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Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 4: Frame with pop-up ornament

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 3: Rosette Beauty Bloom Flowers (and a pop-up chandelier)

It's Blog Hop day again!

This week we're featuring the Originals Beauty Bloom die, by Brenda Pinnick.

 Beauty Bloom Card Closed

For the front of my card, (6x9 if you were wondering - it's a large card!) I used the Beauty Bloom die to make paper rosette flowers. Here is a side view of the rosette flowers:

Beauty Bloom Card Side View 
They're quick and easy to make, and I've put together a video tutorial at the bottom of this post if you're interested in how exactly I made them.

The frame around the front of the card was made with paper-covered 1" matboard strips, to create a shadowbox appearance for the flowers.

Now it's time to open the card:

 Beauty Bloom Card Partial Open
Beauty Bloom Card Open 
Inside the card I've used the Pop-up Christmas Tree die (by me) to animate the Bigz Chandelier die, by Rachael Bright.

Here's a close-up of the 3D chandelier:

Beauty Bloom Card Chandelier

In the close-up you'll get a sense for how it works. The Pop-up Christmas Tree die was cut out of transparency because I wanted it to "disappear" and just provide the mechanism for the pop-up. Before assembling the clear tree, I glued full chandeliers to the two large tree parts and partial chandeliers to the four smaller tree parts. After gluing the six chandeliers (two full, four partial) to my clear tree pieces, I had one more step - to turn each piece over and use a craft knife to cut away any part of the chandeliers that were covering the notches and slots that are necessary to assemble the tree. Any tree branches that stuck out past the chandelier were trimmed away as well, since all I cared about was the mechanism of the tree, not the shape.

I've used the Pop-up Christmas Tree die in the past to animate a flat die. I did a Video Tutorial: Pop-up Birdcage Cad (Tim Holtz).  If you're interested in learning how to use the tree die to animate flat dies, bookmark that link and check it out later. This card is exactly like that one only slightly easier, because the chandelier has a natural triangle shape like the tree itself, so I didn't have to move any notches or slots - simply cut them back in and assemble.

Back to the card, and then it's time for you to keep hopping! 50-odd great projects aren't going to view themselves! Here's a top-view of the card interior so you can see the rest of the decorations:

 Beauty Bloom Card Open Top View

I've used My Mind's Eye "So Sophie" papers for this entire card, with the exception of the flourish corners, which were cut from a piece of black-text-on-white paper that I found in my stash of scraps. (Source unknown, but you could really use any type of scripty-paper or stamp your own) The caption was made using KI rub-ons. I've used more of the Beauty Bloom flowers to embellish inside the card as well.

Not one, but TWO videos to accompany this post. (Who has two thumbs and loves her new video editing software? This girl!)

First, a 48-second video showing this card in action:


And next a 4:13 video tutorial for making the paper rosette flowers using the Beauty Blooms die. Hit pause at the 1:40 mark and you'll have a visual of all the score lines.


If you're interested in the specific supplies I used on this card, they're posted in the continuation section of this post.

 Sizzix Supplies Used:

Originals Flower, Beauty Bloom, by Brenda Pinnick
Bigz XL Tree, Christmas 3D (Pop-up), by Karen Burniston
Bigz Chandelier, by Rachael Bright
Bigz Corners, Flourish #2, by Rachael Bright
Matboard, cream

Other Supplies Used:

"So Sophie", Grateful papers by My Mind's Eye
Alphabet rub-ons, KI Memories
Hanging crystals, Stampin' Up!
Teardrop rhinestones (for flames), Recollections
Tiny Attacher, Tim Holtz for Advantus
Write-on Transparency (for Christmas tree), Office Max
General Craft (source unknown): buttons, lace ribbon, rhinestones, 20 gauge silver wire (to suspend the chain), chain, beads, bead pins, jump rings