Nestabilities and Cuttlebug

September 4, 2007 at 12:44 pm 14 comments

Over the next several weeks, many of you will be receiving Spellbinder Nestability dies. For those of you who will be using the dies in your Cuttlebug, I’d like to share with you my experiences…………I’ve used cuttlebug and sizzix dies in my bug with no problems, and did not think I would have any issues with the spellbinder dies, but anytime you use one manufacturer product in another, care must be taken.To use nestabilites to cut in the bug, you will notice that the standard “B” plate sandwich is insufficient – too thin.

Your next attempt will be to replace one of the “B” plates in the sandwich with the thicker “C” plate – giving you a “B/C” plate sandwich – IN MY OPINION, YOU SHOULD NOT DO THIS!!

When I used this sandwich here were my results:

1) I broke 3 “B” plates over the course of my testing. Now you’d think I’d learn after the second one broke, but no, I had to keep on trying. The plates did not break every time, but when you have to exert pressure to crank the sandwich through it is not a good sign. You don’t need a lot of pressure to make the cut.
2) Using the “B/C” plate sandwich the dies often embedded themselves into the plate. I mean really, really embedded. To the point where I was using a screwdriver, butter knife and finally an xacto knife to pry the die off of the plate. More often than not, the resulting die cut was ruined and I had to start over again.

My conclusion: the “B/C” plate sandwich is just a bit too thick.

My solution: Start with your original “B” plate sandwich and add one or two pieces of chipboard, the thickness of your chipboard will determine how many pieces you need. I used two pieces that I cut the same size as the “B” plate and consider it just another plate to use. The chipboard increases the thickness of the sandwich, – thicker than the “B” plate sandwich, but thinner than the “B/C” sandwich. Also, because chipboard is softer than the plates, it has a little “give” to it. My dies cut cleanly and did not stick to the plate.

This is just my experience with these products. You may want to try different options – let me know if you do and how it worked out. I love the bug and the nestability dies – they are both great products in my humble opinion. I would recommend both to any crafter.


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  • 1. Susie  |  September 4, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    Nancy – Thank you SO MUCH for this very helpful information. I plan to use my nesties with my bug.

  • 2. Becky  |  September 4, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks also for the warning! I haven’t broken any B plates yet, but I haven’t had the chance to play with my die cuts that much! Appreciate your sharing!

  • 3. Linda  |  September 4, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks for alerting us. Can’t wait to get the nesties to use on my bug. I read somewhere that you can use the rubber gasket sheet.

  • 4. jennifer  |  September 5, 2007 at 12:53 am

    Hi Nancy – I too am waiting on my Nestability dies. Have you ever checked out Ellen Hutson’s blog at She is an expert when it comes to Spellbinders and the Cuttlebug. If you have the Spellbinders Wizard Charm Embossing Kit you can run brass stencils through your ‘bug as well as the Nestability dies.

    Here’s the “sandwiches”:
    Cutting Sandwich – (Stack from bottom up)
    1. A plate
    2. C plate
    3. Spellbinders die face up (rough side up)
    4. Paper or cardstock
    5. B plate
    Run through Cuttlebug machine.

    Embossing Spellbinders Dies in the Cuttlebug- (Stack from bottom up)
    1. A plate
    2. B plate
    3. Die face up (with die cut still in die)
    4. 3 pieces of cardstock
    5. 1 Spellbinders tan polymer mat
    6. 2nd B plate
    Run through Cuttlebug machine

  • 5. NancyK  |  September 5, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Note to Jennifer: Hi Jennifer – the cutting sandwich you list is the one I started with (ie the “B/C” sandwich) – this is the one I had problems with – so I would not recommend.

  • 6. Anonymous  |  September 6, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    Is the problem with breaking plate B just when cutting? Also, if I go by the list that Ellen Hutson has, do I substitute the B plate and chipboard in her #2 (plate C) part of the stack? (I don’t have a blog so I just went anonymous)

  • 7. NancyK  |  September 6, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Dear Anonymous: I’ve found the breaking “B” plate only when cutting. I started with the “B/C” plate sandwich that Ellen H outlined – this is where I had all the problems. What I did was to go back to the original “B” plate sandwich (your die and paper sandwiched between two “B” plate – just as you would use a cuttlebug die), then add to that – a piece or two of chipboard – I put the chipboard on top of the “A” plate. If you have any other questions, e-mail me at

  • 8. Linda F. Wilson  |  October 3, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    yes, I’ve broken 3 “B” plates as well. Glad I saw your entry on SCS. I will try your method for now. Thanks for sharing.

  • 9. Wendy B.  |  October 25, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks for this info. I am about to place an order for some nesties and would sure hate to encounter problems like you describe. I’ll definitely try your method when I receive them!

  • 10. Donna Maligno  |  August 11, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    have you had any success running the Nestabilities dies thru the Revolution and if so, what is the sandwich recommended?

    Also, regarding Cuttlebug embossing folders, do you know if they will run thru the new Revolution Love? and what is the sandwich? Thanks.

  • 11. KATY SMEKENS  |  August 14, 2008 at 8:27 am

    I USED YOUR SANDWICH FOR THE CUTTLEBUG BUT I HAVE A PROBLEM. IT ONLY CUTS 2 SIDES OF MY PAPER (left and right are cut) so I have to turn the die with my paper and then it cuts the other sides. What could be the problem?

  • 12. Mel M. M. M.  |  November 3, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks for this information. I never thought about the pressure with Nesties and it makes sense. I did find I was intensely disappointed with the quality of Sizzix die cuts in my Bug. Not even a clean edge with paper & the b plate and they will not cut felt at all nor fun foam. Very disappointing. Could be the calibration on my bug maybe or a worn B plate, but compared to Provocraft dies, the provocraft win out hands down. :O)

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    Thanks for the advice!!! It will be well received…

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