I have cut intricate dies, from different companies, including lots of Sizzix dies. I don't have any Spellbinders Designer Series yet. You would need to buy the Sizzix Precision Base Plate, separate from the Big Shot machine, and you should have no problems cutting through normal cardstock or glitter card stock with intricate dies and thinlets. I use mine all the time, have had no problems with it. The Big shot cuts almost anything including the older thick Sizzix dies. You can also buy the magnetic platform which will help your dies to stay in place. This is my 2nd Big Shot machine, and I stuck with it because of the vast amount of different sizes of dies and materials you can use with it. Hope this helps you out.