Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® Machine FAQ


How do I cut Spellbinders die templates in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur 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 Grand Calibur® Machine. Turn the handle, and the sandwich exits at the back of the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine.

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How do I emboss Spellbinders die templates in my Grand Calibur?

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 Grand Calibur Machine, 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 Grand Calibur 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 Grand Raspberry Plate. Insert into the front of the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine, turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

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How do I emboss Spellbinders Impressabilities in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur 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.

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How do I use Sizzlits or Cuttlebug dies in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine?

With the Grand Raspberry 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 Grand Calibur Machine. Turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

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How do I use a Cuttlebug, Darice, Sizzix, or Die'Sire Embossalicious Embossing Folder in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur 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 Grand Raspberry Plate. Insert into the front of the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine. Turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

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How do I use a Cuttlebug Embossing Plus Folder in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur 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 Grand Raspberry Plate. Insert into the front of the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine. Turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

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How do I use Thin Metal Dies by Other Companies in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine?

The sandwich for wafer-thin metal dies is the same sandwich as Spellbinders die templates in the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine.

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How do I use Sizzix Originals dies in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine?

Sizzix Originals and similarly sized dies will not fit in the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine.

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How do I use a Fiskars Embossing Plate in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine?

Start with the A Base Plate on the bottom. Place the Fiskars Embossing Plate on it, next the cardstock, and cover with the Tan Embossing Mat and the Grand Raspberry Plate. Insert into the front of the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine. Turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

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How do I cut a window card with my Spellbinders Grand Calibur 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 Grand Calibur 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 and 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 Grand Raspberry Plate and insert into the front of the Spellbinders Grand Calibur 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 Grand Calibur 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 Grand Calibur Machine. Turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

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How do I flatten bottle caps in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur 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 Grand Raspberry Plate. Insert the sandwich into the front of the Spellbinders Grand Calibur 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 set eyelets in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine?

Start with the B Embossing Plate on the bottom. Then layer the Tan Embossing Mat. Next place the media, with eyelets inserted into holes, with the front side of the paper facing down, eyelet ‘backside’ facing up. Place an eyelet washer onto each eyelet. Cover with the W-015 Eyelet Setting Plate, then the Grand Raspberry Plate. Insert the sandwich into the front of the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine. The handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

NOTE: Use aluminum eyelets, and they should be a snug fit in the eyelet hole.

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Can I use 8 1/2 x 11 Paper in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine?

The original Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine has an 8¼" wide opening. An 8½ x 11" piece of paper will fit through the machine without trimming the paper. However, the edges of the paper will crinkle as they do so. To use 8½" wide paper without trimming or crinkling, remove the white tray this way:

 

  1. Secure the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine to a table, counter top or other smooth, strong surface by engaging the stability base.
  2. Pull the tray out until you are able to grip the sides with both hands.
  3. Tug FIRMLY with both hands straight out from the machine.
  4. The tray will pop out but will require some firm tugs.

 

The tray and machine should not be damaged.

 

NOTE: The tray serves as a guide to align the plates as they feed into the machine. When using the machine without the tray take extra care to load the plates straight into the machine. The die cutting and embossing functionality is not affected by the tray.

To replace the tray:

 

  1. Align the grooves in the tray with the pink “rails” inside of the opening of the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine.
  2. Firmly push and tap the tray back into the unit taking care to keep it straight and even with the machine.
  3. The tray will then snap into place. If the sides should become unevenly entered into the machine, pull the tray back out and replace it keeping both sides straight.

 

Machines that ship starting January 2012 have a tray that allows 8½ x 12" mats, now available. The new tray has been redesigned for wider mats. Original sized machines will accommodate wider mats with either the original tray removed or the new tray, available with purchase of a full set of wider mats.

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My Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine handle needs lubrication.

If your Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine needs lubrication, you can remedy this quickly and easily.  Place a small drop of household dish detergent between the white and pink parts of the handle and rotate the handle to distribute.  Alternately, you can remove the handle, immerse the handle only into clean water with dish detergent. (This will also clean the white handle)

Do Not Use chemicals such as WD-40. 

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How do I cut with Spellbinders Junior Metal Shim in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine?

Start with the A Base Plate on the bottom, place the Spellbinders Junior 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 Grand Calibur Machine, turn the handle and the sandwich exits at the back of the machine.

To emboss, take out the Spellbinders Junior Metal Shim and use regular embossing sandwich for the Grand Calibur 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: Not for use with the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer™ Machine.

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 Grand Calibur Machine will cause damage to your machine.

As with any paper 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 Grand Calibur Machine comes with a limited one (1) year warranty. The Spellbinders Grand Calibur 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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