I took my own weekly layout challenge to create scrapbook page. After the layout was competed, it just needed something. Then a little voice began saying "Mommy, can I use your turny thingy?" The little voice wasn’t in my head, it was my 4 year old asking to use my Sizzix machine. Now my creative juices are flowing, the scrapbook page definitely needs some help from Sizzix. Seeing that my BigKick, is so easy that my 4 year old regularly uses it. I should be able to explain to you how it works.
If you must know, that is how this post was dreamed up. A 4-year-old asked to use his mommy’s BigKick. I thought, if a 4 year old can use this awesome little die cutter, so can you! Since Stampin’ Up! will be offering the BigShot & other Sizzix accessories on September 2nd it is also a great way to introduce Stampin’ Up! customers to Sizzix.
Here is my completed scrapbook page, which was completed using Blueprint’s Week 1’s layout challenge.
If anyone asks, it was the monkey's idea to put the "y" on backwards. Speaking of Monkeys, that is what we are going to demonstrate today using the "turny thingy" AKA BigKick and Bigz™ Monkey die from Sizzix.
Step 1 - Place on of the cutting pads on the machine as shown in the above picture.
Step 2 - Place the Bigz™ with the cutting surface facing up, as shown above.
Step 3 - Place the paper over the die as desired. There is an example above. In this case, 2 pieces of paper were placed over the monkey's body. One piece is the Chocolate Chip for the monkeys body, the other is Very vanilla for accents on the monkeys belly and ears.
- You can cut up to 5 sheets of card stock with the Bigz die and BigShot
- When using Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! (double sided paper), place the desired side of the paper facing the cutting surface so that you do not see it. This will produce the desired die cut. This is especially important when making letters.
Step 4 - Using the handle on the side of the machine, roll the cutting pad, die and paper sandwich, shown above, through the rollers.
- The roller handle can be installed on either the left or right side depending on your hand preference.
- To prolong the life of the cutting pads, turn them over after to each use and alternate them from the bottom and top. You don't need to number them or create a log to keep track of this, just look at them if they look warped just turn them over. You will notice from the picture above that my cutting pads are well used. They truly last a long time.
Step 5 - The picture above shows the die cuts after I pealed the excess paper away. The very vanilla monkey isn't completely in tact. Only the ears and tummy section were needed so a smaller piece of paper was used to conserve paper. This monkey was entirely made of scrap paper from a previous project. How cool is that?
Step 6 - To complete the monkey, the tummy and ear pieces were popped out of the very vanilla monkey and glued to the Chocolate Chip monkey body. In the picture above, the perforations in the white monkeys ear can be seen. Since this is such a small detail, scissors were used to trim them from the very vanilla monkey die cut instead of popping them out, before they were glued to the Chocolate Chip monkey body.
Here is the finished page again, so that you can see the completed monkey again.
At this point, you should be seeing the possibilities of the BigShot which will be available along with other exclusive dies from Stampin' Up! on Sept 2nd. Next Tuesday's Tool Time will discuss the Multipurpose Platform which allows the BigShot to use dies from other companies besides Sizzix!