Custom Projects

At Hot Ink we are not afraid to think out-of-the-box and partner with our clients to create unique custom projects. If it’s something special and different that you need but aren’t quite sure how to create it, we will brainstorm it with you, offering practical suggestions and making use of the design skills, experience and resources that we have accumulated over the last 23 years.

We work with a variety of different materials for our custom made boxes. The ability to print; die-cut and laser-cut/etch on site; apply metallic ink to short runs of printing; as well as the level of handwork and logic that we offer, means that magic results can often be created within a very short time frame. From producing the custom folders for the SA Rugby World Rugby Cup Bid 2023 and life-size football players in 2018, to a custom presentation box for Miss SA 2019, we continue to pioneer new solutions for those more unusual requests.

Scroll down to view our latest projects or chat to us next time you have brief without a solution – we just love a creative challenge!




DESIGN CHALLENGE: create packaging for handmade jewellery that functions as both a display stand as well as a flat pack solution for transportation once purchased. No simple task! However, JP’s solution is something which is not only cost effective and simple to fold together, but looks appealing and totally matches the unique style of the product.




The unique nature of trophies and cake toppers means they ideally need to be custom made in small quantities making it an expensive process. However, with some creative input and experimentation with perspex; vinyl and our handy laser cutter, we have come up with some simple, yet super effective results that come in well within budget.




Our most recent presentation boxes include VAL DE VIE and MISS SA 2019! The solution often involves our handy laser cutter: both for the formation of the vinyl wrapped boxes as well as the creation of perspex badges to go on the lid. Magnetic clasps keep the hinged lids closed and the full handcrafted result is a truly premium product.




Custom menus and invites for a once-off function, each containing unique information, this Cordon Bleu chef-in-training needed a special solution. The result was a truly waterproof menu printed with metallic silver onto vinyl and applied to clear perspex.




DESIGN CHALLENGE: create custom packaging to hold luxury greeting cards and envelopes. Not only did we do the design and layout for the whole project, but the initial prototype was so successful that we produced another 100 units for retail as part of the pilot project. 




DESIGN CHALLENGE: create a custom bound info book for a luxury safari camp that was earthy and natural looking, yet durable. We came up with a hinged cover out of MDF board with a laser-etched logo on the front, and bound together with nickel interscrews. Client was thrilled with the unique result.




DESIGN CHALLENGE: Create a deluxe presentation box to hold a casebound book for the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation. The solution: a laser-cut box out of MDF and chipboard with magnetic latch, wrapped in printed vinyl with foam inlay and courtesy ribbon to lift the book out… 




DESIGN CHALLENGE: Customise a whisky bottle and create holder within 24hrs! The solution: laser etched message onto the surface of the glass with cut-out lettering in matt black vinyl applied to a silver bottle cylinder from Merrypak.

Nice Things People Say About Us

“The most creative, accomodating, helpful design team around! Just the BEST!!! Thanks Jurgens!”
Alison Geduld

“Nicola you are a star! I totally love the invitation. The colour, the texture and the bubbles - perfect!
You know where I am coming for my next project :) Thank you again.”
Etienne Kruger

“Thank you very much Nicola, really appreciate the excellent service from Hot Ink.”
Dave Barnes - Westlake United Church Trust

“Thank you Garth, Hot Ink’s service was brilliant as usual.”
Mike van Schoor - Progressive Housing Investments

“Just a little note to say a HUGE THANK YOU for all the work you put into the print elements on our SafeCare Conference last week.
We got loads of compliments on the printed items. We love working with you and really
appreciate your calm way of handling our requests.
Thanks for making us look good…AGAIN!!!!
Karen de Waal - Fleet Street Communications

“I rarely feel the need write mails like this, but feel in your case it definitely needs to be said. We use Hotink for all our agency printing and I am continuously blown away by the level of service and quality your team delivers.

Absolutely nothing is to much of a mission or any deadline to tight. Working with your team is an absolute pleasure and it is amazing to know that we can trust you guys to deliver on time and with a standard of quality which we expect from all our suppliers but very seldom get. If everyone in this city delivered work like you guys do our job would be made SO much easier. So again thank you and your team for always going the extra mile, it really is appreciated!”
Ian Nel - Engage Brandcraft

“I am absolutely blown away with what Nadia has produced. I know you assisted her with the photography etc and thank you very much for that - they are beautiful! I am most definitely bringing all my work to her.”
Adele - The Scrapbook

“Feels a bit odd not having spoken to you 15 times today!!! I just wanted to say a really big THANK YOU for your hard work and delivery on the ICGN stuff. I really appreciate it.”
Karen - Fleet Street Communications

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