|Welcome to Kimberly Crick's instruction page for positioning rubber stamped images using Spellbinder's Nestabilities dies in Provo Craft's Cuttlebug
die cutting machine.
(Note to beginners: I tend to be wordy and thorough, but truly this is a simple process. Be sure to watch videos of people using their machines on YouTube to see just how fast it is!)
I browse a lot of craft blogs checking out the cool new cards and stamping projects everyone's making. I kept seeing two foreign words pop up, one
"Cuttlebug" and two "Nestabilities". For years I've been collecting Marvy and Carla Craft paper punches, but this gets expensive and takes up SO much space
in my craft drawers. I had never thought about getting a die cutting machine as an alternative to paper punches, but now there is an affordable one that does it
After you get the Cuttlebug machine you'll need to buy dies. A die is a thin metal piece in a certain shape (like paper punch shapes, scallops, leaves, flowers,
tags etc.) Depending on the brand these are really thin or have a big chunk of foam and plastic base on them. No matter what it's like you can usually use it in
the Cuttlebug. I've successfully tried out Sizzix (both the sizzlits and big dies,) Spellbinder's Nestabilities and Bosskut brand dies in my Cuttlebug machine in
addition to the many designs Cuttlebug offers. They are all great, but if you're a serious paper crafter you just have to check out all the Nestabilities (shapes
that fit over each other in about 1/4" to 1/2" increments - nesting dies.) It will bring your card making, rubber stamping and scrapbook layouts to a whole new
professional looking level!
No more careful measuring and cutting out frames or mat layers. Just roll your cardstock through the cuttlebug with your die ;)
|Cuttlebug Sandwich recipe for CUTTING:
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die (blade ridge side up)
Cuttlebug Sandwich recipe for EMBOSSING:
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die (blade ridge side up)
Embossing mat ("official" ones are made by the Spellbinders company) or you can use craft foam and cardstock***
(In order of what you put down first, creating a stack bottom to top. A plates are always on bottom, B plates on top which get cut into.)
*** In order to use inexpensive items I already had, I cut up a thin sheet of craft foam (2mm thick available at JoAnns, Michaels or Dollar Tree stores in the kids
crafts section.) I cut one larger piece into four sheets of foam measuring about 4" x 6" each. I then took two 8.5" x 11" sheets of regular white cardstock and folded
them in four longwise (so that each sheet is now the thickness of 4 sheets and fits onto the cuttlebug plates.) You end up with the thickness of 4 thin craft foam
sheets and 8 sheets of cardstock as your embossing mat. You can adjust this to suit your machine by adding or removing extra layers of cardstock to adjust the
This way should cost you less than a dollar. I recommend this if you're waiting for a real embossing mat in the mail or want to test out the embossing feature before
investing more cash into the official supplies.
If you want to do things the "right" way you may be able to find the official Spellbinders tan embossing mat online (somewhere in the $10 range including shipping.)
It's a rubber like material that will provide a lot of flexibility for pressing your paper into the embossing grooves.
*DAMAGE DISCLAIMER* Cuttlebug is a UNIVERSAL die cutting machine, meaning it accepts dies of any brand without judging! However, since Nestabilities dies
are made by the Spellbinders company to work in their Wizard die cutting machine, I can NOT guarantee that using these in your Cuttlebug machine (made by the
Provo Craft company) will not cause any damage. I personally have used the above sandwich recipes with success and no breakage. I have however heard of
people breaking their B cutting plates over time (which may be unavoidable no matter which dies you use.) Michaels and larger JoAnns crafts stores usually stock
replacement B cutting plates (two for $7.99, less with a coupon just in case!) It is normal to hear a light crackling and see the imprint of the die on your B plates no
matter which brand of dies you use. B plates are cutting plates, and are meant to be disposable! Always arrange your stacks so that you are cutting into the "B
Each cuttlebug machine's rollers may vary by a mm or more. Your machine may be tighter or looser than mine, so keep one good rule in mind: If it feels too tight to
be rolled through, it probably is... Don't force it! - You'll have to experiment with adding or removing sheets of cardstock to your sandwich stacks if it doesn't
get the job done. Remember, noise (cracking/popping sounds) is normal, but having a really hard time cranking something through is not!
*MONEY SAVING TIP* First, if you haven't already, sign up at JoAnn and Michaels craft stores website's for their weekly ads/newsletter/to receive discounts. Every
couple weeks they email you a 40% to 50% off coupon you can print out and redeem in store. Last week when Michaels sent me a 50% off coupon I picked up the
Cuttlebug die cutting machine. It's normally $80 there, but with the coupon I got it for $40!
Choosing your die cutting machine: I purchased the cuttlebug instead of other die cutting machines mainly for the low cost and it's ability to accept nearly any brand
of dies. It was also a perk that it was available at my local Michaels or JoAnn stores, so there was minimal risk involved for trying it out. However, If you are only
interested in Spellbinder's Nestabilities dies and can spare about $80 - $100 (I saw the cheapest price at Overstock.com with free shipping) I would recommend
the WIZARD die cutting machine (made by spellbinders.) It is made of metal, steel, and is much more sturdy than the plastic internal parts of a cuttlebug.
Lowest Price I found for Nestabilities dies: I suggest signing up for the 40% VIP monthly coupon at Cut @ home and ordering the bundle packs of four die sets to
save the most money. For instance if you just bought the "scallop rectangles large" set it would cost you around $25 at most online stores. However, if you buy a
complete pack of four sets such as the rectangles pack which would include the scallops large, small and the regular rectangle shapes large and small it would be
$84.99 retail/list, then only $51.00 after your 40% coupon is applied!!! Depending on if you just gotta have em all, thats an awesome deal... $25 for ONE set at most
stores or $51 for FOUR sets at Cut @ Home!
Note: Nestabilities are VERY popular right now and Cut @ Home constantly has them back ordered. It may take 4 to 6 weeks for them to ship to you. I am not
affiliated with them in any way, but I looked hard for a good deal and theirs is the best. If you are in a hurry, there's usually some available instantly on places like
Ebay averaging about $24 per set.
*INFO* To learn about the cuttlebug machine try www.provocraft.com where you can see product videos and view their die catalog. I also suggest doing a google
image search for "nestabilities" to see some really great cards and projects using these dies and to find vendors/measurements. There are also a variety of die
cutting videos on you tube. Also try finding craft blogs like Gina's.
I've made this tutorial with the intention of exploring cool new paper framing options for me and my fellow rubber stampers. I have discovered an abundance of card
examples and information on blogs by doing www.google.com searches, which I highly recommend to you if you still have questions!
Have fun :)
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|If you end up collecting a variety of the nestabilities shapes, experiment by laying the dies over your stamped images to see which cuts will compliment
the artwork the best. As my personal storage solution, I made little key ring binders out of some 4x6 chipboard i had. Using strips of magnet to hold the
dies to the pages. (I don't recommend the thin magnet "tape" at Michaels, but the thicker strips work well. I found the cheapest in 25' rolls at JoAnns.)
For the heart card above I used: Rubber stamps (from Love-070 and Roma-119,) Spellbinder's Nestabilities Heart Dies, Colorbox pigment ink pads,
Scrapbook paper from K&Company, Stickles glitter glue, 1" Marvy circle paper punch and scissors for cutting out the word "Love" , retro flower punches
from EK Success, Zig Memory System 2-way glue pen marker.
|Completely new to die cutting? Pictures are good, but video is awesome. Stacey Caron has some great You Tube videos which show
the dies being used in the Cuttlebug or Spellbinder's Wizard machine:
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