Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pop-Up Cards with Tim Holtz Dies

{February 2, 2010 }


by Karen Burniston

I'm Karen Burniston, a Sizzix Licensed Artist and the designer of the pop-up dies. Let me just say that there's a fever going around ... it's called "Tim Holtz Fever," and I caught it just like everyone else! The Tim Holtz collection of dies and embossing folders are in stores this month, so be sure to check your local store. If they don't already have them, ask them to order the entire line. (Believe me, you'll want every single one!)

Today's post is my homage to Tim Holtz and his amazing new die collection, but there's one thing you have to know about me up front: "Flat" isn't in my crafting vocabulary! My thoughts always run toward pop-ups and interactive techniques. If you've ever seen the movie "Along Came Polly," you'll understand when I say: "I'm like the hippo!"

The first die that caught my eye was the Bigz Gadget Gears, and my first thought was "Oooh! Will those gears fit on the Pop-Up Snowman die?" Answer – absolutely! My husband commented that this first card has a "Tim style" which I considered a lovely compliment, since John isn't a scrapbooker, so any reference he makes to crafting icons is a true testament to the attentive way he listens to me gush on about them. Then he said "Tim Burton, right?" and it was back to reality!

Let's start with the front of the card. The Gadget Gears make a fabulous industrial element. The steel-rule die gives plenty of options for cutting thicker materials, but for my card, they are cut from plain cardstock. Then, in true Tim Holtz style, it was time to get messy! My friend Sam taught me a cool embossing folder technique a few months ago, and I knew it would work well for the gears. I started by brayering Versamark ink onto the female side of the Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder. I filled the folder with gears and ran it through my Big Shot Machine. When they came out, the raised dots had no ink on them, but all the non-textured areas were covered with clear ink. I dumped embossing powder on each gear, tapped off the excess and heat set it. This changed the color of the gear (except the raised dots). Add some additional ink to grunge and age them, and you've got gears that look like they were ripped from an old machine! For the closure, a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp hooks over a decorative brad.

When the card is opened, a gear-angel pops up. I die-cut the body pieces for a Pop-Up Snowman from Grafix clear plastic sheets. I wanted the shape and mechanism of the Pop-Up Snowman, but I didn't want to see it. This would create the illusion that the gears are linked together and creating their own structure. Before assembling the pop-up, I attached a gear to each Snowman piece using Beacon's 3-in-1 glue. I turned each piece over to easily see the spots where the gears were covering notches and slots. Using a craft knife, I cut away those gear parts, restoring the functionality of the pop-up pieces. Assemble the Snowman in the usual manner and glue it inside the card. The wings are from Tim's Heart Wings die, textured, inked and rubbed with metallic lusters. The Elegant Flourish die, similarly "grunged," created the perfect finishing touch to the card.

Sizzix products used:
656460 Bigz XL Die – Snowman, 3-D Pop-Up by Karen Burniston
656120 Clear Stamps – Birthday Phrases by Dena Designs
655838 Textured Impressions Embossing Folders – Dots & Flowers Set
656151 Textured Impressions Embossing Folders – Medallions, Frame & Damask
656490 Little Sizzles – 6" x 13" Mat Board, Black
656636 Bigz Die – Gadget Gears by Tim Holtz
656639 Bigz Die – Elegant Flourish by Tim Holtz
656638 Bigz Die – Heart Wings by Tim Holtz

Other products used:

Swivel Clasp, Trinket Pin - Tim Holtz for Advantus
Distress Inks & Embossing Powders - Tim Holtz for Ranger
0.020 Clear Plastic Sheets - Grafix
Adhesive - 3 in 1 Glue - Beacon
Versamark Ink - Tsukineko
General craft items, source unknown - charm, brad, patterned papers

I have two more Tim Holtz-esque projects to share, but while we're on the subject of altering the Pop-Up Snowman die, let me throw in a card from last Halloween that shows my actual Tim Burton side!

Returning to the original programming, let's take the alteration of an existing Pop-Up Die to a whole other level by converting the Pop-Up Christmas Tree into a pop-up Bird Cage!

Once again I've die-cut the pop-up pieces, this time the Christmas Tree, out of clear plastic to make it disappear. I glued bird cages to the pop-up pieces just like with the first card, although the bird cage required a little more work and alteration. I used a total of 6 bird cages, leaving the center ones whole and cutting the outer ones down to just the bars. Because the tree is cut from a clear material, the "trunk" is transparent, creating the illusion that the bird cage is hanging. To further defy gravity, I wove some stiff wire through a length of chain to create the hanger at the top. The Bigz Heart Wings die provided the front decoration, and a second heart is attached to the side of the bird cage. For even more pop-up fun, I used the Elegant Flourish die to create a spiral pop-up inside the card.

Sizzix products used:
656276 Bigz XL Die – Christmas Tree, 3-D Pop-Up by Karen Burniston
656151 Textured Impressions Embossing Folders – Medallions, Frame & Damask
656490 Little Sizzles – 6" x 13" Mat Board, Black
656634 Bigz Die – Caged Bird by Tim Holtz
656639 Bigz Die – Elegant Flourish by Tim Holtz
656638 Bigz Die – Heart Wings by Tim Holtz

Other products used:

Swivel Clasp (just the chain), Mini Paper Clip - Tim Holtz for Advantus
Distress Inks & Embossing Powders - Tim Holtz for Ranger
0.020 Clear Plastic Sheets - Grafix
Patterned Papers (older, from my stash)- Creative Imaginations, EK Success
Maroon Leatherflex Paper - Xpedx
Adhesive - 3 in 1 Glue - Beacon
General craft items, source unknown - rhinestone "eye," wire, metal corners

Do you have room for one more? The first two cards made use of the Pop-Up Dies as mechanisms only. In other words, the dies' intended shape and purpose disappears and is replaced by other shapes and purposes. For this last project, I wanted to show how the Tim Holtz dies can be used in conjunction with the Pop-Up Dies as well.

For this project, I created a purse-shaped card using two 8" chipboard circles with the bottom lopped off. I cut the front piece at an angle to reveal the Tim Holtz Hanging Sign that is inside the card. You may think the sign is attached to the inside flap, but think again! Open the card and ...

Surprise! The Hanging Sign is actually attached to a trimmed craft-stick post that is attached to the Pop-Up Cake die! I couldn't resist using the new "Sweet" word die on the sign, since it applies to both my daughter and the cake! (Actually, it's more descriptive of the cake; Emma made me pay her to pose for the pictures! However, the word "Entrepreneurial" wouldn't fit on the sign!)

Here's a front and close-up view of the Cake/Sign pop-up:

The Cake is one of the original pop-up dies, so it's been around for almost a year, yet it took me this long to try Tim Holtz Grunge Paper for the side tiers. Boy, was I missing out! For the cake's side tiers (they aren't cut by the die itself) I'm always looking for materials that have a hard time holding a crease but aren't too heavy to be supported. Grunge Paper is perfect! For my cake, I textured the strips with Textured Impressions embossing folders, then inked and distressed them and finally finished them with a decorative nailhead. Even after folding, the tiers will unbend nicely, maintaining a nearly round appearance when the card is opened fully. I also used Grunge Paper, which die-cuts beautifully, for the purse handle.

Another way to keep a nearly round appearance to the Pop-Up Cake is to create thicker cards that allow those side tiers to stay rounded even when the card is closed. Here's a visual of the purse from the side when closed and a close-up of the closure, created from a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp over a metal flower brad.

Sizzix products used:
656025 Bigz XL Die – Cake, Three Tier 3-D Pop-Up by Karen Burniston
656573 Originals Die – Phrase, Sweet
655836 Textured Impressions Embossing Folders – Spring Flowers & Paisley Set
655837 Textured Impressions Embossing Folders – Argyle and Lines & Circles Set
655764 Bigz Clear Die – Circle, Scallop
656631 Bigz Die – Hanging Sign by Tim Holtz
656639 Bigz Die – Elegant Flourish by Tim Holtz
656623 Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die – Vintage Market Alphabet by Tim Holtz

Other products used:

Swivel Clasp, Grunge Paper - Tim Holtz for Advantus
Distress Inks - Tim Holtz for Ranger
Circle Chipboard - Rusty Pickle
Patterned Paper - Basic Grey
Decorative Flower Brad - Creative Imaginations
Adhesive - 3 in 1 Glue - Beacon
General craft items, source unknown - popsicle stick, nailheads, cardstock, jump rings

Well, I think I've made it clear that "Tim Holtz fever" is raging through my studio! I encourage you to think of the Pop-Up Dies as your 3D tools for making pop-up projects in any theme or style!

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2 comments:

  1. All I can say is wow!! how creative are you -- I wish I had time to play like that.

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  2. wow! I love the cake card, you have certaily inspired me to think outside the box with my dies. Thank you!

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