As promised, here's a look at the six new pop-up dies being released next week at CHA-S.
I've done three Halloween dies in a Bigz size (hey, that rhymes!) but after Halloween these can be used for other themes and I'll be showing some alternate-themed uses for these dies in the months ahead. In fact, we're going to convert the pop-up bat into a pop-up flower as one of the CHA class projects Monday night. Fun!
The pop-up bat and pop-up pumpkin are constructed exactly the same and their bodies are really just a round ball. What can you make out of a ball? Think apples and globes and sports balls. Think about combining them into one card to make a snowman. Endless possibilities with these dies. You can even create a full circle with them to make hanging ornaments and place holders.
The spider and spider web is the quickest pop-up die to construct. This is your best choice for mass-producing 50 Halloween cards, say. Cut the spokes off the web and now it's just a party streamer or a roller coaster track. Anything can be hung from the spiral, so this is another die that's useful all year long.
The Bigz XL Gift Card Holder doubles as a billboard. Without the photo, the die spells out "FOR YOU" with notches to slide a gift card behind the greeting. Another quick-to-construct die, perfect for any theme and nifty for presenting gift cards for any occasion.
Here is the Hearts-a-Plenty Bigz XL die. All of the hearts on this card were cut with the die, so it is very appropriately named! There are a lot of options with this sculpture, including hearts that can be notched through heart-shaped holes on the sides of the sculpture. The center heart can angle toward the right (perfect for keeping photos uncreased) OR can be folded in the center for a completely symmetrical look.
By popular demand, the Twist Cube is finally a die! Yippee! I've redesigned it to utilize just two different shapes, cut multiple times. This allows for a finished cube that is an impressive 3x3x3 but still fits on a Bigz XL die size. The action on the twist cube is fun - it literally twists open and closed and does not require a fold to operate. An internal rubber band provides the action, so the Twist Cube can be mounted anywhere on the project, including the front of a card or album. We're using the Twist Cube in Monday's class as well.
All of the dies for this release will fit in a standard A2 card (4.25" x 5.5") so they're going to work great for all your holiday cards.
If you're coming to the show, be sure to stop by the Sizzix booth (#1006) where I will be demo'ing the pop-up dies Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. (I follow Tim Holtz . . . no pressure there!) and will have these original samples on display, plus samples from Bonnie Bruns and Gretchen Schmidt (check out their blogs to see their amazing creations using these dies) plus my usual suitcase full of other pop-up samples.
There is an additional small release of 5 dies (one pop-up die and four flat dies to decorate it) that are exclusive to Crafter's Home stores. I don't have those dies yet, but I will have a set for a demonstration at the Sunday reception, so stop by our table to see those dies in action.
And I have to say that the best birthday present ever is having good friends who are there for me when I'm drowning. Bonnie and Gretchen stepped up and cranked out some amazing samples for me to take to the show. Thank you, my beauties!