I am looking at the Sissix Big shot online. Live in Ireland so ordering from hobbycraft as it's best price and delivery charges. It would be Xmas gift from DH.
I am just wondering as dies are expensive are they worth it... I do some scrap booking (smashbooks) and creative journaling. I want to get into making cards but tbh we only send about 30+cards a year. So any advise??
There are cheaper for options if you go for other brands than Sizzix which would help with costs. Also have you looked at the computer options like a Cricut explore? Especially if you are handy with a pc you can make your designs for free (lots of YouTube tutorials on the software you can use) You can pick up the Air machines secondhand for an ok price - probably not much more than a big shot + the dies. I went for an electronic cutter as I didn’t want to buy a metal die every time I started a new project. I don’t make a lot of cards but I also cut fabric for appliqué projects, vinyl and make small gift boxes etc so it’s very flexible and cuts larger than a Big Shot
If you are only interested in a few card shapes for cards another option might be to buy the precut shapes from eBay and Etsy sellers - although I appreciate if you are in Ireland the postage charges might be more.
Sizzix machines last forever so if you want to get into manual die-cutting they are the best brand in my experience (I’ve had just about every machine on the market bar the Cameo/Silhouette type).
I’ve been buying dies for over 15 years and they’re actually cheaper now than they have ever been. If you want mega-cheap then China is the place to buy from, either via eBay or AliExpress. A set of nesting dies typically about £2 including p&p but you do have to factor in a longer wait for them to arrive.
I wouldn’t buy a die cutting machine unless restricted by budget. I’d recommend a Cricut machine, then you can cut the same image in whatever size you choose. You can find many images free to download online. The newest machine is the Cricut Maker and is £££, but the Cricut Explore is not so much. The Cricut are more expensive to begin with, but far more adaptive.
I have a Big Shot Plus and a Brother Scan n Cut. The YouTubers I recommend are ScrapbookingMadeSimple (really informative and helpful, but very long) and Jennifer McGuire ink - really incredible designs. Dies can be expensive, but I shop around, and you soon learn how to get more use from each one.
I could just cut the A4 size card I have to size but not sure it's economical. I won't buy envelopes without matching cards again!
I buy Making Special Cards magazine and it's a bit expensive but as I get more confident I make quite a few cards from the pack. I can't remember the name of the card magazine I used to buy years ago but it was the best one. They stopped doing them as not economical anymore.
I have a Fiskar card cutter which is well worth the money.