Thursday, August 21, 2008

Stampin' Up!®'s Big Shot

Some of you have asked me about the newest tool that Stampin' Up! has now added to their product line: the Big Shot!! So, I thought I'd just give you a little bit of info although I know that there is tons around, but you may not have seen it yet.

The Big Shot is a die cutting machine, manufactured by Sizzix for Stampin' Up! It is not a new tool to the market, although I've heard that this design is slightly different than what you can purchase at your regular craft stores. Don't quote me on this, but I believe that Stampin' Up's tool is made out of one piece whereas the ones you can purchase at other stores is made in three pieces. This means less chance for breakage! The Big Shot is a nice stable platform. I do have a Cuttlebug and must admit that the Big Shot is easier to use. I don't have to fold down the flaps, it's stays stabler on the table, there's a handle on the top that is easy to grasp. The handle turns easily and the sandwiches are easy to make. If you don't know what I mean by a "sandwich", I mean that every die you run through the machine needs to be put between different items so as to protect the machine mechanisms as wells as allowing it to do it's desired function whether that's cutting or embossing. So, a large die, like the Top Note die, is about 3/4" thick whereas the Swirls die is about 1/4" thick. The instructions for making your sandwich are handily located on the materials to sandwich with!

Stampin' Up! will be offering this machine and accompanying dies in September. There will be some dies that are completely exclusive to Stampin Up but there are also several that will be found in your regular craft stores. The Big Shot works with ALL competitive dies, and the steel rule dies can cut through an impressive list of 50 different materials, including fabric, foil, and chipboard.

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