When I opened my mail I was thrilled to find my rectangle nestabilities had arrived. I've been dying to get my hands on these for many reasons....to play (obviously), but also to really find out if they were worth all the 'hype'. They SO are!!! I had a friend over and I decided to show her what they could do. I stamped an image and then ran it through my CB to die-cut it and then ran it through again with different plates to emboss the edge. Beautiful! So then I did it again with another image and the scalloped rectangles....fun, fun, fun. Then I said "you could even use just a greeting and layer them like this"....so I stamped up a greeting and ran it through and as I started looking at the greeting my brain started cranking and I just kept going.
You don't have to emboss the edge of all of your cut-outs...but I really love how it looks. It adds that extra 'something' without being over the top. For this card I placed my die onto my cardfront and ran it through my CB. For die-cutting only, use your A plate, C plate, Spellbinders die (blade side up), cardstock, B plate. You will hear a HORRIBLE cracking sound the first few times you run them through. Don't worry, you didn't break anything. As your B plate gets more and more cuts into it the sound will fade. I have also found that if I flip my B plate over each time then it lessens then bending of the plastic plate. Please note, these plates are cheap and replaceable. Over time with diecutting you will need to replace them. But they are quite inexpensive and there is always a coupon!! :)
I couldn't get a good picture so I turned down the lights and took a close up of the shimmer white cardstock used for the main greeting. You also can't really see the smaller snowflake I used on the main greeting, it's 2nd generation of soft sky and it's really stunning in person. I used Soft Sky and Blue Bayou for my colors and Staz-on White for the snowflakes on the window sheet. The snowflake sheet is adhered between the soft sky layer and the blue bayou cardfront. I had so much fun making this little guy, not to mention finally getting to use my fabulous new Paper Trey stamp sets!
I can't wait until I start getting more of these Nestabilities sets from the Paper Pretties monthly club...(yes, the DT is allowed to subscribe to the monthly clubs too). I actually think it's a great idea not only because I can afford $30 a month rather than $300 in one shot, but I found that I'm enjoying getting to play with ONE set to get a feel for it. And this way I can play with each set for a month until the next one arrives. When you get them all at once it's kinda like overload...too much too fast, ya know? Anyone else feel like that with their new crafting purchases? I know I REALLY feel like that when my first SU order arrives after a new catalog has been released. "Help! Where do I start?!?" Ain't that the truth!