Sizzix Big Shot Plus Beginners Guide

Congratulations on deciding to purchase the Big Shot Plus! If you’re reading this and you still haven’t decided which Sizzix manual die-cutting machine to buy you may find some of our comparison guides useful – See all Sizzix Die-cutting Machine Reviews

Sizzix Big Shot Plus – Whats in the Box

1 Big Shot Plus Die Cutting Machine
1 Platform
1 Adapter A
1 Adapter B
1 Pair of Cutting Pads

How to use the Big Shot plus – Beginners Video Tutorial

Remember your Big Shot Plus has a 9 in wide platform area, meaning you can cut A4 sized card
Your Big Shot Plus has slightly more cutting power as it has larger rollers, so you can cut thicker materials (with the correct dies)
You can now use the biggest dies and embossing folders on the market, opening up your crafting to lots of new ideas!

Sizzix Big Shot Plus User Manual

You can download a handy user manual for this machine, it shows you how to construct your die-cutting sandwich using a multitude of dies from the sizzix range. The great thing about the Big Shot Plus is that you can use any dies in it!

Download the Big Shot Plus User Guide

Big Shot Plus Accessories

You’ll find lots of useful accessories for your Big Shot at CraftStash.

sizzix accessories and spare pads

Replacement cutting pads
Extended cutting pads, for longer designs
Crease pads
Replacement adapters
Shim & Wafer (for getting a perfect cut on thicker materials)

Shop all Sizzix Big Shot Accessories

10 TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR SIZZIX BIG SHOT PLUS!

1. If possible, make a dedicated space for your Big Shot so that it doesn’t become a hassle to get it out and use it.

2. To extend the life of your cutting pads, don’t always use them on one side, keep flipping them alternately as you cut.

3. If you are having problems turning the crank then try turning the top cutting plate over.

4. If using double-sided paper, make sure the side that you want faces down so that your die comes out the right way around.

5. Dies can be very small, start your collection off by using magnetic sheets or plastic sheets with a ring-binder, you can’t underestimate how annoying it is to lose integral dies in your collection and they are so easy to lose when stored loose.

6. It can be hard to visualise how the die will look when cut out, so store a sample of the die-cut with the die to help you visualise your designs.

7. If using any kind of iro-on material, apply to the paper before you cut for a neater finish.

8. For little and intricate dies that are tricky to glue down, add an adhesive backing before you cut.

9. Don’t over estimate what a thin die can cut, make sure you have the right thickness of die for the material you plan to cut.

10. Invest in a crease pad so you can use dies to create perfect folds.

Most of all we hope you have lots of fun with your new Sizzix Big Shot – be sure to share your makes with us by tagging us on social media, or why not join our CraftStash Closed Facebook Group

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