I really love my Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies– so when I found out that there was a book of projects, I knew right away that I wanted to review it. This 64-page book, published by Annie’s Attic, has over 45 projects for beginners to experienced paper crafters.
Here’s the blurb from the Annie’s Attic website:
Spellbindersâ„¢ NestabilitiesÂ® Basics & Beyond is a showcase of stunningly detailed paper craft project sets. Sets include cards, party favors, gift wrap, invitations, package toppers, ornaments and much more!
It’s full-color,Â 64-page soft-bound book and is divided into subjects: Baby, Birthday, Christmas,andÂ Life’s Moments. There is also a preface that is full of “Special Techniques” like making a shaped card, reverse stencilling, and making frames. Int he back, there is a page full of resources for paper, materials, etc, as well as a page with all of the designer’s credits.
Of course, the only way to really “review” a book is to make things from it- so I dug right in. I though I’dÂ start of by trying that “reverse stencilling” technique in the “Special Techniques” section. I inked up the die with a Versamark pad, and following the in. I was underwhelmed with the results.
I tried it again with different stamp pad, but it came out about the same.
Maybe the results are supposed to be subtle, but I wasn’t really in love with it. I tried it the technique usingÂ a spray ink- now here I got much better results! But it was a little messy.
I guess that this technique was kind of a non-starter for me, so I just let it go & moved on. I decided to try a “pyramid card”- the design was lovely, and I tried to follow the instructions for making the 3-d effect and the layout pretty closely, but of course I used the paper I had on hand.
The instructions for making the pyramid were really helpful (by the way, it’s in the “special techniques” section, too.) I think if I were to have just seen the card, I would have approached it differently, and gotten poor results. This project is definately a “win.”
Lastly, I used this project as my jumping-off point. I really dug the frames.
I really loved the framing technique, and had one of those “why-didn’t-I-think-of-this” moments! I didn’t follow the project exactly, but I did use the technique to make frames for the stars.
I was pretty pleased with my resulting card:
So, on the whole, I think that this is a well-thought out book. And even if you don’t have a slew of Spellbinders dies, the layouts and technqiues in the book could actually be used with any die-cutting systems- manual or electric. I’d certainly recommend giving “Basics & Beyond” a try!
It’s available on the Spellbinder’s andÂ the Annie’s AtticÂ websites, both in hard-copy form and PDF for $14.95 USD. (Why you don’t get a price break on the PDF is beyond me, personally) but you can also find it on Amazon for a little less.Â Â If you have this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Disclosure: Sample provided for review.
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