Q & A - Big Shot

The Big Shot is a sturdy manual die-cutting machine used to cut and emboss materials for use on cards, scrapbooking pages, crafts, home décor projects, and more!  It works with card stock, Designer Series paper, fabric, chipboard, plastic, and many more materials.  It is great for adding die-cut shapes and texture to your projects.

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A "sandwich" is a term used to describe the order of layers for passing through a die-cutting machine.  Below are the sandwich stacks for each of the Big Shot dies.

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Sizzix produces two types of dies for the Big Shot: steel-ruled and chemically-etched.  The biggest differences between them are the intricacy of the die-cut designs, and the type of materials and the number of layers they can cut.

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The Precision Base Plate for the Big Shot is a steel plate that delivers improved performance with more detailed dies, giving extra fine cuts.  The Precision Base Plate should only be used with intricate thinlit dies, ones with metal throughout the die.  It is not designed to use with the open framelit dies.

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Shim is material that is added to a sandwich stack in a Big Shot to create more pressure when die-cutting or embossing.  If you find that your die-cuts are not completely cut out or your embossing does not have enough definition, then try adding a piece of paper or cardstock to your sandwich.  A shim usually lays on your bottom cutting pad, under your die or embossing folder.

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Chemically-etched dies should only be used to cut one sheet of cardstock or paper at a time.  With steel-ruled dies, you can run multiple sheets of card stock through the Big Shot.  The number of sheets depends on the die being used.  Simple shape dies (dies that do not have perforation or scoring) can cut through up to eight sheets of card stock at once.  Dies that feature perforation or scoring or that are more detailed may not produce the exact cuts when cutting multiples.  You'll want to experiment and see how many sheets you are comfortable passing through the Big Shot at once to get the desired effect.

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The Big Shot is compatible with any die made by any company, making it one the most versatile die-cutting machines on the market today.  Using the multi-purpose platform, you can use dies, embossing plates, and other products from a wide variety of sources.

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I have not personally tried putting Sizzix Big Shot dies through other manufacturer's die-cutting machines, however below are some suggestions that I have researched that may be helpful to you.  All die-cutting machines are slightly different, this is intended as a guide only and putting Sizzix-brand dies through other manufacturers' machines are done at your own risk.

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Retiring List

Retiring Products up to 50% off - get your favourites before they're gone! (11 April-31 May while supplies last)

11 April-31 May 2017
(while supplies last)

With the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue release on 1 June we bid farewell to several of our favourite stamps and accessories in order to make room for exciting new products.  The items on the Retiring List are only available while supplies last, and some go very quickly.

Retiring List (PDF)
Retiring List (EXCEL)

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Build It Framelits Dies
Falling in Love 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Cardstock Pack
Lucky Elephant Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Mini Egg Cartons
Nailed It Clear-Mount Bundle
Nailed It Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Nailed It Wood-Mount Bundle
Perfect Mix Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Perfect Mix Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Succulent Garden Cardstock Pack
Tea Lace Paper Doilies
Urban Underground Embellishments

12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm)  Page Protectors
A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack
Adhesive Remover
Affectionately Yours Cardstock Pack
All God's Grace Clear-Mount Stamp Set
All God's Grace Wood-Mount Stamp Set
B.Y.O.P. Photopolymer Stamp Set
Basic Pearl Jewels Embellishments
Basic Rhinestone Jewels Embellishments
Beautiful Banners Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Beautiful Banners Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Better Than Email Photopolymer Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
Black Faux Leather 12" x 12 Project Life Album
Blooms & Bliss Cardstock Pack
Brights 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Cardstock
Brights Designer Series Paper Stack
Calypso Coral Thick Baker's Twine
Circle of Spring Photopolymer Stamp Set
Clear Block Cleaning Cloth
Crazy about You Photopolymer Stamp Set
Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes
Cucumber Crush Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
Delightful Dijon Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
Every Occasion Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Fabulous Flora Wood-Mount Stamp Set (Host)
First Sight Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Fresh Fruit Photopolymer Stamp Set
From Land to Sea Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Gift from the Garden Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Gift from the Garden Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Gift of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set (Host)
Gorgeous Grunge Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Handheld Stapler
Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection
In the Meadow Clear-Mount Stamp Set
In the Meadow Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Jet Black StāzOn Pad
Jet Black StāzOn Refill
Kraft Cardstock
Live, Love, Grow Photopolymer Stamp Set
Lovely Stitching Photopolymer Stamp Set
Made with Love Photopolymer Stamp Set
Melon Mambo 1/8" (3.2 mm) Stitched Ribbon 
Mint Macaron A4 Cardstock
Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad
Moroccan Cardstock Pack
Moroccan Nights Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Neutrals 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Cardstock
Night of Navy Solid Baker's Twine
Papillon Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Penned & Painted Photopolymer Stamp Set
Perfectly Wrapped Photopolymer Stamp Set
Perpetual Birthday Calendar Photopolymer Stamp Set
Petite Petals Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Pineapple Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Pineapple Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Places You'll Go Photopolymer Stamp Set
Pool Party 3/8" (1 cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon
Project Life Corner Punch
Project Life Date It Photopolymer Stamp Set
Regals  Designer Series Paper Stack
Regals 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Cardstock
Scenic Sayings Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Shooting Star Clear-Mount Bundle
Shooting Star Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Shooting Star Wood-Mount Bundle
Shooting Star Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Silver Mini Staples
Silver Sequin Trim 
Something for Baby Clear-Mount Stamp Set
StāzOn Cleaner
Strength & Prayers Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Strength & Prayers Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Subtles 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Cardstock
Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack
Summer Sorbet Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Summer Sorbet Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Superstar Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Superstar Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Sweet Stack Photopolymer Stamp Set
The Wilderness Awaits Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Timeless Love Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Tip Top Taupe A4 Cardstock
Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
Wetlands Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Wetlands Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad

(Updated 24 April 2017)

Occasions Catalogue

2017 Occasions Catalogue - click to download PDF

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2016 Occasions Catalogue.

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Annual Catalogue

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2016-2017 Annual Catalogue.

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 I Stamped This Stamp Set

Let everyone know that your projects are made by hand with the I Stamped This stamp set.  Do you create to sell?  This stamp set includes two copyright stamps that can be used to follow the Angel Policy.

I Stamped This (wood-mount) - $53
I Stamped This (clear-mount) - $38

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 Stitched from the Heart

The Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies are being released ahead of their scheduled debut in June 2017!  With these gorgeous dies, you can turn any project into one that is stitched from the heart.

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies - $60
Includes 12 dies: 4 each of layering circles, ovals and squares.

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Kristine McNickle
Hamilton, Waikato
New Zealand

I am a stay-at-home mum with three kids and a wonderfully supportive husband.  I love craft, but stamping and card making is my passion.  I also enjoy extending card-making and stamping techniques to create 3-D projects and gifts. 

I was introduced to Stampin' Up! a few years ago and I quickly fell in love with their high-quality, coordinating products and, soon after, became an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  I now hold regular workshops in my home focusing on the fabulous papercraft products Stampin' Up! has to offer. 

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