Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT TYPE OF CARDBAORD SHOULD I USE TO MAKE MY COSTUME?
Probably the most important thing about making your cardboard costume is the quality of cardboard. If your use a poor quality of cardboard, your costume will be harder to cut out, difficult to put together and probable won't look as good. If you use a good quality cardboard it will be easier to cut out, come together better and look better for it.
You want cardboard that is firm and crisp NOT flimsy and soft. Firm and crisp 2-5mm thick single wall cardboard (see below). This cardboard will be easier to cut (with cleaner lines) and will hold its form when gluing your costume together.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CARDBOARD USED TO MAKE THE COSTUMES?
Single faced cardboard is great for making costumes and is best used as an decorative additions to your piece. It's great because it's flexible and easy to mould to your creation. You will see some of our tutorials use it for making horns, wings, decorative buttons and trim.
Single wall cardboard is the main type of cardboard used in our costumes. The quality of your cardbord can make a massive difference in cutting your template out and putting it together. We have found cardboard
2-5mm thick that is firm and crisp works best.
We don't use double wall cardboard or even triple wall cardboard in our designs. It doesn't mean to say this isn't a great medium, multi layered cardboard is so much fun to work with and makes great sturdy cubbies. It's just that our templates are not designed to be used with this type of cardboard.
HOW DO I INCREASE THE SIZE OF MY TEMPLATE?
Most of the templates fit all children sizes and also up to a medium size adults head. However, if you wish to make a template bigger to fit a larger sized adult head the best way to do this would be to increase the print size and tile your paper.
Print>Page Scaling>Tile All Pages and then set your Tile Scale to 105%. When marrying up the sheets the watermark will help you match your pages together.
WHY IS MY TEMPLATE LOOK TOO SMALL OR BIG?
Check that you have printed the template at 100% and that your template is printed onto the right size paper (Your paper size is stated in Step One of your instructions). On some of the templates you will actually see a scale where you can check that you have printed the template at the right size. Other terminology used in printing software to explain printing size and to check that it is set to print the original size is;
- Page Scaling is set to None
- Do Not Scale is selected
- Paper Sizing and handling is set to Actual Size
WHY ARE ALL YOUR TEMPLATES PROTECTED (LOCKED)?
All templates can be opened as a PDF and printed, they will not open in editing or graphic software because the are set to PRINT ONLY. All the templates are password protected for copyright reasons. To be able to make the costumes as designed, you should only need the printing options.
HOW MAY TIMES CAN I MAKE THE TEMPLATE?
You can print the templates as many times as you like and make as many costumes as you need. As long as you do not share or use the templates for commercial or financial gain, with out the permission of the copyright owner. The templates are for personal use only.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY ELECTRONIC TEMPLATE?
After you have purchased the template you should receive an automatic email with your template to download. Make sure to check your junk folder if you have not received your email