Cutting Shapes with Nestabilities™ Die templates

by Lori Craig

Use Nestabilities™ die cut templates to cut shapes from cardstock.


  • Nestabilities™ Die
  • Die Cut Machine, Wizard™ used here
  • Cardstock
  • Master Embossing Mat
  • Magnetic Spacer Mat


  1. Step 1

    Starting with Master Emboss Mat, stack from bottom to top:
    Master Emboss Mat
    Cardstock to be cut
    Nestabilities die (blade down)
    Magnestic Spacer Mat
    2nd Master Emboss Mat

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    Holding the back corner of the sandwich, raise and lower the handle repeatedly to push sandwich through machine. You will hear a ratchet sound.

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

  4. Step 4

    Removed die and cut shape from the original piece of cardstock without removing the cardstock from the die.

  5. Step 5

    Layer bottom to top:
    • Master Emboss Mat
    • Rubber Embossing Mat
    • Cut cardstock with die, blade down into the rubber embossing mat
    • 2nd Master Emboss Mat

    Repeat steps two and three using this sandwich recipe.

  6. Crisp embossed-edge die cut to use for finished card.

  7. Step 6

    Use stamps, inks and embellishments as desired to finish card.

    Use air gun or air art tool to add color to the raised center before removing the metal die from embossed edge.


    Using a different die-cutting system?
    You can find a comprehensive download that provides sandwich recipes for most major die-cutting machines on the market here.

    Check this tutorial to learn how to use your Nestabilities™ Die templates to emboss shapes into your cardstock.

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thank you for your tutorials!
Is the Magnetic Spacer mat the same as the Magnetic Placement Mat?
Is it essential or is there a good substitute for it?
I would be using the Nestabilties in a Big Kick.
Alice in MD  |  Sat Nov 1, 2008 at 7:49 AM
Am a newbee to this site....Thanks so much...have had these but wasn't quite sure how to use them your tutorial
Fran (transplant to BAMA)  |  Sun Nov 2, 2008 at 10:55 AM
Ok. I guess I NEED the Wizard now! Your embossing looks sooo much better than what I've been getting with my Cuttlebug. I LOVE your sample too! smile
Julie Campbell  |  Mon Nov 3, 2008 at 5:54 AM
Fun tute! Here's a link I thought I'd share for making long rectangles out of std rectangle nesties. [B]Nestie Resizing Tutorial[/B]
Julie - justwritedesigns  |  Mon Nov 3, 2008 at 8:34 PM
Great tutorial & beautifully embossed card, Lori!
Sharon Harnist  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 10:40 AM
This is beautiful, Lori!! Thanks for another wonderful tutorial!!
Rose Ann  |  Fri Nov 7, 2008 at 7:06 AM
Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, I just got my new wizard and can not get it to work yet. Back to try again.
evelynn  |  Sat Nov 8, 2008 at 6:22 AM
Thanks for the info, I too am having problems, I can get them to cut, with the cuttlebug, Big Shot, and Zipe Mate, but I can't get any of them to emboss, it just seems something should work without buying a wizard.
Tonda  |  Sat Dec 13, 2008 at 5:51 PM
I have been trying to follow all these threads but I still cannot find any information on how to use the Cuttlebug with Nestibilities.
Dorothy  |  Thu Feb 19, 2009 at 1:53 PM
Can this be done with a Cuttlebug? And can the "Big Note" from Stampin Up be used with a cuttlebug if you have all the Wizard and other sandwich mats? me with this???
Pam Roundy  |  Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Please check the comprehensive download file under Variation to find the sandwich for the cuttlebug.

Check this thread in the forum to find out which Big Shot dies can be used with a Cuttlebug.
beate  |  Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 6:55 AM
I have a Big Shot and want to use the Spellbinders Nestabilities with it. I want to use them to cut and emboss, but do not know the correct steps. I have the multipurpose cutting pads, the rubber mat & silicone plate; also I have the nestabilities mat. How do I use the Nestabilites in my Big Shot?
Carol  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 5:32 PM
were is the most reasonable place to buy Nestabilities ?
Susie  |  Thu Jul 2, 2009 at 3:26 AM
Please check under variation in this tutorial. Click on the highlighted comprehensive download. You will find the proper sandwich for the Big shot listed there.

Please go to the forum, check the left hand side and click on search. Then type in Nestabilities. You will find many threads. I am sure you will find a thread this way where fellow members discuss where to buy Nestabilities cheap.

Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Thu Jul 2, 2009 at 4:28 AM
i have a big shot machine and two reddish rubber mats. is this all i need to emboss ?
jan  |  Fri Sep 4, 2009 at 1:33 AM
I still don't understand the process and where you get the dye cuts for the end result of nestabilities. I have the SU big shot and would like to do the "double" cut outs shown on verve gallery. (3/18/09, flowers by j. tilman, abundant blessings.) I am computer illiterate, but am trying! very happy with what I have found on your site so far.
dee birdsall  |  Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 5:41 PM
What is the name of the nestability used in this tutorial and is it still available?
Peggy Dollar  |  Sat Apr 10, 2010 at 9:00 PM
Great work. This has been done beautifully. Thanks for the well presented tutorial.
Manik  |  Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 5:50 AM
I just got a Big Shot and deeply scratched both plates doing a die cut with Nestabilities. Thanks for the info. Hopefully I can resume die cutting with your advice on the different mats. Still not sure what a spacer is?
Dianna  |  Thu Jan 20, 2011 at 4:07 PM
I have trouble taking the paper out of my cut nestabilities more ornately edged shapes, as the edges generally tear and my paper die is then ruined. Is there a trick to removing the cardstock piece once it is cut without having the fancy laced edges tear?
Please help, I am getting frustrated!
Sandra Campbell  |  Tue Apr 3, 2012 at 9:07 AM

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