Reported by Maria del Pinto
I flatten out the piece of a aluminum and then ran through the “Big Shot” using my butterfly die (#654996 ).
Hello Kitty Die Cut in Felt
Hello Kitty Tote Bag
Plastic Bottle flower attached to pinwheel
- Always use the right platform or cutting pad board with the appropriate die.
- Carefully place die or texture plate facing the correct direction (according to manufacturers directions). If you are new to using these types of machine, just know that the clear plastic pads will get scratched and cut over time. The die cutting process does leave its mark behind on those, so try to remember to rotate and flip the clear pads to get even wear on them.
- Local craft stores do not have a large selection of these dies in stock, they are trending toward the electric die cut machines, which I think is a mistake. There is a need for both types, especially if you want to take your die cutting machine with you somewhere where there is not electricity readily available. Anyway, you can find a great selection of dies online.
- The Big Shot comes wrapped in a huge plastic container. If you cut it carefully, you can use that same plastic and run it through your big shot to die cut it and use it for craft projects or mini books.
- Comes with a very helpful multipurpose platform that has pre-printed instructions on how to use other company dies (tab 2) and texture plates (tab 1) with the Big Shot.
- You can use other companies dies with the Big Shot which is helpful on the budget.
- The instructions are easy to follow.
- Since the Big Shot does not need electricity, you can take it with you to use it anywhere.
- The Big Shot does not take up much space in my limited craft area.
- The dies are very affordable, especially if you wait for them to go on sale at various craft and scrapbooking stores.
- The machine is well made and a time saver when making multiple projects.
- The longer dies are harder to crank through the machine, but have patience and it will go through. If you put a rubber anti-slip mat under the big shot while using those longer dies it helps keep it from moving.
- It is heavy, however, I think the portability more than makes up for it.
- Make space, you may find yourself buying too many dies. It is easy to get excited with all the cool dies being sold today.
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:Do you have a Big Shot? If so, tell us how you feel about it! If you don’t, which features make you want to buy it?
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