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Instructions for QVC dies

 I believe that people have been receiving their dies from QVC  so I thought I'd post the instructions for those three dies here. These are the instructions that I made as a "go-by" for Sizzix to create the "pretty" ones that are in the packaging. Occasionally, though, I've seen a couple things that show up in my instructions that don't in the package ones, so I figure I'll post them. Can't hurt!

For the ball, I've found that if you use three #16 rubber bands (that's a standard office size that's available at any office supply store, usually in a giant bag that will last you through a thousand balls!) it works perfectly, but experiment with ones from the junk drawer, too. Basically you just want the ball looking like it does in step #11, #12 - three sides standing up, but not caving in.

(click on the instructions to enlarge them. Or, if you can't see the bottom when you click them, right click over the image and choose "Open in new Window" and you should be able to see the entire image nice and large)

Pocket Ball instructions   

Now with the ball, you're going to need tacky tape or a strong glue. I like Crafter's Pick (The Glue that Sticks) because it's a water-based super glue that dries clear and pretty fast. It will hold the ball. So will Zip Dry but it's stinkier.

For the Heart, here are my instructions. I noticed that the package instructions say to figure out which side of the plain heart is straighter - that's really not important. Just cut two hearts and you'd have to have eagle eyes to see a difference anyway!

Heart card instructions   

Basically if you add the connector (which looks like a stingray) with the tail pointed down, the "feet" of the pop-up heart will exactly cover it, making placement very easy.

Here are the instructions for the Spinning Platform:

Spinning Platform Instructions  

Now I think the package instructions might take a different approach for how to place the triangles and either will work, so just try both methods and see what you like.

When you put the big triangle to the right of the fold, the image will spin from the top of the platform to the center if you open it like a standard card. If you open it like a reverse card, the image will spin from under the platform. (Try it and you'll see what I mean) Perhaps you'd like to reverse the action? No problem - just turn the platform over and assemble it with the big triangle to the left of the fold. 

This platform isn't a fan of lightweight adhesive. That's why you need tacky tape or a strong glue like Crafter's Pick or Zip Dry. Another option is to put some brads through those triangles. It really helps keep them in place.

One last tip for the Spinning Platform. If you're trying to hold up a CD, use a thicker cardstock OR just glue two sheets of regular cardstock together and then cut it. I did that on the "Home Haircut" page that was shown on QVC.

You can always e-mail me with questions and I'll do whatever I can to help. We want happy customers!

I do know that the videos of my demos will eventually show up on Sizzix.com - just not sure when.

RKQOTD (Karl: Hey Mom - what if "what if" weren't my favorite two words?) Irony!


Card Ideas - Spinning Platform die and 3-Tier Cake die

Just a quick post to share a couple of samples. Bonnie blew me away with this card she made using the Spinning Platform die. (Available now in limited quanties on QVC here and shipping to retailers in about a month)

Check out the detail that she put into stitching and embellishing the owl die cut. Wow! Bonnie, you're amazing. I'm telling all my friends!

Owl Card Bonnie   

The spinning platform die creates the platform (see the top right photo of the side view of Bonnie's card) and what you put on it is completely up to you. So this die is very versatile.

Below is an idea using the 3-Tier Cake die, which will be shipping to stores in about a month. I was messing around with building it upside-down, because I thought it would make a cute "Very Merry Un-Birthday to You!" card. But then when I got it put together I realized that it was a flower pot! Bonus!

The assembly instructions for the cake are posted on the Sizzix website and will be included in each package. If you want to make the cake upside-down, just reverse the order that you slide the tiers on the centerpiece, starting with the smallest instead of the largest. (step 4) One little modification that I found necessary, partially because my red cardstock was very lightweight, was that the horizontal strips for the middle and top tiers needed some extra reinforcing. This is because, with the cake upside-down, those tiers are partially suspended over air, instead of attached the full length to the tier below. So, to keep them from wanting to bend at the spot where they become diving boards, just throw a strip of cardboard or thick cardstock along them to make them stiffer.

Flower Pot Thank You Card 

A question was asked in the last post about which die cutting machine you need for my dies. Any of the Big Shot or Big Kick machines will work. You will also need the Extended Cutting Plates since all my dies are XL size.

Thanks for all your nice comments and e-mails. I am so excited for these dies to ship and I'd love to see anything you create with them.

RKQOTD (this is a quote from just before Christmas Karl: Mom, I tried to sing "Frosty the Snowman", substituting a "CR" sound at the start of every word, but it didn't work out because "happy" became a bad word.)