This is turning into a bit of a Nestabilities theme week isn’t it. Cool! For anyone who hasn’t heard of Nestabilities dies they are made by an American company called Spellbinders http://www.spellbinders.us The Nestabilities are just one of the awesome ranges of dies that this company make. The idea behind Nestabilities is that the dies are grouped in decending size, so you can use them to cut mat’s for the shapes from alternating colours of cardstock for an interesting look.
The dies are sold in plain shapes, Squares, Circles, Rectangle and Ovals and these are available in Large or small. To compliment these basic shapes they also have Scalloped shaped dies, this means that you can use a larger die in the same shape or with a scalloped edge for a more decorative boarder. If you cut two dies at the same time you come up with a frame. This is great for adding dimension to your projects. There are also some Mega Nestabilities coming out shortly which are in a larger size that will suit scrapbookers too.
The dies are metal, so as long as you look after them they will last a lifetime. If you go to the Spellbinders own website they have a leaflet available for download which describes how to use their dies with machines other than their own Wizard machine. I use mine with a Cuttlebug for example. What makes the Spellbinders dies different to other die cutting dies is that they not only cut a shape, but if you change your ‘sandwhich’ filling (this is the arrangement of plates that your die cutting system uses) then you can also emboss the shapes as well. I am using mine to make gift tags this year for Christmas. You can also combine your cut out shapes with other embossing system’s such as the embossing folders that Cuttlebug make in order to add even more dimension and interest to your finished shapes.
These dies are good value for money as they emboss as well as cut and you get sets of 5-7 dies in the Nestabilities packs. The only downside is that they are sooo good you end up Needing LOTS of them.
Prepare to be inspired!
http://www.spellbinders.us/ This is the Spellbinders website.
http://www.heartprints.net/ Go to Sue Nelson’s Card Gallery and there are over 100 inspirational design ideas
http://mandymc-happyaccidents.blogspot.com/ Amanda McIlhatton’s blog has lots of inspiring projects using Nesties too
http://crafterskitchen.blogspot.com/ Jak does the most amazing projects using Nestabilites and many other products too.
Best wishes and thanks for reading