Well we've reached the end!
This is the final week of the Blog Hop and we've had a blast! In fact, Brenda, Eileen and I had such fun working together on this hop that we've created a new blog to keep the Triple Play spirit alive. We're soft-launching the blog today, and will feature new projects, tutorials, guest designers and giveaways after CHA (late January). The blog address is: http://www.tripleplay.typepad.com/blog/ You can also "like" Triple Play on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Triple-Play/125068950891362
There are several pieces on this die, so you'll find a topper, label or accessory item for a variety of bag sizes. OR, if you've got a Sizzix eClips electronic cutter on your Christmas list, you can make your own bags, as I did for my project.
Click on the center "play" button (bottom middle of the frame) to play a slideshow of my project for the week. Naturally I was determined to make something pop-up!
If you're interested in static photos, general instructions and a supply list, continue reading after the jump.
My first order of business was to cut a bag using my eClips electronic shape cutter. This machine not only cuts (and it cuts like butter!) but it SCORES! I used the Albums, Bags & Boxes cartridge to cut the bag. I set the size for 11.5" wide. After the bag was cut and I could easily see all the panels, I hot-swapped my cartridge to Christmas & Traditions Alphabet, changed the machine to centerpoint, and navigated my laser to the location where I wanted my snowflake cut-out. I set the snowflake to "solid" so it would cut a window out of my bag.
This technique was so simple, and could easily be done with any shape, for any season! Behind my window I put a piece of red transparency and decorated it with a large vellum snowflake and a smaller piece of snowflake confetti. Another option would be to cut the snowflakes using the eClips, so they would perfectly match the window.
So here's my finished bag. I will fill it with bright holiday candy and give it as a teacher gift tomorrow. The bag has a hole near the top that made it easy to weave a ribbon tie through, after stapling the bag inside my finished topper.
Here's what happens when you untie the ribbon and open the topper. The pop-up mechanism is a very simple 3-stem table pop-up. (If you have the Pop-up Sleigh die . . . like that!)
Here's a close-up of the pop-up parts. The "To/From" tag is on the Christmas & Traditions Alphabet cartridge and yes, it cuts that precisely! Everything you see in that white tag - the "to", "from", snowflakes and flourish - are holes! In fact, I loved those tiny snowflakes so much that I cut several more, using the "pieces" option on the cartridge, and decorated the front of the topper and the background using itty-bitty intricate snowflakes cut from a scrap of white cardstock.
Here's a side view of the pop-up. The snowmen are cut from a piece of patterned paper from Crate Paper's Snow Day collection. This line has been one of my favorites this year! Behind the heads of the snowmen is a strip of transparency (I used a scrap of clear plastic die packaging) so I could extend the pop-up across three snowmen.
When the topper is closed, the pop-up will fold in half and be hidden. The small snowman at the right was small enough to just hang out on the transparency without needing a fold. He just flips over when the card is closed, doing a face plant at about the location of the staple.
Scoreboards XL Treat Bag Toppers, by Eileen Hull
Albums, Bags & Boxes eClips cartridge
Christmas & Traditions alphabet cartridge, by Scrappy Cat
Patterned Papers: KI Memories (bag), Crate Paper (snowmen)
Vellum snowflake: Creative Impressions
Border Punch: EK Success
General Craft/Source unknown: red velvet spotted paper, red transparency, snowflake confetti, ribbon, pom-pom