Spellbinders Nestabilities are now available for purchase from Papertrey Ink

NOTE TO SELF: There are 31 days in July…So I goofed and started the countdown a day early.  I told you yesterday that next we would discuss materials you can use with these dies.  I had fun playing around today and came up with a few fun things.

073007_fern_cardFor this project I ran fabric through with a scalloped rectangle die.  I was amazed at how crisp the cut was.  I also ran a piece of ivory cardstock through with the same die and adhered the two together to create some added stability.  I stitched around the edge of the fabric block with my sewing machine and dabbed a little distressing ink on for good measure.  I then embossed the rectangle frame onto my green card front (you can see a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this HERE).  The twill tape was stamped with some french script as a finishing touch.

073007_fern_closeupI really like the texture the fabric added to my project.  The Palette inks stay nice and vibrant on fabric too, which I love.

073007_polyshrink_beforeI got inspired when I saw Trudee’s post on making wine charms with these dies.  I decided to try making my own buttons.  I die-cut clear shrink plastic with the scalloped square and punched two holes using my 1/4-inch handheld hole punch.  I stamped it with Claret Palette ink (these work just as well as StazOn, just more colors to choose from!)

073007_polyshrink_afterAfter it was heated it shrunk down to about the size of an American quarter.  I was so thrilled!  I die-cut white cardstock with the next to smallest scalloped square and backed the button with it, tying it with a little scrap of pink ribbon.  Wouldn’t this be the cutest embellishment for a card?  Or as an addition to a paperclip?  I bet you could make really cute ribbon slides with the rectangle & oval too; maybe I need to try that tomorrow!

So some other materials that work well with these dies are vellum, tissue paper (I bet you could make the cutest little rosettes forr gift wrapping with the scalloped circles!), thin sheet metal, cork paper or even thin chipboard (such as that from a cereal box).  I am sure all of YOU will come up with an even longer list once you get your hands on these to play in your own little creative space!

Fern Card Supplies:

Ink: Jardin Moss Palette Ink

Stamps: fern image from Text Boxed set by Papertrey, London Script from Stampabilities

Paper: Always Artichoke cardstock from SU!

Other: twill tape from SU!, copper brads from Nunn Designs

Button Supplies:

Ink: Claret Palette Ink

Stamps: spiral Flower from Text Boxed by Papertrey

Paper: Stamper’s Select white cardstock from Papertrey Ink

Other: Clear Polyshrink from Lucky Squirrel

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  • 1
    Kylie says:

    Nichole, I would never have thought to use fabric and it looks great. I love the button idea and love the colour !! Well done and look forward to seeing what else you come up with. I love learning new things.

  • 2
    Aimee says:

    Awesome blossom. Love them both!

  • 3

    Nichole, you come up with the cutest designs!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Would you know how much each shape set would weigh? Thanks! 🙂

  • 4
    Eva says:

    FABULOUS Ideas! You rock…you are such an insipration…thank you for sharing all of your great tips!

  • 5
    Elizebeth says:

    Must be in the air to play with poly shrink…..I’ve been playing with it all day!

  • 6

    OMGoodness, that button is to die for — adorable, Nichole!

  • 7
    trudee says:

    OK I am lovin’ that button! SUPER cute, Nichole!! Thanks for the link, too! Hugs to you girl!! 😀

  • 8
    Chrissy says:

    I’ve been waiting for a die company to come up with these nesting scallop dies. I’ve been on a spending frenzy of late so I’ll have to wait a bit, but wanted to share this rhyme so you can reference it for future months! 🙂

    Thirty days have september, april, june, and november.
    All the rest have 31, ‘cept February which has 28.
    Leap year comes one year in four, and february has one day more.


  • 9

    Amazing card! It is simple yet so elegant and beautiful. Thanks for sharing :O)

  • 10
    Marlene says:

    Love the button and the look of the fabric! Thanks for all of these creative ideas.

  • 11
    Marlene says:

    Love the button and the look of the fabric! Thanks for all of these creative ideas.

  • 12
    Marlene says:

    Love the button and the look of the fabric! Thanks for all of these creative ideas.

  • 13
    Penny says:

    You always have such great ideas – I love the button one. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

  • 14
    Rose Ann says:

    Another button fan here! 😉 I love it!!

  • 15
    Rochelle McGee says:

    I am so excited, just like Christmas! Just one quick question, how do you stamp those oh so perfect polka dot backgrounds? I am looking at the card featured in your design process and am completely blown away by the cute dots!

  • 16
    Amy says:

    WOW! I love the shrink button idea! Which size of the scalloped square die did you use to cut the shrink plastic with?

    Thanks for your great ideas. Of course, I now want ALL of the nestabilities dies!

  • 17
    Keyser says:

    The button is so darn cute! I was also peaking at Trudee’s post and her charms are adorable too – was wondering if you have any idea how you would add an eyelet to the shrink plastic? Do you add it before you shrink or after? Thanks for the help. Can’t wait to take your idea and run run run!!!
    – 🙂 Keyser

  • 18
    Juanita says:

    Simply FABULOUS!!! TFS.

  • 19
    Viv says:

    If I had a FRACTION of your talent, I’d be ecstatic.
    Fabulous fabulous creativity.

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