A Big Shot Machine can really extend your papercrafting repertoire.
"I love mine!"
A Big Shot machine can add so much to your papercrafting. It is a manual (as opposed to electric) multi purpose die-cutting system that is quite amazing and versatile. Use it to quickly and easily die-cut or emboss shapes, envelopes, tags and even boxes. It is a great tool to have for home decor projects, card making, scrapbooking, and even sewing and quilting. It is also portable for crops and cardmaking days with your friends.
So far, I have found my dies can cut through cardstock (sometimes I cut a couple of layers at a time), any materials from thick felt to thin dress material, thin chipboard, and tin such as soft drink can tin that has been cut down and flattened out. I use my rubber scissors to cut down the tins and it works beautifully. Recently I discovered that I can cut pieces of egg carton out and emboss them with this tool. I used a wood grain finish on a piece of egg carton, inked the ribs of the wood grain up and smooshed more ink down between the ribs, then added it to a piece of cardstock to make a quick bookmark for a friend. Egg carton! I was very excited about this discovery and am now on the hunt for empty and clean egg cartons. Hey, I may even try to use some cereal box cardboard next and see how well it embossed. I certainly could die cut it. (I think I have another project idea to work on now!)
Back to the tool talk now. It is quite a strong tool and I have not yet found its limits. As long as the thing I am cutting is flat and thinnish, and I think it may go through the roller successfully, I will try to cut or emboss it.
I have embossed cardstock, chipboard, thin cardboard, and some non-brittle plastics. It also embosses vellum well. I cut material shapes for quilting projects with it. I made a box of felt roses with it and made them into brooches. Fun! Then I got extra excited and made some paper and felt roses and hot glued a bunch of them to a wooden wreath. I just had to show it to you:
You can use any dies from any die manufacturer in it as long as you can build your sandwich to meet the dies correctly. You can use Cuttlebug dies, Sizzix dies, Bigz dies, Sizzlets, etc. It will also take Tim Holtz dies.
You can use embossing folders in this machine. It makes beautifully embossed cardstock, as shown in this series of cupcake cards. You can emboss many other materials as well. Experiment with cork, light card, playing cards, thin tin or other malleable metals, and do let me know if you discover something else that will take an embossed print!
This card has thick Whisper White cardstock that has been embossed and decorated with the Affectionately Yours suite of products:
Here's a lovely embossed card, showing a way you can use the Corner Garden stamp (retiring) and the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up!:
When you buy a Big Shot machine from Stampin' Up!, you get two Standard Cutting Pads and a Multi Purpose Cutting Platform. The platform was improved and upgraded in 2016. All other dies and accessories are sold separately.
You can see how to use it here:
If you live in Australia, click on the Stampin' Up! catalogue to the right and browse or download the current Ideas Book and Catalogue. You will find all the details about the machine and its dies and embossing folders there. You can even order one from me if you live in Australia.
If you live overseas, do find a Stampin' Up! demonstrator near you and ask them about this wonderful papercrafting tool.
PS: Now for a bit of fun! This little video shows action shots and also explains how some crafters feel about this very special tool:
Exclusive Stampin' Up! Big Shot dies can be used for paper crafting projects and sewing projects too! I encourage you to break out your own dies and start playing with fabric and paper today.
What? You say you have no dies to play with? We can fix that :) Why not consider buying some for your scrapbook and card projects?
There are exclusive dies and embossing folders available from Stampin' Up! You can check them out in the current Stampin' Up! catalogue available many countries of the world.
Oh, you don't have a Big Shot machine yet? Well, I can fix that too. Stampin' Up! has all the cutting plates and platforms as well as the machine.
NOTE: Payments must be made and confirmed before your items can be ordered.
To see the current Stampin' Up! catalog from Australia, go to SusanSalutations
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