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Big Shot 101

Big Shot 101

Hi All!

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Today’s video is about the Sizzix Big Shot! When I first got this tool, I used it every so often. But, with all the new and interesting products you can use with it, I end up using it on almost every project. It’s one of my favorite tools.

If you are thinking about buying one, I would consider getting it from Amazon, where it’s usually offered at a really good price. And prime shipping is available if you are an Amazon prime member.

In the video, I start with the basics of what comes with the Big Shot, the various accessories I have, the types of dies/folders, and the sandwiches that go along with them.

After that, I go into multiple Big Shot techniques that go beyond just die-cutting. I’ve used pretty much all of these techniques over the years, but now they are consolidated into a single video. Hopefully you’ll learn a little and also get a little refresher for further inspiration.




To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Sizzix Impression Pad
Sizzix Impression Pad
Sizzix Rubber Pad
Sizzix Rubber Pad
Precision Plate
Precision Plate
Sizzix Mylar ShimsSizzix Mylar Shim Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Magnetic Die Storage
Magnetic Die Storage
Peaceful Pines with Framelits
Peaceful Pines with Framelits (save 15%)
SSS Stitched Ovals
SSS Stitched Ovals
SSS Stitched Circles
SSS Stitched Circles
Ice Cream Cone Die
Ice Cream Cone Die
Honeycomb Embossing Folder
Honeycomb Embossing Folder
Woodland Birch Folder
Woodland Birch Folder
Next Level Woven Folder
Next Level Woven Folder
Lawn Fawn Spring Showers
Lawn Fawn Spring Showers
Martha Stewart Mini Scoreboard
Mini Scoreboard


  1. wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 9:44 am


    Darlene, this information is going to be invaluable for me. Although I’ve done some of these techniques, I really have learned a lot from this tutorial refresher course. Thanks so much. You are 100%!

  2. wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Sharon Farrah

    Great refresher! Thanks Darlen.

  3. wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 1:56 pm


    Thanks so much! I think sometimes we get so caught up in trying new echniques that we forget the basics. Your explanations and video are done so well. I really enjoyed watching it.

  4. wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 1:58 pm


    I use a Cuttlebug, so your sandwich is not the same, but the ideas you showed can be used on that machine. I can’t use the new 6 X 6 embossing folders, nor the magnetic plate. I do use a metal plate that helps the wafer thin dies that are intricate cut, like a flourish die. Thanks for showing the many things you use the Big Shot for.

  5. wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Patty Beers

    Thanks that was very helpful.

  6. wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Shirley H

    Thank you, Darlene, for this tutorial/refresher BIg Shot video. I especially appreciate your hint of misting card stock before using a Next Level embossing folder. Mine is on back order and now I’ll know how to get the best results when it arrives.

    I find all our videos easy to understand and I always learn something new from you. 🙂

  7. wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Patty Beers

    I am really confused. I ordered the Precision base plate. Everyone that I have seen demonstrated and also yours has a shiny steel side to it. Mine has a black slate like surface and the dies mark it. It is not shiny. I am starting to think I didn’t get the right one but it says Sizzix Precision Base Plate and the wrong side says This is not a cutting surface and it has a butterfly thinlit picture. with directions and all. Why does mine have a slate like surface on the cutting side and different pictures. I can’t even remember who I got it from but I am going to go back and check. I thought maybe you might know if they changed it recently.

    • wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Patty, someone else is asking the same question, so you are not alone. Please report back on what you find out.

      • wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 6:49 pm

        Patty Beers

        I checked my orders and it came from Simon Says Stamps. The picture on my order confirmation is like yours but mine isn’t the same at all so I sent them an email. I will let you know what I find out.

        • wrote on September 20th, 2015 at 9:35 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Patty emailed me back to let me know she contacted Sizzix. They said they changed the precision plate to a phosphorus coating. They didn’t give a reason. So, if you have the darker coating, all is well!

  8. wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 6:03 pm


    Very informative. I’ve had a Big Shot for years and love it. I just got that basket weave embossing folder from WRMK. Thanks for the tip on how to best emboss with that folder.

    Have you tried the Ink sheets it’s them? I’ve got some, but haven’t tried it yet.

  9. wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Diana Trout

    Thanks so much! Great video and resource.

  10. wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Pat Wortham

    That was a very in depth tutorial! Thank you so much. Good job!

  11. wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 7:51 pm


    Very helpful… thank you!

  12. wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Carol Mac

    Nice refresher. I often forget about inlaying your dies back into the piece you cut them out of., I must remember that one. Love your easy to understand videos! Thanks!

  13. wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 8:39 pm


    Thanks so much for the overview. I love my Big Shot, too and can’t imagine card making without it.

  14. wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 9:24 pm


    That is a great utube which you do so well and I enjoy learning all the little tips and tricks and new ideas that springboard from these.
    Great job Darlene and thank you for being so kind and lovely in sharing your creativity and know how with us. 🙂

  15. wrote on September 10th, 2015 at 12:35 am


    Lovinpaper said she can’t use the magnetic plate with her Cuttlebug, but there IS a magnetic plate that fits in the Cuttlebug. I use it 99% of the time for both die cutting and embossing. The soft plates that come with it eliminate all the trial and error with paper shims. It’s called “genius” by Lifestyle Crafts. I found it at Michaels. It’s rather expensive, but I used Christmas gifts money, so. I don’t feel guilty for spending so much on a hobby item. 🙂

  16. wrote on September 10th, 2015 at 6:34 am


    Thanks so much, Darlene– you provide us with such great information consistently!

  17. wrote on September 10th, 2015 at 8:47 am


    Thank you dear Darlene, this was very informative!
    Even if one has a little Cuttlebug, these techniques can still apply!

  18. wrote on September 10th, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Susan Berry

    Thanks Darlene, this video was very informative and didn’t realize all the different ways I could use my Big Shot. Thanks.

  19. wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 1:57 am


    Hi Darlene,

    Did you know that when you buy the blue/teal big shot you can only get the extended multi purpose platform. When you buy the black one, you get the standard multi purpose platform.


    • wrote on September 19th, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Interesting Belinda, I didn’t know that! Do you think it’s preferable to have the standard or extended?

      • wrote on September 20th, 2015 at 2:54 am


        Personally I would prefer to have just the standard one. I don’t have a lot of room and I find the extended one annoying because of that. I do have a larger die that I would need the extended platform for, but then the other thing is that the clear plates are still the standard size, so I guess I would probably still have to get the extended plates to use that die anyway!!!

  20. wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Rachel Hawn

    Thank you Darlene! What a wonderful reference!

  21. wrote on September 14th, 2015 at 10:19 am


    Thank you so much. This was so clear and informative. You do a great job and I appreciate it so much.


  22. wrote on September 16th, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Jennifer Stark

    This was crazy informative. I have hung in there with my cuddlebug and keep thinking I need to upgrade to a Big Shot. I have trouble when cutting out intricate dies. This was a great video. You’re the best. Thanks a million.

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