Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a great day today. Its Katie here and I wanted to address some questions that come up concerning one of my FAVORITE die cutting templates and that would be Nestabilites made by Spellbinders. Lori has a great selection available at the store and guess what? Yup, she has some brand new release sets available right now. Click --->HERE<--- and gather them up.
So... what are Nestabilities? Well, they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, are super compact in size, affordable, and can be used with a variety of die cutting machines already on the market. Nestabilties don't just die cut, but they also emboss as well. What I want to do is sort out some of the sizes and differences, my storage system, and the basics on how to cut and emboss with them.
Below, is a picture of the Small and Large Classic Circles as well as the Classic Small and Large Scallop Circles. I've heard many people ask what the difference is since they all look so similar. You can also see that I store mine in clear CD cases with the inserts removed. I also purchased a roll of adhesive backed magnetic stripping that I cut to the size I want. My nestabilities will stay put because they are metal.
At this point, I want to address the difference between the Petite Scallop Circles and the Classic ones. In the case of the Petite Scalloped Circles, the only difference between them and the ones that I have (Classic) are the number of scallops or bumps around the edge. Again, this is a preference of the user.
The picture below is a combination of the Small and Large Circle Dies that have been cut out of cardstock. Having both aren't necessary to create a perfect mat for your images, but it allows you more variety and options.
The white circles show the difference in size between the circles in the Large Set.
And here you see that the difference in size between the Small Circles are the same as the Large Circles.
This is where the difference lies between the small and large dies. And to be honest, its all about personal preference. It really doesn't matter which sizes you purchase because they will all work together. Notice that the spacing between the circle and the scallops (as in you see more of the scallop) is where the difference is.
Now lets look at how to actually use the dies. As you can tell, the dies are extremely flat. I labeled the raised section of the die that would be considered the "blade". This raised portion is what actually cuts the cardstock.
If you didn't realize, you do need some sort of die cutting machine in order to use these dies. That is what makes these dies so wonderful. So many sizes available all laying flat in one CD holder. The machine I'm using is Provo Craft's Cuttlebug.
In order to use the Nestabilities, you have to create a "sandwich" using the plates that come with the machine. As you can see they are all labeled with letters. I've got my plates staggered so you can see the "sandwich" or the layering of them, but normally, you would keep your plates all even.
(Sorry I used white)... but you can see below what the shape looks like once its been cut out of my cardstock. Just gently push the circle out of the die and you'll have a perfect cut circle.
So now we have the basic cutting down, lets take a look at how to emboss a nestability after cutting. I decided to use a new set called Blossom that is a new release and available at the store. In this case, you are looking at the complete set.
The picture below is an encore of the cutting sandwich. When this is done, just remove the excess cardstock and keep the cardstock that is inside the die intact.
After the shape has been cut and left in the die, flip the entire die and cardstock up so that the blade is facing up. Remember, when it was cut, the blade was down. Again, I've staggered all the layers so they would be easier to break down and see.
The "shims" are just pieces of cardstock that are used to keep the sandwich nice and tight. Depending on the cardstock you are using and how often you've squished them, you might need one less or one more. Just don't crank too hard. The plates will break, trust me, I seem to have a knack for breaking them.
Here is what it will look like after its been run through.
Now here's a little trick/tip for you. I did not come up with this, but I've seen this tip on numerous blogs and its definitely a good one. If you like the look of an even deeper edge all you have to do is take an embossing stylus and follow the inner outer edge of the die after the cardstock has been cut. You can follow the embossed section to make it deeper or you can create it on your own without the polymer mat.
I have one more fun tip to to share with you using a different nestability set. This particular set is called Double Ended Tags. After I cut this particular one, I left my cardstock in the die and then took a sponge and inked the exposed cardstock.
Here is a picture of the completely inked label. It leaves a wonderful white border to the tag.
Since I had a whole bunch of die cuts, I had to create some cards with them. Most of the images and sentiments I used to stamp the following two cards are from this month's stamp of the month. Spend just $50 and you will get Silhouette Wishes for FREE. The pretty floral image in the center of the card below is from a set called Everyday Encouragements.
And one more...
And a close up of the Flower Soft. I'm telling you... you've got to get some. This stuff is SOOO much fun. I added a bit of Martha Stewart glitter to the Flower Soft to give it a bit of glitz.
Cardstock: Neenah White, Petal (Close to my Heart), Basic Grey Euphoria, Ink: Sweet Leaf, Petal, Grey Wool (Close to my Heart), Stamps: April Stamp of the Month, Everyday Encouragements (Clear Dollar Stamps), Other: Flower Soft, Marth Stewart glitter, Blossom Nestability, Circle Nestability, Ribbon
I want to say "thank you" to everyone that stops by and visits. I hope today's post has clarified and cleared up some of the basics of Nestabilities. We hope to add to this tutorial with other posts showing what else can be done with these incredible dies. If you have any questions... please ask away.
Take care and have a wonderful Friday and a wonderful Easter Weekend.
This is Katie signing off for Clearly iStamp.