If I had to pick one tool that every card maker or paper crafter needs in her craft room, I’d pick the Big Shot. Hands down.
Why, you ask? Let me tell you.
I love this little machine because it cuts perfect, extremely intricate dies AND embosses paper. You’ll never have to cut complicated shapes again with the Big Shot!
You can make such beautiful cards and crafts with these gorgeous die cuts, and everyone will wonder when you found the time to cut those things out. You won’t have to tell anyone it only took two seconds with your Big Shot. I won’t tell!
Let’s take a look at what the Big Shot can do!
An Intro To Dies
In case you’re new to Stampin’ Up and aren’t sure what I’m talking about, let me give you a quick rundown of what dies are and how they work.
Dies are handy little stencils you use to cut out paper shapes in record time. The idea is that you place the die on top of a piece of paper, apply pressure, and the edges of the die cut through the paper to make a shape. It’s a lot like a paper punch, but bigger and more detailed.
Stampin’ Up offers two types of dies: Framelits and Thinlits.
Framelits are made to coordinate with stamps. I love how this looks! With framelits, you can quickly and easily cut out your stamps to apply to your crafts.
Take this coffee mug, for example:
That mug was created with framelit dies and stamps. So easy, and super cute!
Thinlits are very detailed, intricate dies that usually have a lot of shapes inside. Instead of a solid framed cut around a stamp, thinlits allow you to create fancy designs that looked like you spend hours slaving away with an X-ACTO knife.
For example, the rose on this card was created with a thinlit die:
Embossing allows you to add gorgeous textures to your projects in no time! The Big Shot makes this so simple. All you have to do is stick your paper inside an embossing folder and run it through the machine. So easy!
Watch this video on creating die cuts and embossed papers with the Big Shot:
See how easy it is? Grab this PDF for a handy visual guide to creating the perfect “sandwich” with the various plates and platforms so you get perfect cuts every time.
For very intricate dies, you might also want to use the precision base plate. Watch this video for using this special tool to make sure even the tiniest shapes are sharp and perfect:
Finally, get some extra tips and tricks for making your plates and dies last and get perfect cuts over and over again: