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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Craft Critique Picks the Big Kick by Sizzix - get $30.00 off TODAY!

The Big Shot is a bit larger machine, and takes up a footprint of 14" X 9-1/2" (including the handle). It weighs 8 lbs and can be used on any kind of surface, from a table top, to a tablecloth, or even carpet. The suggested retail price is $99.00 directly from Sizzix, and for the same price, Stampin' Up! now carries the Big Shot as well.

If you are using a traditional Sizzix "Bigz" die, which is about 1/2" thick, you only need the two clear cutting mats that come with the machine to make your die-cutting "sandwich". These will also cut through cardstock, felt, fabric, foam, magnet, leather, craft aluminum, and many other materials.

Additionally, Sizzix got smart and made the "Multi-Purpose Platform" ($19.99) to use with your dies.
I did not realize how much I was missing this until I purchased my machine from Stampin' Up!. Basically, it takes the place of the multiple plates required for cutting the wafer thin dies (like the Sizzlits) or dies from other manufacturers (like Spellbinders "Nestabilities"). In essence, the Multi-Purpose Platform is made up of plastic pages which you can flip over to use, or to move out of the way, depending on what die you are using or whether you want to emboss. AND, the reason I love it: the instructions are written right on each plate for which ones to use for different dies and different applications. You only have to keep track of the machine, the basic cutting plates, and the Multi-Purpose Platform. You don't need to keep track of other plates or rubber mats and paper manuals. Like I said, I did not realize how great a feature this was until I got my Big Shot and started using it.

The machine is heavy enough that it is very stable while you are cutting. It has a handle that turns easily to pass the die-cut platform through. There is a handle built into the top which makes it very easy to carry.
There is also a "doctor's bag" made to carry the machine and some dies if you are going to a crop. (SU also sells this carrying case.)

And, Stampin' Up! has commissioned some exclusive dies that match some of their stamp set designs. This is a nice touch, to be able to use die cuts and stamped images that coordinate.

My complaint about the Big Shot?

It is truly hard for me to come up with one, but I would say that it takes up a relatively larger footprint on your table or shelves for storage.

To read the entire craft critique article Click Here

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Order your Big Shot (includes standard cutting pad and multipurpose platform) Now for only $89.95 + S/H

Order your Big Shot Starter Kit (A $205.65 retail value) for only $175.95
- Big Shot
- Standard Cutting Pad
- Multi-purpose cutting form
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- 1 Stampin Up Exclusive Decorative Strip (Billboard)
- 1 Stampin Up Exclusive 4 pack of sizzlits (Birds and Blooms)
- Decorative Strip Cutting Pads
- Extended Spacer Platform

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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.

See a video about the Big ShotHERE

Big Shot

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