Embossing with Nestabilities™ Die templates

by Lori Craig

Add beautiful dry embossed frames to your card base with Nestabilities™ templates.


  • Nestabilities™ Die Template

  • Die cutting machine (Wizard used here)

  • Two master embossing mats

  • Rubber embossing mat

  • Cardstock


  1. Step 1

    To emboss the die shape into the folded card stock to form the card base,
    start sandwich with Master Emboss Mat, continue layering the tan rubber embossing mat , folded cardstock and die positioned at desired spot on the card front with cutting edge down.

    Finish sandwich with the second 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

    Remove cardstock from the sandwich. The beautifully embossed detail does not cut into the card front base.

  5. The backside of the card base.

  6. Step 5

    Finish card as desired with stamps, inks & embellishments.



    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 cut shapes out of cardstock.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Embossing with Nestabilities™ Die templates. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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

on the embossing part using a cuttlebug, the ridge part is up and the the cardstock to be embossed is on top of that? I am new to stamping and cuttlebug using!
stamper0753  |  Sun Nov 2, 2008 at 5:22 PM
Great tutorial, Lori!! I totally love the embossed frame, and your card is adorable!!
Rose Ann  |  Sun Nov 2, 2008 at 5:56 PM
Please explain how to use Nestabilities with the Sizzix machine.
Thanks so much,
Alice s
Alice Story  |  Tue Nov 4, 2008 at 2:27 PM
Gorgeous example of embossing, Lori!
Sharon Harnist  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 10:41 AM
I recently purchased my first set of Nestabilities after asking around SCS about using them in my Cuttlebug. Now, I can't seem to get it to work. Please help!!
Robbie  |  Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 9:27 AM
These are a big help as I havn't used my Wizard yet.
Emilie Boyd  |  Sun Dec 28, 2008 at 9:55 AM
Thank you, thank you! I've been searching and searching for this "sandwich" for embossing a frame in a card. Most of the tutorials have been for a Cuttlebug and I have a Wizard. I'm thrilled to finally find this technique!
Janet L  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 5:03 PM
Can you tell me the sandwich recipe for doing this in the cuttlebug
wilma  |  Wed Jun 17, 2009 at 3:40 PM
I use the nestabilities in my Big SHotand Love
EmilieBoyd  |  Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 12:22 PM
Last night I tried embossing with the Nestibilities with the Cuttlebug and it would not emboss. I do the correct stack up, as I always have, per instructions, but it just will not emboss now. I tried different Nestibilities does, still no luck. Help! Thanks, Jane
Jane Brown  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 3:18 PM
I get mixed results need to practice more with Sizzix and Cuttlebug
Emiie Boyd  |  Thu Jul 2, 2009 at 4:47 AM
I, too, would love to have the sandwiching recipe for the cuttlebug. This is an incredible technique and I am anxious to use it with my cuttlebug. Please help!!
Pam  |  Tue Aug 4, 2009 at 8:29 PM
Thank you so much for the info and pictures you sent on using the nestibilities. This is most helpful. Jane
jane brown  |  Wed Aug 5, 2009 at 4:07 AM

Did you try the sandwich listed under comprehensive Download?

Wilma and Pam,
Check under the tutorial and click on Comprehensive Download. You will find sandwich listings for different die cut machines there.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Aug 5, 2009 at 4:54 AM
Lori! This is a totally adorable project! Great video my friend!
Joanne B  |  Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 3:05 PM
This tutorial is wonderful - Have just bought a Wizard and this makes it so clear how to use the Nestabilities and embossing plate!
Thank you tons!!
Patricia Harris  |  Fri Oct 30, 2009 at 3:03 PM
Thank You so much for this!!!!!
dougnat  |  Sun Nov 8, 2009 at 10:42 AM
When I cut the Spellbinders I have to use a cardstock shim to make it work. I think the sandwich is listed on the card the spellbinders come in and that seems to work. ( In Cuttlebug )
Emilie Boyd  |  Mon Nov 9, 2009 at 9:13 AM
I am having trouble finding the rubber pad mentioned to be used with embossing sandwich for nestabilities . Is there any place in Pittsburgh where it can be purchased? I have tried Joanns and Michaels. Is there something else that could be substituted?
CAMY  |  Fri Dec 4, 2009 at 8:16 AM
What is the easiest and inexpensive embossing machine to purchase?
Bev  |  Mon May 10, 2010 at 7:00 AM

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