Reported by Aida Haron
The Sizzix Big Shot Die Cut is a manually operated machine, designed and distributed by Ellison. The company website: Sizzix.com contains lots of information about the machine, the various die-cuts, and other compatible products. The Big Shot is attractive, with quirky vintage press looks in pink and black that would appeal to most of scrappers. With a basic purchase you will get two cutting pads and the multi-purpose platform.
The system’s base measures 14″ by 8″ with a height of 6 1/2″ which seems manageable for most crafters. It is heavy, which makes the Big Shot very stable as it moves or shifts only very slightly when the handle is cranked. Both left- and right-handed people are able to use it with ease. Its multi-purpose platform is also compatible with other dies like Sizzlits, QuicKutz and many other wafer thin dies such as Cuttlebug, Boss Kutz and
Spellbinders. With this bigger die cutting platform, you can use a few wafer die-cuts at one go, making it more efficient when cutting multiple alphabets.
I love tools and how their end product add that extra dimension to a layout or project but having everything out there is not practical! There are space constraints, costs and most importantly, the tool must be versatile enough to cover many uses and materials. Many crafters alternate between some form of paper art to sewing craft and a system that can produce items useful for both is worth its weight in gold!
Experiments using the dies have included materials like corrugated cardboard, plastic dust traps, burlap and foam sheets. As you can see below, the Big Shot Bigz Die cut heavy-duty transparency, Grungeboard, felt, and mounting board of any color you choose.
- Easy to use, smooth cranking action
- Cuts an amazing variety of materials
- Fits in a limited craft space
- Larger dies like the Bigz and Bigz XL are expensive
- You may need to accumulate a variety of dies to make the Big Shot a useful enough purchase
- The cutting plates feel flimsy
Prices vary from site to site, and with the holidays coming up you may find combo packages featuring Christmas dies. I encourage you to do some comparison shopping to find one that suits you best. These are a few US online places I rounded up: $108.99 Paper Dreams, $86.95 HSN, and $109.99 Sizzix Holiday pack.
I would rate the Big Shot a good purchase if you like projects and cards mixed in with fabric craft, or if you like using non-traditional scrapbook materials. Have you have tried the Big Shot? Let me know what you think! It would be very interesting to find out if you have used materials other than typical scrapbook products!