Kasandra from The Paper Den asked on the Make-the-Cut forum for suggestions of shapes to make into boxes. She and her husband, Matt, design very unique boxes and 3d paper sculpture cutting files for use with electronic die cutters. You Must Go See
Anyway, I asked for a 5 pointed star box. A very simple shape, or so I'm told. Compared to some of the ones they make, I can see why they would classify it as simple. You Must Go See
They graciously made the file for me, and I have completed a project with it. It looks like I am going to have to do another one, though.
My vision was to do it in a Texas theme. It is, after all, part of our flag. I designed the Bluebonnet paper to cover the top of the box along with some paper Texas flowers. Most especially, the Yellow Rose of Texas. Because of the shape and the size of the box, my intention was to use one flower in the center to look like a knob. So far, so good.
I made the box. I cut it from thin chipboard. Cutting the chipboard actually ended up causing my first day of frustration with my Cougar, but I got it done. Everything else went fine. The box is great. I created the cut files for the top and bottom covers myself. I had to do the cover files, at least for the top, differently than the box file because I do not have a 12 x 12 printer. I cut the custom designed paper for the top cover, the bottom cover from cardstock, and got everthing assembled together. I added some ribbon trim and was ready to add the flower when......
Screeeech! My husband likes it just as it is. No flower. Far now, it will remain that way. I'll either add the flower later, or make another box.