Big Shot Projects

Last updated: April 29, 2011

Here is the long-promised page with Big Shot projects. I will keep adding to the top of the page as I keep adding (that way you can always easily see the most recent stuff!)

Scallop Card with Window:

Scallop Card with Window
Scallop Card with Window

Start with a 8-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of cardstock. Fold in half, so you get a card that is 4-1/4″ x 4-1/2″.

Place the fold of the card just under 4 scallops of the Scallop Circle Bigz die.

After that, open up the card. Place the card face DOWN onto the Curly Label moveable die, and run through again. (What I like to do is to place a little bit of Dotto in the center, center the die face down, then place the whole thing in my sandwich.)

Use the following sandwich for cutting with the moveable piece (starting from the bottom):

  • Texturz Impressions Pad (the hard one, not the silicone one)
  • Cutting pad
  • Moveable piece, cutting side UP
  • Your cardstock or whatever material you are cutting
  • Cutting pad

Stamp and decorate as desired. Here, I stamped the branch from Great Friend on the inside with Kiwi Kiss, and embossed the butterfly image with Iridescent Ice and VersaMark.

Top Note Card with Window:

Top Note window card
Top Note window card

Fold a 8-1/2″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White carstock in half, and cut with the Top Note die. I put the fold approximately 5/8″ from the top.

Cut a partial Top Note piece from DSP for layering. I put the edge approximately 1-1/8″ from the top of the Top Note.

Cut a full Top Note piece from a coordinating color of cardstock.

Assemble the partial DSP piece onto the full cardstock piece.

To run the Top Note card in the curly label die (the Whisper White piece), I put the fold line of the card on the fold line of the die. Then, I placed the movable piece where I wanted it. Don’t forget the Dotto!

Then, you have to move the movable piece to a different spot so you can die cut the card front. Use Dotto again to hold the card front to the movable piece; the card front will move otherwise. Use the Top note card to put the card front on the movable piece in the right spot to match up the opening on both pieces.

You may want to die cut the card front first. I think I ended up doing it that way. The cardfront moved when I cut it, so I had to cut the card again to match up the window.

(Edited to add: see newer project for better instructions for cutting the moveable piece in one step for all pieces…)

Here’s the inside:

Inside of Top note window card
Inside of Top note window card

Scallop Envelope Purse:

Envelope Purse

Envelope Purse

Here’s a closeup:

Purse closeup

Purse closeup

This will also fit 3″ x 3″ note cards (about 6 plus envelopes). They will stick out, but I think it still looks okay.

Purse with Cards

Purse with Cards

You start with two envelopes cut out with your Big Shot. Trim the bottom flap to 1″. Overlap the bottom flaps to form the bottom of your purse.

NOTE: Decide which piece you want as your FRONT before you start gluing pieces together. Make sure the bottom flap of your FRONT piece is the one glued down last (on the outside). That way, the front shows a fold at the bottom, not the edge of the other piece.

Attach cardstock strip to sides (1″ x 2-1/4″).

Cut a piece of ribbon to about 12″. Tuck each end into the bottom of the purse and secure with a piece of Sticky Strip (you may need to use tweezers to get the liner off; I couldn’t get my fingers to the bottom very easily). I’m starting to think this step should be done before putting the sides together…

Use Sticky Strip to attach the ribbon to the sides of the purse.

Decorate purse, as desired. I put mini glue dots under the flaps to hold them down. You could leave them free, if you like.

Scallop Envelope Box:

This project is based on Jane Matsumoto’s project on her blog (sometime last year in October?)

Scallop envelope box

Scallop envelope box

Another view

Another view

Anyway, you start with 4 of the die cuts. I cut off one side flap from each piece (Jane left hers as-is). Attach one side flap to the cut side of another die cut, and continue with all die cuts until you have a line of them. Attach the last flap to the first envelope. Weave the bottoms flaps together, like you would for a moving box. Fold down top of envelopes to the outside of the box. Decorate as desired.

I added a small “liner” of cardstock at the bottom of the box to stabilize it. I guess it’s a little wobbly because I used DSP and didn’t glue the bottoms together (to keep it collapsible). The liner also helps to “square” the whole thing.

The box is just over 3-1/8″ square, and just shy of 2-1/8″ tall.

Valentine Pillow Box:

This project is based on an Artisan Award project posted for January 2009.

Pillow with Hearts

Pillow with Hearts

I backed the opening with a transparency piece. To hold it down, I put mini glue dots all around the openings. Otherwise, the details of the punched shapes would pull in weird directions when the box is assembled. I punched the side with the tab attached (so I didn’t have to worry about covering up the punch-outs when assembling). I scalloped a 1/2″ strip of Close to Cocoa to make the scallop strips (so-o-o-o hard to handle!).

The original project used ribbon to hold the box closed. Since ribbon would have covered up too many details, I used Herma removable adhesive instead.

Inchie Bag Topper:

Cupcake bag topper

Cupcake bag topper

I like the look of the Sweet Always DSP and the color combo. Pretty festive, and good for birthday items. I used the Scallop circle #2 Bigz die to cut the scallop circle (the bigger circle), and used the Coluzzle to cut out the matching half circle. The treat bags are the 3×5 bags from Stampin’ Up!

I tied the ribbon to the back, to hold the whole thing closed. I didn’t want to use sticky strip, since these were a swap. I figured the ladies would want to eat the candy and MAYBE keep the topper without destroying it.

Sweet Card:

Sweet Top Note

Sweet Top Note

Here’s a simple, but sweet card that uses the Top Note Bigz Die. My mom thought this would look really cute for a baby announcement. Just change the colors based on boy or girl. I was thinking of a variation: use the negative of the die (the frame) and insert my Christmas picture behind it!

Bag Topper:

Bag Topper

Bag Topper

For this one, I cut out Whisper White with the Top Note Bigz Die. Fold in half the long way (the skinnier dimension). Wrap Old Olive 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon around and knot. Then punch the largest flower of the Boho Blossoms punch from So Saffron cardstock. Add a button to the flower using mini glue dots, and adhere the flower to the knot using another mini glue dot. If you use a black button, the flower looks like a sunflower!

Halloween Basket:

Pumpkin Basket

Pumpkin Basket

I cut this cute baby out of orange felt using the Basket and Blooms Bigz XL die. Then I hand-stitched the pieces together. I added the face pieces in black felt. Fill with candy and tie with Old Olive 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon. I can’t wait to try this in spring colors and add felt flowers!

Sweet Always Pillow Box:

Pillow Box Sweet Always

Pillow Box Sweet Always

Here’s a pillow box I made using the Pillow Box Bigz die. I wrapped it in Pretty in Pink 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon. Isn’t it so cute? It was pretty easy to assemble, too! All I did was put adhesive on the seam to close the box (on the straight edge). The sides of the pillow box stay closed with the ribbon. I gave this one away at a workshop with a lip balm inside (matching pattern).

Mini Milk Carton Treat:

Hello Milk Carton

Boy, do they sure mean MINI. The bottom of the milk carton is just shy of 2 inches tall, and 1-9/16″ wide. The top part is about 1-1/8″ tall with the carton closed. I used a Library Clip like they do in the Mini Catalog, and it works GREAT!

You could fit:

  • a handful of Hershey Kisses
  • 6 Hershey Nuggets
  • 7 mini Belgian chocolate bars from Trader Joe’s

As for the size of cardstock you need… I think you can use 5-1/8″ x 6-7/8″ and you’ll be fine. This means you can get 2 boxes per 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock or 4 boxes per 12″ x 12″ (with some fancy cutting, a la Patty Bennett and her scheme for pieces for the matchbox die). I need shims on mine, but that’s normal for my machine with anything with score lines.

Petal Cone Die Carrot:

Die cut two pieces to complete the Petal Cone for the carrot root.

To make the greenery, punch out one 2-3/8″ scallop circle and as many of the branches from the Two-Step bird punch as you would like. On the scallop circle, make a slit from between one scallop to about the center and cut out a small circle (to fit the branches). Insert the ends of the branches into the small circle and secure ends on the underside (I bent them back a bit then glued them down). Overlap two scallops and secure to make a 3-D dome out of your scallop circle. Punch a hole in one of the scallops (or where they overlap) to attach a tag.

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