Yes, yes, I know that I am supposed to be posting Halloween ideas this month for Spooky September, but I also want to show some ideas for using my Halloween Pop-up Dies for other seasons and events.
Now the Pop-up Pumpkin Die makes a really cool Jack-o-Lantern, and all the pieces to make it look like this are on the die (stem, vine, eyes, nose, mouth, body):
Both the Pop-up Pumpkin and the Pop-up Bat can also be used to make 3D ornaments and table decor, too, by simply cutting additional body parts and completing the circle:
The pumpkin in the above photo is made from stiff felt and would look adorable as fall decor, on a mantle, etc. Another idea is to create pumpkin place card holders for your Thankgiving table.
There are plenty of pumpkin-ey ways to use the Pop-up Pumpkin die.
However, the pumpkin is only a pumpkin if you accessorize it as such. By using your own accessories, you can turn the pumpkin into anything round. Think about apples, and globes, and balls of all varieties.
Today I focused on sports balls.
First up, a baseball. For this one I used eleven body parts to give the ball a more dense effect. I punched holes in the body parts with a Crop-a-dile and wove twine through them to simulate the stitching on the ball. The glove was cut using the eClips machine, as was the baseball on the front of the card acting as the "o".
After making the baseball I wondered if I could make a football by starting with a football-shaped base and using the pumpkin as the rounded part. It worked! I wasn't sure how to get the effect of the stitching and finally settled on using embroidery floss on twill and then weaving the twill through holes punched in the body parts. The football base shape (and the football on the front of the card) were cut using the eClips. I simulated the field markings with graphic art tape and number stickers.
Supply List: Sizzix Pop-up Pumpkin Die, Sizzix eClips cartridge "School & Sports",Sizzix matboard, Tim Holtz On the Edge die, American Crafts letter stickers, Bazzill cardstock. Stash items: twill, embroidery floss, graphic art tape.
You could also make a volleyball and soccer ball using similar methods.
These dies are so versatile!