by Karen Burniston
Hi! I'm Karen Burniston, a Sizzix Licensed Artist and the designer of the pop-up dies.
There may be snow on the ground here in Colorado, but it's still never too early to dream of spring! Here's a simple pop-up card to brighten someone's day featuring dies from the NEW Sizzix Spring collection.
The pop-up die I used on this card may surprise you; it's the Pop-Up Snowflake die! So many of the pop-up dies can be altered quite easily to be used for other themes. Think of the pop-up dies as 3-D "tools" that allow you to easily design upwards. If you have holiday pop-up dies and have stored them for the year ... dig them out! By using some of the fun dies from the other Sizzix collections, they are easily transformed into other themes. The Pop-Up Snowman, for example, makes a great Easter Bunny! (Stay tuned for a future blog post on that.)
Let's walk through the steps to transform snowflakes into flowers!
Your first step is to cut two Pop-Up Snowflakes and two base pieces from green patterned paper. For a flower pop-up, green is a great color choice because it will make the spokes of the snowflake look like leaves. Use coordinating mini-brads to attach the snowflakes to the base pieces and link them together as shown below.
Now let's use a Movers & Shapers die to cut a card with a window in it. I'd like to see my snowflake, which I will later cover with a flower, through the window, so I'll use my pop-up to determine where to place the window magnet on the die.
In the above photos, I've turned the Movers & Shapers die over and am holding the pop-up in the collapsed position right up next to the fold line of the card. I'll need to slide the pop-up vertically along that fold until it's in a position where no snowflake spokes are sticking out beyond the card edges. Now, while holding the snowflakes in that position, I'll slide my window magnet underneath until the center of the window is roughly centered under the snowflakes. I can remove my snowflakes now and cut the card using my Big Shot Machine.
I've chosen a pretty double-sided patterned paper to cut my card. Now it's time to use a strong adhesive to glue my Snowflake Pop-Up inside the card as shown. I used a strong liquid glue, which gave me time to make placement adjustments if the snowflake wasn't centered in the window when I closed the card.
Now comes the fun part – decorating! Die-cut the flowers and vines and layer them. For the center of my flowers, I used the Imaginisce "i Top" brad maker to make a coordinating brad that attaches the whole set to the snowflake. A button finishes off the decoration. Now repeat the process for the other snowflake (that brad is covered with fabric) and decorate the rest of the card. Remember to add a die-cut flower to the back of the left snowflake to be visible through the window when the card is closed.
To add the greeting, first cover chipboard letters with coordinating papers and then string them, with beads, onto a length of clear bead cord (or fishing line) Pierce a hole on each side of the pop-up so the cord can be knotted, taped down or crimp-beaded to the back of the sculpture. Use die-cuts for the rest of the decorations, including the butterfly, the window frames (use the Movers & Shapers with a square of paper over just the window part), additional flowers and vines. Use a decorative clip to hold the card closed.
Sizzix dies used:
656271 Bigz Die – Snowflake, 3-D Pop-Up by Karen Burniston
654780 Movers & Shapers Die – Card, Horizontal A2 & Four Window Panes (Kit #1)
656520 Bigz Die – Flourish, Floral w/Leaves
656522 Bigz Die – Flower Layers #5
656512 Sizzlits Die – Butterfly #12
Other products used:
Patterned Papers, iTop brad maker & brad parts - Imaginisce
Clip, Hanger - Making Memories
Chipboard Letters - American Crafts
Adhesive - 3 in 1 glue - Beacon
General craft items, source unknown - bead cord, beads, button, jewels, inks, charm, crimp beads, fabric
This is, of course, just one example of using the Pop-Up Snowflake die in another theme. How about hearts for Valentine's Day? Shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day? Birthday, baby, wedding, thank-you ... the possibilities are endless!