How to Use the Big Shot to Create Just About Anything

Big Shot Tips and Tricks

What is the Big Shot?

The Big Shot is a sturdy, manual die-cutting and embossing machine used to die cut materials for use on all kinds of crafts. You can use the Big Shot to instantly create die-cut or embossed shapes, tags, frames, borders, and more. The Big Shot is portable and requires no electricity – bonus!!

Many of the Stampin’ Up! Big Shot dies coordinate with their exclusive stamp images, simplifying the creative experience for you. You’ll be able to cut and score 3-D items in seconds and the projects will be ready for you to enjoy or give away in no time at all. With very little stamping or crafting experience you can create beautiful stamped images that are intricately cut, with very little effort compared to other methods.

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Big Shot Machine Overview

How to Use the Big Shot

The Big Shot uses cutting pads and/or a cutting plate or an embossing folder to die cut or add texture to your paper. Using the Big Shot requires you to put together a “sandwich” of pieces that work together to cut or emboss. Think of it like layering all the right parts together to get your machine to run.

Depending on what type of die you’re using you may need to use a cutting plate. Intricate, or very detailed, dies require the use of a cutting plate to work properly. A cutting plate is made of metal compared to the standard plastic cutting pad, which means that some dies cut cleaner to help detailed images come out of the die without ripping.

The following image shows you how to create a sandwich for different types of dies and for embossing folders:

Big Shot Sandwich Techniques

What Can you Create with a Big Shot?

I use the Big Shot to create a wide variety of things: cards, scrapbook layouts or embellishments, home decor, gifts, and event decor and supplies. I love that it’s portable, easy to use, and that I can cut a whole bunch of images from one piece of paper without having too much waste paper left over. When I’m cutting images out I tend to stamp them first and cut them second, which is an easy process thanks to Stampin’ Up!’s coordinating and two-step stamping/cutting process where stamps and dies have little tabs to help line them up. I find I can create a whole variety of things in a short amount of time, which is great for quick or last minute projects.

The following video shows you how to use a popcorn box die set to create gift packaging, which gives you an idea of how the Big Shot works to create projects:

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What do you think of the Big Shot? What sorts of other tutorials would you love to see to help you on your creative journey?


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