Okay, friends . . . you asked for it, you got it!! I have tried my best to compile a list of answers to the most frequently-asked-about things regarding Spellbinders dies (which include Nestabiltiies). First, I have a bunch of links to some great videos on YouTube that were produced by Spellbinders:
What are Nestabilities?
Nestabilities by Spellbinders Paper Arts
Can I use my Nestabilites in other machines?
The answer is YES!! (See links below!) All dies made by Spellbinders are universal – meaning they can be used in any other machines. Also, the Wizard itself is universal – meaning that all dies/embossing folders made by other companies can work in it as well.
How do I use my Nestabilities in other machines (i.e. Cuttlebug, Big Shot, etc.)?
Spellbinders Dies in the Big Shot
Spellbinders Dies in the Cuttlebug
Spellbinders Dies with the Double Doo
How do I use dies/templates made by other companies in the Wizard?
Wizard with Fiskars Texture Plates
Wizard with Sizzlets Dies
Wizard with Quickutz Dies
Wizard with Cuttlebug Dies/Embossing Folders
Wizard with Sizzix Dies
How do I use the Wizard?
Cut and Emboss with the Spellbinders Wizard
Other Wizard Tips/Tricks:
Cleaning Mats/Die Templates
Working with Heavy Weight Cardstock
Pendants by Spellbinders
Impressabilities by Spellbinders
Shapeabilities by Spellbinders
12” Grand Borderabilities
Stenciling and Inking
Using Grunge Paper
Acetate and Transparencies
Making Partial Cuts
Creating Shaped Cards
Creating Window Cards
Embossing with Brass Stencils
For those of you who would rather not spend the time to watch the videos linked above, there is a pdf file you can download and read:
This basically is a list of stacking sandwiches you can use in the Wizard and in all other machines in which you may want to use your Spellbinders dies/Nestabilities
Next, we get to the all-important “How do I store my Nestabilities?”
question. Here are several links to blogs of those who have come up with a variety of ways to store your Spellbinders dies (and I have to admit, one of the links is to my blog!!):
Here is the carrying case offered by Spellbinders:
From my blog (note that you can buy the magnetic vent covers at Home Depot for really cheap!):
From Heidi Blankenship:
From a thread here on SCS:
I found a great way to store Nestabilities!!!
From Patter Cross:
This thread here on SCS has a variety of different ideas (some of which have been shown above):
And if I haven’t already given you enough information, here is a link to the Product Focus article done here on SCS featuring the Spellbinders Impressabilities (and YES, friends, that’s ME talking in the video at CHA Winter 2009):
Had enough yet??? The last question I wanted to address (which also gets asked quite often), is “Which Nestabilites should I buy first??”
That is the most difficult question to answer of all, as it is based totally on personal preference. Look through your creations and decide which shapes you use the most, and start basic (circles, squares, oval, or rectangles). Work from there. If there is a set of shaped Nesties that you are just DYING over, go ahead and get ‘em! Otherwise, I would advise to start with the basics and go from there. You’ll have fun with ‘em no matter which ones you choose!