This week’s designer Q&A brings us Sizzix designer Jen, with her favourite machine, the Sizzix Big Shot Express!

The Big Shot Express is an electric machine that motorises cutting and embossing, all at the push of a button! The ultimate die-cutting machine for users with limited mobility. This machine also has a built-in storage tray to keep your tools and dies handy while you make!

Keep reading to discover Jen’s top tips for making and why the Big Shot Express is her favourite machine!



What can be made with this machine?

There is lots of versatility with the Express machine. You can use it for Thinlits dies, Framelits, Bigz and Embossing Folders. I particularly like using the Bigz dies on this machine because it passes them through effortlessly and is really sturdy like all the Big Shots.


What do you like most about this machine?

I like how the Express has a small tray to store your dies on, making it easier to find small pieces of paper or even to hold small tools like the tweezers. The added bonus of the electric switch makes die-cutting really easy and effortless.


What are your favourite accessories or tools that you use with this machine?

I regularly use the die pick, it’s very handy when using intricate Thinlits dies and also the tweezers to pick up the die-cuts.


From experience, what is the one top tip you would give other makers?

If you’re using a Framelits die over some text and are worried when you put it through the machine it will move, then place a sticky note over the Framelit to hold it in place. Ta dah, No movement and perfectly framed text!


Finally, what is your favourite make created with this machine?

These makes are actually made using the Big Shot machine however they can be created with the Express as well! I really liked how Pete used the dies in his Tutti Frutti (Part 1) card make. It shows different ways to use the die than you would normally expect, especially the Waves die which he used to create the textured pattern on the pineapple. Genius!



The Sizzix Big Shot Express is sold with 1 Extended Platform, 1 Extended Thin Die Adapter and 1 Pair of Cutting Pads.


Come back next Tuesday when we’ll be talking to designer Emily for another instalment of recommendations, tips and tricks!


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