[Frame-cutting tutorial edited as noted at the bottom.] Now that Fall is here, my husband seems to think that it's pie season. We had a really good apple pie last week made with our own Michigan apples--yum! The week before that, it was pumpkin pie. Though he likes them all, blueberry is probably his favorite. Tonight I used Karen Lockhart's berry pie shoe stamp and pie oh my sentiment. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and enhanced the berries with both Copic's clear Spica glitter pen and the clear Sakura Gelly Roll pen. (The close-up image is a bit skewed because I wanted to get at an angle that would show the shine on the berries.)
Background papers are some new Memory Box papers, Echo Collection. Frame is a Memory Box iris paper, but I sponged a bit of Old Paper and Almost Amethyst on it to make it work better with the slight shabbiness of the printed paper.
I just got my Spellbinders magnetic mat last week. Because I've had a couple of questions on how to use it, I thought I'd show you the first trick that I learned tonight: creating a frame. First I chose from my Nestabilities both a plain rectangle and a scalloped rectangle, being sure that the plain one would fit within the scalloped one without touching. (You do not want them to touch. The Wizard has such pressure that you could bend the metal dies if you had one overlapping another.) Line up both rectangles on the magnetic mat with the blade side away from the mat. (The only thing that you ever want to place the blades on, other than the material that you wish to cut, is the white cutting surface of the master plate that you have designated "CUT." The magnetic plate is simply to hold your two dies in place--never to cut into.)
After you have your dies positioned just as you want them, lay your card stock on the cutting surface of your white master plate, then lay the magnetic plate with its attached pair of dies cutting side down on top of that card stock. (Second picture was taken here.) Lay your white spacer plate down next, then your second white master plate. Run this sandwich through the machine.
After cutting, emboss using your tan polymer embossing pad: White master plate on the "emboss" side, tan polymer pad, card stock still in dies, (see picture four) cutting blades down toward polymer mat, and second white master plate on the embossing side. Run this sandwich through the Wizard, and you will have a beautifully embossed scalloped frame (picture five). It is really much simpler than it sounds when I try to explain!
**Edited to add: After I e-mailed Kim, the education director for Spellbinders, to have her check my post for accuracy, she suggested that I might want to build my "sandwich" exactly the opposite of how I have been building it--upside down, in other words. Yes, it cuts the same both ways; BUT if it is upside down, you can see exactly where your blades are before laying the card stock and cutting master mat on top. I think that I am in the habit of doing it my way because I often stamp and color my image before cutting it, and I like to see where my image is going to be. But for cutting frames, try it Kim's way instead. She is much more experienced with Wizard sandwiches than I am!
I hope that this is helpful for those of you who are trying to figure out what the magnetic mat is used for. If you have questions on what I've done here, let me know. Otherwise, check this previous post for general questions such as "How do I use my Spellbinders dies with the die cutting machine that I already own?" Also, the Spellbinders site has a wealth of information of creating "sandwiches" that will cut pretty much anything you might think of cutting here. (Think cutting clay to craft foil all the way to setting eyelets!)
And in the news: Do you like to work with dies? Have you been wanting to take the Wizard for a spin? If you've been thinking about applying for a design team, I saw today that Spellbinders is looking for next year's new design team. You can find the details on their homepage. I can tell you that Stacey, Jeff, and Kim are fabulous to work with! Good luck! :-D