What is a "sandwich" and should I use white bread or brown?

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.

 

Thinlit, Framelit and Edgelit Dies
Thinlit, Framelit and Edgelit dies are wafer-thin, metal dies.  There are three alternative sandwich stacks...

Sandwich using Big Shot Platform (starting from the bottom):

  1. Big Shot Platform (comes with your Big Shot machine)
  2. Thin Die Adaptor (comes with your Big Shot machine)
  3. Standard Cutting Pad (comes with your Big Shot machine)
  4. Cardstock or paper to be cut
  5. Thinlit, Framelit or Edgelit, blade down
  6. Standard Cutting Pad (comes with your Big Shot machine)

Sandwich using Magnetic Platform, which is great for holding the metal dies in place (starting from the bottom):

  1. Magnetic Platform
  2. Standard Cutting Pad (comes with your Big Shot machine)
  3. Cardstock or paper to be cut
  4. Thinlit, Framelit or Edgelit, blade down
  5. Standard Cutting Pad (comes with your Big Shot machine)

Sandwich using Precision Base Plate, which is great for improved performance with detailed Thinlits dies (starting from the bottom):

  1. Big Shot Platform (comes with your Big Shot machine)
  2. Thin Die Adaptor (comes with your Big Shot machine)
  3. Precision Base Plate, label side down, metal side facing up (replaces the bottom Standard Cutting Pad)
  4. Cardstock or paper to be cut
  5. Thinlit, blade down
  6. Standard Cutting Pad (comes with your Big Shot machine)

 

Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

Sandwich (starting from the bottom):

  1. Big Shot Platform (comes with your Big Shot machine)
  2. Standard Cutting Pad (comes with your Big Shot machine)
  3. Textured Impressions Embossing folder with cardstock or paper inside
  4. Standard Cutting Pad (comes with your Big Shot machine)

 

Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folders

Sandwich (starting from the bottom):

  1. Big Shot Platform (comes with your Big Shot machine)
  2. Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder with cardstock or paper inside (note there's no Standard Cutting Pad underneath)
  3. Standard Cutting Pad (comes with your Big Shot machine)

 

Originals and Bigz Dies
Original dies are steel-ruled dies measuring 12 x 14 cm.
Bigz dies are steel-ruled dies measuring 14 x 15.2 cm.

Sandwich (starting from the bottom):

  1. Standard Cutting Pad (comes with your Big Shot machine)
  2. Die, blade up
  3. Material to be cut
  4. Standard Cutting Pad (comes with your Big Shot machine)

 

Sizzlits Dies
Sizzlits dies are chemically-etched dies.

Sandwich (starting from the bottom):

  1. Big Shot Platform (comes with your Big Shot machine)
  2. Standard Cutting Pad (comes with your Big Shot machine)
  3. Die, blade up
  4. Cardstock or paper to be cut
  5. Standard Cutting Pad (comes with your Big Shot machine)

 

Embosslits Dies
Embosslits dies are chemically-etched dies measuring 5.7 x 6.4 cm.  These dies simultaneously cut and emboss.

Sandwich (starting from the bottom):

  1. Big Shot Platform (comes with your Big Shot machine)
  2. Standard Cutting Pad (comes with your Big Shot machine)
  3. Embosslit with cardstock or paper inside
  4. Standard Cutting Pad (comes with your Big Shot machine)