Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies are now available for purchase through Papertrey Ink.
—> Why are there less dies in the oval & rectangle sets vs. the circle & square sets?
The oval & rectangle sets have 20 dies in their respective collections, while the circle & square feature 26 dies each. If you reference the photo to the left, you will see that the set of rectangle dies in comparison to the square dies, actually uses the same amount of material in production. This is why both sets have the same cost. The widest point of ALL the largest dies in each collection was fixed at 4-inches. When you are dealing with an enlongated shape, such as the rectangle, you can’t get as many dies within the allowed space (when compared to the square collection) because the HEIGHT is prohibitive. I hope I have explained myself clearly on that subject! *wink*
—> With regards to the smaller sets, how do I know which standard set coordinates with a particular scalloped set?
This is very easy! The SMALL standard set of a particular shape coordinates with the SMALL scalloped set. Smae goes for LARGE. So for example, if you wanted to get started with one set of circles and you knew you wanted the larger size, you would purchase the LARGE Standard Circles and the LARGE Scalloped Circles.
—> What are the exact sizes of the dies?
Below I have listed the measurements for the largest & smallest dies in each shapes complete collection. You can figure that there are dies in between the largest & smallest in 1/4-inch increments. (These measurements are in reference to the scalloped shapes). I have included photos using an American quarter as a reference. (Note: I do not own the circle Nestabilities set, so I was unable to provide a visual for it, but the remaining three sets will give you a good idea of the size range.)
CIRCLE —> LARGEST- 4.2 x 4.2 inches SMALLEST- 7/8 x 7/8 inches
—> How do these dies compare to the Marvy Scalloped Punches?
Here is a side by side comparison of the appropriate sized Nestabilities Scalloped Ovals (LEFT) and the Marvy Punch equvilent (RIGHT). The scallops on the Nestabilities are slightly deeper and the overall oval shape is a little rounder. This photo gives you a fairly good idea of the little difference in the other shapes as well.
—> How do you store the Nestabilities dies?
I store mine in CD cases. All of my scalloped ovals are in one, all of the standard ovals in another. Same goes for the remaining shapes. They are such a space saver! I have heard of others using a magnet strip inside the case to help keep them in place too!
—>If I already own the scalloped punches, why would I be interested in the Nestabilities dies?
In my opinion, for the variety. (The same reason we have more than one set of sentiment stamps or 3 different kinds of white cardstock). Each type of tool or supply in my collection has different purposes to offer me a variety of results.
I will always LOVE my punches for the advantage of being able to stamp an image and invert my punch for perfect placement. They are also "grab & go", without having to get out my die-cutting system out.
BUT the Nestabilities Die Collections are different and offer new capabilities…
-There are more sizes
-They take up less space
-I can place them wherever I want on a card front, without limitations, to create a scalloped window, whereas the punches are limited in this feature because of their design.
-you can cut through materials other than cardstock (fabric, lightweight chipboard, cork, etc…)
-perfect matting & layering capabilities
-large enough to create shaped cards.
On that note, I also discovered that I could create a scalloped EDGED card with these dies! (Can you tell that I am giddy about this product! *wink*) After all that Q&A, I think it is HIGH time for a project!
Through some experimentation, I discovered that I can thread my card front through the die and just cut the bottom edge. Notice how the raised strip I refered to yesterday is on top of the card where I do not want it to cut. The area that I DO want cut is on the underside. When I put it through my die-cutting system, the raised edge will be pressed through the cardstock, leaving me with a scalloped edge card. Here is an example of how you would place your card through the oval die.
As a disclaimer, (just ’cause I would want to know if it were me out there reading this!) depending on the thickness of you cardstock, (I used SU! 80lb. here) you will get a very SLIGHT impression of the die where it crosses over the upper part of your card. It is not very noticeable (and I actually had a hard time picking it up with the camers). I just fold my card so that this side faces the interior and it is completely forgotten!
Here is my completed card with the scalloped edge created by the oval die. I discovered that the little circle flower from Green Thumb matches Basic Grey’s Tutti Frutti paper perfectly (note the tag!)
Well, if you are still with me, I would say you are well on your way to being completely knowledgeable about Nestabilities dies! Believe it or not, I still have much, MUCH more to share with you tomorrow!
Ink: pretty in pink, rose red & taken with teal from SU!
Stamps: Green Thumb from Papertrey Ink
Paper: Tutti Frutti paper from Basic Grey, rose red cardstock from SU!, white from Papertrey
Other: Making Memories Tag Maker & rim, ribbon from Offray
ETA: Here are some answers to questions left on this post…
—> Suzy asked…are these metal? Will they be hard on our Cuttlebug? I know you said we need to use the foam with the plates but will it shorten the lifespan of our plates even with the foam?
Yes, these and ALL dies are made from metal. The pressure is so great when running dies through a machine, that any material other than metal would not be able to hold-up to frequent use. The only time you use the tan polymer mat in your "sandwich" is when you are embossing, otherwise you just use the standard plates, in reference to the Cuttlebug, this would be the "B" plate. (You can refer to the compatibility list for a specific sandwich recipe). The Nestabilities dies are no more damaging to the plates than your standard Cuttlebug dies.