Product Type: Sizzix Art / Craft
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It is a big shot!
Sizzix Big Shot
Member Name: heedash
Sizzix Big Shot
Advantages: Very versatile in crafting
This Sizzix big shot is the first manual die cutting machine I owned. I paid around £50 for it from my local Range store.
When you purchase this piece of equipment it contains the plates you need to use the machine and the machine itself, you have to buy the dies separately and can range from anything between £5 to £50.
A die is a metal 'shape' that you sandwich between the plates with your paper/card and roll it through the Big shot using the handle at the side. When it comes out of the other side and you remove the top plate you will find the metal has cut through the paper leaving you with the required shape cut-out.
As a cardmaker and general creative person I find the Big shot invaluable and I really couldn't imagine it not being a part of my crafting kit.
The possibilities with this machine seem endless and there are so many variations of dies you can buy and use.
Sizzix is a well known and established company within the crafting world and as you'd expect from a company of their standard, the machine is well built and robust. It is quite heavy though so I wouldn't recommend that it be carted about if at all possible, it has little pads on the bottom of the 'feet' so it doesn't scratch the surface and the weight of the machine is what keeps it steady on a table top for instance.
For the first few uses when you roll the plates through the machine with a die and paper in them you will probably think it's too hard to push through and you may be scared of breaking it but as long as you have followed the correct guides for the die 'sandwich' then don't worry- the pressure and the cracking noises are all normal and is just the result of the metal pushing onto the new plastic plate!
Summary: Good solid machine, well made and good fun!
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