One of the questions I answer the most frequently through Facebook is "Will that die work in my machine?" With Sizzix having so many different types of dies and embossing folders and plates as well as several different machines with different types of cutting pads, it is easy to understand how there can be confusion over whether your machine will work with the new die you have your eye on!
Today I want to share a tip with you that will help you answer not only "Will it work?" but also "What do I need to make it work?" The answer is only a few mouse clicks away at Sizzix.com!
In this example I will use the new Square Ornate Frame Pop 'n Cuts die as an example. To check to see if this die works in your machine, simply go to Sizzix.com and locate the die you are considering. The site includes a search bar as well as several menus that make finding the die you want super quick.
When you locate the die, you will see that there is a text area that describes the die and a link to downloadable instructions. Below that text, you will see clickable images of all compatible Sizzix machines. If the machine you own is shown (or a version of it) then you know that this die will work for you! If your machine is not shown, then unfortunately the die will not work in your machine.
If you click on the image of your machine, a pop up window will appear. This window will show you what die cutting supplies you will need for the die to work in your machine. In this example, you see that to use the Square Ornate Frame in the Big Shot you will need an Extended Cutting Pad, an Extended Crease Pad, and the Pop 'n Cuts base die. You can click on any of those images in the pop-up to view more information about each of them.
Another great feature I love to point out is the tab for "Related Projects". If you are contemplating the purchase of a die you might want to see ideas of it in use before buying. Or maybe you own the die and need some fresh project ideas for the die. This is the tab to click on! This die is brand new so there is currently only one project example, but many of our dies have several examples for you to see.
If you click on a project image that you like, you will then visit a project page that includes instructions for the project.
If you click on the "Products Used" tab, you will see links to other Sizzix products that were used for the project.
You will see that for the project we selected, the Pop 'n Cuts base die was shown. If you are thinking about Pop 'n Cuts, you will definitely want to visit this page since it has a link to a great instructional video by Pop 'n Cuts creator Karen Burniston. While you are there, be sure you click on the "Related Projects" tab...
... and prepare to be blown away by all of the examples of Pop 'n Cuts projects! These projects all feature the base die with the different interchangeable inserts. And of course, if you click on any of them...
... you will land on another great page of project instruction and links. The fun and die cutting inspiration is just never ending!
In case you are wondering, all of these web features will work on mobile devices with internet access. If you are at your local craft store and are wondering about that die, go ahead and reach for your smart phone and visit Sizzix.com. You will be able to find out if it will work with your machine, what accessories you might need (you don't want to get home without them!), and also get some inspiration for all of the ways you can use the die when you get home!
I hope you found this little feature tour of Sizzix.com helpful! I love these features and use them all the time myself. I absolutely love that they make it so easy to answer the question of "what machine?" and "what cutting pads?" either at home or on the go.