New Spellbinder Die D-Lites – nifty trick


I should NEVER watch shopping channels in real-time, and NEVER late at night.  Not only did I replace my Grand Calibur last week, but I succumbed to the Flexi-pay option and scooped up the big set of D-Lites.  DOH!

So I had a play.  At first, I was a little annoyed by the medallions. In my head I thought I would be able to cut the medallion and then the frame that accompanies it would cut a larger piece as a mat.  It doesn’t really work out like that.  If you cut the medallion without surrounding it with the frame, you get something like this:

If you use the frame, you can cut our the medallion with a nice scallop-y border then just back it, like this, with a contrasting colour.  All well and good.  But it gave me an idea – the medallion, on it’s own, when cut without the frame, works pretty much like an Anywhere Punch – ie you can cut the holes only from the cardstock, like above.  That’s interesting enough, but if you pick a die that has fairly open areas, then EMBOSS the medallion ONLY, then you can back the cut one with the embossed one, and the embossed areas will peep thru the cut outs. A bit like this!

Now my dies and my machine are both brand spanking new. So embossing SOMETIMES isn’t as pristine as an older die, a more forgiving one, might be.  The embossing is almost too deep

and too crisp, which you can possibly see better here. Using the waxed paper helps – I wonder if freezer paper might work even better, to smooth it all out.

Anyway, here is the card – I hope you can see the dimension! I was working on some fairly thin card to test it all out initially and see if my idea would work, but it ended up so pretty I thought why not do something with it?

I’m liking it!

I needed to see if I would get on with my new camera, hence the Sunday-Right-Here post!


7 thoughts on “New Spellbinder Die D-Lites – nifty trick

  1. Answered a lot of my questions and has given me more confidence in going ahead with projects, thanks as they say “with a little bit of Luck”

  2. i agree with julia and i was starting to think it was me. i have to use extra paper on my cutting machine and when it does cut i can’t get the image out of the die without it ripping.i have tried using different paper but it seems to be the same. i am getting really frustrated as i have all these ideas in my head for using them on my cards but can’t get any decent dies cut!!!!!aaaaaahhhhh!!!!!

  3. Have you only used the medallion dies? I purchased all of the dies which arrived on Friday & the only dies which are useable up to now are the medallion dies, I have tried the dies through Grand Calibur, Blue Big Shot & Cuttlbug, Grand Calibur is useless on the marjority of the dies Big shot won`t cut any of the dies CuttleBug cuts some dies not others & some dies cut only parts of paper/card & then only after putting through 4,5,6 times, then when I try to seperate card from dies it takes me about 30 mins to do without tearing the paper/card I keep thinking that the more I use the dies the better they will work but l am beginning think I will be sending them back ro C&C for a refund, I have most of the Spellbinders dies & have never had as much bother using them as I have with the D-Lites dies

    • I have cut a fair few of them and not had the trouble you are having! I do have waxed paper (real waxed paper, not baking parchment) and I def. think that helps with the peeling away of the card from the die. Also, my GC is pretty new – my old one dies and although Spellbinders replied to me that it could be fixed in the UK, and while the guy there did email me, all further emails about how to get it fixed fell on deaf ears. I almost didn’t get another, but I love the large format. But my point is that with a new machine maybe the rollers are tight and the pressure even so that might be why I’m not having the trouble you are. My back-up machine is an ancient Zip-E-Mate and they cut OK in that, sometimes I need to add a shim of maybe a folded A4 sheet of card, just for the extra pressure.

      As they made a BIG DEAL of it on the show, that this was the entire first product run, it’s possible that they haven’t gotten it QUITE right, but I would certainly be interested to know if others are having this problem! I am planning (I think) on taking them to the WOYWW crop later in the month, where I assume there will be a host of machines to try them out on. It’ll be interesting to see if they cut, which would maybe indicate you got a “bad batch” if they do! But I am gutted for you – they are really lovely.

      Mary Anne

  4. What a clever idea, you have just made my head wakeup and believe me when I say wake up it really was dead. I must give this a go myself as a background.

    Sorry I am getting to people really late this week, happy WOYWW

  5. oooo these are pretty

  6. Love the look and the color is fantastic

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