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Old 11-29-2008, 11:39 AM   #441
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There's a magnetic mat for the nesties? How do I not know this? I gotta wake up a little more and start reading!

HOW COOL! I have to get one of those. I hate how my Nesties slip and slide. Where do you buy it - from Spellbinders?

I have those 8.5"x11" magnetic sheets for the computer printer, to make magnets. Do you think those would work? I don't want to waste a sheet and cut it down to find out it doesn't work but I just might, since I already have them it would be cheaper than buying a magnetic mat. Hmm.

Yet another thing for my Christmas list! Thanks so much for all the help here, Alicia and all you wonderful ladies


Yes you find the Magnetic Placement mat on the Spellbinders website. I believe that you can find them in Ellen Hutson's online store.

It's pretty thin, almost like what you would put on the back of a business card to stick it to the fridge.

If it's too thick you might have to adjust your sandwich.


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i just got my Pennant die the other day and that line that come from folding you cs in half really bugs me makes everything you make ugly using that die

i was surfing here to see if i could find a way to make that go away
I think it's all a matter of preference. If you are making banners with the dies then you could easily draw attention away from the lines by adding letters and so forth to the front of the die cut pennant.

The only other recourse I can see would be to cut 2 pieces and tape them together but then you would have "overlap".

The crease doesn't bother me. I love making pennant cards with that die.

You can see a great tutorial on them on Patty Bennett's Blog

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THANK YOU LADIES For all your help!!!!--gosh so much to learn about die cutting.
Thanks again!!!
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Yes you find the Magnetic Placement mat on the Spellbinders website. I believe that you can find them in Ellen Hutson's online store.

It's pretty thin, almost like what you would put on the back of a business card to stick it to the fridge.

If it's too thick you might have to adjust your sandwich.


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Thanks so much Alicia!
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I think it's all a matter of preference. If you are making banners with the dies then you could easily draw attention away from the lines by adding letters and so forth to the front of the die cut pennant.

The only other recourse I can see would be to cut 2 pieces and tape them together but then you would have "overlap".

The crease doesn't bother me. I love making pennant cards with that die.

You can see a great tutorial on them on Patty Bennett's Blog

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youre right about drawing the attention away from the lines im gona look at the blogg thanks
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For those of you asking about how to layer the Top Note here ya go!

How to Layer with the Top Note Die by Dawn Griffith

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ETA this has been added to the list of video's in the very first post!
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I ordered the Big Shot for my husband to give to me for Christmas! It's very tempting to open the box and just look, but I won't! I also ordered the petite oval nestabilities which has scalloped and plain ovals. My question is: Do I need any special pads to use the nesties? I want to make sure I have everything I need so I will be ready to use it on Christmas day!!
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In order to use the Nesties you need the Multi Purpose Platform, cutting plates (which should've come with your machine). If you want to emboss with them you also need the silicone rubber mat. You can also use the Spellbinders tan embossing mat, or plumbers gasket from the hardware store.

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I ordered the Big Shot for my husband to give to me for Christmas! It's very tempting to open the box and just look, but I won't! I also ordered the petite oval nestabilities which has scalloped and plain ovals. My question is: Do I need any special pads to use the nesties? I want to make sure I have everything I need so I will be ready to use it on Christmas day!!
If you don't want your nesties to "shift" you can also get a Magnetic Placement Mat I use this to hold my nesties in place when cutting and embossing with them.

You will also need a mat to emboss with. Any of these options will work:
Silicone Rubber Mat (It comes with the Texturz Starter kit or you can find it seperately)
Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat This mat can be cut to size so that you can use it with brass stencils as well. There use to be a smaller 5x7 pack version but I think it only comes with the wizard machine now)
Plumbers Gasket (basically a thin rubber mat that you can find at the hardware store)

Everything else you need I.E. MPP and Cutting pads should already be supplied with your Big Shot.

For a video of how to use the dies see the very first post in this thread. There is also a sandwich stack list at the bottom of the post.

Have fun!

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Thanks for the suggestions. The magnetic mat sounds like something I could really use! Am I right in thinking that I only need the rubber mat if I use a brass stencil? If I use an embossing folder, I won't need the rubber mat, correct? Thanks so much!
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Thanks for the suggestions. The magnetic mat sounds like something I could really use! Am I right in thinking that I only need the rubber mat if I use a brass stencil? If I use an embossing folder, I won't need the rubber mat, correct? Thanks so much!
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The Rubber Mat would only be needed for brass stencils or embossing with Nesties!

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Thanks! I can hardly wait to try it out!!!
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Ok, I read all 12 pages of this in one sitting yesterday.

Then last night I played around with my BS.

I think I have the Sizzix pads and plates figured out for myself:

multipurpose platform = building height
acrylic/clear plates = cutting
crease pad/self healing mat = scoring
silicone/rubber mat = embossing
impressions pad = embossing

Thanks for all the great tips! They gave a good starting point for playing!!!

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You also need the silicone (rubber) mat when you're using the texture plates. I love those!
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You also need the silicone (rubber) mat when you're using the texture plates. I love those!
yes, yes, yes...i counted those as embossing. i have one set and they are fun. but then i tried cuttlebug embossing folders and oh my goodness, BIG DIFFERENCE in the results! if i had to compare sizzix texturz plates and cuttlebug embossing folders it would go like this:

Sizzix Texturz Plates
Less expensive ($10 retail for 6 backgrounds on 3 two-sided plates)
Bigger (cover more than a quarter sheet of cardstock)
I'm THINKING maybe you could cut and emboss at the same time???

Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
More expensive ($6 retail for one design)
Smaller (covers less than quarter sheet of cardstock)
Can not cut and emboss at same time because it's a "folder"
MUCH deeper embossing
Better designs in my opinion
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Could someone please help. I would like to emboss only with my Nestabilities. I've tried the following sandwich and it did not work...

MPP Tab 1
Spellbinders Die blade side up
Cardstock
Tan Emboss Mat
Tan Emboss Mat
Cardstock shim (as noted and it just rolled up when I tried this)
Roll Through

And, exactly how are you supposed to be able to see where your die is if you are placing it in the above order?

Thanks for your help!
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Could someone please help. I would like to emboss only with my Nestabilities. I've tried the following sandwich and it did not work...

MPP Tab 1
Spellbinders Die blade side up
Cardstock
Tan Emboss Mat
Tan Emboss Mat
Cardstock shim (as noted and it just rolled up when I tried this)
Roll Through

And, exactly how are you supposed to be able to see where your die is if you are placing it in the above order?

Thanks for your help!

What didn't work in your sandwich? Was it too thick? Did your die move?
If you give me more information I will gladly help walk you through it!

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Here's a tutorial from Indigo Inklings

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Sandwich using SU's Premium Crease Pad. It came with no instructions. How do you build a sandwich with it?

I've read LOTS of posts about people not liking it and saying it's not really necessary SO I'd like to try it out before I send it back.
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So the top note die for the Big Shot is NOT compatible with the red sizzix machine? (I have the red machine....don't want to buy the new one if I don't have to.)
I don't knowwhat you mean when you say ' the red sizzix machine'. My Big Kick is red and the Top Note Die works great in it.
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I don't knowwhat you mean when you say ' the red sizzix machine'. My Big Kick is red and the Top Note Die works great in it.
The Original Sizzix Machine was Red
NONE of the Bigz or Bigz XL dies will work in this version because they are to wide

The Big Kick is Red and White and All Sizzix Dies will work in it.

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Sandwich using SU's Premium Crease Pad. It came with no instructions. How do you build a sandwich with it?

I've read LOTS of posts about people not liking it and saying it's not really necessary SO I'd like to try it out before I send it back.
In the very first post in this thread at the very bottom there is a downloadable .pdf file with instructions on how to build your sandwich using the Crease Pad. It can also be found in the .pdf File of different sandwich stacks for the Big Shot Machine.

This pad is supposed to be used with any die that has a "Crease" for Scorlines and such i.e. Scallop Envelope

For Example from bottom to top
Cutting Pad
Die Blade side up
Cardstock
Premium Crease pad
Roll through Big shot

There are 3 different variations that you can do if the Die isn't scoring or if the score lines are cut.

Not every machine will need to use a Crease Pad with their Dies. Each machine applies it's own unique amount of pressure.

I hope this answers your question. It's in the first post if you read through to the bottom

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Thanks for the great tip!

Got a question, how do you emboss/cut (at the same time) using the big shot and the nestabilities dies?

Thanks in advance! I love my sizzix.

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Thanks for the great tip!

Got a question, how do you emboss/cut (at the same time) using the big shot and the nestabilities dies?

Thanks in advance! I love my sizzix.

Loretta

Hi Loretta

You need the Crease Pad to Cut and Emboss in one pass
Hang on while I find the post for you

Here it is Indigo Inklings

The thickness of the Pad varies by the color. So you will probably have to shim your sandwich as well to get the best results.
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You need the Crease Pad to Cut and Emboss in one pass
Hang on while I find the post for you

Here it is Indigo Inklings

The thickness of the Pad varies by the color. So you will probably have to shim your sandwich as well to get the best results.
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Alicia;

Thanks so very much! I just love my nesties! I've seen so many neat things done with the emboss/cut at the same time. I just ordered the pinking circle from cut at home and can hardly wait to receive it!

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Help! I just got my replacement BS and still I am having problems, is it me? My things do not cut out sharply. they have "fringe" I can take that off but that will be a pain. Also there is embossing on the back of the paper from the cutting pad (the previous cut marks) and from the sizzlet itself (the whole square is imprinted onto my paper. Basically I can not reuse any of the paper that goes through. What am I doing wrong? Is it the dies is there too much pressure coming from the BS. If I do not use the tab one then they do not cut out all of the way. I am including two pictures so that you can see what I am talking about. If you enlarge them you can see it.
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It sounds like your machine is applying to much pressure to the dies as they are rolled through.

You're only cutting through one sheet at a time right?
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You're only cutting through one sheet at a time right?
Yes, one sheet, my sandwhich is this:

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the weird thing is this is the second machine in a row to do this. If I try no tabs it does not cut through the paper. I do not know what to try. I am trying to get together with my upline and see what she thinks, she just got a BS too. I probably will not be able to do that until after Christmas though. Any adivice would be welcome. Thanks
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Could it possibly be your die? If you press down the grey squishy stuff, look at the part of the die where you seem to have the problem. Perhaps in the manufacturing, the edge wasn't shaped probably, or there is a metal spur on it. Just a thought.

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cutting pad
sizzlet
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cutting pad

the weird thing is this is the second machine in a row to do this. If I try no tabs it does not cut through the paper. I do not know what to try. I am trying to get together with my upline and see what she thinks, she just got a BS too. I probably will not be able to do that until after Christmas though. Any adivice would be welcome. Thanks
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Help! I just got my replacement BS and still I am having problems, is it me? My things do not cut out sharply. they have "fringe" I can take that off but that will be a pain. Also there is embossing on the back of the paper from the cutting pad (the previous cut marks) and from the sizzlet itself (the whole square is imprinted onto my paper. Basically I can not reuse any of the paper that goes through. What am I doing wrong? Is it the dies is there too much pressure coming from the BS. If I do not use the tab one then they do not cut out all of the way. I am including two pictures so that you can see what I am talking about. If you enlarge them you can see it.
I have this exact same problem. It's unfortunate. As of now, only one side of the cardstock gets these imprints, so I just flip it and use the other side. It this way on all my dies, but so far I can live with it.
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I get the imprinted pattern on my die cuts once my plate is pretty cut up. I try to keep one plate for cutting until this happens, then switch to the other plate for a "clean" surface. The other thing you can do is try placing a sheet of printer paper on top of your cardstock, then put the plate down. Sometimes that will keep the texture from transferring. It may also give you the "shim" you need to get a better cut.

I am not a big fan of the Sizzlets. They don't really cut as cleanly as the Originals and Bigz dies, in my experience. And it is normal for them to leave an impression where the whole Sizzlet was. Hope you can get it all worked out!
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The other thing you can do is try placing a sheet of printer paper on top of your cardstock, then put the plate down. Sometimes that will keep the texture from transferring. It may also give you the "shim" you need to get a better cut.
This is a GREAT tip Amy!
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:34 AM   #474
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Thank you for all of your input. I hope to get this working properly. I maybe will steer away from sizzlets from now on. That is unfortunate though. I thought I could use anything and it would all come out nice. Like a scissor cut and no marks on my paper. I definately expect more when paying so much. I look forward to seeing how my bigz die works when I get it.
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A couple of reasons this could be happening and how to remedy:

1) Most likely, it's time for a new mat. The pressure situation looks about right or slightly on the too tight side. As the mats age and get worn down, they don't offer as crisp a cutting surface. From the scan, it looks like the mat is pretty well used based on the impressions left on the cardstock.

2) If new mats help a little, then instead of using the tabs on the platform, use cardstock or tape as shim. This will help get rid out the die bed outline that is ruining the stock for re-use.

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Looks like shimming is the answer as well as "newer" plates

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Old 12-16-2008, 11:30 AM   #476
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I have been reading the comments on the Sizzlets dies. I purchased the snowflake set of 4 sizzlets. I used the recommended sandwich using the MPP and my machine broke. I have used the Bigz Dies no problem. I never even got one of the snowflakes cut. The sandwich came out backwards at me. Then I could hear something rattling inside and now the handle is jammed. I was going to make Christmas cards. Has anyone ever had this happen? Has anyone ever used the Wizard who has also used the Big Shot? I would jut be curious to know which one you prefer. Let me know if you have. Thanks.
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Oh, yikes! I haven't had that happen! Where did you buy your Big Shot? I would take it back.
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I have been reading the comments on the Sizzlets dies. I purchased the snowflake set of 4 sizzlets. I used the recommended sandwich using the MPP and my machine broke. I have used the Bigz Dies no problem. I never even got one of the snowflakes cut. The sandwich came out backwards at me. Then I could hear something rattling inside and now the handle is jammed. I was going to make Christmas cards. Has anyone ever had this happen? Has anyone ever used the Wizard who has also used the Big Shot? I would jut be curious to know which one you prefer. Let me know if you have. Thanks.

I have the Wizard. I have the purple wizard. I saw the difference in all the other die cutting machines out there and came to the conclusion along with my dh saying "the Wizard is made out of steel and it's much much studier than the plastic die cutting machines out there". And besides that, the Wizard is universal and takes all other die cutting dies out there and also does all the other things that the Big shot does with the dies. And also an added plus which I love is "smashing bottlecaps in the Wizard...They go through the wizard like butter and I don't have to worry about breaking my machine. And if you get your sandwich stuck in the Wizard, you can unjam them and able to take them out of your wizard. I have many of the Bigz Dies and also the big Ellison dies and they all work in my wizard.
So for my money and what I paid for my wizard was worth the weight in gold. Not having to worry about something being plastic and worrying if it's going to be strong enough to pass through the machine.
I have the cuttlebug machine too, it was a gift and used a 50% coupon off, but find I'm always using my wizard for everything.
Hope you get your machine fixed or replaced.
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I have been reading the comments on the Sizzlets dies. I purchased the snowflake set of 4 sizzlets. I used the recommended sandwich using the MPP and my machine broke. I have used the Bigz Dies no problem. I never even got one of the snowflakes cut. The sandwich came out backwards at me. Then I could hear something rattling inside and now the handle is jammed. I was going to make Christmas cards. Has anyone ever had this happen? Has anyone ever used the Wizard who has also used the Big Shot? I would jut be curious to know which one you prefer. Let me know if you have. Thanks.
I have all 3 machines...Cuttlebug, Big Shot, and Wizard. I love the Wizard and I have never had a problelm cutting anything with it until now. I have the Quickutz Spiderweb die and I could not get it to cut in anything except the Big Shot. I actually only bought the Big Shot because I love the Baskets and Bloom die and I couldn't cut the whole thing at one time with the Wizard. Now, I only use the Big Shot for the Sizzix type dies. Everything else I use the Wizard. Oh, I only use the Cuttlebug Embossing folders in the Cuttlebug. That's the only reason I bought the Cuttlebug, as I "ruined" an embossing folder in the Wizard. The folder is all mishapen after using it in the Wizard. I'm not sure why, except perhaps the amount of pressure the Wizard uses was too much?? For me, I prefer the Wizard to all the other machines. Hope this helps!
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:24 PM   #480
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I found a Hello Kitty Big Shot for sale at the Bella stamps website. I'm wondering if this works just as well as the regular Big Shot. Anyone here see or have used it?

My two favorite things all rolled into one. It's definitely on my wish list.
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