HOW IT WORKS
Once you have indicated which file to download, you will be directed to a link where you can immediately download the templates with their instructions in PDF format. This makes our format environmentally friendly by not requiring any energy expenditure for shipments around the world. At the same time, it means that you will have instant access to files without having to wait for mail.
The templates are compatible with the typical sheet formats of most home printers: letter paper or A4 paper. You just have to select the paper in the printing preferences and print in real size, without adjusting to the paper size (not scaling the file). We recommend printing directly onto cardstock paper over 150 gsm or 40 lb (note that regular office paper is 75gsm or 20 lb). However, not all printers will allow printing on heavyweight cardboard, so another option is to print the templates on regular paper and then stick them on the cardboard of preference, including reuse boxes.
Corrugated cardboard and cardboard thicker than 1mm will not work properly as they cannot be bent enough. On the other hand, very thin papers will not give the required stability to the design.
If you are using reuse cardboard, make sure to flatten them to have a smooth work surface, then glue the templates to the cardboard. When assembling the mask, THE TEMPLATES WILL BE INSIDE THE DESIGN, so you must consider that the surface that you do not see is the one that will be the finish side of the mask.
Once you have the templates in the material to be used, cut all the pieces along the solid line. Be careful not to cut the dashed lines. Use scissors or a cutter, a ruler and a suitable cutting surface. For straighter and more precise cuts, we recommend the second option. (Remember to only cut along the solid lines)
Fold the pieces along the dashed lines according to their type. The dashed-only lines bend upward, forming a valley fold. The dashed and dotted lines bend downward, forming a mountain fold. The thicker the cardboard, the more difficult it will be to achieve a crease-free fold, for this we recommend highlighting the line to be folded using an inkless pen, blunt knife or “bone folder” to achieve straighter folds.
Each piece of the template contains a series of numbers that will make construction very easy. Each piece is numbered and each pair of edges to be glued is appropriately numbered. The assembly system consists of a series of tabs (always shaded light gray)
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Finally, put your creativity to work by putting in your own style and personal touch. Paint, decorate, use different paper types and experiment with textures. There is no limit to the possibilities.
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