Love the Magnetic Platform! Sure wish they sold this in the package with the machine. Most crafters who are just starting don't know what they need. This is a must-have, I have the Big Shot and wanted to start cutting those beautiful thin lits with intricate designs right away! I couldn't understand why my items weren't cutting all the way and I was very discouraged. I didn't want to pick or use my craft knife to get my items out. The market is so flooded with items to purchase; and unless you research and read reviews, you won't know the platforms and cutting pads you really should use. I did my research, but that isn't to say everyone will do the research. I've read in many reviews some put their machines up. So glad I took the gamble to see how it would work and purchased mine!
In spite of obvious graphics on the platform, this user forgot to put the bottom clear plate in place before cutting. DON'T DO THAT!!! Expensive mistake on my part. Otherwise, it is a really great accessory to have. What might have helped me is if there were an orange or red "Caution" sticker with a warning to be sure to put the bottom plate in place before cutting. I hope my experience helps someone else avoid this user error!!
I have been using a lot of thinlets, framelets and other metal dies, this is worth every penny especially when its on sale.
I just put down my dies, it snaps into place and stays.
I don't have to struggle getting the tape on right or how it comes off.
There is also an extended platform as well but so far the standard size fits my needs....and budget. :0
If you use wafer thin dies this platform allows for more precise cutting . You can lay your die anywhere on the card and it will stay put. Your big shot is not complete without this platform. Yes, you can stick to the bigger dies but you wont have the same flexibility and you will be greatly limiting yourself on your die choices.
Great price. Love Scrapbook.com