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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)
HOW TO SHADE
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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New Spellbinders

Sarah and I had the privilege of meeting with the fabulous people at Spellbinders for breakfast on Friday morning. We got to see all the new dies in action as well as the new Wizard.

The new Wizard has a great raspberry color, a stronger ratchet handle, and has over 3000 pounds of pressure. And best of all, a lower price! The new Wizard has a MSRP of $99.99

There are 26 new die releases in 5 new categories: Borderabilities Grand, Borderabilities Petite, Pierceabilities, Mega-Nestabilities, and Shapeabilities Nested sets. The items from the new releases range from $19.99 to $24.99

Here are some pics and a demo of the Wizard in action!




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Spellbinders Nestabilities

Review by Sharon Harnist

They are everywhere you look — in scrapbooking, cardmaking, rubberstamping, papercrafting of all types . . . scallops! At first, Marvy Uchida couldn’t keep up with the demand we papercrafters placed on their scalloped punches and were backordered for months.

PROBLEM:
Last spring (2006) when Ellen Hutson of Simple Dreams had a hard time keeping the punches in stock at her online store, she began brainstorming on a solution with Spellbinders Paper Arts Company owners, Jeff and Stacey Caron, whom she had met at the Winter CHA show a few months earlier.

SOLUTION:
Together, they’ve developed revolutionary plates that will emboss as well as die cut solid (straight) circles, ovals, squares and rectangles as well as scalloped versions of all those shapes!

And here’s the outcome they produced . . . (they say a picture is worth a thousand words! Photo courtesy of Ellen Hutson):

STORAGE:
Look at that pile of punches that equals all the shapes you get from that small grouping of beautiful circle copper plates at the bottom center of the photo –- amazing, isn’t it?!! Consequently, you won’t have the storage issues with these dies that you do with regular punches . . . and what papercrafter doesn’t need more storage space?!! Here’s how I’m storing mine, in a CD case with strips of magnetic sheet (I got mine at Michael’s for $2.99 for a huge roll) adhered to each side of the case. Many thanks to Debbie Olson for this idea! One CD case holds two sets of shapes . . . that’s the equivalent to 10-14 punches per case!


Here are 16 sets of dies stored in the CD cases . . . they take up roughly the same space of two punches!



WHAT THEY ARE:
Here’s an example of the beautiful cutting and embossing these dies produce (sets of both large and small classic and scalloped circles):



HOW THEY WORK:
The bonus is that the dies will work in most any die-cut machine you may already own. If you don’t already have a machine, Spellbinders has their own machine (also carried by Ellen), the Wizard universal embossing and die-cutting system. You can view a video at the Spellbinders site HERE on how their Wizard universal embossing and die-cutting system works with the dies. If you’ll be using a different machine, you will also need the Spellbinder Wizzard tan embossing mat, which can be purchased HERE thru Ellen’s online store.

Each set of dies come in either large or small, classic or scallop and range in size up to 4 inches — larger than any other punch currently produced. They are called Nestabilities, just for that reason . . . they nest in size, and each die in a given set is exactly 1/4″ larger then the previous die. Therefore, if you prefer a 1/8” later or mat, then both sets (large and small) will accommodate your needs. All of the individual “humps” of the scallops are spaced to align with one another when nesting one or more scalloped shapes together. Not only do the Nestabilities cut, they feature embossing capabilities as well!

Here’s a photo of a full set of both large and small sizes (photo courtesy of Ellen Hutson):


Each set (4 shown above) is also sold on its own — you save money when purchasing in sets. As shown in the photo above, the circles are the only current shape to also be offered in a tinier scallop (not smaller in overall cutting size, but rather the Petite Scallop Circle has a total of 37 humps on it whereas the Classic Scallop Circle only has 22 humps), for when you’d like a more “delicate” look for your project. If you make a comparison to other scalloped punches you may already own, you can determine which will better suit your style. Count the humps on your current scallops and then make your decision accordingly.

How do these dies work in a system you may already own? The Cuttlebug is the only die cutting machine I currently own, so I used the recipe shown below (written by Ellen Hutson) for my machine. Ellen compiled a list of many popular machines that she’s tested and the appropriate sandwich recipes HERE.

(Recipes are layered from the bottom, up):

Cuttlebug™ CUTTING Sandwich
1. A plate
2. C plate
3. Spellbinders™ die, blade side up
4. Paper or cardstock
5. B plate
6. Roll through Cuttlebug™

CUTTING Sandwich with Spellbinders™ Magnetic Placement Mat
1. A plate
2. B plate
3. Spellbinders™ White Spacer plate
4. Spellbinders™ Magnetic Placement Mat
5. Spellbinders™ die, blade side up
6. Paper or cardstock
7. B plate
8. Roll through Cuttlebug™

Cuttlebug™ EMBOSSING Sandwich
1. A plate
2. 2 sheets cardstock to act as shim. Add extra pieces if needed.
2. B plate
3. Spellbinders™ die, blade side up
4. Paper or cardstock
5. Spellbinders™ Tan Emboss Mat
6. B plate
7. Roll through Cuttlebug™

EMBOSSING Sandwich with Spellbinders™ Magnetic Placement Mat
1. A plate
2. B plate
3. Spellbinders™ Magnetic Placement Mat
4. Spellbinders™ die, blade side up
5. Paper or cardstock
6. Spellbinders™ Tan Emboss Pad
7. B plate
8. Roll through Cuttlebug™
*Shim with extra pieces of cardstock if needed.

I haven’t had any issues yet with my metal dies shifting when moving thru my machine, but if you experience this, Spellbinders has already solved the problem with a magnetic pad!

TIPS:
Some tips I’ve discovered: When working with rubber stamped images, I find it easier to first stamp the image on cardstock and then place the appropriate die size I need on top of it:



Then, I gently press the die (not so hard as to cut your finger!) into the paper/cardstock, to help “hold” it in place. Then flip the two over so the die is facing up when it runs thru the machine. Sometimes I’ve experienced static cling with my B plate when placing it over the die/cardstock but a sweep of the Embossing Buddy on the B plate usually solves this issue.

PRICING:
The complete set of 24 dies (that’s large and small, classic and scalloped) shown above is priced at $79.99 retail — that is just $3.33 for each die! Individual sets are priced at $24.99 retail — still a very affordable $4.17 per die.

Retailers selling the Nestabilities:
Ellen Hutson, LLC
Spellbinders
PaperTrey Ink
FranticStamper

CONCLUSION:
Here’s a recent project I completed using the Nestabilities:


I couldn’t wait to try out these fantastic new dies and definitely was NOT disappointed! They give such a professional look to your projects and I found them very easy to use. Ellen tells us that Spellbinders will be using their patented technology to continue to bring you more of the shapes that you desire and I can’t wait to try them!

Have you tried the Nestabilities dies yet? Make sure and leave us a comment telling us what you thought of this new die cutting system.

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