Sizzix is one of many brands of die cut machines for home crafting use. Sizzix make four types of die cut machines: the original Sizzix, Big Shot, BIGkick and Side Kick. If you find a die cut that you like but is not made by Sizzix, it might still work with your machine. Some die cuts made by other companies are compatible.
The original Sizzix machine can cut and emboss material. The Sizzix is compatible with the following die cut:, Spellbinders Wizard, Spellbinders Texture Plates, Brass Stencils, Zip e cut dies, Zip e slim dies, all Quickutz dies, all Cuttlebug dies and embossing folders, all Bosskut dies, Sizzix original dies, Sizzix Sizzlits, Sizzix Clearlits, Sizzix Embosslits, Sizzix Decorative Strips, Sizzix Alphabars, and Sizzix Simple Impressions.
The Big Shot and BIGkick machines can emboss and cut material and has a wider opening than the original Sizzix to allow the user the ability to use bigger dies. The Big Shot and BIGkick are compatible with the following die cuts: all Spellbinders dies, Brass Stencils, all Zip e cut dies, all Quickutz dies, all Cuttlebug dies and embossing folders, Fiskars texture Plates, all Bosskut dies and all Sizzix dies.
The Side Kick machine is a compact cutting and embossing machine. The Side Kick is compatible with, Zip e cut dies 2-inches-by-2-inches or smaller, Bosskut dies 2-inches-by-2-inches or smaller, Quickutz dies 2-inches-by-2-inches or smaller, Cuttlebug dies, Cuttlebug embossing folders, Sizzix Simple Impressions, Sizzix Sizzlits, Sizzix Clearlits, Sizzix Embosslits and Sizzix Decorative Strips.
Using the Dies
The Sizzix machines use a sandwich made up of dies and spacer plates to reach the thickness needed for the machine to apply enough pressure. With the original Sizzix and Side Kick, stack your die on top of Sizzix adapter pads to reach the thickness of an original Sizzix die cut pad. With the Big Shot and BIGkick, use additional spacer plates to reach the thickness needed for the sandwich to fit tightly into the machine.
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