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Q.  . . . have you come across any dies for various scalloped shapes? I love punches, but I am having such issues with my circle punches not cutting well (even after aluminum foil & wax paper), that I am wondering if perhaps die cutting is the way to go.

(and, yes, I understand if I die cut the shapes I will have to stamp AFTER the shape is cut, as opposed to centering the image in the punch window) . . .


A.  Kathy, the only thing I’ve found so far, are these 2 x 2" flower shape dies by Provo Craft for the Cuttlebug.  I tell you what, they’ve got some pretty neat dies, and from what I was reading, they are much thicker than Sizzix Sizzlits, QuicKutz, and/or Big Shot Thin Cuts Dies.  I suspect they are compatible with the Big Shot, but until I get my Multi-Purpose Platform, I won’t be able to purchase and test any of them.

Q.  In reading through your post, it appears that the multitude of brass stencils we all have hanging around cannot be used without a special adapter…is that so? Will they even work with that?


A.  Barbara,  according to Ellison the Big shot Multipurpose Platform can make any die thinner than a Thick Cuts die compatible for use, including other brands’ dies and embossing plates.


BTW, I genuinely appreciate ALL the suggestions so many of you have sent me via email, and within your posts here for how to resolve the Sizzlits Window Fiasco.  I must admit, that I DID indeed try them, including removing the foam from one of the dies . . . with no success.  And, now that I have removed the foam, I’ve voided the warranty so I can’t return the dies. 

Crapsicles! (insert rolling eyeballs)

  1. Julie,
    I have embossing rubber from ellison that I use to emboss with any brass template. I’ve only done it with my sizzix machine. ( waiting for my order with the big shot) I’ve cut old stamp containers to make the plactic case with. Hope this helps someone. Shawna

  2. i have been messing with the cut’n'emboss dies-the snowflakes-HOLEY MOLEY-these things ROCK!! With one pass through the machine your shape is cut AND embossed-no extra steps at all!! I will have some samples on my Blog ASAP-now off to check out the cuttlebug dies!

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