Randonisations – Custom Mix-tape Case

Album Cover Design and Process

Album Cover Design - Christmas Mix Tape

Album Cover Design – Christmas Mix Tape

Every year I make a mix tape for my Secret Santa, the highlight being the album cover design of course. This year I stepped it up a notch with a little help from Home Depot. I was really happy with the final product and thoroughly enjoyed making it and would love to make more of these. If it’s some thing you’re interested in give me a shout at the email below.

Here’s a quick look at the process.


Step One

Album Cover Design - Christmas Mix Tape

Carving out the CD pocket.

Chiselling out the CD pocket from 6″ X 6″ Hobby Board. You can’t cheap out on the wood, chiselling out plywood is not such a great idea…


Step Two

Album Cover Design - Christmas Mix Tape

Finished album cased before graphics.

Glueing 6″ X 6″ panels together and sanding edges. The album cover ends up with a nice thick base, so it can easily stand on end for a nice display.


Step Three

Album Cover Design - Christmas Mix Tape

Custom stencil for the face of the album case.

Printing design on label and cutting out stencil. This is pretty tedious, but my years in the Design & Digital Media program at Grant McEwan University gave me lot’s of practice in the ways of the xacto knife.


Step Four

Album Cover Design - Christmas Mix Tape

Custom stencil for the face of the album case.

After staining case, place finished label stencil on surface.  (Make sure it’s facing  in the right direction, more on that later…)


Step Five

Spray paint over stencil. If the stencil is sealed nice and tight, you should end up with nice clean lines. I let it sit a while before bringing it outside to paint, as Edmonton weather in December does not make for optimal stickiness…


Step Six

Album Cover Design - Christmas Mix Tape

Removing the stencil after spray paint application.

Remove Stencil.  This is the most satisfying part.


Finished Product

Album Cover Design - Christmas Mix Tape

Album Cover Design – Christmas Mix Tape

Voila. The final product. Hard Lesson: Be sure to put the stencil on so pocket opening faces up… Oops…