Big Shot 101 addresses FAQ’s regarding the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine and
Stampin’ Up!’s Sizzlits, Bigz and Bigz XL Dies.  Except as noted, the
information below
represents my “own experience” on how to use this great new machine and all the wonderful new dies. 

I will
update this information as I
continue to learn and experiment with more products.  Please check back
for new ideas and tips.  


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for samples and ideas. Also don’t forget about my Circle Scallop Tutorial and my Square Scallop Tutorial for great ideas.

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Bigz XL Dies (for example, Pennant, Baskets & Blooms
(featured)  6″ x 13 7/8″ x 5/8″ thick)

How to use:

  • Extended
    XL Acrylic Cutting Pad (6 1/8″ x 1/8″ x 14.5″)
  • Bigz XL
    Die face up
  • Card Stock
    or Designer Series Paper
  • Extended
    Acrylic Cutting Pad

TIP:  I find it helpful to
move the two acrylic plates slightly forward of the die (maybe an inch
or so) so that they hit the roller first.  The sandwich seems to grab

Bigz Dies (for example, Scallop Envelope, Top Note (featured), Pillow
Box, 5.5″ x 6″ x 5/8″ thick):

How to use:

  • Acrylic Cutting Pad (Big Shot)
  • Bigz Die face up
  • Card Stock or Designer Series paper
  • Acrylic Cutting Pad (Big Shot) or Premium Crease Pad (for deep
    etched score lines)

If you have any issues with the die cutting through part of the score
lines, the Premium Crease Pad is an excellent

Sizzlits (for
example, Birds & Blooms). Dies are much thinner than the Bigz Dies) 

How to use:

  • Multipurpose Platform Tab 1
  • Standard Cutting Pad (Big Shot
  • Sizzlits Die face up
  • Card Stock or Designer Series paper
  • Standard Cutting Pad

DSC_0269 Embosslits Dies:  Embosslits measure 2 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.  They
have both a positive and negative image that allows for simultaneous
cutting and embossing. 

How to use:

  • Multipurpose Platform (Tab 1)
  • Standard Cutting Pad
  • Embosslits Die with Cardstock inside
  • Standard Cutting Pad

Textured Impressions Dies
or Cuttlebug Embossing Folders:

How to use:

  • Multipurpose Platform Tab 1
  • Standard Cutting Pad (Big Shot)
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder with card stock inserted
  • Standard cutting pad (Big Shot)


 Texturz Plates (6″ x 1/16″ x 8 1/6″):  These leave a beautiful
but softer finish than the Textured Impressions Dies.  TIP: 
I mist mine with water first for the best (deepest) results.  Allow to
dry flat before adhering.

How to use:

  • Multipurpose Platform Tab 1 (use “No Tab” for thicker cardstock)
  • Texturz Plate facing up
  • Card stock
  • Texturz Silicone Rubber Mat (114615)
  • Texturz Impressions Pad (114614)

DSC_0273 Bigz
Dies (for example, Scallop Envelope, Top Note, Pillow Box, 5.5″ x 6″ x
5/8″ thick, from the bottom)

  • Standard Cutting Pads
  • Bigz Die Face Up
  • Card stock or Designer Series Paper
  • Standard Cutting Pads


Original Dies 4-3/4″x5-1/2″ (Blossom Party, Circles #2, Ovals, etc)

  • The Original dies are rule-based dies.
  • They cut through various materials such as paper, plastic, and chipboard.
  • Use them with Standard Cutting Pads.

How to use:

  • Standard Cutting Pad
  • Original Dies Face Up
  • Card Stock, plastic, chipboard
  • Standard Cutting Pad

DSC_0465 Movers & Shapers

  • The Curly Label Bigz Die is designed to coordinate with the Curly Label Punch (page 186 of IBC)
  • Use the coordinting die and punch to create exciting and unified projects.
  • Magnetic Movers & Shapers dies measure 2-5/16″x2-7/16″.
  • The cut images are slightly larger than the coordinating punch shapes.
  • Use with Exteneded Cutting Pads
  • Check out my tutorial for a step by step instructions of Mover & Shapers.



  • Results and tension may vary a bit from
    machine to machine.  Typically,
    simple adjustments by adding or removing a piece of card stock or two
    (acting as shims), will help create the right amount of pressure for
    your machine.  You should feel some resistance and hear a few clicks as
    your roll your sandwich through.  However, never force a
    sandwich through any machine
    .  You risk breaking the machine,
    dies and plates.

  • When adhering 3-D projects, use something stronger than Snail
    Adhesive if you want to avoid the dreaded “wardrobe failure.”  Sticky
    Strip or anything that offers a good bond is fine.
  • Big Shot Multipurpose Platform is 6
    1/4″ wide, 5/8″ high and 9 3/4″ long.  The standard Big Shot Acrylic
    Pads and Crease Pad are 6 1/8″ wide, 1/8″ thick and 8 7/8″ long
  • Scallop Envelope (Bigz Die) measures 3
    1/4″ x 2 1/2″–perfect for gift cards
  • Pillow Box (Bigz Die) measures 3 3/4″ x
    2″ x 5/8″ (party or wedding favors, small snack box)

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One thought on “Big Shot 101

  1. Avril Anderson says:

    Hi Jo, It’s Julie here! Yes Sister-in-law Julie! I’m just showing Avril and Anna your website and all the clever stuff you’ve done. They are very impressed and will keep an eye on your blog. Hope you have had a good weekend and I look forward to seeing you soon. Love Julie x x

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