Spellbinders Nesabilities are now available for purchase through Papertrey Ink

Many of you have been asking more about the embossing features of the new Nestabilities dies.  Especially the details as to whether you can just cut without embossing the image.  And what is the process if you did want to emboss the image?  It’s all about your "sandwiches"!  (mmmm, turkey on sourdough is my favorite. Is it lunchtime yet? *wink*)

072807_cardstock_in_dieIn this photo I have just completed running a standard rectangle die through using the "cutting sandwich" appropriate for my machine.  (See compatibility list to see what is best for your machine). After you have peeled away the perimeter "scrap" that surrounds the die-cut image, you are left with this.  Notice how nicely the die-cut cardstock lies within the boundries of the raised cutting strip.  It is at this point that you are able to make the decision to emboss or not.  If you just remove the cardstock from the die now it will be a plain rectangle with no embossing.

072807_embossed_in_die If you decide to run the die BACK through with your "embossing sandwich", you will end up with this.  Notice how the center of the cardstock has been "smooshed" into the flat base (frame) of the die, creating an embossed rim, just inside the cut edge.  There was no need to line my basic rectangle back up within any boundries to perform this task, because I  had left it in place after I had completed the cutting step. 

072807_final_embossed_2So basically, there is a very simple technical explanation for all this.  If you press your die against a solid surface (your cutting sandwich), it will cut through the cardstock.  If you press your die against a soft surface (your embossing sandwich), it will emboss the cardstock. This makes it so easy to make the BIG decision- to emboss or not to emboss?!?!?  The choice is yours!

072807_2Here is my completed card using my embossed rectangle, along with a scalloped mat created with the coordinating scalloped rectangle.

072807_card_closeup Here is a close-up of how the embossed edge really adds a lot of detail to the project.

Tomorrow I will be talking about the compatibility of Papertrey’s NEW Borders & Corners stamp sets and the Nestabilities dies.  Be sure to stop by!


Ink: Pesto & Dusty Lime Memories Chalk ink

Stamps: Green Thumb (grasshopper & sentiment), Little Lady (trail), Borders & Corners Rectangle (rounded rectangle frame) from Papertrey Ink

Paper: Ashville, Sawyer Ave from Scenic Route, white cardstock from Papertrey Ink

Other: white brads from Paper Studio

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  • 1
    Lyndalee28 says:

    what is the difference between the large and small standard dies? what are the range of sizes from small vs large-is there an overlap so by having both you have a closer interval? Is it possible for you to show these side by side like you did the square and the rectangle dies? ( sorry I am just a visual person) Are there any plans for the heart scallop shape (I really want!)I guess I am trying to figure out what I need -one size or both but can’t tell- Also, If you have any input in design- I would love a die with 3 windows around 1 1/4″ squares to fit on a standard card so I don’t have to line up the squares (for us linear challeged)! Thanks for a great website and I look forward to your next beautiful design!

  • 2
    Joan B says:

    I love this card. I love this embossed capability. I KNOW I will get these eventually. Thanks for detailing the embossed vs. cut thing, I was wondering about that as there are times when you definitely do not want the embossing. What a great little invention.

  • 3
    Rose Ann says:

    Your card is very fresh and pretty! Thanks for filling us in on all of the details of the Spellbinders!

  • 4
    Michelle Wooderson says:

    Nichole I love your card! I love all the little layers……and how the cut little dotted trail goes off the matted image.

  • 5
    Linda says:

    Please don’t make your post short & sweet. ;D. I’m lovin’ all of the detail explanations of your tutorials. It surely gives me a better understanding…

  • 6
    Charlene Austin says:

    Hi Nichole. I know you are being inundated with questions but I have one too. I have to collect these slowly and I know I want the rectangle shape first. How do I know if I should buy the small rectangle set or the large rectangle set. If I am seeing your side by side pictures correctly they all seem similar in size to me. I think I am confused on the sizes of each set of 5.
    Yours truly,
    Confused Needing Advice.

  • 7
    Deborah says:

    In regards to the Nestlebilities, how do you use these? using with what machine? Would like to purchase a couple to start out with, but not sure what kind of machine is used to make them; any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    StampingQBee (Deborah)

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