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In our previous tutorial we learned what the Sizzix line is and what are the die-cutting and texturing machines available in the market, now we will see the accessories and tools, which we must choose according to the machine with which we are working and the function we want to perform with it. This sounds like a lot of fun doesn’t it… let’s find out!
In this text you will find the name of each tool or accessory followed by: the code that identifies it, the references in case there are several models of the same accessory, the dimensions in inches and centimeters, their uses, compatibility with machines, dies , texturing folders and some indications on how to use it, we strive for you to find truthful and complete information so enjoy it!
These platforms are robust, thick surfaces, made of polypropylene plastic, they come in different sizes depending on the reference. Some come with hinges as the adapters are attached, others like the Standard Plus, Pro or Vagabond size come individually (separate from the adapters). They are designed for use with all Sizzix die cutting and texturing machines, except the Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine and the Sizzix Sidekick.
They have the function of an adapter, so that the thin dies and the texturing folders fit into the slot of the machines and pass with the necessary pressure so that they can fulfill their function. The only dies they are not compatible with are thick dies such as the Bigz, as they do not need it to pass precisely through the slot of the machine.
All have diagrams on their surface with instructions on how to stack the accessories (assemble the sandwich) for the correct use with the dies and the texturing folders.
Standard # 655091 (6¼ x 9¾ x ⅝ in or 15.8 x 24.7 x 1.58 cm) and Extended with adapters # 658992 (6 ¼ x 14 ⅛ x ⅝ in or 15.8 x 35.8 x 1.58 cm): Compatible with platforms type A5, which is the type of platform that the Sizzix BIGkick, Big Shot original, Big Shot Express, Big Shot Foldaway and Vagabond 2 machines have, although they can also be used with the Big Shot Plus and Big Shot Pro machines. The difference between these multipurpose rigs is the length, the Extended is slightly longer for use with compatible texturing dies or folders.
Extended without adapters # 661153 (6 ¼ x 13 x ½ in or 15.8 x 33 x 1.2 cm): Slightly thinner and ideal for use with the Big Shot Express.
Vagabond # 660856 (6 ¼ x 13 x ½ in or 15.8 x 33 x 1.2 cm): Compatible with Vagabond 2, Bigkick and Big Shot machines.
Standard Plus # 660583 (15 x 8⅞ x ½ in or 38.1 x 22.5 x 1.2 cm): Ideal for use with the A4 type platform, which is the type of platform that the Big Shot Plus machines have, it is also compatible with the Big Shot Pro.
How to use the Standard Plus Platform # 660583 with the Big Shot Plus
Standard Size # 656499 (6⅛ x 8⅞ x ⅝ in or 15.5 x 22.5 x 1.58 cm) and Extended # 656780 (6⅛ x 14½ x ⅝ in or 15.5 x 36.8 x 1.58 cm): These platforms can replace the plastic multipurpose platform, Its great advantage is that they are made with magnets, this helps the dies and all the cutting and texturing materials made of metal adhere to the platform and stay still during use. So the work will be easier, faster and with a better quality!
They are ideal for use with machines with A5 type platforms, which is the type of platform that the Sizzix BIGkick, Big Shot original, Big Shot Express, Big Shot Foldaway and Vagabond 2 machines have, although they can also be used with Big Shot Plus machines. and Big Shot Pro. The difference between these two multipurpose rigs is the length, the Extended is slightly longer for use with compatible texturing dies or folders.
Just as the multipurpose platforms contain diagrams on their surface with instructions on how to stack the accessories (assemble the sandwich) for the correct use with the dies and the texturing folders, another advantage they offer is that we can cut several dies at the same time.
Magnetic Platform Plus # 661900 (15 x 9 x ⅝ in or 38.1 x 22.8 x 1.6 cm): Ideal for use with the A4 type platform, which is the type of platform that the Big Shot Plus machines have, it is also compatible with the Big Shot Pro.
To use the magnetic platform with the Thinlits, Framelits or other thin metal dies, we require the magnetic platform and the two cutting pads (methacrylate sheets).
# 660620 (6⅛ x 9 ⅞ x ¼ in or 15.6 x 25 x 0.6 cm)
This magnetic platform has a larger cutting surface to organize and move the Movers & Shapers magnetic dies in as many different positions as possible, this also allows us greater cutting efficiency and less material waste.
It is compatible with the Sizzix Big Shot, Big Shot Plus, BIGkick, Big Shot Pro and Vagabond 2 machines.
Sizzix Big Shot Plus Type A adapter or die adapter # 660584 (15 x 8⅞ x ⅛ in or 38.1 x 22.5 x 0.3 cm), Type B adapter or texture folder adapter # 660585 (15 x 8⅞ x 0.1 in or 38.1 x 22.5 x 0.2 cm) and AccuQuilt GO! # 661517 (8 ¾ x 15 x ⅛ in or 22.2 x 38.1 x 0.31 cm) (The latter does not belong to the Ellison company).
These are sheets made of polycarbonate plastic that, like the multipurpose platform, this helps so that the thin dies and texturing folders fit into the slot of the machines and pass with the necessary pressure so that they can fulfill their function.
They are only compatible with the Big Shot Plus machine since it has the multipurpose platform and the adapters separately, the multipurpose platforms compatible with the other machines are attached by hinges to the adapters (like a book).
Like the multipurpose platforms, they contain diagrams on their surface with instructions on how to stack the accessories (assemble the sandwich) for the correct use with the dies and the texturing folders.
Extended # 661154 (6¼ x 13 x ⅛ in or 15.8 x 33 x 0.31 cm):
It is an adapter to use the thin but large size dies and texturing folders, it must be combined with the extended platform, it is compatible with the BIGkick, Big Shot and Vagabond machines.
Sizzix Big Shot Pro Adapter Pad Standard # 656251:
It is an adapter exclusively for use with the Big Shot Pro machine for thin dies and stamping folders.
# 657435 (14¼ x 12 ¼ x ⅝ in or 36.2 x 31.1 x 1.58 cm)
This set exclusively designed for the Big Shot Pro consists of 1 platform, 1 wedge and 1 thin die adapter, made of polypropylene plastic.
Like the other multipurpose platforms and the other adapters, they allow the thin dies and the texturing folders to fit into the slot of the Big Shot Pro machine and pass with the necessary pressure so that they can fulfill their function.
They also contain diagrams on their surface with directions on how to stack accessories (assemble the sandwich) for correct use with dies and texturing folders.
They are sheets of methacrylate (high quality polycarbonate plastic), transparent, they can be used on both sides.
Its function is to help position all the cutting or texturing elements, protect the multipurpose platform, the adapters and the internal roller of the Sizzix, given this it is normal that they 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.
Standard # 655093 (8¾ x 6⅛ x ⅛ in or 20.3 x 15.2 x 0.3 cm) and Extended # 655267 (14⅝ x 6¼ x ⅛ in or 31.1 x 15.8 x 0.3 cm): Designed for use on the BIGkick, Big Shot, Big Shot Express and Vagabond machines, the Extended size is larger making it suitable for use with longer and thicker Sizzix dies (Bigz XL, Movers & Shapers XL and ScoreBoards XL).
Decorative Strip Cutting Pads 13 ″ # 654558 (13 x 2⅝ x ⅛ in or 33 x 6.6 x 0.3 cm): Designed to easily cut decorative strip dies on the Sidekick machine, they can also be used on the SophistiCut, BIGkick, Big Shot, Big Shot Express and Vagabond machines.
Mini # 654559 (4⅞ x 2½ x ⅛ in or 12.3 x 6.3 x 0.3 cm): Designed for use on any Sizzix die cut and cut machine, except those with a thin slot such as the Sidekick and Texture Boutique.
Sidekick # 662537 (4⅞ x 2½ x ⅛ in or 12.3 x 6.3 x 0.3 cm): These cutting pads were designed for use on the Sidekick machine.
Big Shot Plus standard # 660581 (8⅞ x 15 x ⅛ in or 22.5 x 38.1 x 0.3 cm): Designed for use on the Big Shot Plus machine, we can also use them on the Big Shot Pro.
Big Shot Pro standard # 656253 (14¼ x 12¼ x ⅛ in or 36.2 x 31.1 x 0.3 cm): Designed for use only on the Big Shot Pro machine.
Bigz XL 25 ″ # 656847 (6⅛ x 26 x ⅛ in or 15.2 x 66 x 0.3 cm): These pads allow you to cut 25 ″ Bigz XL dies, ideally compatible with the BIGkick, Big Shot, Big Shot Express and Vagabond machines, although they can also be used with the Big Shot Plus and Big Shot Pro.
On the Edge Cutting Pads # 656654 (6 x 3¼ x ⅛ in or 15.2 x 8.25 x 0.3 cm): These cutting pads are designed to easily cut Frameworks and On the Edge dies on the BIGkick, Big Shot, Big Shot Express and Vagabond machines, they can also be used with the Big Shot Plus and Big Shot Pro.
How to use: We place the die or texturing folder with the material that we are using between the two cutting pads, then we must pass them through the roller of the machine. Depending on the type of die we are using, we will need other accessories such as the multipurpose platform or a Premium Crease Pad to replace one of the cutting pads.
This set consists of two pieces the Impressions Pad and the Silicone Rubber, it is created to stamp or emboss the thin metallic dies or texture folders on paper, cardboard, aluminum or leather, by decreasing the pressure on the die, it causes its shape to be stamped on the material but without cutting it.
Compatible with the Sizzix BIGkick, Big Shot or Vagabond machines, it can also be used in the Big Shot Pro and Big Shot Plus.
Impressions Pad # 655120 (5 ⅞ x 8 ⅞ x ⅛ in or 14.9 x 22.5 x 0.3 cm): Made of plastic, requires Silicone Rubber and multipurpose pad included with each machine as accessories.
Silicone Rubber # 655121 (5¾ x 7⅜ x ⅛ in or 14.6 x 18.7 x 0.3 cm): Made of silicone rubber, requires the Impressions Pad and multipurpose platform included with each machine as accessories.
How to use: The transfer set should be used as a replacement for one or both of the cutting pads, the other items should be stacked in the same order, it can be used with the thin dies and texturing folders, when used with a die, the sharp face of the die must be in contact with the cutting pad or silicone rubber.
This crease pad is made of polyurethane plastic and was designed to punch and crease with Sizzix Bigz and Movers & Shapers dies that include crease rulers. Its function is, in addition to cutting, to help create subtle fold lines to facilitate the assembly of cards, envelopes, bags, boxes and pockets.
Standard # 655092 (6¼ ”x 8⅞” x ⅛ ”or 15.8 x 22.5 x 0.3 cm Pleat Pad, 152mm x 140mm x 0.125mm Mylar Wedge): Compatible with BIGkick, Big Shot and Vagabond machines.
Extended # 656159 (6⅛ x 13½ x ⅛ in or 15.2 x 34.2 x 0.3 cm): Designed for Bigz XL, Movers & Shapers XL dies, compatible with BIGkick, Big Shot and Vagabond machines.
Big Shot Plus standard # 660582 (8¾ x 15 x ⅛ in or 20.3 x 38.1 x 0.3 cm): Designed for use with Bigz Plus dies on the Big Shot Plus machine, it can be used with the Big Shot Pro machine.
Big Shot Pro standard # 656494 (14¼ x 12 ¼ x ⅛ in or 36.2 x 31.1 x 0.3 cm): Designed for use with Bigz Pro and Movers & Shapers Pro dies on the Big Shot Pro machine
How to use: We must put the die and the material to be cut between a crease pad and a cutting pad and pass them through the roller of the machine. If the die blade does not cut or fold the shape completely, we should use a Mylar wedge or two to improve pressure for better results.
# 661768 (4⅞ x 2½ x ⅛ in 12.3 x 6.3 x 0.3 cm)
This embossing pad was designed for use on the Sizzix Sidekick machine with Sizzix embossing or texturing folders.
How to use: We must put the stamping folder and the material to be printed between a cutting pad and the stamping pad and pass them through the machine’s roller.
# 656498 (6⅛ x 6¼ x ⅛ in or 15.5 x 15.8 x 0.32 cm)
Made of plastic, its main characteristic is that it has a beveled line in the middle that protects the material at that point so as not to be cut when it passes through the machine’s roller with the die, this allows us to have a die-cut area and another adhered to the material as a hinge to generate dimension.
Compatible with BIGkick, Big Shot and Vagabond machines.
How to use: How to use: The Dimensional Cutting Pad replaces one of the cutting sheets, specifically the one that is in contact with the smooth surface of the die, the face of the die that has the blade must be in contact with a cutting sheet.
# 657945 (4½ x 6 x ⅛ in or 11.4 x 14.6 x 0.3 cm)
Made of transparent ABS plastic for use with the Texture Fades, Texture Trades and Texture Impressions folders. This set consists of three templates and three diffusion inserts, its function is to create a barrier between the material we are working on and the texture folders so that the selected area (depending on the diffuser we use) is smooth or free of texturing.
Compatible with BIGkick, Big Shot, Vagabond and Texture Boutique machines.
How to use: We must put the stamping or texturing folder and the material with which we are working in the middle of a cutting pad (or an embossing pad when we use the Texture Boutique machine), an embossing diffuser and included machine platform (this platform is not required when using Texture Boutique) and then we run them through the machine roller.
# 660470 (10 x 6⅛ x ⅛ in or 25.4 x 15.5 x 0.3 cm)
This platform allows to generate a better die-cut with the Thinlits dies, at the time of die-cutting it replaces the cutting pad that would remain against the die blade, the difference with the plastic cutting pads is that it does not leave impressions of previous cuts so It always looks new and has a longer shelf life, plus it allows cutting with just one pass through the machine roll in most cases.
Compatible with BIGkick, Big Shot, Big Shot Express, Big Shot Pro and Vagabond machines, it helps cut a wide variety of materials such as burlap, craft plastic and metal, fabric, craft aluminum, canvas, thin leather, and thin cork.
It is not compatible with the Big Shot Foldaway or Big Shot Plus machines since these machines exert greater pressure, which will reduce the useful life of the cutting pad and the die. It is also not compatible with Bigz type or similar thick dies.
# 660547 (6⅛ x 8¾ x ⅛ in or 15.8 x 22.2 x 0.32 cm)
This pad works with the Framelits, Thinlits and Triplits dies, it allows to transfer color from the Inksheets transfer films to the material with which we are working.
Compatible with Bigkick, Big Shot and Vagabond machines.
How to use: This pad replaces one of the standard cutting pads (methacrylate sheet). The other elements are used the same according to the machine and the platform that we are using.
Useful for making realistic looking flowers and other projects.
This kit contains 7 tools: 1 molding pad 6½ x 5 x ⅜ in or 16.5 x 12.7 x 0.9 cm, 1 detail molding pad 5 x 3½ x ⅛ in or 12.7 x 8.9 x 0.3 cm, 1 fine detail tool per 1 mm on one side and 2 mm on the other, 1 needle tool 5 mm on one side and 8 mm on the other, 1 pencil tool and 10 mm pen on the other side, 1 pair of tweezers , 1 small scissors.
This accessory consists of an ergonomic rubber-handled brush (5½ x 1¾ x ¼ in.) And a foam pad (4½ x 7¼ in.), Which allows you to separate fine and detail dies from the material after cutting, removes excess material.
How to use: We must put the die with the cut material on the foam pad with the die facing up, and then pass the brush over it until we manage to separate the paper from the die and eliminate the excess material.
# 663534 (2 ⅝ ”x 4 ⅝ in)
This Sizzix adhesive grid sheet is used to hold and align small Thinlits and Framelits dies, while using them on the Sidekick machine with Sidekick cutting pads.
# 661671 (5⅜ x ½ x ½ in)
This tool is designed to make quick and easy dimensional flowers out of paper and other thin materials.
How to Use: Insert the outer end of your punch into the slotted tip of the tool and twist toward the center to roll.
# 660209 (8¼ x 2 ½ x ½ in)
This tool is used to improve ink application with Debossing ShadowPress Folders.
How to use: Slide the ShadowPress station over a ShadowPress emboss folder and use a brayer to add the colored ink. Then take out the Debossing ShadowPress folder and use the machine’s included Platform to run it through the BIGkick, Big Shot and Vagabond machines for ink printing. To clean it use water and a paper towel, in more difficult cases it is recommended to use a stamp cleaner.
As we could see, there are many accessories that the Sizzix line has, but that does not mean that we need them all for an adequate use of our machines, each one of them really needs different accessories and the most important ones such as the platform, the adapters and the cutting blades are included at the time of purchase. The other accessories are optional and help us to increase the variety of functions and creations.
Next we will leave you a compatibility table, here you will find which tools and accessories are compatible with each of the machines in the Sizzix line.
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