Borderabilities: Cutting, Embossing and Stenciling

by Beate Johns

Borderabilities give a three-in-one solution for cutting, embossing and stenciling. Create borders, trim scrapbook pages, or embellish envelopes and 3D projects with these versatile templates.



  1. Step 1

    Borderabilities™ come with two die cut templates. For this sample, use the template that has only one cutting edge.

    Start your sandwich by laying your card base on the cutting mat. Line up your Borderabilities™ template with the edge of your cardstock. Make sure the cutting edge of the template is facing down.

  2. Place your Magnetic Spacer Mat over your template and cardstock.

  3. Step 2

    To finish off your sandwich, add your second cutting mat over the stack. With the long portion (with the logo) of the Wizard™ machine to the back and the black balled handle to the front, slip ‘sandwich’ into the back of the machine, pushing firmly.

  4. Step 3

    Apply pressure to the top of the sandwich while you raise and lower the handle repeatedly to push sandwich through machine. You will hear a ratchet sound.

  5. Tip:
    When the sandwich is almost entirely through the Wizard, be prepared to ‘catch it’ as it exits the short side of the machine.

  6. Step 4

    Take your sandwich apart and check if all the details were cut out.

    Some of the Borderabilities™ die templates are are so intricate that they may require to be run through the machine twice.

    If your cardstock wasn't cut all the way the first time, turn it 90 degrees and cut again. I found it helps when you line up the template more towards the edge of your cutting mat, instead of the center.

  7. Step 5

    To emboss your cardstock, keep your cut cardstock in the die template. This time lay it on your cutting mat with the cardstock facing up. Place your tan embossing mat on top.

  8. Step 6

    Add a cutting mat on top and run through your Wizard™ again.

  9. Your cut and embossed card base.

  10. Step 7

    Take a paper piercing tool (or other pointed object) and poke through the holes of the template. That will remove the cut paper pieces out of your template and your card base.

  11. Your finished cut and embossed card base all cleaned up.

  12. Step 8

    If you want to highlight your embossed images, take a sponge dauber and apply ink while your template is still over your cardstock.

  13. Your cut, embossed and stenciled card base.

  14. Step 9

    Spellbinders have matching Shapeabilities™ Pendants to their Borderabilities™. If you want to add a matching pendant, repeat steps 1-8 with the Shapeabilities™ template.

  15. Your cut, embossed and stenciled Pendant pieces.

  16. Step 10

    Assemble your pendant. Decorate and finish your card.



    Using a different die-cutting system? No problem. Spellbinders includes the sandwich listing for most other die cut machines in their package. Listings include sandwiches for Big Kick™ by Sizzix™, Original Sizzix™ Press, Cuttlebug™ by Provocraft, Big Shot™ by Ellison-Sizzix™, Revolution™ by QuicKutz.

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