This super cool Tim Holtz Alterations On the Edge On the Fence die cut. It will add a decorative edge to your projects, or you can cut off the bottom of your material and have a fence die cut.
Here is the Vagabond closed.
Just slide this latch.
And down come the wings. This is where you feed in your die sandwich for cutting/embossing.
Here are the directional buttons — just slide it in the direction you want your sandwich to move. Press down on the power button to move it through the machine. The motor only moves when you’re holding the power button down.
Since it does have a motor, there is some noise when it’s operating, but I didn’t think it was too loud. At 14 pounds, it’s also heavier than other Sizzix machines including the Big Kick which weighs 7.7 pounds and the Big Shot which is 7.5 pounds. I don’t plan on moving mine around too much, so that wasn’t an issue for me.
As for operation, I think the Vagabond is super simple to use. There’s no A, B, C, or X, Y and Z plates. You just decide if you need the platform (for thin dies and embossing folders) and if you need the shim (cutting thin materials with thin dies).
Here’s my die sandwich with a traditional Sizzix die.
Slide the sandwich into the machine and squeeze the sides of the guides to make sure everything is aligned.
Decide which way you want it to move and hold the power button while you give the sandwich a little nudge. When your die comes out the other side, let go of the power button.
I ran it through with the tag die. It cut beautifully, everything had a crisp edge, even the tiny circles.
It also cut right through some embossed Grunge Board.
And corrugated cardboard.
I moved to softer materials including fabric, wool felt and craft felt. Both types of felt cut perfectly, including the tiny circle in the middle of each flower piece.
Here’s the wool felt.
And the craft felt.
I had so much fun cutting all these flowers. I love this die because there are so many possibilities for making flowers, you can mix materials or keep them all the same. You just attach the layers together with a brad, eyelet, button or anything else you can dream up.
It did such a good job with heavy materials, I felt silly cutting one sheet of patterned paper. So I accordion folded my paper several times and sent it through.
The Vagabond had no trouble cutting through all those layers. I folded over the tops of the tags to make a banner for my yarn-wrapped wreath.
I also added some of the fringed flowers. I love it on my front door, welcoming summer.
I also used a flower to make a quickie headband for my youngest daughter.
Oh, and I added some to this Disney memory tray. I just couldn’t get enough of these fringed flowers.
I also added some of the die cut white chipboard tags and Grunge Board tags. We’ll record memories from our trip to Disney on those tags when we get back. I used some older photos as placeholders.
I tried it on some regular chipboard, about the weight you get on the back of a pack of paper, and it cut right through.
I wanted to add the edge to a page in a mini-book, and I wanted the decorative edge on the patterned paper as well. I adhered the chipboard and paper together, and then ran it through the die. I created my own shaped paper.
And here’s the chipboard. I do like the embossed look it gave the chipboard, and plan on using these pieces for a project.
I tried this Sizzlit with Stampin’ Up cardstock. It mostly cut through, but then I ripped the delicate die cut trying to get to get it completely unattached.
I found the Sizzlits need to be reserved for thinner materials.
The Vagabond is an impressive machine — it can cut and emboss the heavy stuff, and it’s cute! It did have some trouble with the Sizzlits, but with the right material, it will work. Even better, die cutting is so quick because the machine is motorized. Also, it saves your arm from all that cranking.
- Adorable suitcase design and vintage looking stickers.
- Cuts through heavy material including chipboard, Grunge Board and felt.
- Motorized, so it’s fast and saves your arms.
- Compatible with all Sizzix dies, and dies from other manufacturers (with the additon of some cutting pads).
- Includes a removable shim for thinner materials and thinner dies.
- At $250, it’s a little more than your typical die cutting machine.
- It has some trouble cutting Sizzlits without thinner materials.
- Heavier than other Sizzix die cut machines.
- Cutting pads will eventually need to be replaced, and additional cutting pads are needed for other manufacturers dies and extended dies.
It’s Sizzix Week at Craft Critique! Our friends at Sizzix have graciously provided some of their products for us to giveaway to our very lucky readers. We have a Big Shot and an eClips to give away, both of which you can read about in upcoming reviews. Just answer the following question to be entered in the giveaway:
Now that you’ve seen what this baby can do, what would YOU use it for?
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