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 20 years.

Some of the materials that we have worked with include paper, wood, perspex, leather and glass. The ability to print and laser-cut/etch on site; apply metallic ink to digital 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 weird and wonderful boxes and beyond, 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 student, Lauren Bloom, completed a challenging book printing project with us that involved her hand-stitching the finished product. Rigid case-bound covers provided the necessary support for this very adventurous submission.




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 box was presented to MISS SA 2019! The solution once again involved our handy laser cutter: both for the formation of the vinyl wrapped boxes as well as the creation of the perspex badges to go on the lid. A magnetic clasp keeps the hinged lid tightly closed and the final 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 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: Print custom labels for wine bottles; chocolates and soap bottles, and then package them with ‘thank you’ tags for presentation.  The solution: Vinyl labels for the wine, clear labels for the soap and printed sleeves for the chocolate. Put together with tissue paper and rafia the end result was simple but classy gifting… 




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

“Quality Excellent. I only trust Jurgens with my printing.”
Nicky Diamond

“I want to thank Hot Ink for your continued support. We could not do what we do without the support of
compassionate visionaries like yourself.
It is only through you that we have been able to have over 2000 children in our programmes daily.”
Kevin Chaplin - The Amy Biehl Foundation Trust

“Once again - just a little note to say thank you for your help on our JSE job. We had such incredible feedback on the quality of the print and the conference went really well.
Thanks for schlepping my stuff up to Joburg!”
Karen de Waal - Fleet Street Communications

“Garth, THANK YOU SO MUCH, this is AWESOME. We really owe you!!
You guys are the best wow.
Thanks again for your GREAT service, you have just made my day.”
Ina Adlem - Graphic Studio, Langebaan

“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

“Just wanted to congratulate you on a job well done. The BC that you did for us looks great and we are getting a lot of complements regarding the Quality of the cards. Many thanks again.”

“Thanks for all the speedy, really great service and reliability from you. I especially appreciate you always getting back to me promptly and helping me out with the sometimes ridiculous timelines etc. (I know I can be quite demanding at times!).
It really is a pleasure working with you guys at Hotink, so thank you to all of you.”
Pippa Vally Mohomed - visuals & interactives

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