Nesting dies are a must-have in every craft room, offering endless creative possibilities. Many of us collect them in various shapes and sizes, starting with the basics like circles, squares, and rectangles. However, the true potential of nesting dies often remains untapped. In this tutorial, I'll guide you through 8 fantastic ways to make the most out of your nesting dies, demonstrating various techniques that showcase their versatility.

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Materials Used:

  • Nesting Dies in Various Shapes and Sizes
  • Cardstock (White and Coloured/Patterned)
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Adhesive
  • Scoring Tool
  • Patterned Paper
  • Blending Ink
  • Rubber Sheet
  • Gilding Wax (Optional)

1: Shaped Card Bases

  • Overlap the chosen nesting die over a card base.
  • Run it through the die-cutting machine to create the card shape.
  • Cut the same shape from another piece of cardstock to complete the card base.

2: Mats and Layers

  • Choose the next size down from the card base die.
  • Cut mats and layers from coloured or patterned paper using the nested dies.

3: Creating Frames

  • Cut a patterned paper using a larger die.
  • Use a smaller die inside or below it to create a perfectly sized frame.

4: Matching Apertures

  • If you shaped the card using a larger die, use a smaller one to create a matching aperture.
  • Alternatively, create fun-shaped apertures without shaping the card initially.

5: Die-Cut Embellishments

  • Die-cut shapes like circles or hexagons and arrange them for contemporary card designs.
  • Experiment with different patterned papers for a unique look.

6: Negative Die-Cut Stenciling

  • Use the negative or waste part of a die as a stencil.
  • Apply blending ink through the stencil for a beautiful effect.

7: Embossing Detail

  • Arrange multiple nesting dies on cardstock and secure with tape.
  • Place a rubber sheet over them before running through the die-cutting machine for embossed detail.
  • Highlight the embossed areas with gilding wax or inks.

Now you have 8 exciting ways to use your nesting dies to their full potential! Experiment with different shapes, sizes, and techniques to add a new dimension to your crafting projects.

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