The tutorial that wasn’t

This post was supposed to be a tale about how to save scrapbooking dollars, or more precisely, a tutorial for how to create your own 3-D flowers that don’t cost between $4 and $5 for half a dozen, such as the ones below.

I gathered my basic materials: heavyweight stabilizer, fabric and cutting die.

Then I layered my materials sandwich-style, according to the directions that came with my Big Shot® die cutting machine: acrylic cutting plate, Sizzix® cutting die, stabilizer, and—for good measure, in order to save time—the fabric—followed by a second acrylic cutting plate.

I ran the layers through the machine, and was disappointed that the die didn’t cut through all of the layers. “Needs more pressure,” I said to myself. So, I re-cut a scrap of stabilizer and fabric, and added a crease board. “That should do the trick,” I thought.

However, that turned out to be a bad idea.

I must admit that I learned a very interesting science lesson about the power of the wedge, and also the fact that the Big Shot® consists of “solid core steel rollers, unibody cast roller housing, solid steel gears, and ABS (high impactic) plastic exterior.” Many screws and washers later, I salvaged what I could.

R.I.P. Big Shot® . . . I guess I voided the three-year limited warranty, huh?

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5 Responses to The tutorial that wasn’t

  1. Edi says:

    Oh no! That stinks!
    There have been a few times I thought I was going to over do it with my Bind-it-All too.
    The Sizzix is great for cutting thick layers since it relies on your own force for pressure, but it’s also big and bulky!

  2. Rose says:

    That’s too bad! I’ve wanted to experiment with felt flowers, but I don’t know if I have the patience to cut them all out by hand. It would be great to find an easy machine method for it.

  3. Erika, Artful Rising says:

    Well, the good thing is you now have room for something else:)

    It’s a Wrap Link Party at Artful Rising

  4. storybeader says:

    sorry you broke your machine. Judy:1, Big Shot:0 …
    Always wondered how they worked – seen them in Hobby Lobby, I think.
    I guess they’re better than scissors… sometimes! {:-D

  5. Nancy says:

    Oh gosh! I hate it when things like this happen. Just goes to show you when something’s metal inside it just might need the same treatment outside!! Yikes.

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