Welcome to Spellbinder’s week on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog! We’re thrilled to be partnering again with Spellbinders - this time for an entire week filled with fantastic project ideas featuring Spellbinders’ awesome die templates. With their HUGE selection of die templates in all sorts of shapes and sizes and the ability of their dies to both cut and emboss, Spellbinders die templates are the perfect addition to any project!
Every day this week we’ll be introducing you to a different Spellbinders collection and sharing fantastic projects ideas, including of course free video tutorials. The best part? Spellbinder’s has generously donated a prize for each and every day this week! You can see today’s prize pictured below. Please note that the winner of each day’s prize will be announced on Friday at 11 pm EST.
Today’s Prize – Spellbinders Labels Four Nestabilities
Before we move on to today’s videos, I wanted to take a minute to introduce you to Spellbinders.
As a scrapbooking and craft enthusiast, Stacey Caron identified the market need for one die cutting system that could function in place of several existing tools. She wanted a comprehensive craft tool that would be universal with manufacturers’ existing products, cut, emboss, be portable, and be sturdy enough to withstand the test of time. As a result of Stacey’s entrepreneurial spirit, and her husband Jeff’s creative ingenuity, in 2003 the Wizard Universal Craft Tool was born, along with Spellbinders patented technology Die Templates for cutting, embossing and stenciling.
Spellbinders Paper Arts manufactures, markets and sells the Grand Calibur™ machine, a large format die cutting and embossing machine, and more than 250 patented and patent-pending products under the following trade names: Nestabilities®—nested die templates offering cutting and embossing capability in ¼” and ⅛” increments; Edgeabilities®—versatile edge and detail cutting die templates;Shapeabilities®—the first free-form, shaped die templates, offering the ability to cut or emboss in the center of cards and in any orientation.
Several new collections have been added since 2008, including: Borderabilities® Petite—5½” card making die templates featuring one-cut edges and elegant embossing detail; Borderabilities Grand—12″ scrapbooking die templates to create full-page borders;Shapeabilities Nested Sets – incrementally sized shaped die templates and Nesties®—Nestabilities sets that combine four die template collections for great savings.
In 2010, Spellbinders introduced the Presto Punch™ machine, the first automatic punching and embossing machine, and theGrand Calibur™ die cutting and embossing machine, which can die cut or emboss up to 8¼” wide.
Spellbinders continues to demonstrate ingenuity, integrity and trend setting ideas while remaining a family-owned, customer service oriented business.
Introduction To Spellbinders Grand Calibur
I wanted to start off today’s post with a video we released previously – Introduction to Spellbinders Grand Calibur – because throughout the week in all of our videos we reference cutting our Spellbinders die templates using the Grand Calibur. So for those of you that are not familiar with this machine, we wanted to show you all it’s features and exactly how to use it. Now although the Grand Calibur is my die cutting machine of choice, you are certainly not limited to it – Spellbinders dies are compatible with other die cutting machines including the Big Shot and the Cuttlebug.
Introduction To Spellbinders Nestabilities
Today we’re focusing on Spellbinders Nestabilities and Grand Nestabilities. In the video below we’ll introduce you to these products as well as share with you some of their main features.
Cutting and Embossing with Spellbinders Die Templates
In this next video I begin by showing you how to die cut and emboss using your Spellbinders Die Templates and then take you through a whole bunch of other ways that you can use them such as creating mats, frames, window cards and shaped cards.
Using Spellbinders Dies as Stencils & Masks
In addition to their die cutting and embossing features, Spellbinders dies can be used as stencils and masks. In the video below I share with you four different ways you can use your dies, die cut shapes and negatives as stencils or masks.
Love You Card
Okay, and now onto our projects for today. In this first project I (Andrea) show you how easy it is to create a simple yet striking card using one of the Spellbinders Nestabilities Heart Shape. The letters I used on this card to spell out the word “love” are also Spellbinders dies, but they are the Presto Punch Noble Roman Lower Alphabet. If you missed our video on the Spellbinders Presto Punch, you can watch it here.
Paper: Taffy CS, Sketchbook Collection DP (Amy Tangerine – American Crafts)
Accessories: Noble Roman Lower Case Alphabet Presto Punch templates, Classic Hearts Nestabilities dies, Grand Calibur (Spellbinders); black buttons (papertrey ink); Whisper White baker’s twine, bone folder, paper snips, mini glue dots (Stampin’ Up!); Blackberry Mini Alphabet stickers (My Little Shoebox); wax paper (Dollar Store); tweezers (optional) (Cutter Bee); Tombow multi-purpose liquid adhesive (Tombow)
True Friendship Card
Our second card for today demonstrates the way in which the Spellbinders Grand Nestabililities increment up from the regular Nestabilities. In the card shown below, Tracy used the Labels 4 Nestabilities for the main label, and then matted it with the Grand Labels 4 dies.
We have a video and pdf handout for members here. (You must be logged in to view the video)
Stamps: Shabby French (Tim Holtz Anonymous)
Ink: Basic Black Craft ink (Stampin’ Up!)
Paper: Calypso Coral CS, Pear Pizzazz CS (Stampin’ Up!); Little Darlings Collection DP (Graphic 45)
Accessories: Labels Four dies, Grand Labels Four dies, Grand Calibur (Spellbinders); Pear Pizzazz Satin ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, paper snips, Ribbon scissors, embossing buddy, bone folder (Stampin’ Up!); Heat It! tool (Ranger); Pearl flourish (Zva Creative); Primary Ebony Superfine embossing powder (WOW! Embossing); Tape Runner XL (thermo-web); Charlotte Nectar flowers (Prima Marketing); hot glue (Martha Stewart)
Cousins Scrapbook Page
The final project for today is this “Cousins” scrapbook page I (Andrea) created. I used the Spellbinder’s Wonderful Wings die template to die cut butterflies, and then used them as a mask to create my spritzed background for this layout. I also combined my square and scalloped square and rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies to create the frames for my photos.
We have a video and pdf handout for members here. (You must be logged in to view the video)
Stamps: Date stamp (Office Supply Store)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Tsukineko); Black Pitt Pen (Faber-Castell); Custard Mister Huey’s Color Mists (Studio Calico)
Paper: Sketchbook Collection DP (Amy Tangerine – American Crafts); Ebony CS (Bazzill)
Accessories: Wonderful Wings Grand Shapabilities, Classic Rectangles Small Nestabilities, Classic Rectangles Large Nestabilities, Classic Scalloped Rectangles Small Nestabilities, Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large Nestabilities, Classic Squares Large Nestabilities, Classic Scalloped Squares Small Nestabilities, Classic Bracket Edgeabilities, Classic Petal Edgeabilities, Classic Scallop Edgeabilities, Grand Calibur (Spellbinders); Daiquiri Thickers (American Crafts); wax paper (Dollar Store); Removable Tape Matte (Scotch); Tape Runner XL (thermo-web); Tombow multi-purpose liquid adhesive (Tombow); paper snips, mini glue dots (Stampin’ Up!);pink, black and orange buttons (papertrey ink); pencil and ruler (Optional)(Office Supply Store)
So there you have it! Day 1 of Spellbinders Week! I hope you’ve found today to be informative and inspirational!
A Bit About Paper Crafter’s Library
The world of paper crafting is HUGE! Whether you are a beginner, or you’ve been creating for years, the sheer number of different products, tools, techniques and project ideas can be overwhelming. After spending 6 years helping thousands of paper crafters around the world become more successful in the creative space through her series of kits, digital tutorials and online classes, Andrea Walford began looking for a new approach to education. In 2011 she launched Paper Crafter’s Library – the first, and still to this day, only website that provides an all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters. With almost 800 videos currently in their library and 4-5 new videos added each week, Paper Crafter’s Library offers comprehensive training on products, tools, techniques, and project ideas. From beginner through to advanced, whether your interest is in stamping, card making, scrapbooking, creating 3D items or altered art – you’ll find all the resources you need to navigate the world of paper crafting in ONE place, organized and indexed so that it’s quick and easy to find.
Be sure to sign up for our free email newsletter which features weekly video tutorials. For more information about Paper Crafter’s Library and how we can help you take your paper crafting to the next level, check out the Benefits of Becoming a Member.
To enter to win the Spellbinders Labels 4 Nestabilities Die Template generously donated by Spellbinders, please leave your comment to below.