Spellbinders Nestabilities Frame Tutorial

Thought I would do another quick card using the Spellbinder’s Nestabilities’ dies to frame my image.  I’ve had several emails asking how I embossed the frame on the card that I did earlier this week ~  which can be found here:   https://mycardz.wordpress.com/2008/11/22/happy-holidays/    

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

[This certainly was a good excuse to take pictures with our new toy! :)]   

One comment as to why I chose this sentiment ~ Doesn’t it look like the wreath on your front door?!!  😀      ( . . . Well I thought so!) 

Here are the basic steps I used for the embossing on this card:     

P.S.  (I sometimes leave out some of the basic info, so if there are ANY details you might have a question about, PLEASE don’t hesitate to send me an email.)

1.  For the particular dies I’m using, the standard mat works…I’ve noticed they now sell a larger mat that can be cut to size, which I think works much better for the new larger dies.   

Recipe:   Plate A…Plate B…rubber mat 

Step 1

Step 1

2.  Place your card stock on top of the rubber mat….then place the two consecutive dies together, “nested”.    [for this card I used the Labels dies; For my previous card, I used the Squares dies.]

Step 2.

Step 2.

3.  Add additional Plate B and “buffer” ~ I use a cork mat that I purchased at my local hardware store which comes in a kit that includes two rubber mats and a cork mat.   [Sorry my cork mat has been used LOTS of times and, obviously shows the wear.]

Step 3

Step 3

4.  Run through the Cuttlebug!    🙂    That’s really it!   Here are some pictures of the results:





 I personally think either side works well as an embossed frame.

Here’s a closeup view of this particular embossed, framed card: 
closeup view

closeup view

Note about the stamps used in this image:    Wow, I had SOOO much fun AND, it was soo easy to use the Tapestry Stamps for this wreath.  There is an awesome tutorial on the website for the Ruber StampsTapestry (I think my DS agrees!)  I was fortunate enough to find two indivdual stamps for both the holly leaf and the berries at my local scrapbook store (and just used different ink colors) Scrapbook Memories, located in Janesville, Madison and Appleton, WI!  🙂    Both of these stamps can either be purchased individually or in sets at http://www.rubberstamptapestry.com/    
Uh oh… I think I’ve found a new obsession!!!!!   🙂



  1. ooooh, what a great idea! love the look the nesties leave behind on this really lovely card. Gonna have to give this a try. Thanks for the tutorial too! 🙂

  2. Wow, Mary, you are so sweet to squeeze in this tutorial with your busy schedule. Thank you so much. That was extremely thorough and I didn’t know about those dies, so immediately they go on my wish list. Your card is exquisite!! I decided that you used one of those boxed, beautiful Christmas cards to illustrate what the embossing could look like, but YOU MADE IT!! I know, I shouldn’t sound surprised, but I hadn’t seen a stamp like that and it looks like you colored it for hours. That is a beautiful card. You could box those and sell them for sure, and the sentiment is perfect because it does indeed look like a front door. You could add a tiny brass doorhandle that they sell for dollhouses (I even have some) and voila, you have your front-door wreath. Thank you so much for doing this and for the beautiful eye candy. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Mary, this is beautiful! It looks exactly like someone’s front door! Thanks for a great tutorial!

  4. Oh my life, I don’t know if it’s your new camera or I need to change my glasses but I thought the Wreath was one of those die cut decoupage pictures, just like I thought your cone was 3D. Not only are you outstanding at colouring but you stamping is … well amazing. I almost ordered those new Nestabilities, but I’ve got my eye on some Sizzix snowflake dies instead. I do love my Cuttlebug, you can just about stick anything in there. Thank you for sharing your cardmaking secrets, definitly one to “borrow” 🙂
    Take care & keep smiling
    PS. the close ups with your new camera are fantastic, I can see everything in minute detail now.

  5. Glitter Queen says:

    Absolutely love your card. I am going to definitely give this a try. Your colours are gorgeous and the layout if just fabulous.

  6. Wow! Thanks for sharing how you made your beautiful card. I agree it does look like a door.

  7. Oh, Mary! My goodness gracious, this is gorgeous! It looks exactly like a beautifully decorated front door. Truly one of my most favorite cards I’ve seen in a while. Thank you for so generously sharing how you managed this. I just love it!

  8. hi there, i really love your cards, and i was wondering what’s rubber mat and where can i get it?

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