I am VERY excited to see all of today's Triple Play Blog Hop projects because they're using one of my dies!
This week we're using the Bigz XL Twist Cube die. Die Cuts with a View generously donated black cardstock to pre-cut the pieces for all the designers. Since I have the die, I didn't use black, but I do want to say a big THANK YOU to Erin and DCWV for their support (and participation!) in our hop.
For my project, I wanted to make a really fancy gift card presentation folder. Gift cards for the holidays are always an appreciated gift (and very practical) but I hate losing the opportunity to watch the recipient open a gift. A fancy presentation folder like this provides that "opening" experience. Plus, this can go under the tree with the other gifts with no worries that it will get lost.
The folder measures 6" wide by 8" tall and uses a metal closure to stay closed. These types of closures can be found at hobby stores and/or hardware stores. (I think I found this one at Hobby Lobby) The bow is visible through a scalloped circle opening cut into the front of the card. The Sizzix eClips machine, using the centerpoint feature, made cutting that opening an absolute breeze!
The folder is a gatefold card, created with matboard for sturdiness.The bow was created using the Create-a-Bow die, by Eileen Hull. I love that I can use this die to make a bow that perfectly matches my project, in this case, that rustic "Basic Grey Red."
Once the card is open, you'll see that the scalloped circle cut-out is decorated like half a wreath and the bow that was visible from the front is attached to the top of a collapsed cube.
Once expanded, the "for you" tag has flipped over, revealing a "Merry Christmas" greeting.
The "for you/Merry Christmas" tag is actually a pocket, created to hold a standard-sized gift card. Once the cube is expanded, the additional greeting "joy" is revealed below the present.
To see this card in action, check out this 90-second video:
I've typed up a supply list and general instructions at the bottom of this post.
656739 Bigz XL Twist Cube, by Karen Burniston (need one #16 rubber band and one brad for this die)
656544 Bigz Create-a-Bow, by Eileen Hull
656491 Matboard, cream
656170 eClips "Seasonal" cartdridge, by Emily Humble, Debi Adams, Stu Kilgour (Bow, holly, scalloped circle cut-out, circle cut-out, square, scalloped square, flourishes)
Patterned papers and letter stickers by Basic Grey ("Merry Christmas")
Alphabet rub-ons by KI Memories ("for you", "joy")
Glossy Accents by Ranger
General craft/source unknown: buttons, jingle bells, ribbon, metal closure
- Cut a 6" x 8" rectangle of patterned paper for the inside flaps of the card. Measure 3" horizontally and 3" from the top edge and make a pencil mark. Place the paper into the eClips machine and choose a PIP circle, 4.5" in diameter. Choose "centerpoint" and navigate the laser until it is directly over the pencil mark in the paper. Cut.
- Glue the paper (with the circle removed) over a 6x8 piece of matboard. Cut the matboard/paper right up the middle at 3". Use a craft knife to cut away the matboard inside the circle.
- Cut another 6x8 piece of matboard to be the back of the card and cover one side with a 6x8 piece of patterned paper that matches the paper for the inside flaps. Lay the half-pieces on top of the full piece, creating the gatefold card with papers inside the card. Use 2x8 pieces of patterned paper folded around the outside edges to act as hinges for the card. Glue the pieces on by wrapping them around the edges with the card closed. Then, once the glue dries, open the card and there will be a gap visible between the matboard pieces.
- Cut a 6x8 piece of patterned paper for the front of the card. Measure 3" horizontally and 3" from the top edge and make a pencil mark. Place the paper into the eClips machine and choose a PIP circle, 4.5" in diameter. Choose "centerpoint" and navigate the laser until it is directly over the pencil mark in the paper. Cut.
- Cut a 5" x 5" square of patterned paper for the scalloped circle. Measure 2.5" horizontally and 2.5" from the top edge and make a pencil mark. Place the paper into the eClips machine and choose a PIP scalloped circle, 4" in diameter. Choose "centerpoint" and navigate the laser until it is directly over the pencil mark in the paper. Cut.
- Glue the scalloped circle paper underneath the patterned paper so the scalloped circle opening is centered under the circle opening. Cut the set in half, vertically, and glue one half to each half of the card front. Add ribbon and a metal closure to the front of the card.
- Assemble the Twist Cube from plaid paper using the package instructions OR the video instructions posted here: Video Instructions for Twist Cube Use ribbon for the handle but do not loop it.
- Assemble the Create-a-Bow using the assembly instructions. Weave the end of the ribbon through the center of the bow while assembling it. You can also reach into the cube through the split side to open the prongs of the bow's brad to attach it to the top of the cube.
- Punch a hole and attach the cube to the project using a brad. Also weave jingle bells onto the end of the ribbon.
- Create a 2.25" x 3.5" pocket for a gift card using patterned paper and using the actual gift card as a size template. Glue the finished pocket to the twist cube, avoiding the fold in the cube. Add a decorative button and captions to both sides of the pocket.
- Cut a 2" scalloped square and a 1.75" square using the PIP feature on the eClips. Layer the pieces and add the word "joy" with rub-ons.
- Decorate the inside of the card with holly, a bow and flourishes cut using the eClips Seasonal cartridge. Add miniature buttons to act as berries.