Username Post: Where to start?        (Topic#1547399)
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I'm thinking about getting a Sizzix Big Shot, but I'm so lost as to what accessories I need with what dies.

I know the Big Shot generally comes with a Multipurpose platform and Standard cutting pads but I've seen with some die's that you need different cutting pads and there is also the Extended Spacer Platform. That's where it gets confusing, what do you need the extended spacer platform for and how do you know what dies to use with what cutting pads and platform? (Talking about just the sizzix dies for now) I love the Tim Holtz die's and I've seen his video on how to use his dies but he doesn't show a demo of the strip dies (so I'm not sure what pads and platform to use for those).

Is the Multipurpose platform meant for the use with other manufacture's dies? (I've seen a few videos of people using sizzix dies in their big shot with just the cutting pads).

I've read that you can cut chipboard with the big shot but what thickness of chipboard is safe to use?

Also what do you need in order to use the sizzix and Tim Holtz embossing folders? Is there something extra I'd need to get in order to emboss?

Sorry for the length, I hope you can follow this.

Edited by south1001 on 11-24-10 07:59 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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In response to south1001

Hi - I hope I can help ...

Yes the Multipurpose platform is for different types of dies, including dies from other manufacturers.

I suggest you go to the Sizzix ( ) website and look for the die/s you like by Tim Holtz, Scroll down the page and you will see different tabs.

Click the Compatibility tab and it will give you a variety of combinations to cut the die with only the machines that they carry.

So, if you were looking at a decorative strip die, the combinations will be different for a Bigz die.

As far as chipboard goes ...Again, it depends on your type of die. If you are using a Sizzlits / Decorative Strip style die, I recommend you NEVER use chipboard. However there are people who do it and they generally use cereal or snack boxes (that's very thin chip).

Now if you are using an Originals or Bigz die, again that will vary. A simple shape, I am able to use .022, .030, .045, and sometimes .057 chipboard (depending on the die too). With more intricate designs, stay in the .022 and .030 range.

As far as the embossing folders ... You can emboss paper and cardstock and use the multipurpose platform too; again go to the Sizzix site and check compatibility.

I also recommend you do not use chip with your embossing folders, however, if you choose to use chip, use the the thin food box or .022 thickness. You can also use a product called "Paper Glide" - spritz it on LIGHTLY and it will help your chip soften and be more pliable when embossing.

Let me know if I need to expand on any of this or if any of this is helpful ....

Edited by a-burton on 01-10-11 06:49 PM. Reason for edit: spelling

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In response to a-burton

Thank you so much for all the info!

Edited by south1001 on 01-10-11 09:47 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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In response to a-burton

Thanks for the awesome tip re: spritzing water on the chipboard!

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