If you missed this week's Sneak Peek (Part 1) of the new Pop it Ups release coming to stores July 15, 2014, you may be seeing the new Character die sets for the first time. Here is the introductory video:
Summer Release is when we introduce dies that can be used for the fall and winter holidays. With product design you're always working six months ahead with ideas, classes and samples - it's pretty funny, actually! So as the kids start summer vacation I'm pulling out Halloween papers!
I created three Halloween samples using the new Character dies and even though the newest dies won't be available for another month, I've mixed in a lot of existing Pop it Ups dies that are available now.
For example, this first card uses the Lots of Pops, Oval Flourish Frame Edges and All Seasons Tree dies. (Supply links follow each card)
My concept for this card was to have Poppy the Owl wear a Ghost costume when the card was closed. The ghost is hand drawn and cut with a craft knife through both layers (white spiderwebs and black spiderwebs) of the card's front so that I could fill the opening with a larger piece of vellum sandwiched between the layers. A circle punch worked perfectly for punching the eye holes into the vellum before sandwiching. To finish the card's front I cut four Oval Flourish Frame edges from orange cardstock and created the frame.
You'll see in the photo above that Poppy's eyes shine through the ghost costume when the card is closed. Open the card and a pop-up scene is revealed, complete with spooky tree and Poppy in a Groucho Marx mask.
When I cut the Lots of Pops into the bats patterned paper one just happened to line up with the upper stairstep platform. I hated to cover it up, so instead I wove the brown tree trunk (just a folded piece of brown cardstock) underneath the stairstep and glued it to the back side of the stairstep. I added a hand cut wider section for the base of the tree and branches from the All Seasons Tree.
The Props 1 set includes the glasses and mustache and I thought it would be fun to make a Groucho Marx mask for Poppy so I used his beak cut-out, cut from a flesh color and flipped upside-down, to be the nose. Poppy is attached to another All Seasons Tree used as a branch.
With the Lots of Pops die you can choose which "pops" to expand and which ones to leave collapsed. I only used the big center pop and one of the stairsteps (for the tree) and left the other three pops in the collapsed position.
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Next up is a different look for Poppy the Owl and Hoppy the Frog - realistic textures!
I wanted to show how nicely you can mix pages between the existing Circle Accordion Album (available now) and the upcoming Ring Accordion (available mid-July 2014). I used the Ring Album for the outside pages and the Circle Accordion for the center page. The inner circles on both albums are the same size, so assembly is a breeze. The outer square on the Circle Accordion will have to be trimmed down on the bottom edge to match the base of the ring page, but it's a quick and easy modification with a trimmer.
For this album I also used a large corner rounder on the center page. When I photographed this project I was losing light and the silver tray was off balance. I didn't notice the album not resting evenly on the tray until I was editing the photos. The album does stand up nice and even on a flat surface.
The Characters are definitely drawn in a cute, cartoonish way but I wanted to show that they can be styled in a realistic way by simply changing their eyes and choosing realistic textures for their bodies. In this case I printed some owl feathers and frog skin photos and then die cut them. For Poppy's eyes I used two different circle punches, since I did not want the little cut-out in the eyeballs. Hoppy's eyes are made using the detail layer die to cut green circles, then hand cutting an almond shape from each circle and gluing them over a black circle. For both Characters I added tiny Glitter Dots for the catch lights and coated the eyes with Glossy Accents.
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One more Halloween-themed Character project to show. I loved making this one, where each Character is wearing a mask of one of the other Characters. Ha ha ha! What fun!
I used the new Ring album to make a four-page album but mixed in some of the decorator dies from the Circle Accordion album. None of the decorator dies duplicate between the two albums, so by mixing them you get a lot of sizes!
The masks are cut from Shimmer Sheetz so they have that authentic plastic mask sheen to them. I hand cut the little trick or treat bags and drew their little faces on with a black pen. Some black and orange twine spun together made perfect mask cords and handles for the treat bags.
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Sneak peeks also allow customers to plan and budget for items they know they'll want to purchase. For this release, I split the Sneak Peeks into two parts - showing the first 10 dies now and the final 6 in a couple of weeks, closer to the ship date.
Another perk to Sneak Peeks is that the amazing Designer Challenge Team, who has been making samples with the new dies for the last month or so, are now free to share those projects on their blogs. How do you find them? The easiest is to "Like" the Karen Burniston Designer Page on Facebook, where I post daily links to new projects using Pop it Ups dies.
I've also added a new Pinterest board dedicated to Character samples.
So how about it? Which of these Halloween ideas is your favorite?