Sizzix 101

Welcome to Sizzix 101! If you’re familiar with our products, you probably already know about many of the fantastic crafting possibilities our die-cutting systems have to offer. And if you’re new to us, you can get acquainted with us right here!

In addition to this brief overview, our website is full of inspirational projects as well as helpful information about our machines, dies and embossing designs. When you’re done here, feel free to read more about it to continue your Sizzix journey… But right now, let’s get started with the essentials!

What is die-cutting?

Die-cutting is like using a cookie cutter. A hand-operated, die-cutting machine uses steel rule die shapes to cut through a wide range of materials quickly and easily.

What makes die-cutting better than scissors?

The use of scissors takes time and patience. However, die-cutting transforms the tedious task of cutting numerous letters and shapes into a fast, fun and easy endeavor-replicating the same perfect shape over and over again.

How do I get started?

It’s simple. Pick Your Machine:

Manual

Our Big Shot, BIGkick and Vagabond machines cut paper, grungeboard, fabric, felt, craft metal, leather, foam, shrink plastic and most things in between! Able to elegantly emboss paper, cardstock, vellum and thin craft metals, the portable Sidekick and SophistiCut machines transform single sheets of lightweight- to-cardstock paper into die-cut creations. The Texture Boutique Machine is dedicated to elegantly embossing paper and cardstock. Explore our manual machines.

Electronic

The eclips2 is an electronic shape-cutting machine that allows you to electronically manipulate and cut shapes to your customized preferences. It is perfect for detailed shapes and personalized designs. Discover the eclips2.

Select your dies…

Steel-Rule Dies

Originals, Bigz, On the Edge and Movers & Shapers dies use a steel-rule blade to cut almost anything, including cardstock, felt, fabric, foam, magnet, leather, craft aluminum and many other materials. Use steel-rule dies to embellish clothing and create large and lovely decorative shapes, bags, cards, envelope, lettering and more!

Chemically-Etched Dies

Designed to cut a single sheet of cardstock, Sizzlits cut with ejection foam to ensure that the fabulous little shape being cut it is easily removed from the die and ready to use. True to their name, Thinlits are innovative wafer-thin dies that cut, emboss or stencil thinner materials. They range from our simplest to most intricate designs. The design of a Framelits allows for perfect registration (with no ridges to obscure), which is useful for cutting around stamped images or sentiments as well as easily cropping photos, precisely cutting windows in a card and even 3-D layering. Select designs are also available with coordinating stamps or embossing folders for the most precise cuts around these stamped or embossed images.

Choose your embossing tools...

Textured Impressions Embossing Folders turn ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil or vellum into an embossed, textured masterpiece. Embosslits combine die-cutting and embossing into one easy step to make papercrafting embellishments a snap.

What materials can I use?

Sizzix brand machines can cut, emboss and texturize many materials including:

  • Cardstock
  • Chipboard & Mat Board
  • Construction Paper
  • Cork
  • Craft Metal
  • Craft Plastic
  • Fabric
  • Felt
  • Flexible Magnet
  • Grungeboard
  • Grungepaper
  • Leather
  • Poly Foam
  • Rubber
  • Shrink Plastic
  • Vellum
  • Vinyl
  • Wood Veneer

Start creating!

Now that you’ve selected your machine and your dies, just pick the material you would like to cut or emboss and you’re ready to go! To assemble the perfect Sizzix sandwich to roll through your machine, please consult the instructions that came with your machine or the product pages on our website. Watch our videos now to get started.

What type of projects can I create?

Sizzix products lend themselves to endless forms of creative expression. Use your Sizzix Machines, Dies and Embossing Folders for:

  • Cardmaking
  • Fashion
  • Home Décor
  • Jewelry
  • Papercrafting
  • Quilting & Appliqué
  • Scrapbooking

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