Tips and Tricks: Die Cutting Basics – Sizzix Big Shot

Hey there! Stopping in today with another Friday Funday. I thought this would be a good video to have for people who are new to die cutting. I know when I was first was starting to get into die cutting, I would have wished I could find something that talked about the different types of dies. I hope this is a good resource for beginners and for crafters who just haven’t pulled out their die cut machine in a while. Hope this inspires you to make something today. :)

The video is almost a half an hour long, but I made sure to add in annotations that act as a “main menu” so that you can go to parts you are interested in. There are five basic parts in the video – the introduction to the Big shot, original die storage and use, wafer thin die storage and use, embossing folder storage and use as well as how to cut and emboss at the same time with wafer thin dies. Enjoy the video!

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Below is a list of all the supplies I showed in the video, including links to both Simon Says Stamp and Amazon for the machines themselves. Let me know if you have any questions about the products I showed in the video. I showed off some of my favorite dies, so make sure to check those out too. :)

Thanks to those who requested this video (hope this helps, Serena!). That’s what Friday Fundays are for! I want to do more videos about organization and my space, and I plan to do a space tour soon — once I actually get my space looking presentable. Lol! My boyfriend is home back in Wisconsin for the next week, so I forsee lots of fun crafting time in my future. I might even get a start on my next big thing for my blog… I can’t wait to share that with you!

Be back tomorrow to share the card I meant to share yesterday. My migraines have been kicking my butt lately. Boo! But Saturdays are for catching up, right? Hope you have a fabulous start to your weekend!



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15 Responses to Tips and Tricks: Die Cutting Basics – Sizzix Big Shot

  1. Gosh, Britta, thank you for posting all the links of everything you showed in your video, you’re so thorough! I told my daughters the other day you’re my favorite crafter to watch on YouTube. I like how you show your thought process and explain why you do what you do (regarding your choice of color, shapes, layout). I’ve learned a lot from you, thank you!

  2. Angie Hall

    Thanks for this informative video.You covered everything. I’m just beginning, bought a Cuttlebug a month ago.I’ve had fun with the items I’ve tried. Thanks again.

  3. Thanks again for doing this Britta, it helped a lot. Would you say an embossing machine is a necessity for a crafter? How often do you use your machine?


  4. I haven’t seen this video yet but I can tell you I am super duper excited about it!! The Big Shot is the machine I have chosen to be my first die pal ;) I know your video will help with all my first time questions, because your videos are always so informative and thorough like Dorothy mentioned. Anyways, I know you didn’t ask, but I just wanted to throw out there that my doc put me on a really old medicine called Propranolol and it’s done absolute wonders for my once daily headaches. They rarely happen anymore. Some peeps don’t like to take meds, and I totally understand that :) Good luck finding relief!!

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  7. Lauralee

    This was so helpful. I got a big shot for Christmas and this was great

  8. Diana G

    Thank you so much for posting this. I was about to get rid of my big shot because I couldn’t figure out how to use it. You explained everything and I’m looking forward to trying again. Thank you!

  9. Penny

    Thank you for walking me through the cutting and embossing.

  10. Surana

    Hi and thanks for the great video. I’m unable to find the die storage folder by Quickutz could you send me a link to purchase on Amazon? Again, thanks!

  11. Sheryl R

    Thank you for this video! I have a question, in addition to the cracking sound you mentioned, my Big Shot handle gets very resistant to turning and I’m afraid I will break the machine if I force it. I stacked/sandwiched my thin dies exactly as you showed, but after the sandwich gets about 1/3 of the way through the handle is very difficult to turn. I’ve done internet searches and haven’t read of anyone else having this problem. Do you have any suggestions for how I can fix this? Thank you!

    • Hey Sheryl,

      Sorry about the delayed reply! Hopefully this gets to you, though. If your machine is feeling extra tight – like you have to force it – you should probably remove a layer from your platform. If that doesn’t provide enough pressure, you can always add more shims (paper, chipboard or whatever works) to get a clean cut. It’s normal to have some clicking, cracking sounds and even having resistance while rolling the stack through, but always trust your gut when it comes to pushing it too hard. Every machine is different. Some machines tend to be “tighter” while others are “looser,” so I encourage you to start out by taking out a layer and working up from there. Hope this helps – if you have any more questions, feel free to ask!

      All the best,

  12. I love Cut tidy pockets sold by Tattered Lace. It is a pocket which you put your card or paper into and your die cutter on top. Cut tidy does not cut through the pocket but does cut the paper inside , which means your bits are not all over the place but in the pocket . Your metal die stays completely clean every time . You never have to poke bits out of your cutter again. Its Magic!

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