Shading With Spellbinders Nestabilities

Reported by Deborah Locklear

One of the hottest and most popular products on the market are the Spellbinders Nestabilities. They recently came out with some new dies that are going to be must-haves, too! Each set retails for $25.99. They are available at my local Hobby Lobby, though the selection varies. They are also available online at CutAtHome, and Flourishes.
I’m sure everyone knows you can cut and emboss with the Nestabilities. Today, I’m going to show you one more thing that you can do with these!
Note: I am not the one who thought of this, I’ve seen it done many times by various artists.
WHAT YOU NEED: monochromatic set of inks (I used Stampin’ Up’s Cool Caribbean, Tempting Turquoise, and Ballet Blue), sponges (I use make-up sponges), nestabilities (I used the ovals here, but any size or shape will work), die cut machine (I use the Cuttlebug)
1. Stamp the image on your base cardstock.
2. Position the nestie around the image so that it is centered and run it though your machine (note, you may prefer to stamp your image after you cut your shape). The sandwich that I find works the best, from bottom up is: A plate, C plate, die (face up), paper, B plate.
3. Keep the piece of paper “in” the nestie and proceed to shade with the lightest color.
4. Shade with the darker color and the darkest color. Keep in mind to keep the darkest shade the furthest from the image and the lightest shade closer to the image to create a color gradient.
5. When you remove your piece of paper from the nestie, you will have an untouched border around the edge of the shape.
6. Create a card with your shaded image.

Nestabilites often provide a little extra character and dimension to your papercrafts. This is just one more way to use your nestabilities to add a little flare to your work. Have you tried this technique? Do you like the finished product? Do you shade differently? We’d love to hear your opinion!

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8 Responses to Shading With Spellbinders Nestabilities

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    Nevis November 5, 2008 at 11:03 am #

    Seems kinda pricey for what it is…

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    cheribella November 5, 2008 at 3:14 pm #

    I love this idea. There are so many great uses for my nesties but I never would have thought to use them in this way…thanks for the tip.

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    CherylQuilts at SCS November 5, 2008 at 3:18 pm #

    I absolutely love my nesties…and am getting ready to sell my punches. I’ve been thinking about trying this new technique…and you’ve really inspired me! Thanks! They are so worth it!

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    jerseytjej November 5, 2008 at 4:12 pm #

    This reminds me of a colluzle template…ovals and circles that I have never used…same principal?

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    Radiogirl November 5, 2008 at 7:19 pm #

    Very nice. I like the look.

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    the whimsical butterfly November 5, 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    This is an awesome idea…I never would have thought of it…thanks!

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    Jen November 6, 2008 at 12:36 am #

    I only have 2 nestie sets (circle and circle scallop) but really like them- and they are the reason I finally bought a cuttlebug. As far as the price goes (first comment) I figured the set was the same price as a large punch but you get several sizes options, plus the ability to emboss and cut through materials that are impossible with a punch e.g. felt.

    I hadn’t seen this technique before, thanks for sharing this little tutorial.

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    Valems November 9, 2008 at 9:55 am #

    This is a great idea. Thanks for visiting my blog