What is the Big Shot?
The Big Shot is a manual die-cutting system that you can use for a number of projects and crafts. The simplicity of the Big Shot makes it a great addition to any one’s crafting hobby.
How does the Big Shot work?
Using steel-ruled and chemically-etched dies, the Big Shot cuts out images by passing card stock and other materials through rollers that utilize pressure to cut through the materials. With just a couple turns of the handle, you’ll be able to cut through a wide variety of materials. The Big Shot also comes with special cutting pads and a cutting platform that not only make the Big Shot safer and easier to use, but also lengthen the life of the product.
What are the different types of dies that you can use with the Big Shot?
Currently, the Big Shot utilizes two types of dies: Steel Rule and Chemically-Etched.
Steel Rule: When you think of steel rule dies, think of cookie cutters--they both work on the same principle. Steel rule dies are made by embedding an elongated razor blade into a hard wood base and then covering that blade with foam for safety. When the die is passed through the Big Shot, the foam is compressed and the blade punches through the material being cut. Because steel rule dies use a blade, you can cut more types of material as well as multiple layers of that material. Additionally, the cutting blades can also be designed with scoring blades to create fold lines.
Chemically Etched: Unlike steel rule dies, chemically etched dies can cut intricate designs. To create these dies, elaborate designs are etched into the metal using chemicals to burn away the unwanted metal. While these dies can create more intricate designs, they cannot cut as many types of materials nor can they cut multiple layers of material.
I have dies from other companies; can I use them with the Big Shot?
Yes, you can. The Big Shot is the most versatile die-cutting machine on the market today. Using the multi-purpose platform, you can use dies, embossing plates, and other products from a wide variety of sources.
I’ve heard that you can run multiple sheets of card stock
through the Big Shot at the same time. How many can I run through at
Using the steel rule 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. Chemically-etched dies should only be used to cut one sheet of card stock or paper at a time.
What materials can I cut with the Big Shot?
You can cut over 50 types of material using the Big Shot. Here is a complete list of materials:
Big Shot Approved Materials
Cut through the following 50 materials using steel rule dies and your Big Shot machine. Please note the maximum thickness of several materials.
A good rule of thumb is that if you can cut the material with your Craft & Rubber scissors, you can cut it with the Big Shot.
Is the Big Shot exclusive to Stampin’ Up!?
No, the Big Shot machine is not exclusive to Stampin’ Up! However, the Big Shot produced for Stampin’ Up! features a handle color as well as a beautiful logo that are not available on any other version of the Big Shot. In addition to the hundreds of dies already available through Sizzix, we’ve created dies exclusive to Stampin’ Up! And, as we continue to develop this product line, you’ll see more and more Stampin’ Up! exclusive dies.
Who is Sizzix?
Sizzix is a brand owned and operated by Ellison, Inc. Since 1977, Ellison has manufactured and distributed professional die-cutting machines and dies largely for the crafting and educational fields. Recognizing the potential of die-cutting machines in the scrapbooking and paper-crafting industries, Ellison developed the Sizzix machine for home use. At the same time, Ellison launched the Sizzix brand. Known for innovation, product development, and commitment to high quality, Sizzix is the perfect partner to bring die cutting to Stampin’ Up!’s demonstrators and their customers.
Will Stampin’ Up! create more exclusive dies? When?
Stampin’ Up! is known in the crafting industries for it’s beautiful and innovative art. The Stampin’ Up! Big Shot line will be no exception. Our introductory Big Shot line includes dies that coordinate beautifully with our current stamps and accessories. As our Big Shot product line continues to grow, you’ll see additional exclusive designs released. Additionally, you’ll see innovative techniques and applications for the Big Shot as well as information and training that will help you in your business, both in creating samples and in reaching new customers. You’ll also see additional raw materials that you can use to cut in the Big Shot.
Thank you for reading all about the Big Shot. If you have any questions, or want to place an order, be sure to contact me at Michelle@stampworkshop.com or phone me at (858) 538-6037. I'll be happy to help you out!