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Old 12-18-2009, 03:15 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!

I'm fairly new to card making and am trying to build my main supplies. I feel I need some more SU punches, but I'm also considering buying the Big Shot and don't want to spend the money on bulky punches if there are other options.

What would you do?

I hate hand cutting things (i.e. squares, ovals), so is there a suitable "nested" replacement for the punches? I've heard of nestabilities, but only seen them online, so can't really get a good feel of how valuable they are, what size they are, how they work, etc.

Are there any punches that you find are a must have despite having the big shot (decorative things like hearts, flowers aside, I'm thinking the labels, scallops, basic shapes).

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Old 12-19-2009, 03:17 AM   #2
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The nesties are a great alternative to punches. I bought several Marvy punches and then the Nesties appeared! I find they take up much less space and you have so many sizes of each shape. You certainly get more options for the money you spend on the Nesties. I store mine on magnetic sheets in a binder and it works for me as I do not have a lot of space. They work well in the Big Shot, although I still use my original Sizzix for my nesties.
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I love the nestabilities, but I find I still use my punches quite a bit (and I have a few!). If I am making multiple cards, I tend to go with nesties, but if I am just whipping out a quick card that I am not using my cuttlebug to create, I grab a punch instead because it is quicker. I know some people have an embossing/cutting station permanently set up, but I don't have the space. I also participate in several shoebox swaps a year, and punches are easier to take. You will find the nestabilities to be a good value, and I love how easy layering is with them. So sorry, but I vote for both!
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I'm with you, BSD. I have both and use both. Punches are quick and easy and better for cutting out after stamping. But if I need the smaller steps between sizes to make a narrower mat, it's Nestibilities all the way. They each have their strong points.

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