Monday, 11 May 2015

Design Box cards in SCAL4

I love box cards! They are fun, fold flat (ish) and can be plain or highly adorned. For those who like bling, there is plenty of scope and they are always well received. If you read my last blog post, you'll recognise this one.

What I didn't tell you in the last post, was how to go about designing the box bit. This one is plain - but there is no reason why it should need to be if you want something with more 'wow' factor.

However, what you really don't want to do, is spend hours designing each individual box, when there is a much easier way.  Certain parts of the design are stable, and if you know how to put the elements together, you can knock up variations in just a few minutes. I'm talking about making the flaps super duper fancy, things like that.

Often when something is designed, variations and their ease of application is not at the forefront of our minds but if it is, we can make things so much easier.

Here is what I mean.  These are the basic parts of a box card.  Make them and store as a page in your project design and COPY and PASTE to where you want to use them.  The Video to go with this blog explains the process of putting the elements together.

The oval is decorated using the object to path tool, sized to fit the square and welded to make a panel. More objects can be placed around another oval to make cut outs.
The panels are duplicated, flap added,overlapped and welded (using the Union button).
The score lines are then sized to fit and lined up using the Position and Size box. The video also explains how to make the score marks properly and how to use grouping and naming layers to help.
The result is a basic method that allows you to infinitely vary the finished result without having to start from scratch each time.

EDIT - If you have a hard time adjusting the overlapping sides before welding together, there is another option. Duplicate them as in the video with no gaps and line up the bottoms. Then just make a narrow vertical rectangle the same height (6.5cm in this case) and over lap each join, then you can weld and know they are exactly the width you needed.  This means that your individual top pieces can be sized to the full width - just check for any overlap of your decorative edges.

BTW, if you wonder why I do the pieces individually - it allows you to make more sides if you wish for hexagons etc!

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