The lovely folks at Sizzix sent me a surprise treat just before Christmas and it was one of their amazing Big Shot machines. I have a small die cutting machine that I have used for smaller projects before, but never really used one of the Sizzix machines, so I was really excited try it.
According to Sizzix 'The Big Shot® die-cutting and embossing machine with 6” wide opening, is the perfect tool for a wide range of creative pursuits and caters for everyone from the beginner to the expert!' It was certainly really easy to use and somewhat satisfying too!
Sizzix also sent me a couple of dies to get started with and one was the sloth Bigz Die. These big dies cut almost anything including cardstock, felt, fabric, foam, magnet, leather, craft aluminum and many other materials.
Rather than just creating the sloth in normal neutral colours though, I had an idea to create a rainbow sloth. This was a process of cutting the main sloth shape in multiple colours of felt and then layering to create the body. I finished it off by adding the face, eyes, nose and eyebrows.
To finish, I used the machine to cut a back piece and then using a needle and thread, I sewed round the edge and filled the center with toy stuffing. I then stuck the sloth on top of a jar and filled with my sewing pins.
The whole process was really easy to do, but also quite time consuming as I needed to match up the layers of the coloured felt. It was however really great to use the machine in a versatile way. I am looking forward to using the machine for more projects and I'm going to try and use it on larger projects too. This is by no way an ad for Sizzix, but I wanted to have a go at making something that I could actually use - the sloth pin cushion is already in my craft studio!
Have you had a go at using a Sizzix machine? Which die is your favourite?