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This looks both beautiful and functional. Thanks for sharing.
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This is great!!! Thank you so much for sharing I can't wait to try it out as I have many small card game boxes that need some love after many years of play!
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This is really a great work... Thanks for sharing.
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That's an awesome and very detailed post and your box looks very beautiful.
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Wow that final image looks amazing. Nice job!
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Holy crap, Luke. Holy crap.

I'm a PnP dilettante by comparison. I must begin emulating this process immediately. Any magic to how you create your wrap images? I'm a dunce when it comes to graphic design and image manipulation.
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Annowme wrote:
Holy crap, Luke. Holy crap.

I'm a PnP dilettante by comparison. I must begin emulating this process immediately. Any magic to how you create your wrap images? I'm a dunce when it comes to graphic design and image manipulation.

Not magic, really. Just time and Photoshop. I've been contemplating creating a tutorial on wrap images, but I'm trying to figure out how to divorce the process from the tool, because I'm not particularly interested in teaching people how to use Photoshop from scratch.

I'm going to work on uploading the wrap images for the boxes I've already created alongside the outer dimensions for the boxes, but that process is going to take me a while. I've just got a lot going on right now, especially now that this project is off my plate.
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Annowme wrote:
Holy crap, Luke. Holy crap.

I'm a PnP dilettante by comparison. I must begin emulating this process immediately. Any magic to how you create your wrap images? I'm a dunce when it comes to graphic design and image manipulation.

Not magic, really. Just time and Photoshop. I've been contemplating creating a tutorial on wrap images, but I'm trying to figure out how to divorce the process from the tool, because I'm not particularly interested in teaching people how to use Photoshop from scratch.

I'm going to work on uploading the wrap images for the boxes I've already created alongside the outer dimensions for the boxes, but that process is going to take me a while. I've just got a lot going on right now, especially now that this project is off my plate.

Well, I'm already inspired just seeing what you've accomplished. That said, anything you upload or any other tutorial-for-dummies-like-me you put together in the future would be awesome.
 
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I also love to see any tutorial you may have about the graphic wrap. Your boxes look fantastic.
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Wold also like to see the graphic wrap information. Would love to see them loaded up into the files section as well.
Are they standard or large size paper. I would want to make some boxes larger for bigger games and could easily adapt the wraps to fit my large format 17" printer. Photoshop files would be great as well.
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Wold also like to see the graphic wrap information. Would love to see them loaded up into the files section as well.
Are they standard or large size paper. I would want to make some boxes larger for bigger games and could easily adapt the wraps to fit my large format 17" printer. Photoshop files would be great as well.


I've made a photoshop file that (barely) fits within a standard 8.5x11, but it's still being fine-tuned as I figure out how best to construct the boxes. I did the bottom and riser just fine, but the top was 2mm off. Will post when it's perfected.
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For the graphics wrap, I use a photo printer and print on either matte or semi-gloss photo paper. I will lean more toward semi-gloss going forward. It creates basically the same look and feel as most board game boxes, and the matte photo paper tends to get scuffed up really easy.


I use photo paper to build tuckboxes, and they'd get all scuffed from folding them into shape. Then I tried protecting the printed side with a layer of transparent self adhesive vinyl, and it worked great. It added a bit of rigidity and stiffness to the resulting box, as well as a nice texture, but most importantly you can score and fold the printed side and no damage will be done to the color.
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GeekElite wrote:
For the graphics wrap, I use a photo printer and print on either matte or semi-gloss photo paper. I will lean more toward semi-gloss going forward. It creates basically the same look and feel as most board game boxes, and the matte photo paper tends to get scuffed up really easy.


I use photo paper to build tuckboxes, and they'd get all scuffed from folding them into shape. Then I tried protecting the printed side with a layer of transparent self adhesive vinyl, and it worked great. It added a bit of rigidity and stiffness to the resulting box, as well as a nice texture, but most importantly you can score and fold the printed side and no damage will be done to the color.

I actually need to update this, since I don't use photo paper anymore. I found a really great linen paper through Neenah Paper that produces fantastic looking boxes with a little surface texture that's really nice. Once the box is wrapped, I spray it with gloss acrylic sealant, and it comes out really nice.
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Re: DIY Graphics-Wrapped Chipboard Card Boxes (Detailed Tutorial w/Pics)
I'm amazed at how nice your finished product looks on the shelf. Please share your plans (box dimensions, wrap plans) when you find the time.

I'm very tempted to start a quest to convert all of my card-heavy games to your standardized format. It's so tempting! I can hardly wait to try building a box, but what if it's not tall enough to fit card dividers? What if it's too narrow to squeeze in player boards? What if my wrap can't fit on a US letter sized sheet?

So many questions.. maybe I'll just pick a game, just to build a fancy box for it. Just because.
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I'm amazed at how nice your finished product looks on the shelf. Please share your plans (box dimensions, wrap plans) when you find the time.

I'm very tempted to start a quest to convert all of my card-heavy games to your standardized format. It's so tempting! I can hardly wait to try building a box, but what if it's not tall enough to fit card dividers? What if it's too narrow to squeeze in player boards? What if my wrap can't fit on a US letter sized sheet?

So many questions.. maybe I'll just pick a game, just to build a fancy box for it. Just because.

I can informally share a few of my dimensions here:

The face of every box is 75mm wide by 104mm tall. The depth of each box is determined by the number of cards in the game you're boxing up, measured as I show above.

Each half (top/bottom) of each box is roughly 52mm tall. The side walls of the lid and bottom are 50mm tall, and the extra 2mm is added by the chipboard that forms the base of each piece.

The internal risers are all 71mm wide (viewed on the face) by 65mm tall. Again, the depth is determined by the number of cards in the game.

Determine the depth of your riser first, and use it to determine the depth of the overall box.

With these outer dimensions, the internal dimensions of each box are 68mm (w) by 100mm (h) by XXmm (d). This will fit virtually ever type of card sleeve for standard (poker) sized cards, and also leaves a little headway for dividers.

At some point I plan to revise and update the above post and include this information. You'll note that the sizes I quote here differ from the ones I used to create that Fluxx box above. The box in this tutorial is effectively a beta prototype (after boxes for Targi and Guillotine were my "alpha"s).

I'm more than willing to answer questions if you have more. I can't guarantee I'll get to them quickly, but I'll try to get to them if you ask.
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My initial measurements for a Polders box came out to 74mm (W) x 94mm (H) x 205 (D), but I'll adjust it upwards now to your 75mm x 105mm size. So glad that you responded so quickly -- I'd forgotten to add 1mm to account for thickness of the linen wrap around the riser.

Okay, so, I'm having fun figuring out how to make your box design. I'm starting with the riser. Here's a pic showing my rig for gluing the sides at 90 degree angles.. just idle curiosity with a clamp and some Legos.



Thanks for sharing!
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Your boxes look great!

Could anyone recommend an alternative to the linen paper? That stuff is £60 ($73) on Amazon.co.uk!
 
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Your boxes look great!

Could anyone recommend an alternative to the linen paper? That stuff is £60 ($73) on Amazon.co.uk!


How much are you buying?!

This is the stuff I use:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BKZYB9K/ref=pe_385721_3703805...

There's various other suppliers of the same stuff that are similarly priced.
 
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Your boxes look great!

Could anyone recommend an alternative to the linen paper? That stuff is £60 ($73) on Amazon.co.uk!


You might want to try actual paper suppliers rather than Amazon. I get my linen paper from Neenah Paper in the US, and it's relatively cheap, depending on the quantity you buy. I'd have to imagine there would be something similar in the UK.
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These are amazing. Well done! Thanks for sharing.
 
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These are amazing. Would you be willing to share your files so that I could print some myself?
 
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These are amazing. Would you be willing to share your files so that I could print some myself?

I'm workin' on it. I'm building a couple more tutorials and a GeekList that'll have file links. It might take me a while, but it's coming.
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