/Cut=Sign Blank, F=80, V=100, 2 Passes, Blade Height=25 PIN

Use the following link to download a basic Pop-Up card cutting file.

Pop-Up Card_JudyKay

Wedding Card

A Wedding Card

First off, I have to thank Sandy Evans for this design idea. She gave me an assortment of beautiful cards she had made and this one especially “spoke to me!” I thought it was just so beautiful and so clever! So, I used it for a card swap with my local craft group. I googled this design and, sure enough, there are quite a few variations and I believe it may have originated as a Stampin’ Up idea. Nevertheless, I designed my own version in Make The Cut and the cutting file is at the bottom of this post. Now for the recipe!

Materials and Tools

Black and white smooth cardstock
Black grosgrain ribbon
Black mini brads
KaiserCraft self-adhesive white pearls
White envelopes and white cards (cards are 6″ x 8.5″, folded in half)
KNK Zing
KNK Zing embossing tool
Fiskars Fuse
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Birds and Swirls
Sizzix Embossing Folder: Beaded Ribbons
Pop Dots
Various adhesives


(1) The file was designed for a 6″ x 4.25″ card. I used a paper trimmer to cut a black 6″ x 4.25″ rectangle and a 5.75″ x 4.25″ white rectangle. I then cut all of the pieces from the cutting file. Note that the lapels on the groom’s heart were scored using the small end of the Zing embosser. This provided a much sharper and more symmetrical center fold line than attempting to fold by hand. I used a force of 160 and two passes on the KNK Zing to score that fold.

(2) The white rectangle was adhered to the center of the black rectangle. The smaller white rectangle with the scalloped corners was embossed in the Fiskar’s Fuse using the Birds and Swirls embossing template. Then it was adhered to the center of the smaller black rectangle with scalloped corners. Before layering the rectangles to front of the card, grosgrain ribbon was added so that it wrapped around the sides and to the back of the larger pair of rectangles. To save on ribbon, I used short pieces and taped them to hide just behind the smaller pair of rectangles. Refer to the photo below for placement:

Wedding Card Closeup Cropped

(3) I cut two pieces of the grosgrain ribbon to form the groom’s bow tie. In the cutting file, you’ll see that the cut piece for the groom’s heart shirt was designed with two slits for wrapping one piece of the ribbon around the other. I used tape to secure it to the back of that heart. Then I added three small black brads as buttons, using the three holes that were also cut in that same white heart:

Groom's Heart_resize

(4) Next I used the Beaded Ribbon embossing template in the Fiskar’s Fuse for the bride’s front heart and then adhered it to the scalloped white heart. I added three self-adhesive pearls to the front.

(5) The hearts were mounted to the card using pop dots under the large rounded parts of the hearts and then the bottom parts of the hearts were glued flat to the background.

(6) For the inside of the card, I did a print and cut on the KNK Zing using a greeting typed and centered on another scalloped cornered rectangle:

Wedding Card Inside

(7) Finally, I decided to dress up the envelope by creating an insert with entwined rings cut from black cardstock. I created the rings from joined circles in MTC and arranged along a rectangle sized to fit the envelope:

Wedding Card Envelope

Here is the cutting file I created in MTC, KNK, PDF, and SVG file formats: Wedding Card