Hello Super Cutes!
We already have some knowledge about the Sizzix line and its accessories, now let me introduce you to my favorite… the Sizzix Big Shot Plus!
I will explain the reasons: it has a larger platform than the original Sizzix Big Shot and its peers, this allows it to use a large number of dies and embossing folders from the Sizzix line for a greater variety of creations. In addition, it is not as big as the Sizzix Pro which makes it easier to handle and move due to its size and weight… its manual operation mode allows me to take it wherever I want without requiring a power source for its function. Finally… it has a beautiful design!
Let’s see what’s in the box of our Sizzix Big Shot Plus… How exciting!
This is what we should find inside our box:
As we see in the image, the Sizzix Big Shot Plus comes with a separate crank for packaging reasons, so we must finish the assembly process ourselves, it is very simple. In the video below we will learn how to do it!
The Big Shot Plus includes 1 multipurpose platform (gray), 1 adapter A (blue), and 1 adapter B (pink), these are used according to the activity we are going to carry out. In addition, they have some drawings or diagrams that explain the simple guidelines on how to make the perfect Sizzix sandwich (the sandwich is the stack of cutting, die-cutting or texture accessories that we are going to enter on the machine platform, since these have an order or a different use depending on the activity carried out).
It also includes the two standard cutting pads (transparent methacrylate sheets), their function is to protect the multipurpose platform, the adapters and the internal roller of the Sizzix, so it is normal that these have a progressive deterioration with use, but we can easily find them in the market, with different sizes according to our needs or preferences and at a very accessible price.
Punching is the same as cutting, but as its name says, it is a cut with a metal blade called a die, it has a predetermined shape, such as a heart or a circle, in the market we find thousands of designs to let your imagination fly.
Die cutting allows us to produce figures easily and quickly using different types of material such as paper, cardboard, straw cardboard, pressed wood, leather, EVA foam and more!…
To make a die-cutting we need a die-cutting machine and a die (blade), it is not really the machine that physically cuts the material but rather it exerts pressure on the material that we are using with the die and thus we are able to obtain the design.
Another basic function of the Sizzix is embossing or texturing, this consists of giving relief or texture to the materials by means of folders that have the shapes engraved by default. This is how the machine is used to exert pressure between the texture folder and our material so that it acquires the relief or texture we want, the embossing can also be used with colored transfer paper, later we will learn how, do not miss it!
As we could see in the unboxing of our Sizzix Big Shot Plus, it has some basic accessories that accompany it and that allow its correct operation. However, in the article on tools and accessories of the Sizzix line, we realize that there are many other accessories that can also be used with this machine and that help us increase the variety of creations that we can make. Here we present you a series of videos of which, from our point of view, are the most spectacular… enjoy them!
Now we know how the Sizzix Big Shot works, we know the basic and advanced tools and accessories to work with it, the dies, and compatible embossing folders. So, as you can imagine, we can create an infinity of crafts with this spectacular line, so… join me in all the tutorials we have for you as inspiration to create wonderful things!