Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Video Tutorial and Idea File: Karen Burniston Bigz Door Die

Hello crafters! Karen here with a featured product post on the Bigz Door Die.

My products definitely center around pop-up and interactive techniques, but did you know about all the dies in the Karen Burniston collection that aren't pop-ups? These dies are accessory dies that coordinate nicely with pop-ups, but can certainly be used on their own for card fronts, layouts, mini-albums, decor projects . . . anything you can dream up!

One such die is the Bigz Door die. My goal with this die was to give crafters a quick and easy card front with an interactive twist - the door is hinged to open, giving you a place to hide a greeting, or a photo, or a punch line or even a pop-up!

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Assembly is just a matter of layering the pieces from the die, which include the hinged door in a frame, decorator panels, a wreath, a door handle and knob. To add a Welcome mat, cut a rectangle from cardstock and then angle both sides inward, making a trapezoid shape. Here's an example of how the pieces layer together to make an impressive (but quickly assembled!) card:

For today's post I thought I would take the Door die a little further and show how to create a layered dimensional door with the look of molding on the panels. Here is the card I teach in the video:

Video Tutorial:

You'd like more ideas, you say? No problem!

A spooky door would be perfect for a Halloween card. On the next card I cut the door panels from thin pieces of wood, stained them with inks, and layered without a wreath. I added a stamped monster claw wrapped around the door.

The Door is a Bigz steel-rule die, meaning you'll be able to cut it from thicker materials, like chipboard or wood, for a very authentic feel. The only thing you'll need to consider when using thicker materials is whether those materials will fold to allow the door to open. If not, consider cutting the door along the score line to remove it from the door frame and then using small metal hinges to reattach it. Here are a couple of examples of using hinges instead of the built-in score line. (Note - I've had great luck finding small hinges in craft stores in the doll-house aisle, or at the hardware store)

This next card features a pop-up 3D balloon behind the door. See photos and a full supply list on my blog here: Steampunk Door Birthday Card

Need even more inspiration for this die? As you wish!

I asked some of my talented designer friends to post Door projects on their own blogs this week and they did not disappoint! Check out these projects for even more inspiration. You can also find links to all these projects (and more!) by checking out my Sizzix Door Die Ideas Pinterest Board.

First up, an a"door"able card by Gretchen Schmidt. There's something so striking and fun about a red door. Behind the door she's added a hilarious bird stamp and greeting. I am always so impressed by the joy in Gretchen's projects.

Anna-Karin Evaldsson always has clever ideas and this is no exception! She made a Counting Book for her son using stamped images behind ten doors throughout a fun mini-album. This is such a great idea for kids learning to count! You could also put photos of relatives behind the doors or create a before-and-after theme using the doors to hide some sort of "reveal".

Kelly Booth combined the Door die with the Sizzlits Decorative Strip: Flagpole w/Lantern & Sign to create this fantastic card front. If you click over to her blog you'll see the wonderful Pop 'n Cuts Wavy Label card that she's created inside. Kelly is the master of coloring stamped images to perfection!

I became friends with Fran Sabad through my exclusive die designs for Stampin' Up! Fran has been a demonstrator for many years and does a wonderful job of combining SU! products with my Sizzix dies.  For this week's door challenge she created two looks - a beautiful wedding card and a clever house-shaped gift bag. The easy elegance of her wedding card is so striking.

I love the way Fran created a little house from her gift bag and notice that she shortened the door die by cutting some from the bottom and using just one of the decorator panels on the door. Clever!

Let me tell you about Helen Cryer, crafter extraordinaire. One day I happened across a challenge blog of an online store. I noticed (and was impressed by) hundreds of reader thumbnails posted in response to the challenge. Scrolling through the thumbnails I spotted one that looked to be a Pop 'n Cuts card. I clicked the link and WOW! With that one little click I was transported to England to discover Helen's amazing blog filled with beautiful projects. 

Helen posted two cards for the Door challenge. This first one is based on an inspiration photo that you should definitely click over to see. She recreated the pretty pink house front in this sweet and beautiful card, complete with pop-up banners (bunting, as they say across the pond) and frosted glass in the windows. I love the way she anchored the door with a stoop at the bottom. Smart!

Helen's second project is a clever combination of the Door die with the Pop 'n Cuts A2 Card Base w/Circle Label Pop-up to make a fun interactive new-home card. You'll need to click over to see all the photos!

Well there you go - lots of inspiration for this die. If you've been on the fence about purchasing this die, now's the time! You can purchase from the Supply link below or check with your local or favorite Sizzix retailer. This die is in stock and ready to join your collection!

Have you created a project using the Door die? Be sure to send me a link to your project - I'd love to add it to the Sizzix Door Die Ideas Pinterest Board. There is an "e-mail me" button on my blog.

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  1. WOW Amazing Projects and Love the Video too!!!

  2. Love how you did the molding on your tutorial Karen!! It's great seeing so many ideas in one place!

  3. The detail in the door is amazing! Love it! Thanks for the tip on how to make the mat the same on both sides too - great idea!!!

  4. Fabulous video Karen!! Love seeing all these door projects in one post. Thank you for including my learning to count book!

  5. Awesome projects Karen. Love this die. It's so versital. Thanks got sharing all these amazing cards!!

  6. I recently got this die and this is great instruction and inspiration to put it to use! Thank You. i have just followed the pinterest board to see lots of beautiful cards.

  7. WA HOO! I luv the doors! What a die! Karen, you are one clever girl! Thank you for the inspiration. Got to put this die on my wish list.


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