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Nestabilities: A Review

I just received my Nestabilities earlier this week! (Due to the Chinese New Year, these unique die-cuts were backordered everywhere!) Although I wanted the ovals and circles, I received the circles and squares; the ovals were still unavailable. I've tested out the circles for you and made a card to share!

The card, pictured left, features circle Nestabilities. I cut two scallop circles and three standard circles. "Happy Hellos" is stamped in the center of a circle. Personally, I find it easier to stamp first and then create the die cut. Others may beg to differ. I popped each layer of the circles for dimension and added sticks for a lollipop effect. Initially, they were supposed to be flowers, but lollipops are more appropriate!

What are Nestabilities?
Nestabilities are die-cuts made by Spellbinders, used in a die-cut machine. With die-cut templates, you can cut, emboss, or stencil. They require minimal storage – a true gift in this industry – and have unique and detailed designs (scalloped edges are one of my favorites). Look out bulky paper punchers, Nestabilities are leaner!

How do you use Nestabilities?
Nestabilities must be used with a die-cut machine. Here are a few compatible machines:
  • Big Kick
  • Big Shot
  • Cuttlebug
  • QuicKutz Revolution
  • Sidekick & Tag-a-Long
  • Sizzix
  • ZAZ
  • Zip'eMate

Since I use the Cuttlebug, my feedback on how to use "Nesties" is Cuttlebug-specific. With the Cuttlebug, you can cut and emboss. I have not had a chance to emboss yet.

To cut, create your 'sandwich' starting from the bottom stacking up:

1. A plate

2. C plate

3. Nestabilities die face up (rough side up)

4. Cardstock

5. B plate

6. Run it through the machine

7. There will be a cracking noise

8. Your B plate will marked with the die shape imprint

To emboss, create your 'sandwich' starting from the bottom stacking up:

1. A plate

2. B plate

3. Nestabilities die facing up (rough side up) with the die cut still inside

4. 3 pieces of cardstock

5. 1 Spellbinders tan polymer mat

6. B plate

7. Run it through the machine

How much do they cost?
The initial investment of "Nesties" is quite expensive, but they pay off due to the minimum storage requirement and various sizes that it offers. Nesties can be sold in sets or individually. I purchased mine in a set. When you purchase a set of circles, you get: small standard circles; large standard circles; small scallop circles; and large scallop circles. With this option, you have the ability to create various sizes and design effects. Nesties also come in a 'petite' size. The best price I've seen for the sets is about $80...OUCH!

Who sells Nestabilities?
If you are in the Northern Virginia area, Scrapbooks-Plus does not carry Nesties. They suggest attending the Great American Scrapbook
Convention in June to shop for them at the Spellbinders' booth. I received the registration e-mail today; Spellbinders is on the list, so they will be there! If you cannot wait (like me), you must order online. You can use Ebay, Ellen Hutson, or any other site when you google Nestabilities. There are a variety of choices, but look for discounts such as free shipping on your order.

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