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Sizzix Big Shot Machine - Black
SIZZIX-Big Shot Machine. This is a stylish black and pink machine that works with the entire Sizzix product library including the biggest and smallest dies and most exciting techniques. This ultimate roller machine cuts everything from cardstock to fabric and many things in between. The Big Shot comes with a pair of Standard Cutting Pads and the Multipurpose Platform which makes all Sizzix components compatible with the Big Shot Machine and even works with other brands' dies and embossing tools! Machine measures 6-1/2x4-1/4x8-1/2in. Imported.
Older version Pink & Black Big Shot with Standard Platform; replaced by New Powder Blue & Teal Big Shot with Extended Multipurpose Platform
Portable shape-cutting and embossing roller-style machine accommodates a wide range of crafting materials from paper to fabric
Works with almost the entire Sizzix product library, as well as other die-cutting and embossing tools
Includes multipurpose platform and a pair of standard cutting pads
Measures approximately 14-1/4 by 12-3/8 by 6-5/8 inches
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839 of 857 found the following review helpful:
No Complaints at AllMar 08, 2009
By June Campbell
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3U5WNJK1X4N2X I have no complaints at all about the Big Shot. It is heavier than its competitors,and has a bigger footprint, which makes it a bit more difficult to take to crops or to store at home. However, the size and weight are what make it the excellent machine that it is. My video demo shows how to use it with Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, Cuttlebug Dies, a QuicKutz die, and a brass embossing template. These are by no means all of the dies that the Big Shot can take -- they just happen to be the ones I own. I love this craft tool.
349 of 356 found the following review helpful:
Powerful, Easy and Fun.Apr 03, 2009
By Hey Mimi
I just got the Sizzix Big Shot a few days ago and I already love it. (It arrived from Amazon in less than 2 days!) I'm not a scrapbooker, but a mixed media artist, and I haven't found a single material yet that my Big Shot can't cut through. So far, I've cut paper, card stock, chipboard, eva foam (fun foam) sheets, Grungeboard (thick rubbery sort-of chipboard) and .020 clear rigid plastic with the blue liner still attached. I was suprised how easily it sliced through anything I tested. This thing is awesome!
The dies can be purchased for so little money, if you shop around or use those craft-store coupons. I haven't spent more than 7 bucks on any set, and just a few dollars for single dies or embossing folders.
Here's my favorite things about it, and why I chose the Big Shot over other choices:
1. Cuts through just about anything. Even the electronic cutters can't do that.
2. I like that it's "old school." Crank handle, old fashioned type dies, rather than electronic cartridges. I do art and crafting to ESCAPE the computer, not sit in front of it even longer! I do plan to purchase a Craft Robo for more intricate custom designs, but I prefer this "hands-on" method for creating my masterpieces!
3. Old School Esthetic: Even the design has an antique look about it. It reminds me of the old fashioned black rotary phones, the black manual sewing machines and typewriters. It looks neat sitting out on my studio countertop. Keeping it out and handy, makes it easier to "try something real quick" when inspiration strikes.
4. Versatile: There's an abundance of inexpensive choices when it comes to buying dies and embossing designs. I think this Big Shot will cut just about every other brand of die out there. It comes with a multipurpose platform to accommodate every possible design format you are using. So far, I haven't had to buy any additional accessories to use my assortment of brands and types of dies.
I guess my only complaint would be that I wish the instructions were a little more clear. It's a tiny little booklet that doesn't seem to want to mention brand names of any of Sizzix competitors. So they call them by other names like "wafer-thin" dies. It's up to you, to go online and try to decipher the code. It took me quite awhile to google-up the answer to whether or not a cuttlebug die is wafer-thin or not. Apparently not. They don't have an assigned alias, but I've figured out that cuttlebug dies go through on TAB 1, like the sizzlits, clearlits and embosslits. I wish the MultiPurpose Platform (which has instructions printed right on the tabs there) would make this more clear. I'll probably write this on there myself with a Sharpie, so I don't forget next time.
I have absolutely no other "cons" that I can think of. I expected to not like the pink handle... I'm just not a pink/bling kind of girl ... but I find it strangely pleasing! I even like the two little crystals embedded in the handle. Maybe in a household of men, it says "hands off boys, this is Mom's toy."
Anyway ... TWO THUMBS UP! For this neat gadget and for Amazon's awesome price and quick delivery.
128 of 137 found the following review helpful:
Comes with more than just the MachineDec 03, 2008
By B. Klotzek
I love this machine, there are so many possibilities! I did want to make a note though that even though the description says Machine only it actually comes with the multipurpose platform and a pair of standard cutting pads. I actually bought a pair of cutting pads because I thought that it didn't come with it. Oh well, I guess I can still use them.
Shipping from Ritz takes a little longer than Amazon. But you end up still saving money even with paying the shipping. and it only took an extra day or so. I would say it was worth it.
65 of 68 found the following review helpful:
It's AMAZING!Mar 29, 2011
I was very reluctant to spend such a considerable amount of money on a piece of equipment I didn't quite fully understand, but eventually I took the plunge and I am so glad I did! I'm a mixed media/collage artist and I learned of the BigShot from the Tim Holtz website. I love his embellishments and hardware and thought it would be so much more cost-effective if I could cut my own shapes rather than buying them (and wasting so many resources on packaging and driving here and there). I opted for the BigShot over the CuttleBug because I read several crafting blogs where it was almost unanimous that the BigShot was simply more likable than the other die-cutting machines. "More sturdy," "easier to use," and "cuter," were a few comments. Most of the dies I like are from Sizzix so it was natural for me to look at the die-cutting machine offered by Sizzix. I got it for a GREAT price on Amazon ($60) and have been finding more and more uses for it every day! It cuts so many materials, more than I will ever use! I'm a chip/grunge/cardstock kinda gal; I love paper! But it will also cut wire mesh and thin metal sheets, as well as sandpaper and fabric. The cuts are very clean and it's easy to maneuver the dies and the cutting plates. I've had the BigShot for less than two weeks and have already cut more things than I have use for! And that was my plan! To have the selection of my dream craft store right in my studio!
I just finished cutting with some of the brand new Alterations dies and I must say this machine has really opened up my imagination, and creative juices are flowing! That's why I came back to Amazon mid-cutting to write a review! I'm really happy with my purchase and yes, I have been investing more and more into dies and embossing folders but any craft or hobby has a financial investment. This new die- cutting obsession has surely been costing me a pretty penny! I hate to sound so cost-conscious, but once you buy a BigShot you will be tempted to buy ALL of your favorite designs from ALL brands! However, this truly allows for creative freedom and a lot more control over your designs! I have quite a few projects I have been postponing for lack of ideas or the right pieces, and now I'm finally ready to blaze through them in a flurry of cutting and embellishing goodness! EVEN THOUGH I myself was very reluctant to spend more than say $20 on any one item, even a piece of equipment, I still HIGHLY recommend this product to any creative individual, any artists, scrappers, crafters or cardmakers, even teachers. This is a great tool for creating beautiful, professional-looking projects, whether they be for your home, as gifts to others, or even for sale. This would also be a lot fun for family get-togethers or craft parties for kids (or for adults who still like to make stuff). Sharing is caring!
Note: If you're anything like me and you have to have it all yesterday, you will indeed find it a challenge to max out your die-cutting library instantaneously, even with a large budget! The fact that companies come out with new dies every season is great, and building a collection over time is quite fun as well. I only buy and use items that look vintage (hey, that NEVER goes out of style) so I have been limited. This has been a good thing for both my wallet and my brain! But it's just awesome to know that I could design my own die and have a company custom build it and use it in my BigShot.
Another cool thing I just learned about the BigShot (I keep finding more!) is that it can be used with the Lifestyle Crafts L Letterpress starter kit! YES! The one that Paper-Source sells for $150! If you already own a 6-inch bed die-cutting machine (like the BigShot) you can buy their starter kit (~$50-60) and start letterpessing your very own stationary! It just keeps getting better!!!
The BigShot (which is ironically not THAT big) is an investment both initially and over time, but once you realize all of the nifty things you can make yourself rather than buying them store-bought, you will be glad you took the plunge into the world of die-cutting with the BigShot. There is something about handmade and handcrafted pieces, from cards and envelopes to alphabets and embellishments, and that hand-cut artistry and craftsman's pride cannot be emulated when buying things out of a package, no matter how altered or distressed they are!
53 of 56 found the following review helpful:
Easy and fun to useDec 01, 2009
By A. Ninde
I have been using my Big Shot machine for a few weeks now. It was easy to set up and easy to learn how to use. You crank the handle to cut and emboss, and it didn't take long to figure out how to use it. The machine is very portable and quiet. I have only used it with Spellbinders dies so far. To emboss, I had to buy the embossing pads separately. The machine comes with two acrylic cutting plates and a universal platform/folder. When you use the machine, the acrylic plate that is closest to the die gets etched into. The first few times it happens, there is a loud cracking noise. At first, I thought I was doing something wrong and breaking the machine. But then I realized it was normal. It is a good idea to always use one of the acrylic plates for cutting and turn it and place the dies in different places on the platform so you cut it in a different area. That way, your acrylic plate doesn't become warped. Try to keep one acrylic plate always on top. Use that one for embossing. If you use the etched acrylic plate for embossing, it will leave an imprint on your paper. The directions that come with the Big Shot are very brief. Use different internet sites to learn more. For example, I used the Spellbinders FAQ to learn how to cut using Spellbinders dies.
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