How to Use a Cuttlebug Die in a Big Shot

Updated April 17, 2017

Die cut shapes are among the many embellishments paper crafters can choose when they want to dress up a project. To make die cut shapes, however, one must own a die cut machine, and there are many on the market. Each die cut machine matches a line of dies made by the same company to be used specifically with its machine. Don't worry, however, if you have a Sizzix Big Shot but you find a Cuttlebug die you like in the store. Cuttlebug dies can easily be used with the Sizzix Big Shot machine without any extra equipment.

Open your multipurpose platform to tab 1. Old machines may not have the multipurpose platform, so you'll have to purchase it separately.

Stack one of your cutting plates on top of the open multipurpose platform.

Place the Cuttlebug die on top of the cutting plate with the cut side of the die facing up.

Lay your piece of paper or cardstock over the top of the Cuttlebug die.

Position the second cutting plate on top of the cardstock. You now have a stack in the order of multipurpose platform, cutting plate, die, cardstock or paper and cutting plate.

Place the stack at the opening of the Big Shot.

Turn the handle of the Big Shot machine as the gently guide the stack into the opening until the machine grips the stack. Continue to crank the handle until the stack is pulled all the way though the machine.

Remove the die cut shape from the centre of the stack.

Things You'll Need

  • Multi-purpose platform
  • 2 cutting plates
  • Cuttlebug die
  • Paper or cardstock
  • Sizzix Big Shot Machine
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Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.