Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine FAQ


How do I cut Spellbinders die templates in my Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine?

Start with the A Base Plate on the bottom, place the Spellbinders die template with the cut side facing up. Add the media on top of the die template, desired pattern facing down. Cover with the C Cutting Plate and insert into the front of the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine. Turn the handle, and the sandwich exits at the back of the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine.

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How do I emboss Spellbinders die templates in my Artisan X-plorer Machine?

Start with the A Base Plate on the bottom. Place the Spellbinders die template with the cut side facing up. Add the media on top of the die template, desired pattern facing down. Cover it with the Tan Embossing Pad, then the B Embossing Plate. Insert into the front of the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer, turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

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How do I use Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Folders in my Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine?

Start with the A Base Plate on the bottom, place the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities® folder, with paper inside of it, on the plate. Cover with the Artisan Explorer Raspberry Spacer Plate. Insert into the front of the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine, turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

*Note, you are limited to folders no larger than 4.25”.

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How do I emboss Spellbinders Impressabilities in my Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine?

Start with the A Base Plate on the bottom, place the Spellbinders Impressabilities® template on it. Cover with media, facing down. Cover it with the Tan Embossing Pad, then the B Embossing Plate. Insert into the front of the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine, turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

*Note, you are limited to Impressabilities no larger than 4.25”.

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How do I use Sizzlits or Cuttlebug dies in my Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine?

With the Artisan Explorer Raspberry Spacer Plate on the bottom, place the die cut side facing up. Add the media on top of the die, with the desired pattern facing down. Cover with the C Cutting Plate and insert into the front of the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine. Turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

*Note, you are limited to dies no larger than 4.25”.

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How do I use a Cuttlebug, Darice or Sizzix Embossing Folder in my Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine?

Start with the C Cutting Plate on the bottom. Place the folder with cardstock on top of the C Cutting Plate and cover with the Artisan Explorer Raspberry Spacer Plate. Insert into the front of the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine. Turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

*Note, you are limited to folders no larger than 4.25”.

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How do I use a Cuttlebug Embossing Plus Folder in my Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine?

Start with the A Base Plate on the bottom. Place the folder with cardstock on top of the A Base Plate and cover with the Tan Embossing Mat then the Artisan Explorer Raspberry Spacer Plate. Insert into the front of the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine. Turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

*Note, you are limited to folders no larger than 4.25”.

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How do I use Thin Metal Dies by Other Companies in my Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine?

The sandwich for wafer-thin metal dies is the same sandwich as Spellbinders die templates in the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine.

*Note, you are limited to dies no larger than 4.25”.

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How do I use Sizzix Originals dies in my Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine?

Sizzix Originals and similarly sized dies will not fit in the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine.

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How do I cut a window card with my Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine?

Start with the A Base Plate on the bottom. Align the die template on the front of the card, with the cut side facing the card. Secure it in place with removable tape. Open the card, and place it on the A Base Plate with the die template facing up. Cover with the C Cutting Plate. Insert the sandwich into the front of the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine, turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

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How do I use a charm to create an embossed image?

Start with the B Embossing Plate on the bottom. Add a low profile charm with the design facing up. Add the media to emboss over the top of the charm, with the desired side facing up. Cover it with the Tan Embossing Pad. Depending on the depth of the charm, you may need to shim the sandwich with cardstock. Cover with the Artisan Explorer Raspberry Spacer Plate and insert into the front of the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine. Turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

Because the size of charms and found items can vary, please test the sandwich with scrap media before using up your desired media.

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How do I emboss with a brass stencil in my Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine?

Start with the A Base Plate on the bottom. Place the brass stencil then the media to emboss on top of it, desired side facing down. Cover it with Tan Embossing Pad. To avoid lines from the outside edge of the stencil, cut a Tan Embossing Pad slightly smaller than the stencil. Place the B Embossing Plate on top and insert into the front of the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine. Turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

*Note, you are limited to brass stencils no larger than 4.25”.

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How do I flatten bottle caps in my Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine?

Start with the B Embossing Plate on the bottom. Place a piece of scrap paper on the B Embossing Plate. Next position the bottle caps on the paper with the edges facing up, flat side facing the paper. Cover with the Tan Embossing Pad, and then the Artisan Explorer Raspberry Spacer Plate . Insert the sandwich into the front of the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine. The handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

NOTE: Only use new, uncrimped bottle caps for this sandwich.

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How do I emboss Spellbinders Media Mixáge™ Texture Plates in my Artisan X-plorer Machine?

Start with the A Base Plate on the bottom. Place the Spellbinders Media Mixáge Texture Plate with the textured side facing up. Add the media on top of the textured plate. Cover it with the Tan Embossing Pad, then the B Embossing Plate. Insert into the front of the Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine, turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

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How do I use Spellbinders Media Mixáge Texture Plates to create texture on Spellbinders Media Mixáge Blanks?

You are able to create texture on Spellbinders Media Mixáge Blanks that have open areas in the design with Spellbinders Media Mixáge Texture Plates, you won’t be able to get texture on solid blanks. Start with the A Base Plate on the bottom, place Texture Plate texture side facing up. Add Spellbinders open blank, cover with C Cutting Plate and insert into the front of the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine. Turn the handle, and the sandwich exits at the back of the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine.

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How do I cut with Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Metal Shim in my Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine?

Start with the A Base Plate on the bottom, place the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Metal Shim on it. Add media on top of the metal shim, desired pattern facing up, and put Spellbinders die template on top with the cut side facing down. Cover with either Pink Embossing Plate or Raspberry Spacer Plate (depending on thickness of sandwich). Insert into the front of the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine, turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

To emboss, take out the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Metal Shim and use regular embossing sandwich for the Artisan X-plorer Machine:

Start with the A Base Plate on the bottom, place Spellbinders die template with media inside on top with the cut side facing up. Cover with Rubber Mat and then Pink Embossing Plate.

For more information about Spellbinders Metal Shims, download the Spellbinders Metal Shim Compatibility Chart.

Note: Do NOT use with Imperial Gold dies – debossing designs will cut through.

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CAUTIONS

If the result of a die-cut is incomplete cuts, please add a shim (piece of paper at least as large as your die templates) between the Base Plate (A) and your die template to increase the pressure while die-cutting.

The Die/Embossing sandwich should be stacked in the correct order. Attempting to use incorrect plates may cause damage to the machine. Please be sure the combination of plates is correct.

If you have difficulty moving the sandwich through the machine, it may be caused by an incorrect combination of plates. Please reverse the handle to release the sandwich and check your plate combination. Forcing an incorrectly stacked sandwich through the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine will cause damage to your machine.

As with any crafting device, from scissors to die cutters, please exercise caution. Our equipment and dies are not meant for use by unsupervised children. For safety, after use, store out of reach of children.

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WARRANTY INFORMATION

The Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine comes with a limited one (1) year warranty. The Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine is warranted to be free of defects in workmanship and materials. Spellbinders will repair or replace a defective product or parts without charge with proof of purchase. If the product is damaged due to misuse or neglect the warranty is null and void.

Register your warranty at Spellbinders Customer Support or call 1-888-547-0400 .

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