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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY!: Spellbinders Grand Calibur (continued)

Reported by Kandi Phillips
I’ve always loved shaped cards and couldn’t wait for the chance to create my very own scalloped card! One the amazing things the Grand Calibur does is to emboss all in one cut when using Nestabilities! I placed my cardstock fold in half over the die and then ran it through the machine.

I was left with a fun scallop shape complete with embossed edges.

Using some of my previously cut dies I created this quick shaped card.

When using the oval Grand Nestabilities in conjunction with the coordinating scallop dies, you can create a precise layer that will fit perfectly on your die-cut shape.

Using my sewing pattern flower I dressed up the front of the shaped card and added some felt petals also cut out with a die.


You can also use the Grand Nestabilities to cut photos! Since you’ll always place your media face down on the die (with the die edges facing up toward the cutting plate) you can get an embossed edge even on your pictures. I centered the die over my photo and then taped the edges outside of the cutting area.

Flip it over on your plate and then pass through your machine to result in an embossed and quickly cut picture.

Using the dies and the previously cut scallop I created a scrapbook layout inspired by the ovals as eggs.

For my next test I wanted to take things to the next level. How many of you have extra scraps of ribbon that you think you need to hang onto “just in case” and then never use on a project? I gathered up some of my strips and secured them onto a scrap of white cardstock.

I placed the smaller oval die on the back side of the ribbon. I knew I didn’t need to have an embossed edge on this one and I wasn’t sure if it might damage the ribbon so I used the opposite side instead. I secured the sides with tape in case of accidental shifting before it was placed in the machine.

When I removed it from the back of the machine I found it hadn’t cut all the way through the ribbon, but that was quickly fixed by trimming around the edges.

I dressed up the oval with some flowers and can’t wait to use this cute Easter egg on another layout or card!

Finally I took the plunge into cutting fabric! The first pass through didn’t yield the expected results and I was a little dismayed.

After doing some research on the Spellbinders website it recommended using a shim in the form of regular printer paper to bring the die closer to the fabric. I ran it through and again and still wasn’t able to get the even results I was hoping for.

Thinking I need to use more printer paper, or actual cardstock, I created a thick sandwich of cardstock and layered my fabric over the dies. It was amazingly difficult to crank the handle with such a thick sandwich and after hearing a large pop I was worried I had completely broken the machine. I reversed the handle and luckily everything was still in working order, and even better I had some fabric cuts!

Now, I’m still going to go back and try to find the perfect sandwich and mix for cutting fabric, but if you’re thinking of trying this, it may vary depending on the fabric you’re using, or how thick your cardstock is. If you’ve got a recipe for success I’d love to hear about it!

After spending so much time cutting I knew I needed to focus on the embossing side of things. I already knew I couldn’t emboss with my Sizzix® Impression Plates, and I needed the W-025 Raspberry Spacer before using my Cuttlebug ® folders, so I went in a different direction. I wanted to try and use various items in my craft supplies to create unique embossed backgrounds. I used embroidery floss, chipboard butterfly cuts and buttons.

Unfortunately the buttons were too thick so I couldn’t get it all the way through and had to reverse. The chipboard almost cut through the cardstock, but the floss created a really cool effect.

I tried another set of chipboard die cuts that were a little thinner, but still it almost cut through the cardstock from the deep pressure of the machine.

Lastly, I wanted to use a brass stencil to test out the embossing feature.

In comparison you can’t see too much difference from the Big Shot Express® example on the left to the Grand Calibur example on the right.

I added some distressing ink and although it’s not very visible in the photo, the image from the Grand Calibur is slightly deeper and a little crisper.

Overall, I am in love with the Grand Calibur and what it can do. Although I am disappointed at my results with fabric, and the fact that I can’t use my Bigz® dies, I am incredibly pleased at being able to use other dies I’d almost given up on. Combined with the fact that I can use extra-large Grand Nestabilities that coordinate with the smaller scale Nestabilities, and the amazing crispness of the cuts, I know I’ll always turn to the Grand Calibur for die-cutting outside of Sizzix® dies.

The Grand Calibur retails for $129.99 and replacement cutting plates can be purchased separately for $24.99. Additionally, the Grand Nestabilities can be purchased for $49.99, and as mentioned coordinate with the smaller versions of Nestabilities seamlessly.

Pros:
  • Wide cutting plates let you cut with the super-sized Grand Nestabilities dies and also cut multiple dies at once
  • Amazing crispness and deep embossing when cutting through most mediums
  • Compatible with most dies on the marketBuilt in handle that you can hold onto while turning the crank handle
  • Stability base works well and keeps the machine in place

Cons:
  • Crank handle requires at least 30 revolutions to complete one pass
  • Isn’t compatible with Sizzix Bigz® dies and requires a spacer plate for use with Sizzlets®, Fiskars® plates and Cuttlebug® folders
GIVEAWAY!
Our friends at Spellbinders have given us a set of Grand Scalloped Circles AND a set of Large Format Circles (which coordinate) to give to one lucky reader (that’s a $100 value!). Just leave a comment on either of today’s blog posts answering this question:

Have you used the Spellbinders Grand Calibur before? What do you use your Grand Calibur the most for, or what would you use it for?

One comment per person, per article, please. Winner will be selected on Friday, April 29, 2011.

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Dana Vitek

Dana Vitek is a craft-‐‑supply hoarder with an obscenely understanding husband. She works full-‐‑time as a geologist, and spends her free time sort of paying attention to her two kids, reading a lot, and crafting. She's a crocheter, but not a knitter because knitting seems way too complicated. She's a card maker, but usually only 10 minutes before a birthday party. She cusses at her sewing machine. She has at least 12 different types of glue, but can never find the scissors she wants when she wants them. Dana started writing and editing for Craft Critique in 2008. She is perhaps best known for her Mother of All Black Ink Tests, and her annual April Fool's posts. She blogs extremely irregularly at Stamping Science. http://stampingscience.blogspot.com

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181 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY!: Spellbinders Grand Calibur (continued)

  1. Jackie April 25, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Thanks for all of the tips! I have the Grand Calibur and love it. I really like the Grand Labels 4, I think they would make some wonderful cards.

  2. Cyndie April 25, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Thanks for showing the results with fabric and the embossing! Very cool. I have not had an opportunity to use the Grand Calibur, but if I had one I think I would use it most to make shaped cards with the Grand Nestabilities dies!

  3. melody_cir April 25, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    I’ve not ever used the Grand Calibur but am drooling at the thought of using the Grand Nestabilities for shaped cards, and in scrapbooking.

  4. Cristina April 25, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Thanks for the review! I’ve never used the Grand Calibur, but I love its embossing feature. Does it work equally well with any cardstock/paper, or are there some kinds that work best?

  5. paperpapier April 25, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    I don’t have any Grand Calibur. Currently usiing Big Shot and quite happy with the result. This machine will definitely be advantages to emboss bigger size card as compared to Big Shot.

  6. Yaritza April 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Great review. I love the fact that spellbinders makes bigger dies to coordinate with their smaller nestabilities.

  7. Tona April 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Great article. I’m always afraid of wasting product experimenting so I’l thrilled to see that you did that part for me 😉

  8. Sarah Gambrell April 25, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    I currently don’t have any die cutting/embossing machines, but I would love one to use in creating more intricate/interesting cards.

  9. Rhonda April 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    I own some dies, but cut them on my Epic 6, which is a horrible machine.

  10. Rhonda April 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    I have quite a few of the nesting dies, but alas, my die cutting machine is very inferior. In the market for a good, non-electric model, so was happy to see this review!

  11. RedGem April 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Thanks for the review of the Grand Calibur! I’ve never used it but I love its embossing feature. I have the Big Shot and the CB just hate another outlay of $$s for another die-cutting machine, but the fact that it can do extra large dies and the rest of my dies I guess I would think of getting it. You didn’t mention whether it can do embossing folders, though I can’t see why it couldn’t! Tks for the share.

  12. Denise ~ Paper Ponderings April 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    I would so love to try this machine. I love the size and the new grand dies. Awesome!

  13. Toni April 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    I haven’t used them yet, but think I would really like them. Lots of possibilities.

  14. Karen (TLgirl353) April 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    I haven’t used one yet, but would like to be able to use the larger size dies!

  15. Scrappymama Elaine April 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    I Haven’t had the pleasure but I would love the creative book pages to make mini albums.
    Esigmon at cox dot net

  16. Anita Braddock April 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    I would love to win the Grand Calibur and dies. I love the ones I have but I dont have the Grand Calibur I use my Big kicks I need the grand Calibur. thanks for a chance to win. abbraddock@msn.com

  17. Penny April 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    I have a Big Shot and, unfortunately can’t run most of the Grand dies through it. I am going to buy a Grand Calibur so that I can use the Grand dies. I love the look of cards cut with the Grand dies.

  18. MaryNSC April 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    OO I Love the Grand Labels 4 THANK U THANK U for the chance..

  19. Gail April 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    I have not used the Grand Calibur.
    I have a Big Shot, and use the nestibilities, and shapeabilities….love them!
    I use mine mostly for card making!

  20. CLM-cindylu2u April 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    Thank you for such a wonderful review!! I only started using Spellbinders about 3 months ago and have totally gotten hooked on them, would love to add the Circles to my small stash!! Thanks
    Cindy

  21. Monika/Buzsy April 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    I haven’t used the GC before but I love the idea of using the big shapes. I am a card maker so would be making tons of shaped cards. :o) Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. rush April 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    i haven’t used this machine before. recently, i got a big kick, and i am still learning how to use it. i mostly cut differently circles at this point, and i have tried a few filigrees.

  23. LINDA W. April 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    OMGoodness I do not own a GRAND CALIBUR….yet but I would love
    to have one…to make different shapped cards…be able to cut out
    allot of different dies at the same time….love to have the scalloped shape one frist.
    Linda

  24. KanataNewf April 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    Have never used the Grand Calibur but have been tempted with the new big dies that were released.

  25. Farida Rone April 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    I don’t have any Grand Calibur. Currently usiing Cuttlebug and quite happy with the result. This machine will definitely be advantages to emboss bigger size card as compared to Cuttlebug.

  26. bubbyx3 April 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    I am getting Spell Bound just thinking of the possibilities with this machine. I currently don’t have any cutter like this but I do scrap and create cards daily. I would LOVE to have a chance at this offer which would be a great birthday present for ME!

  27. Janelle April 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    I’ve never used the Grand Calibur but I would love to use it to make decorations for holidays and for scrapbooking. Great product!

  28. Artful Hands April 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    I have never used the Grand Calibur but loive the posts about it here. I was able to squeak the larger format dies thru my big kick machine without a problem. I would love a chance to win more dies.

  29. Glenda J April 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    I haven’t used one yet but it looks fantastic! Would love to try it out! I love all of my Nestabilities & Shapeabilities so I’m sure it’s fantastic. Thanks for the chance to win.

  30. Hoo's Crafty! April 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    I am very interested in the Spellbinders, so I love this review. I do not have any, but they look so interesting. I’d love to try some.

  31. Melissa April 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    I’ve never used the Grand Calibur before, and I have a Sizzix Big Shot. I’d love to try it out with embossing!

  32. 4Ucards April 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    This was so helpful. I have been using a Cuttlebug for years. But, I wanted to cut larger shapes and use more then one die at a time.
    You showed me that I could do everything I wanted to do and more with the Grand Calibur.
    I would love the page shaper die. I am always making mini books for gifts.
    Thank you so much for helping me to make a informed decision on my next $100+ craft tool purchased.

    Once I have the funds in the craft budget.

    This would be a great gift to win. Thank you.

  33. Nana Jo April 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    I would love any of the grand calibur spellbinders cause then I’d have the machine and I want that too. I tried to go to the website but my computer said no due to some malware.
    mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

  34. Annie April 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    I would love to have a Grand Calibur!! and the Grand Labels 4 die to use in card making. Always wanted to make shaped cards!!

  35. Leisa April 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    I don’t have a grand calibur or any kind of die cut/embossing machine – but would love to win one! It would be a wonderful tool in making cards.

  36. Annette A. April 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    AWESOME tips…I have never used the Grand Calibur but sure would love to get my hands on one. Not in the budget right now but maybe I will win one…that would be so cool. Thanks for the chance to win.

  37. Donna April 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    I don’t have a Grand Calibur but it certainly is on my wish list. I love shape cards and I think it would be great to make that process fast and easy. Loving your samples that you made. Beautiful job!

  38. Isabel Z April 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    I do not own this amazing machine but if I did I would use it to emboss because it adds such a nice touch to projects. Thank you for the chance to win one!

  39. Lacey April 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Thanks for the info. I’ve never used Grand Calibur or spellbinder dies before. I’ll have to look into this more 🙂

  40. Kay April 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    I haven’t had the pleasure of trying the new Grand Calibur, but I would certainly love to, especially now that my Cuttlebug is about to draw its last breath.
    I would use it for my ever growing collection of dies, and just think how many smaller dies I would be able to cut in one pass!?!
    I would definitely love to try the Grand Calibur (keeping my fingers crossed).
    Also, I’d like to offer a tip that might help you cut fabric. Try using some fusible webbing on the fabric; it gives it a little more body, giving your machine a better piece to “sink its teeth into”, so to speak.

  41. mescartes April 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    I’ve never used the Grand Calibur.
    But if I had one I think I would use it most to make my own mini books using Creative Book Pages.

  42. Char April 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    I would love to own the Grand Calibur, but I don’t have it as yet. I love the Grand Labels. I would use this for the making of some wonderful cards. Please enter me in the Giveaway. I do have a Spellbinders and a Sizzic and love them too.

  43. Rebecca Ednie April 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    I’d love to try the Gc machine with the grand nesties. But the 30 cranks is a bit annoying as I have arthritis. But as long as I wasn’t doing multiples, it seems doable!

  44. Debbie April 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    I have not used the Grand Calibur. I would love to make shaped cards.

    Thanks for the giveaway

    Debbie P

  45. Whisk Woman April 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    It’s disappointing that the Sizzix Bigz don’t fit; we continue to wait for a single machine that can do everything. I do have a Big Kick, but the size of the Grand Nesties look so useful!!

  46. huntla1 April 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    I am very intrigued with the Grand Calibur. I have a wizard — my first die cut machine — and a Big Shot. I am trying to decide if I “need” the Grand Calibur. I guess if I win some dies, then I would really “need” a GC!

  47. BishopsMommie April 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    I haven’t, but I would definitely try those cards !

  48. Sherry'sPaperie April 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    I have the old purple wizard cutting machine and I’m very happy with it. I was very disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to use the new super large dies in my current wizard. So,if I won the GC I would love to get and use those super big dies that everyone is making such fantastic items with!

  49. Penne April 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    Thank you for all these tips! I got my Grand Calibur last week but haven’t had a chance to play with it yet. As soon as I get my craft room put back together (recently moved) it’s the first thing I intend to play with!

  50. sandyh50 April 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    I do not have the Grand Calibur and would love to use it with my Nesties!

  51. Anonymous April 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Excellent review! Showing so many options both that were a success and those that failed really gives me a clear picture of this product and I appreciate that very much! Thank you for the opportunity to win an awesome product!

    Teresa

  52. Lillian Child April 25, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Fabulous tutorial! The Grand Calibur is on my wish list – I do so want it to make cards that I give to our local human society’s gift shop to help raise dollars for our fury friends.

  53. scrappinpeg April 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    Sadly to say I have not gotten to use the The Grand Calibur…. But I would sooo love to. We have no LSS’s in our area as well, so I have only a big shot and cuttlebug for usage. I think if I DID have one to use I’d really go for the fun SHAPED cards using the dies you could make. WOW on using the chipboard butterflies. I love that idea too! Your card ideas were the BEST! TFS….
    Peggy

  54. molly April 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I am waiting for mine to arrive….can’t wait to play thanks for all the wonderful tips

  55. BARBARA April 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    Thank you for the fantasic review on the Spellbinders Grand Calibur. I had never even heard of it until your review. That is why I love subscribing to Craft Critique. All the wonderful products and comparisions of products. Love It!!

  56. Mary April 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    I have the Grand Calibur and love it! I use it for the Grand spellbinders and also for multiple nestabilities at the same time. Thanks for the chance to win, Mary M
    mmontecalvo at verizon dot net

  57. Linda April 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    I don’t have any of the Grand Calibur dies yet. I have been trying to decide if I might use them…..I really like the idea of using them for some shaped cards. WOW cutting fabric would be lots of fun….I think I will give that a try. Thank you for the great review!!

  58. S. Ferguson April 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    I don’t currently have one, but would really like to use/own one “if I win”! I’d continue to make cards with it.

  59. Rachel B April 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Fabulous article. I love the shaped cards. That is my favorite feature. You are able to make a shaped card, and still have it be close to a normal size for mailing!

  60. Peggy April 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Thanks for the review. I do not own Grand Calibur, but if I did, I would use it to make beautiful embossed, and die cut cards! I like th

  61. PattyO22 April 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    I’m pretty new to nestabilities but ironically have had the wizard for years. Don’t ask. Would love to use the Grand Calibur for anything really!

  62. Kelly Massman April 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    I haven’t used it, but I think I would love using those large dies for cardmaking–love the fun shapes!!!!

    thanks also for a chance to win!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

  63. Linda Peterson April 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    I do not have a grand calibur yet, but am anxious to get one—what an awesome tool! I love to make cards and scrapbook so this would be so wonderful to use with all of my projects.

  64. Leslie Ann April 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    I’ve only used Sizzix roller cutter and I was very interested to see how the GC worked. The cutting and embossing sold me. That’s my idea of a great looking card, edge embellishment to make. I’ve been going over the dies at Spellbinders and I’m totally intrigued to try some.

    Thanks for enabling me 🙂
    LA

  65. debpaint16 April 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    I loved your review, that you experimented with all of the different materials, textures & thicknesses!!! I have not tried the Grand Calibur, nor any diecutting machine. I like that you can emboss & cut. Your review makes me want to try this machine!! Thanks for the chance to win!!
    debpaint16@aol.com

  66. Andrene April 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    I recently bought the grand caliber and have 2 dies for it. I love the big dies. I have made a card and a pocket page for a mini album. I love that you can double over your cs doing a 3 sided cut to get the card base or the ready made pocket. Also perfect for 12×12 layouts. Cant wait to accumulate more grand dies!!!!

  67. skyviewstamper April 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    I’d love to have one! I have a cuttlebug now – but would like to have a Grand Calibur to use the larger dies and to able to cut more than one at time of the smaller ones! Great review – thanks for the chance to win!!

  68. Sue McRae April 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    I don’t have a Grand Calibur but have lots of Spellbinder dies and love them all.

  69. Dee in N.H. April 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    I haven’t tried the Grand Calibur yet. I would so love to have one of these beauties to make shaped cards and I also love that you can put in multiple dies! Thanks so much for a chance to win!

  70. Kathy April 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    I have not ever used a Grand Calibur. I am currently in the process of exploring die cut machines, as I don’t have one and want to get one. Now I am going to look into this one more closely! I love making all sorts of die cuts, and only have a Slice. It would be cool to be able to make bigger diecuts and cards….love those Grand Nestabilities!

  71. Lisa Nichols April 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    The Grand Calibur has been at the top of my wishlist for some time now. I would love to win this – thanks for the opportunity!

  72. gela April 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    I have never used the Grand Calibur. Would love to have one just so I can use the larger dies spellbinders has.

  73. Iris April 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    I like the Grand Big Scalloped circles. I have not used a Grand Calibur but if I had one I would use it to make layers to add dimension to the cards I make. Iris
    isoscia at aol dot com

  74. Hee Jin R. April 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    I would use it for scrapping,card making, and home decor like decorated pillows. I have the regular size but not grande Calibur and would love to try it out!

  75. Leeann April 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    I want one of these so bad, but have been trying to work it into my budget while planning my wedding at the same time. I have a personal die cutter and am using a technique to cut out my images but are in no way as pretty as these! I really NEEED one and have been hinting through last years birthday, mother’s day, Christmas then back to this year’s birthday for this to no avail 🙁

    Maybe someday, somehow….

  76. Vickie Daniel April 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Thank you sharing all the wonderful tips! I learned alot.
    I would love to have this!!

  77. Julie April 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    I love Spellbinders products. Love the idea you did with the foam butterflies.

  78. Wendy Foster April 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    I do not have a Grand Calibur but after seeing the beautiful pattern flowers, I must buy one. I would use the Scallop Nestabilities.

  79. Krisa April 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    I haven’t used the grand calibur but I’ve used the regular spellbinders nestabillities dies with my QK Revolution, in both scrapbooking and card making. I can just imagine how much fun and how creative I could get with my altered projects with a tool like the grand calibur!

  80. Melissa April 25, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    I haven’t tried the Grand Calibur yet, but I love the idea that you can cut larger items with it. Great review and love the tips!

  81. Tiffany April 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    I have not used the Grand Calibur before, but I would love to have one to cut the larger nestabilities dies!

  82. Wei H April 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    My wife has been eyeing this and upon researching I stumbled upon this review. Thanks for the helpful hints.

  83. Works From The Attic by Linda April 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    I just love the Grand Calibur although I do not own one. I love the long plates and would use it for the nestibilities! Thank you for the review and giveaway!
    Linda Marino

  84. HelenM April 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    I am Loving it!! i would use it for cards and scrapbooking. I just love some of the grand nestabilities!

  85. HelenM April 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    I am just loving it! I love the look of some of the Grand Nestabilities! I would use it mostly for cards and scrapbooking!

  86. Melody (lacyquilter) April 25, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    I’ve never used the grand calibur. I would use it to make shaped cards.

  87. Lisa H April 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    I have not used a Grand Calibur, sure would like to try though! I have an original Wizard from Spellbinders. I love their dies for card making.

  88. Melissa M April 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    I have not used one yet, but hope to get to. Disappointed that it does not work with the Bigz dies. If I had one I would use it mostly for card bases but could see myself using it for other things as well. Thanks for the review.

  89. Kimberly S. April 25, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    Wow!! Thanks for the pictures and all the info!! That is VERY helpful!! I have not used the Grand Caliber before, but I’d LOOOOVE to!! I would use it to make some awesome cards with the Nestabilities dies!!

  90. Sylvia/LittleTreasures April 25, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    I have not used the Grand Calibur. I love all my Spellbinders products for use in Card Making. The more I see of its uses the more interest I have in obtaining one. I love the Grand Dies and all the uses you have used on this post. Thanks for the step by step

  91. Cottagerca April 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    great tips. I have not used the machine, although i have used the dies.
    ava

  92. Sandra April 25, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Never used a Grand Calibur – but if I had one, I would use it to make fancy shaped cards!
    Sandra ltb

  93. pat.earl April 25, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    Love the comparison. I have bought so many of the machines, because they are “better” and learned the hard way. This is great, seeing the proof in the pudding. Thank you for this. Grand Labels 11 would go great with my Labels 11. I like perusing the blogs and galleries for ideas. Again, thank you

  94. bhelenj April 25, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    I have a Grand Calibur and I use it to make cards. I love it, but I wish I didn’t have to take out the guide to use 8 1/2 in wide paper.

  95. LesleyfromWI April 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    Thanks for all the info. I do not have one but it is on my wish list. I would use it for cards & LOs….my favorite things to make!

  96. Sue D April 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    More great tips–thanks!
    I have never used the Grand Calibur but I would like to use it to make shaped cards.

  97. Sue April 25, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    I like the fact that the Grand Calibur will allow us to make multiple cuts at the same time, this will definitely save a lot of time.

  98. JannieQ April 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    I have my new, in box, GC inthe trunk of my car. I promised myself no fun play until I find a home for it in my chaotic craft room.

    WInning the circles would be terrific and the oval pair would be a gret addition to my slowly growing collection of Grand Dies

  99. Savannah O'Gwynn April 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    OHHH! I would love to use a Spellbinders Grand Calibur!! I would make shaped cards and frames and emboss like you did! LOVE IT:) THANKS for the chance to win! sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  100. Anonymous April 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    I use it for all of my spellbinder dies. I absolutely love it. Thanks for the chance to win. Hugs, Nellie.

  101. Doramiyi April 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    Oh how I wish I can get my hands on the Grand Caliber. I’ve never used it but been eyeing for a while. Just imagine all the die cuts I can do in one pass with it’s larger plates. Even with 30 cranks, I’d still be ahead. Drooling and keeping my fingers crossed.

    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Doramiyi
    Doramiyi at gmail dot com

  102. kim April 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    I dont have the Grand Calibur yet but LOVE my Spellbinders and just ordered some more tonight. Thanks for the chance to win this set.

    kim
    k1i2m3@cox.net

  103. Lindsey April 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    I have yet to make the investment in a die-cutting machine, but this sounds so versatile!

  104. Elizabeth April 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    I just love the samples you made, especially the LO, how cute. I love the photo die cut 🙂
    I definately get the feeling your in love with this new machine, as most people are who use it just once.

  105. Liz April 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    I don’t have a GC, but love the idea that you can use multiple regular Spellbinders and make a bunch of cuts at once ! Just an idea on cutting fabric – what if you backed it with fusible webbing or starched the daylights out of it first ?

  106. RuthAnn April 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    Yes I have used the Grand Calibur,
    but just recently. Love the cuts
    it makes. I also enjoy the ability to make fancy cut card bases. It is just a great tool to have to
    assist the creativity mojo. Plus the fact that the Grand dies work
    so well with the regular Nesties.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win
    one of these great prizes.

  107. Leigh M April 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Now I just need to get a raspberry spacer plate and I can store my other machine until I need to cut with my Big dies (which isn’t very often)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  108. creativearts April 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    i love my Grand Calibur! It is so easy to do many die cuts at one time and I’m looking forward to receiving my first order of grand dies. I ordered the ovals and would love to win the rounds. I have been making cards for quite a few years now but am seriously thinking about going back to scrapbooking some with the grand dies. They will be fabulous for scrapbooking and cards! The handle is so easy to turn and it does stay in one spot!

  109. Nedlnut April 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    This is at the very top of my wish list! Thanks for the ideas.

  110. cathy April 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    I have a Grand Calibur and love it. I use it for most of the die cutting and almost never make a card without some sort of die cut.

  111. Jessica April 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    I haven’t used the Grand Calibur, but I have it on my wish list. I love spellbinders dies and I want to be able to use the Grand dies to make shaped cards as well as large shapes for scrap pages. Thanks to Spellbinders for giving us a chance to win some Grand dies.

  112. elizabeth_weiant@hotmail.com April 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    What an imagination you have to play with all the different mediums. What if you used wonder under (fusible interfacing) on your material before you put through the Grand Calibur? I bet having the fabric just a little stiffer will give you the cuts you were hoping for. I haven’t tried any material yet, but after reading and seeing what you were trying to do, I’d go with the wonder under first.
    Great ideas!
    Thanks,
    Elizabeth

  113. bernietom47 April 25, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    I haven’t used a Grand Calibur yet but I’m saving up for one, I’d love to make shaped cards.
    Blessings Bernie

  114. Nitasha April 25, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    I have never used the Grand Calibur before, but so happy to have learned so much about it here! I would love to try these dies for scrapbooking and cardmaking projects! Thanks so much for all the info and inspiration!

  115. pbo April 25, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    I just ordered my Grand Calibur. I am excited to get it because I have been wanting to make shaped cards, but love the idea of the bigger dies for scrapbooking too!

  116. lyndee April 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    I have had my Grand Calibur for a short time now and have used it mostly for making shaped cards, including 25 Baby Shower cards for my girlfriend. I really love the cards you can make from the Grand Labels 4 dies. I enjoyed reading the review.

  117. Mickie April 25, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    I would love it to make the grand labels sized cards. I love the different shapes of cards that you can get with it.

  118. lyndee April 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    I have had my Grand Calibur for a short time now and have used it mostly for making shaped cards, including 25 Baby Shower cards for my girlfriend. I really love the cards you can make from the Grand Labels 4 dies. I enjoyed reading the review.

  119. scrappingnana April 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    Love all your projects. Thanks for all the into and review of the Grand Caliber. I have not used one and haven’t seen one in person, but this info is very helpful.

  120. Lagene April 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Thanks for the tips on embossing different objects!

  121. Denni April 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    I’ve never used the Grand Calibur before but I’m sure if I had it I’d be using it to make lots of those beautiful shaped cards with the Grand Nesties sets.

  122. Juliana T April 25, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    I’ve used the grand calibur at my local scrapbook store Scrap and Stamp Haven in Ravenna Ohio. It was very nice to use. I liked the embossing you showed on the website.

    jonder@frontier.com

    http://julianaspapercrafts.blogspot.com/

  123. AnnW April 25, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    I’ve never used the Grand Calibur; I only have the original Wizard. I would love to have a Calibur in order to make larger shaped cards.

  124. Sue April 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    No, I don’t have the Grand Calibur. If I had one, I would use it to cut more than one shape at a time.

  125. Jan Castle April 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    Sad to say, I do not have the Spellbinders Grand Calibur; however, I do have one of the Nestabilities Grand dies – labels 4 – and use it in my Big Shot…absolutely love it! Thanks fo the chance to win!!!
    Jan Castle

  126. Anonymous April 25, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    I just got the Grand Calibur this weekend and I am thrilled to find out how many different medias I will be able to use with it. This is going to take my crafting to the next level

  127. Anita April 26, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    It would be a blast to create large shape cards. I love the idea of embossing with what you have.

  128. Bonnie April 26, 2011 at 5:07 am #

    I have the Grand Calibur and love it. Of all the die machines I have owned, I like this one best. I use it to cut out dies and to emboss card stock. Even my grandchildren use the Grand Calibur with me.

  129. Donna VW April 26, 2011 at 5:31 am #

    I have never used the Grand Calibur. I love all the Spellbinders dies and would love to try some of the bigger ones.

  130. kathy s April 26, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    Thanks for all the varity of ideas to use it for -they look great-I don’t have one and don’t know anyone who does but I sure would use it for making my cards in half the time

  131. Pat April 26, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    no I have never used it before but I love that you can make shaped cards in one try Thank you for the chance to win one

  132. Anonymous April 26, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    Thank you for all the great tips! I love my Grand Calibur! I would use the Grand labels for shaped cards. So fun!!
    Karen M.

  133. JoAnnG April 26, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    Thanks for all the great ideas. I always thought it would be difficult, but you make it so easy. I must have one!!!!!

  134. Joanne Gilch April 26, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    No,, I have not used the Grand Calibur. But it makes great sense to be able to cut out so many Spellbinders at one time. the thirty revolutions with the GC handle would make up for the several times you would have to put the different dies in a smaller machine.

  135. ruth April 26, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    I have some Nestabilities and love them, but I have never had the opportunity to see the Grand Caliber in person or try it.

  136. Anita Braddock April 26, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    I dont have the Grand Calibur but I have some of your Dies I use them with my Big kick would love to win. I have the Heatrs die and have made a card for my Husband I have used some on other cards I love the way they work. I need to get more I would love to get the Butterflys and the Rose ones just say a video how to make some roses and love it. you have great dies I will be getting more soon. thanks for the chance to win. abbraddock@msn.com

  137. Wendy G April 26, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    I haven’t used the Grand Caliber yet. I have a Big Kick machine. I use it to make die cuts and emboss. Just bought some of the new embossing dies from Spellbinders. Can’t wait to try them out. Great review. I found the photos to be very helpful.

  138. Kelly Sas April 26, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Very interesting review – thank you! While I dont have the Grand Calibur, I do have the very first Wizard and love it! I would love to use and make larger die cuts with the Grand Calibur so I could make 3D projects.

  139. Chris Wooten April 26, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    I would use it to put pretty designs on my jean purses. I make them for the children at the hospital.

    do not own any of your stuff yet…but would love them. thanks you so much

    wow you guys are good….

    chris
    mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com

  140. Tanya April 26, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Wow, loved the article! I have not been lucky enough to play with one yet, but I would love to use it for card making and scrapbooking. 🙂

  141. wilcoxdesigns April 26, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    I’ve never used one but the possibilities look great

  142. designsbytatum April 26, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    I just purchased the grand calibur and love it. I have a few of the old diecuts. I really would love to have the grand diecuts to make mini books and cards.

  143. Hany Von Gillern April 26, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    I have never used Grand calibur yet, but would love to try one. Thank you for the review.

  144. AShu93 April 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    I don’t have a Grand Calibur, but I do like the examples of how you used all the different materials & how it makes crisper cuts than your big shot.

  145. Weezie April 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Love the bigger dies. I’m currently using the Big Shot and would love to win the Grand Calibar.

    weezielw at aol dot com

  146. weze April 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    No have never used it but after seeing all it can do….I’m sure wishing for one! Love the way you can maked shaped cards

  147. mom2fivekiddos April 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    I have not had the pleasure of using the Grand Caliber….yet! I have it on my wishlist though!
    I would love to use it for a multitude of projects! I have a number of the Nestabilities…I LOVE THEM!!! They are awesome! I especially love that they are nested…so many times I use two sizes together….I use them for altered arts, cardmaking, and scrapbooking!
    Mama Hen

    http://www.scrappingmamahen.blogspot.com

  148. Lorraine April 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    I haven’t used one. I do have a sizable collection of the regular nesties and would love to get my hands on a Grand Calibur!

  149. Cheryl Walker April 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Thank you for sharing all the info on this! No sadly I dont own one yet! if I had one I would use if for cardmaking and for my post-it notebooks that I love making.

    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  150. Gretchen Wilson April 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    I would love to have the creative book pages, It is so different, but then again I think I would take any of them.

  151. Maria Matter April 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    oh I would love to be able to create shaped cards!! I currently have a CB but the handle is starting to crack. The Grand Calibur would make a lovely replacement.
    Thanks so much for offering this give-away!!

  152. Wendy Kidd April 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    Wow – this is an AMAZING machine! What is the first material I’d cut with it? Plastic – no doubt about it. I love the look of clear shapes on my layouts, and there’s so much you can do – stamp on it, put rub ons on it, pierce it, sand it…. the possibilities are endless. Oh, how I would love to run some plastic through a brand new Grand Calibur machine!

  153. Chris April 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    I have the Grand Calibur and love it to bits. I would love grand labels 11 to make cards and journal covers with

  154. Altered By Me April 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    Nope I haven never used any die cutting machine

  155. Linda Grady April 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Have only had my Grand Calibur for about a month; no large dies yet. Love that it can take all of my former dies and many at one time. A great time-saver!!! Excited to read all the diff. mediums you can use; esp. the rub-ons. How exciting!!! My 1st choice would probably be a scalloped circle or square set.

  156. RAP April 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

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  157. RAP April 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    I haven’t used it. I would get a bunch of nestabies and mostly use for the that for cards and scrapbooking.

  158. Jen April 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    What a great post. The projects were all amazing! I am not only better informed about the GC but totally inspired to create create create! Thanks for that.

    I am totally excited about shaped cards now. Proper shaped cards would be first on my list. Not little Mini Me versions of shaped cards which is all I can do presently.

  159. connie April 26, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    I have used it but don’t have any of the large dies yet. Really want to make some shaped cards.

  160. Melinda AKA medialady April 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    I have never had to opportunity to try this gadget out yet but it would be a great addition to add to my scrapbook room!

  161. Cyndi - Dreams Unltd April 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    I have not used the Grand Calibur yet, but am planning on getting one, particularly for use with the Grand Nestabilities. But I also see so many other uses for it – I especially like the deep impressions.

    dreamsunltd at equestrimin dot com

  162. sarah April 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    I haven’t used one before just the dies. It would be great to use for embossing, luv how easy it us.

  163. Amy April 26, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    I have heard amazing things from friends who have the GC!! I want one so bad! Thanks for the fabulous tutorial!

  164. kathy o April 27, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    Thanks for the tips. I’m sure my husband is getting me the grand calibur for mother’s day, I can’t wait

  165. sschrand April 27, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    The Grand Calibur is super versatile. Love it!

  166. Maryann April 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Thanks sooo very much for a really great review here and ythe other day as well. I don´t have one yet, but I have bought t, and it´s on it´s way here to Denmark with a friend from the US as we speak, and I can´t wait to get it here and get started to play with it. I´ll be using it to cut and emboss all my dies, and I´m really looking forward to be able to make big cards and album pages with this one, which wasn´t possible with my good old Cuttlebug. Since I´ve learned about Spellbinders, this has been really high on my wishlist, and now that will definately grow quite a lot longer with all the amazing new Grand dies, so the list is never ending he he he.

  167. Glenda April 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    Another great review to save, thanks so very much! I love that the Grand Calibur embosses at the same time it cuts. I would love to make shaped cards and elements for scrapbook pages. Thanks to Spellbinders and Craft Critque for the opportunity to win these sets.

    Glenda

  168. Annie B. April 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    Wow what information, great tips and how-to’s, really great. I love
    “all” Spellbinders. Thanks

  169. java diva April 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    I would want to use it with fabric, but now I guess not! I like the embossing, so that is what I would do.

  170. judy April 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    I love these extra large dies and would love to use them for shaped
    cards.

  171. sclugo April 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    The Grand Calibur is on my wish list! Would use it in my scrapbooking and to try my hand at card making!

  172. Ruth April 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    I havent used it before but I would LOVE to!

  173. Kryssi April 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    thanks for this, i love seeing the GC in use! i have it too so winning the circles wd be awesome!

  174. Kryssi April 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    thanks for this, i love seeing the GC in use! i have it too so winning the circles wd be awesome!

  175. Kryssi April 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    ooh pick me pick me! i have the GC and have yet to pick up any of the big dies!

  176. Caroline D. April 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    Excellent article and tips! I use the Grand Calibur for cutting many dies at one time, cutting shaped cards on the fold with the larger grand nestabilities, and the large shapes for scrapbooking. When I cut a bunch of the regular sized at once it is either paper, cardstock or shrink plastic for charms. LOVE the Grand Calibur!

  177. reeree62 April 28, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    I have not used the Grand Calibur, although I’ve seen it. Looks like a great machine to have!!
    Thanks!!!

  178. Louise April 28, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Great samples and info, love the look of the die cut card. I have not used a Grand Calibur, but I rarely meet a new tool I don’t fall in love with once I use it! I know I would use it with stencils and for cardmaking (and of course the new grand dies!)

  179. Carole RB April 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    No I haven’t used the Spellbinders Grand Calibur before. Thanks for the opportunity to win

  180. Cat Spicer April 29, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    I haven’t used the GC yet, but have been drooling over it since it first came on the market. I’m an avid card maker and LOVE that I can do large die cut shaped cards with the new dies.

  181. K Bussean April 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    Embossing is really cool. I love how it looks.