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Another new pop-up die preview: Zig-Zag Card Insert

Last month I posted about one of my new SIMPLE pop-up dies shipping in May 2011, the Scalloped Circle Card Insert.

Here's another simple pop-up insert in the new collection, the Zig-Zag Card Insert.

Zig Zag Card Insert

This die is a Bigz size, so it will retail for around $20 and here's what's awesome about it:

  1. SIMPLE, one-piece, single-cut construction 
  2. Completely generic - put anything on the tabs to make them pop-up
  3. Fits in an A2 card (half a 8.5x11 piece of paper) or larger

Another cool thing is the action on this die. The pop-ups are cut at an angle, which means whatever you put on them folds inward, but pops outward. It's always fun when something extends past the edge of the card upon opening.

These card inserts will work great with pre-made embellishments, dies or photos on the tabs, but for rubber stampers, they are especially useful, since they are completely generic and you can animate all your favorite stamps (quickly!) with one die - never make the same card twice! (Or do - these assemble so quickly you'll be able to send out handstamped pop-up holiday cards!)

Yesterday I got a chance to play with some adorable coordinated stamp sets from The Stamps of Life by Stephanie Barnard and made two cards using the Zig Zag insert:

This first one, the birthday card, uses craft sticks on the tabs to create poles for a suspended pennant banner. You can click the picture to make it bigger.Birthday Banners CardSupply List: Bigz Zig-Zag card insert, by Karen Burniston (May Ship),  BRAND NEW Bigz XL Card, A2 w/Decorative Edge die, by Brenda Pinnick (in stores now), Stamps of Life stamp sets: Quick2Border, HappyBday2You, banners4all, Swirls2Build, Patterned Papers: Loolah, by Creative Imaginations. Inks: Stampin' Up! Stash items: rhinestones, craft sticks, magnets

This next card went together in 10 minutes!

Coffee Card 
Supply List: Bigz Zig-Zag card insert, by Karen Burniston (May Ship), Bigz Scalloped Circles #2 Stamps of Life stamp sets: coffee4Two, Hello2You, Backgrounds2Build. Inks: Stampin' Up! Stash items: cardstock, ribbon, tag, beads

One thing to notice about this die is that the items fold inward and they will cross each other when flat, depending on the height of the items. It's always a good idea to paper clip your items to the tabs and test the mechanism first to make sure that your items will be hidden by the card when closed, and that they will fold inward without getting tied up with each other. I've found that if you tilt the items or move them toward the outside of the tabs, you avoid entanglements.

A final card to share . . . but this one needs some set-up.

In the days leading up to the CHA trade show, me and my wonderful friends (you're the best, Gretchen, Bonnie, Tara and Rene!) were all working on samples at our respective residences and sharing pictures via text messages. I had made three cards in a row using the same adorable princess collection of papers. (I'll post those cards when I blog about the third new card insert: the Floating Frames)

Finally, Tara couldn't take it anymore. The text exchange went as follows:

TARA: Put down the pink and green and nobody gets hurt!

ME: My next card is going to be very dark and twisty! It's all black and white. Narry a pink nor green.

TARA: All hail the dark side but I will require proof of some kind . . . just sayin'.

ME: Here ya go . . .

Just a Note Card 

TARA: Love it!! I stand convinced. Are those marshmallows with daggers in the background?

ME: Fly swatters.

TARA: Even better!

The supply list for the black/white card includes the Zig-Zag insert, my new medallion Sizzlit (also a May ship), Teresa Collins paper and Basic Grey alphabet stickers. Unfortunately, I really have no idea where the fly, greeting and fly swatter stamps came from - I've had them for years in my "bizarre" stamp bin. However, I'm going to guess Rubberstamp Ave. on the greeting at least - looks like them!

So that's the Zig-Zag insert. Up next . . . the Floating Frames! (Where I rock the princess cute look . . . just sayin'!)