Sizzix Sidekick for Beginners

Have you just purchased or are you thinking about buying a Sizzix Sidekick? We’re sharing an unboxing of the Sizzix Sidekick and doing a demonstration of this amazing die-cutting machine. It’s tiny but doesn’t lack any of the cutting pressure of a larger die cutter.

What’s in the Box?

The Sidekick Starter Kit includes:

Sidekick Machine
Pair of Aqua Sidekick Cutting Pads
Embossing Pad
6 Framelits Dies
2 Thinlits Dies
2 Small Textured Impressions Embossing Folders
7 Stamps
Instruction Booklet

Unboxing Video and Beginner tips for using the Sizzix Sidekick

In the video Janette is using a Tim Holtz branded version of the sidekick, however, the specifications are exactly the same.

The Sizzix Sidekick weighs 2 lbs and is 4 3/4 inches tall. Its smaller size makes it perfect for on-the-go crafting. Do you attend workshops or craft meet ups? Or maybe you need a small machine on your desk for your smaller dies? Just think how much easier it will be to pull this machine from your drawer!

What dies and embossing folders can the Sizzix Sidekick take

Don’t be discouraged by the size. This machine can die-cut and emboss any dies and folders measuring up to 2.5 inches wide. However, it is a small machine so it won’t be able to cut thicker dies. Search for Thinlits, Framelits and Sizzlits. You can also use thin dies or embossing folders from other brands as long as they are less than 2.5 inches wide. Always check the product details for the size of the dies and folders before you checkout.

Sizzix Sidekick User Manual

Sizzix have produced a simple user guide which shows you clear diagrams of how to create the ‘sandwich’ using the aqua pads, for cutting wafer thin dies and wafer thin folders.

Download the Sizzix Sidekick User Guide

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