I've been a scrapbooker for years but haven't done much with card making. I'm preparing to place a Stampin' Up order so I can begin making cards from my page scraps. I really like the added touch of embossing so I'd like to also purchase an embossing machine. I'm not interested in spending $100 for the Big Shot, especially since I have a Cricut that I do all my diecutting with. I really just want the embossing feature. I'm looking for feedback from those with a machine recommendation. I'm looking at the Sizzix Texture Boutique but want to make sure it's big enough to use the embossing folders sold by Stampin' Up. All feedback is welcome! Thank you for your time.
The Texture Boutique will not take the newer 5x7 dies because the opening is a little too small. Not sure if SU! sells that size but you might want to check that out first. Most big box stores will allow you to use a coupon on the BigShot/BigKick, so you be able to get one below the $100 mark.
I have the Big Shot. After a lot of research I went with this one because I could by other brand dies and embossing folders and use it in this machine but not so going the other way. I got mine from Overstock.com on a day that they had free shipping and a couple of different kit options. I paid in the area of $85 but got 6 embossing folders and 2 Tim Holtzs Dies. They always seem to have some sort of deal on them.