I use my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine almost every time I am stamping or making a project. Sometimes I even realize I am using Big Shot die cuts more than I am stamping! Since I use mine SO often and love it, I think I expect that “everyone” knows about the Big Shot and probably already owns one. But I doubt that is really true, so I thought perhaps if you are person who does not own a Big Shot, maybe you would like to hear more about it. After all, during Sale-A-Bration is a GREAT time to buy a Big Shot because you will get at least TWO FREE Sale-A-Bration products with the purchase of a Big Shot! And you probably will want some other accessories, too.
The BIg Shot is a die-cutting system that you can use to to make a multitude of die cuts and embossed shapes for cards, tags, scrapbook pages, and gift and decor items. It is manual, not electric, and easy to use and move around. There are many accessories that you can add on over time to give you so many choices for projects.
The Big Shot comes with a platform and cutting pads. Then you can add on more items when you are ready. One of my favorites is the Magnetic Platform, which holds the framelits and thinlits in place. But until you have one, if you think the die might move, you can lightly use a piece of washi tape to hold the die in place. If you are going to be using the newer intricate dies, then it would be good to have the Precision Base Plate and, one of my favorite, the Big Shot Die Brush, which helps get all those little pieces released.
If you happen to watch any older Big Shot videos, you will see that the Big Shot used to come with a different platform.
If you are already a Big Shot owner, I’d like to suggest that you watch Holly’s video above for a refresher! So many things have changed with these new platforms and intricate dies that we can all use a review now and then. Perhaps make a checklist to keep by your Big Shot to remind you what goes with what! The instructions are on the platforms, I just forget to pay attention there!