Our machine series kicks off with the Sizzix Big Shot! The die-cutting and embossing machine with a 6” wide opening, is the perfect tool for all your creative projects.

We spoke with Sizzix designer Lisa to discover why the Big Shot is her favourite machine!





What can be made with this machine?

All dies and embossing folders (up to 6” wide) can be used with this machine, Bigz, Thinlits and Textured Impressions embossing folders. It cuts through paper and cardstock with ease so is perfect for cardmaking and papercraft. It can cut through fabric and felt too when used with our Bigz dies, which is great for home sewn makes such as soft toys, bunting, quilting and 3D makes.


What do you like most about this machine? 

The Big Shot machine is perfect for making, it can be used for any material and isn’t too big so if your creative space is an organised mess like mine it’s great that it doesn’t take too much room on your desk!


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

I enjoy creating papercraft projects using different textures of card and papers, so the paper sculpting kit has everything I need for this. The scissors and precision tweezers are must-haves for detailed papercraft projects, and the moulding pad and the ball end stylus tools can be used to create unique dimensional flowers.


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

When using floral and foliage dies, my top tip would be to layer up! Die-cut the elements in a range of hues, decorate them with inks or foiling/embossing and build up to create unique 3D flowers that can be used to decorate anything!


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

My favourite makes are Pete’s Autumn Leaves cards, using the skeleton leaves Thinlits by Tim Holtz. It’s a versatile die and with a change in colour schemes can be used for any occasion. I love using intricate dies like this - building up floral and foliage elements and using them for cards or decoration, the possibilities are endless!




The Sizzix Big Shot machine is sold with 1 Platform, 1 Thin Die Adapter and 1 Pair of Standard Cutting Pads (Machine Size 14 ¼” x 123/8” x 65/8”).


Come back next Tuesday for another instalment of recommendations, tips and tricks from our designer Rose!

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