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Old 09-28-2021, 11:42 AM   #1  
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Question Spellbinders Platinum 6 or Platinum 8.5 Inch?

Hi. For several months, I’ve been wrestling with what kind of paper cutting machine to get. After excluding programmable cutters (e.g. Cricut) and electrical die cutters (e.g. Gemini and Anna Griffen), I decided on a Spellbinders Platinum for the control it gives.

Spellbinders Platinums come in two flavors - the Platinum (8.5” plate) and the Platinum 6 (6” plate). Since the Platinum was about seven dollars LESS than the Platinum 6, I ordered one. I know that the Platinum 6 is smaller and lighter than the Platinum, but…

Are there any other benefits of the Platinum 6 over the Platinum (8.5)? Any downsides for the (8.5)? Any comments overall?

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Both machines exist in my house.  My daughter uses the Platinum and I have the Platinum 6 that I use with the Glimmer machine.  Basically you can cut larger items in the Platinum, like anything that needs a base larger than 6 inches to cut.  I have cut on the Platinum 6 many times.  I have not embossed on the machine.  My daughter has.   They give directions.  Basically my Platinum 6 was purchased on the clearance rack to use with the Glimmer machine.  I have a Big Shot Plus that I use for most everything else, so I tend to use it for embossing as I know the sandwich.  I have had dies that were easier to cut in the Spellbinders machines that wouldn't cut in the Big Shot.  I use the embossing plate with my SU embossing folders that need the special plate or a lot of shims to get good embossing.  Enjoy your machine!  Spellbinders makes great machines.

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Lisa,



Thanks for the feedback.   Other than being a bit larger, it sounds like there is not much difference between the 6 and the 8.5.



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Personally I like a bigger machine on principle. I got the bigger Gemini for example. I think it is more flexible. You can always run smaller stuff in it. So I would have done exactly what you did.

I am sure you watched comparison vids on you tube...they did not mention anything? Interesting the bigger one was cheaper...the smaller one may be more popular for space issues. If space is an issue that matters. If you are going to be picking it up and moving it, weight matters.

Lisa-you did not want to run glimmer thru the bigger one? Glimmer says it is compatible...
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Margot, the Glimmer Machine is quite compatible with the Platinum. It is also compatible with the Big Shot and Big Shot Plus machines. I was struggling with the Plus machine and keeping my foil plates in line. It is probably just me and my physical issues. I tend to have balance issues at times so anything that frustrates me or I have difficulty with, I tend to spend more money to make it easier for me. So I purchased the Fun Stamper Journey model when it was on clearance. I seem to do better with running the foil machine through. I am still learning my foil machine. I have found Hammermill paper to be wonderful with Glimmer Foiling. I am trying it today and am pleased more times than not.

Because I have the Big Shot Plus machine which I am more familiar with, I have not embossed with the Spellbinders machine. I use my Plus machine for that. My daughter has embossed with her Platinum and has great results.

It is a super powerful machine. Stephanie Bernard with The Stamps of Life uses it all the time in her videos.
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Thanks for explaining Lisa.
I just feel bad that it seems like people are using several machines to play with instead of being able to just have one.

I am glad to hear I could run glimmer in my big shot! I have not gone even near that rabbit hole although it looks like a lot of fun, but then we have to have more than kind of foil and plates etc. But if I ever decide to do it...I have a machine that will work! Yay!
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Hi,

I decided to go with bigger Spellbinders for more flexibility. The only minor issue I’ve had is with complex dies - they are harder to crank through. Overall, I’m happy with it.

Thanks for the feedback.

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I have the Platinum and love that I can cut so many dies in one swipe! Also, a tip with larger dies is to lay them on the plate at an angle rather than straight up and down. It helps to go through more easily.
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Thanks for explaining Lisa.
I just feel bad that it seems like people are using several machines to play with instead of being able to just have one.

I am glad to hear I could run glimmer in my big shot! I have not gone even near that rabbit hole although it looks like a lot of fun, but then we have to have more than kind of foil and plates etc. But if I ever decide to do it...I have a machine that will work! Yay!
You might like this video:
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Wanda,

Thanks for the tip. That should help a bunch.

One other thing I like about the Spellbinder machines is that they fold up. So even though it’s bigger than the smaller machines, when folded, it takes very little more room under my desk where it’s stored!

Vic,

Thanks for the link. One thing I noticed was the she was using a Sizzix machine with the Spellbinders glimmer machine. I wonder if it would work even better using a Spellbinders cutting machine.

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Wanda,

Thanks for the tip. That should help a bunch.

One other thing I like about the Spellbinder machines is that they fold up. So even though it’s bigger than the smaller machines, when folded, it takes very little more room under my desk where it’s stored!

Vic,

Thanks for the link. One thing I noticed was the she was using a Sizzix machine with the Spellbinders glimmer machine. I wonder if it would work even better using a Spellbinders cutting machine.

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Here's another Glimmer unboxing - this time using a Platinum 6:
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Thanks for the video. Looks interesting.

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Hello...
would like to check is spellbinders platinum 8.5 still come with smaller accessories?
I ordered mine from JoAnn store, after checkout then realized that the website didn't state the measurement clearly. I wrote them email but unfortunately they are not able to advise and they can't cancel my order.
The way to cancel the order is to refuse to accept the package , but I gotta pay the shipping cost, to Singapore the cost is super expensive ,I can buy another machine.
So I am panicking don't know what would I received ? The smaller accessories or the larger. I hope there is no more smaller accessories package shipped to customer. And I am looking forward to hear any feedback from you. Thank you in advance. Happy crafting
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thecraftylicious, Welcome to Splitcoast Stampers. My daughter has the Platinum 8.5 inch, and it came with smaller cutting plates. All of the plates involved were smaller, like the size usually with the Platinum 6. She has no trouble with the smaller plates as they cut and emboss perfectly for her.

I just read Joann's website and it says standard plates. I looked on Amazon for more information and is still says Standard size. A question where the plate size is addressed says: The "standard" plates are 8 3/4" x 6 1/8." For the bigger or multiple dies, you'll need the large plates, but for most of your die cutting the standard size will do.
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thecraftylicious, Welcome to Splitcoast Stampers. My daughter has the Platinum 8.5 inch, and it came with smaller cutting plates. All of the plates involved were smaller, like the size usually with the Platinum 6. She has no trouble with the smaller plates as they cut and emboss perfectly for her.

I just read Joann's website and it says standard plates. I looked on Amazon for more information and is still says Standard size. A question where the plate size is addressed says: The "standard" plates are 8 3/4" x 6 1/8." For the bigger or multiple dies, you'll need the large plates, but for most of your die cutting the standard size will do.
Thanks for your reply, lovinpaper.
May I know how long your own the platinum 8.5 ?
I know that spellbinders first launch the machine that time alot of people complaining about the smaller accessories. ​​​​​​Just wondering is spellbinders still ship the smaller accessories?
I have a sizzix big shot, wanted a bigger machine for use with bigger die cut.
I think I couldn't put a high hope on receiving a bigger accessories.
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Hers was purchased in 2019. For your sake, I hope what I found was not current and they are shipping larger plates.

Now Spellbinders website says larger plates are included it the newer machines. Hopefully that will be your case. https://www.spellbinderspaperarts.co...-8-5-platform/
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Hers was purchased in 2019. For your sake, I hope what I found was not current and they are shipping larger plates.

Now Spellbinders website says larger plates are included it the newer machines. Hopefully that will be your case.
Thank you so much, Lisa.
Hopefully they will ship the latest version out, finger crossed.
I will come back here and update once i received mine.
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My Spellbinders 8.5x11 Platinum just quit cranking. Only had it a couple of months. Before I get another one, I'd like to figure out why. I used it with Glimmer and with open and closed dies and coverplates. The plates did warp but I don't think enough to be the issue. Any ideas?
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Melanie1234, I would NOT be happy if that happened to my machine. I’ve only had mine a week so can’t give you any advice. Sorry. I did post on the General topics forum for advice on embossing. Have you contacted the company? I hope they will be able to help you. It’s an expensive machine.
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Thank you so much, Lisa.
Hopefully they will ship the latest version out, finger crossed.
I will come back here and update once i received mine.
Received my platinum back in November! it came with larger accessories, what a relieve!
however, not sure because it is new, i find it quite hard to roll the dies over, unlike the big shot, very eary to turn and cut like cracking a peanut.
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