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    Hey everyone, I've been interested lately in doing embossing I already do the embossing with a stamp powder and melting. But looking at doing machine embossing so my question what machine would u say is the best ? That also does die cutting the other thing I don't understand is the mats do they come with the machine ? And how much are the dies and embossing folders I tried to do a google search but quickly became confused, thanks in advance
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    A bigshot has a multipurpose platform and cutting pads so you can use anything from the thickest dies that cut chipboard through to the really fine metal 'frame' type dies by selecting platform layers. It can take dies up to the platform size, approx C5 size but Grandcalibur can take bigger dies. I never make cards above A4 folded to make C5 so it doesn't bother me.

    Don't buy texture boutique (for embossing) as you will still (most likely) want to go on to die cutting. I haven't had a cuttlebug so I'm not sure about the different thickness of dies/ different platform thickness but I know people who have had both and they said bigshot is easier to use if you have problems with your hands.

    Bigshot can use cuttlebug dies etc. Have a look at youtube to see people using different machines with different dies.

    Embossing folders and dies vary so much in price, its hard to give you an exact price. Less popular brand embossing folders can start at £5 but some are nearer £10, multipacks can be cheaper. It pays to shop around when you have a particular die in mind.

    The cheapest bigshot I have found with multipurpose platform and two cutting pads is The Range at £59.99.

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    • #3
      Thanks for taking the time to reply I will bear that in mind It sounds like I should go for the big shot, I haven't made any cards bigger then a c5 either so will shop for that one
      CraftyBird3000 / Peacock Blue
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      • #4
        I would say Big Shot too. It is simple to operate and can take any make of die or folder that will fit the width of the machine. If you want to emboss panels for larger cards it is simple enough to join panels.

        Cutting edge crafts have the machine with MPP and cutting plates for £54.95 free postage and they have truly excellent customer service too. I am not in any way affiliated to them but they are good. Wherever you choose to buy I would make sure the multi purpose platform (MPP) is included - some places sell the machine with the solo platform with shim which are not as good as they require a little more faffing about to get the sandwich just so.

        If you do an online search you can usually find starter deals which have dies and embossing folders and card stock included, but unless the designs are ones you would use its best to get the machine and then pick and choose your dies. Some dies and embossing folders are really versatile.

        Sizzix main website has a mega sale and you can pick up dies and embossing folders really cheaply. The postage is a bit steep though but can easily be offset by the bargain savings if you can afford to splurge a little or can do a share buy with a friend and split the postage costs.

        Hope that helps...

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        • #5
          Christa, thankyou for that information it was very helpful i have been doing a little more research and think i will go for the big shot thankyou both
          CraftyBird3000 / Peacock Blue
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          • #6
            I got the big shot in hobbycraft for 54.99 very happy
            CraftyBird3000 / Peacock Blue
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            • #7
              Good for you...you are going to love what a difference it will make and the creative opportunities it will provide...have fun!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by LadyLizard View Post
                I got the big shot in hobbycraft for 54.99 very happy
                Great! You will have hours of fun out of it.

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                • #9
                  Eep already had lots of fun die cutting and embossing I'm obsessed when I started crafting I always said oh I will never use one of those but I love it
                  CraftyBird3000 / Peacock Blue
                  my blog - http://craftybird3000.blogspot.co.uk/
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                  • #10
                    The big shot is fab isn't it? Had mine over a year now, always thought before "oh, why would you want a die cutting system, surealy it's a pointless waste of money on all the dies"... how wrong was I?!!! I love mine not only for the die cutting but for the embossing too. Definitely one of my best ever craft purchases such a big help to my crafting!
                    Lilly
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                    • #11
                      Hi, i have owned both a big shot in the past and i now have a cuttlebug, they both do the same type of things but i find the cuttlebug more compact, i tend to use the thinner dies such as spellbound, marianne etc.... once you have a a few goes you soon remember which platforms to be using. I would recommend a day out at a Hobbycraft exhibition, i am going to one at the NEC in March as you and have a go and try them all out before you commit to buy one, these shows have all manner of crafts to go and you get some really good deals too, if you don't live near the NEC they are all over the country and are put on by ICHF - take a look at there website for one near you. i have been going for years and always come away with something new !!
                      Life is too short to wonder "what if"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by LadyLizard View Post
                        Eep already had lots of fun die cutting and embossing I'm obsessed when I started crafting I always said oh I will never use one of those but I love it
                        I was the same...wasted ages as I fought the idea of the 'need' for a die cutter. ..and once I got my big shot I couldn't understand how I ever managed without it....and that was way before I realised all the fabulous things I could do with it beside plain cutting or embossing... You are going to love it more and more...

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