OK so I have an electronic little cricut but I did not until last week have a bigshot.   All embossing had to be done the old fashion way – stencils, light box and an embossing tool.  Needless to say I use the embossing tool at lot (it’s a useful item) but rarely hand emboss.  I even recently learnt that dry embossing is this old school way of embossing images!

So, the tax return was better than expected, the bigshot was on special (AUD$99) and I needed cheering up so a bigshot was acquired.  A quick demo and discussion with the very helpful lady and the craft store, purchase of some embossing folders on sale and I was on my way.

It’s now home, much heavier but easier to use than expected.  I’ve embossed scraps, tried double embossing and embossing large sheets of paper.  Read online about “shims” which I thought were metal sheets but apparently are silicone spacers to let you use your old-fashioned stencils in the bigshot.  So many possibilities.  Question is though – will it be a regularly used item or one of those which I only use occasionally?

I was quite impressed by the ease of the die cutting but resisted the urge to buy any as I do already have my little cricut and software to do whatever I can imagine.  The convenience of not having to plug the bigshot in though is enticing but then again I don’t have to pay for anymore dies!  It seems in this life we are never quite satisfied with our lot and there is always something better around the corner.

I am now considering whether I should sell my fiskars shapecutter (the original one) and accompanying templates along with the punchmate and some of the punches I don’t really use.  They are, what the tech lovers would call, old technology but still, they work just fine.  It’s just that my skills and expectations have moved on…..



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