This is my machine and the dies and embossing folders I used for these cards:
The first reason I went with the Sizzix Big Kick is that I already had a huge collection of dies from when I used the Sizzix Big Red Original Machine. While I had the Big Red I also purchased the Side Kick when they introduced Sizzlets which are much thinner smaller dies than the originals. The next reason was that I had tested out a Cricut at a scrapbook shop and found it much too complicated - it was great to be able to cut the same design in a variety of sizes and to be able to download cuts from online or design your own but the learning curve was greater than I was willing to do when I already had so much invested in my 'so easy' to use Sizzix. At this point I decided to upgrade my 'Big Red' to the 'Big Kick'. After I got the Big Kick I started collecting embossing folders. I use these nearly all the time. The machine is SO easy to use. You create a 'sandwich' with your die/folder and paper between some cutting plates. You put it at the front of the machine and crank the handle. It quickly rolls out the back complete.
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