In the Fall of 2010 Sizzix released three Karen Burniston Bigz pop-up dies in a Halloween theme. All three are still available and two of them are on sale, through today, as part of the 72-hour Sizzix Sale. (There are 14 other KB dies also part of the sale, so definitely check it out if you're reading this post on October 30, 2013.)
I thought you might be interested in seeing how I used to "pitch" dies to Sizzix. I would make up a color "pitch" sheet like this, showing the features of the die I was proposing:
Sometimes my dies got rejected, like the Castle, Tent, Flip-flop, Magic Card, Bird, House of Cards, Purse, etc. But in this case, the pumpkin made the cut! About a year later the Bigz Pumpkin Die was released:
Here are a few of my old projects using this die:
With the same basic assembly process, I also pitched a Bat version of this die:
The Bat is not part of the sale, but is still available here: Bigz Pop-up Bat Die
Here are some of my old projecs using this die:
And then my personal favorite, the combination of both the Bat and the Pumpkin bodies to make a snow angel:
One more throwback die to talk about today - the spider web:
This pitch sheet produced the Bigz Spider & Spiderweb Die.
Here are a few projects using this die:
One of the best features of the Spiderweb die is that it can be cut from a clear material and used to animate anything else. Here are a couple of simple Make 'n Takes showing the web used both ways:
The beauty of dies is that they are not consumables. You are investing in a tool that will not wear out, so if you'd like to be able to make fun pop-up bats, pumpkins, spiderwebs, footballs, baseballs, ornaments, spirals and snow angels for years to come, these are the dies for you!