Fancy Nestie


Hello everyone! Finally a few minutes to put together the other tutorial, the Spellbinder one that I promised some time back! I started with a piece of card that measured 8 inches by 12 inches. Make a score line in the centre so that the finished card will measure 6 " x 8" in size when folded.

Next, tape your chosen die (I'm using the Parisian Motif here) with the cutting ridge down on the inside of the left side of the scored card. Tape the die with removable tape (I like the Scotch brand) so that it won't tear your card and get it close to the edge of the card
Next, you will need to make a score line from the die upwards to the edge of the card and from the die downwards to the edge of the card. The score line needs to be in the centre of the die. The Parisian die has a small notch when taped in this direction that allows you to find the centre easily.
Next, you will turn your card with the taped die upside down on your base plate so that you can no longer see the actual die, but you should still be able to see the score line that you made above and below the die. This is the line to which you will need to line up the cutting plate. Normally when cutting a die you would cover the entire piece with the cutting plate, but we only want half of the die to actually cut so the other half of the die will remain uncovered as we run it through the machine.
When you finish passing it through the machine it should look like this when you remove the cutting plate.
Next step is to emboss the entire piece. So you will cover all of it this time with the tan mat and then the pink embossing plate and run it back through the Grand Calibur. This will bring out the detail on the cut half and leave the other half nicely embossed into your card to complete the design of the Parisian (or whatever your chosen die may be) die template.
Carefully remove your taped die now and you will find a half cut and a half embossed design. Remove the pieces from the cut die that may still need to be poked out. Leave the embossed side as is.
Next you are going to fold your card in half on the original centre score line. The back of the cut die should be facing up at this point like it is in this picture. On the score lines that are above and below the die, you are going to fold the card flap backwards but allow the cut portion of the die to swing under so that it will be facing the right side up.
This is perhaps a better pic showing how I am folding it backwards at the score lines but I am using my hand to push the cut portion of the die outward as I fold backwards.

This is what your card should look like when you fold the scored lines (give them a nice crease with a bone folder) and you have flipped the cut section so that it is not right side up.
In this pic I am trying to show that there will usually be a piece in your die that is on the centre line. You will have to cut by hand the fall out piece so that half of it is completely gone and on the embossed side it should remain intact so as not to disrupt the overall look of the die on that side. You now have the entire base piece done so that you can decorate the rest of the card as desired.
Here is the same card using the Holly Motifs and Accents and I have decorated it using borders and corners and smaller dies. You can use this tutorial for any of the fancy Spellbinder dies and it looks wonderful! I hope you will give it a try. All for now, Sue x

30 comments:

Pam said...

An excellent tutorial, Sue, showing how precision and a little patience can achieve a great effect. I also like the fact you had demo'd 2 dies as it shows how versatile the dies can be.

Vick said...

I love this technique, although I haven't used it yet, I really think it creates a beautiful card, and unusual too, love it xxx
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Hellma said...

Thanks for this Sue

Anonymous said...

Another lovely tutorial and now I have plenty of time to make it for christmas 2013. Thanks Sue. What we we do without you and your expertise with nesties.
Regards Patricia Johnson

Rose in Chester said...

Now this is one of the cards I shall be making for Xmas 2013! I shall start making those cards in Jan. and Feb.2013, and will have the majority done (hopefully) by Dec. Using the "dark months" for those intense craft activities before working in my big garden/going on days out etc. in the spring and summer.

magpie said...

I love this technique Sue, it's so beautiful and effective. Thank you so much for the pictured tutorials that you have here showing how you do it, (along with all the others that you have done that I am having a look at!) It really is nice of you and such a help to us all. The holly motifs will definitely come in handy for some of the "different" 2013 one's. I also have a few other dies too which will look just as nice for birthday cards. "Thank you". xx Love Karen xx

magpie said...

I love this technique Sue, it's so beautiful and effective. Thank you so much for the pictured tutorials that you have here showing how you do it, (along with all the others that you have done that I am having a look at!) It really is nice of you and such a help to us all. The holly motifs will definitely come in handy for some of the "different" 2013 one's. I also have a few other dies too which will look just as nice for birthday cards. "Thank you". xx Love Karen xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Since you first showed us this technique I have tried using other dies and they all look great. Thank you for putting these tutorials on you blog you are such a kind sharing perso
Hugsx
Heather T

Mrs B said...

Thank you Sue for showing how this is done so clearly.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Thank you so much for these very clear precise tutorials. I will certainly be having a play and trying some of them out.
Beverley W

Jacqui aka Morgana said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial Sue - I now have the courage to attempt it as you can guide me step by step through the card.

Sue E said...

Will definitely have a go at this technique.

Karen said...

I saw half a demonstration of this technique a few months ago but could not work out how to do it, I will now give it a go. Great easy to follow tutorial.

kimberley said...

Thank you Sue for making this tutorial so much easier to find on your blog.I have made this card several times but forget each time how I have done it and had to spend ages scrolling throughall your cards.I will now be able to make it so much more quickly now.You are soooo good to us and soooo generous with your sharing!!!

Jean T said...

I tried this today but the other way round to make an easel card,so easy to follow your tutorial.Thanks

Helen said...

Just noticed tutorial section. I will be giving this method a try. Thanks for showing us how it is done.

Janice K said...

Thank you for supplying us with such a clear tutorial, I now feel confident that, following your instructions, I'll be able to make even more use of my dies. x

Kathleen Bown said...

I couldnt make this card with my Sizzix as the base plate was not big enough, but have yesterday got a Grand Calibur so I am going to have a go at this following your instructions. Your cards are lovely, and the main reason why I got a Grand Calibur. Love watching you on TV. Thanks for the inspiration.

Val for TWAM said...

What a clever idea, I hadn,t thought of doing it this way. will try it out to morrow.
At 75 (a very young 75) I never thought that I would get addicted but you and spellbinders have me hooked. I make all my cards for the charity Tools with a Mission so they are also very grateful

Nana on the Hill said...

So glad I remembered you had this technique, despite having tried it before I'd forgotten how you had done it! Of to try again with a bit more confidence, thanks Sue.

Diane Mortimer said...

Yet another way of using your dies, I am gradually building up my die collection, I have about 6 or 7 of the D-lites and I have a basic circles, basic matting rectangles and a scalloped circle set, As well as my 2012 xmas tree and baubles set, I cant wait to get more, I'm addicted and its such a rewarding hobby :-)
Diane from Glasgow xx

Dorothy Hart said...

Thank you for these instructions.. They are so clear. I had to adapt it as I have a Big shot and not a GC, so mine is 6 ins square. Also used Fleur de Lys die. It looks lovely.Best wishes Dorothy

Dorothy Hart said...

Thank you for these instructions.. They are so clear. I had to adapt it as I have a Big shot and not a GC, so mine is 6 ins square. Also used Fleur de Lys die. It looks lovely.Best wishes Dorothy

caroline said...

great tutorial, would never thought of using my dies that way
many thanks
caroline

Marge said...

FABULOUS tutorial -- I tried this on my own a few years back from another blogger, but struggled with it! Will definitely try it again now following your great instructions!!! It would make the most awesome Christmas cards, as some have said!!!
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ros hodgkins said...

Hi Sue, I watched you demo this technique this weekend and had a go myself today, and its fab worked first time. Thanks so much.
X Ros Hodgkins

Marleen Gallagher said...

ohh yeah.. I saw you do this tut on c&c and cant wait to try. very happy to find it here for easy reference :-)
thank you x

Julye said...

What a brilliant tutorial, I only recently got into die cutting so all the help and advice I can get is helpful and this is certainly one I will be giving a try. thank you.

Grotty Garbo said...

I love this technique and can't wait to try it.
Thank you Sue
Xxx

Carole Hodgins said...

Thank you so much Sue your simple instructions are so easy to follow I am off to try this now. I want you to know how grateful I am for your tutorials as they must take a lot of time out of your busy day to make.
Warm hugs from Sunny
South Australia