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juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,370Member
edited June 2012 in General
I have been playing with the new Fiskars Fuse machine. Before I got it, I had lots of questions, as I am sure you do. Foremost in my mind was the question of what will it do that my other embossing, die cutting machines will not do? In addition, I wondered how this new machine compares to the other machines? Are parts from one machine interchangeable with with parts from another? In this review I hope to answer these and other questions you might have.

As with all machines, your needs will dictate which machine will work best for you. What you already have in terms of dies, adapter plates, cutting plates, embossing folders may also dictate if there is value for you in upgrading to the Fiskars Fuse.

What does the Fuse do?
This new machine has five different functions including Die-cut+Letterpress, Die Cut+Press (embossed design), Die Cut Only, Letterpress only (inked impression), Press Only. Its ability to do perform these different functions is more a function of the new Fiskars die system rather than the machine itself. If you already have a Big Shot, Big Shot Pro, Big Foot, Zip e' Mate, Sizzix Machine, Ellison, Acuquilt, Accucut, Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Vagabond, or Cuttlebug, etc., you should be able to use the new medium size Fiskars dies in your current machine. You may have to work with the adapter plates and cutting pads a bit to get the correct thicknesses for the various functions. So, you may not need a new machine to be able to Die-Cut+Letterpress, Die Cut+Press, Die Cut Only, Letterpress only, or Press Only.

The Fuse does have the option to cut larger dies that are up to 12 1/4" wide, which puts it in a different class from many of the others that are smaller. Those familiar with the larger Ellison, Accucut, Westminster, and Big Shot Pro machines will appreciate the added value of this larger size format. Until Fiskars is in full production of the large size dies, users of this machine will need to rely on the makers of other large format dies and cutting plates to take advantage of the larger size format of the Fuse. The larger dies are very expensive, as are the cutting plates. The standard platforms and cutting plates for the Big Shot Pro and Westminster machines are perfect fits for the Fuse, so if you are eager to cut with some of your larger dies on the Fuse, you may be able to get what you need from other companies until Fiskars makes them available. I was able to cut hundreds of envelopes on the Fuse using my Bigz Pro envelope die with the same precision that I get with the Big Shot Pro (Westminster). On the Big Shot Pro, the base platform and top cutting plate is required to cut these dies. On the Fuse, you do not need the base platform, just the top cutting plate or black perforation mat. This eliminates the need for a cutting tray as well. I don't have any extra long 24" dies to try on the Fuse, but I suspect that they will work fine for cutting fabric or paper on the Fuse.

The machine itself is very similar to the accuquilt machine, in that it is compact, and folds for storage. It weighs 23 pounds, so it is a bit hefty to carry or move around much. But it is nice to be able to remove it from my table when I will not be working with it.

What will the Fuse do that my Big Shot Pro cannot do? Well, it does fold up. It comes with some dies. The HSN deal included a number of additional dies and embossing plates. But purchasing just the new Fiskars dies, when they become available, will make more sense than purchasing a new machine. Big Shot Pro owners do not need the Fuse, in my opinion. However, the platform set for the Fuse might come in very handy for use on the Big Shot Pro for owners who do not have a nice set of adapter plates that are narrower than the full 12 1/4" ones that are available for the Big Shot Pro might appreciate the 7" width of this set of adapter plates when using dies, embossing folders, and embossing plates made by other companies.

Those who have one of the smaller format machines already, but would like to upgrade to a machine that handles the larger dies and larger homemade embossing folders, the Fuse may be an excellent option. I don't know of any compelling reason for purchasing the Big Shot Pro over the Fuse unless it were price. Getting a great deal on the Big Shot Pro and finding it in stock are tough. I got a good deal on my Big Shot Pro, but the HSN deal on the Fiskars Fuse was a better deal because of the additional dies and accessories. Check the sales, coupons, and do some comparison pricing before making your investment in one machine or the other.

Performance: Although the Cuttlebug did handle the medium size dies for the Fuse, the cutting pressure did not seem to be as great as what is available with the Fuse or Big Shot Pro. I was able to get very nice crisp embossing and printing with the letterpress dies in the Fuse. With the same die in the Cuttlebug, the inking and embossing worked, but not nearly as nice and crisp. The Cuttlebug also required some creative use of paper as shims as none of the Cuttlebug plate combinations worked perfectly with the Fuse dies. I'm sure with a bit more practice, I will find the perfect shim and plate combinations. The Adapter plates for the Fuse come with a nice chart to help you figure out which plates and shims work for other companies dies and embossing plates and folders. That is very handy. For the most part I found their recommendations to work well. Unfortunately, these adapter plates do not work in the smaller machines, due to their 7" width. It might be possible for you to use your existing plates and shims, along with some paper, chipboard, and cardstock shims, making the purchase of the more expensive Fuse adapter set unnecessary. Quickutz wafer dies were the only ones in my stash that were not listed on the nice chart that came with the Fuse adapter set. I quickly figured out the combination of Base, Shim A and Cutting plate works very well with the Quickutz wafer dies on the Fuse.

The optional Adapter set for the Fuse includes plates and shims that measure 12 7/8" long by 7" wide. I do strongly recommend that if you purchase the Fuse, and have dies, plates, and folders from other companies, that you do invest in the Fiskars Fuse Adapter Set. I prefer using these, even with the Fuse medium dies. The platform set that comes with the machine measures only 4.75" x 5.5" , too small for my comfort, even with the medium dies that have this same measurement. The cutting plate for larger dies for the Fuse is not yet available, so I have been unable to check its size. However, the Big Shot Pro cutting plate works very well in the Fuse.

For those who care to do the math, you may find some workable combinations using your current machines, platforms, and cutting plates with the Fuse dies. Here are some measurements of different cutting platforms, plates, and shims that I have in my stash for comparison purposes:


Big Shot Pro platforms measure 12.25” x 14.25”
Base .5265”
Cutting Plate .091”
Black Embossing Mat .1130”


Fuse Platforms Regular measure 7” x 12 7/8” Large Platform ?
Base .5265”
Shim A .0995”
Shim B .009”
Shim C .041”
Adapter Cutting Plate .1475”
Rubber .02”

Cuttlebug Platforms measure 5 7/8” x 7 5/8”
Platform A .2940”
Platform B .104”
Platform C .0135”
Rubber .16”
Black Platform .0585”

Spellbinders Tan Pad .16”

Let me know if you have additional questions.
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  • KarenPKarenP Posts: 4,028Member
    edited June 2012
    Wow thanks Julie. I can't find a big shot pro so I ordered but mine won't be here until July. I wonder if sizzix is coming out with a new machine!
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  • MichelleMyBelleMichelleMyBelle Posts: 4,348Member
    I have never heard of this one before. Must go and check it out.
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  • KarenPKarenP Posts: 4,028Member
    @MichelleMyBelle we first heard of it from a HSN special with a good price and payments too.
    Missouri
  • MichelleMyBelleMichelleMyBelle Posts: 4,348Member
    Thanks @KarenP, I just checked it out. Looks very interesting. I need to wait until my no name embossing machine breaks. Maybe it will just have an accident LOL
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  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,370Member
    Hey, those are easy to break @Michelle I have broken 3. I will not be purchasing another. Hint: if your "sandwich" is too thick, the machine breaks.
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  • KarenPKarenP Posts: 4,028Member
    @juliefes, the Fuse machine breaks? not the sandwhich? or are you saying the no name breaks?
    Missouri
  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,370Member
    The no name breaks. My experiments on new machines are notorious for causing damage, even though I try to always follow the instructions that come with the machines. I like to test their limits when I get them. If they are going to break, they will break during my testing sessions.

    I did manage to ruin one of the Fuse plastic letterpress/embossing plates by making my sandwich too thick. I accidentally used the wrong shim. The too-thick sandwich would not go through the Fuse, so no damage to the machine but one end of the plastic letterpress piece was crushed in the process. I wonder if I can get it replaced? I will probably write to Fiskars about this. The same mistake punched a hole in the rubber mat. Looking at the ruined letterpress/embossing piece is making my mind whirl with the possibilities of designing my own letterpress embossing pieces. My son's first question as we started playing with our new toy was "I wonder if you could cut your own letterpress/embossing designs?" Where there is a will, there is a way.

    The part of these pieces that presses and embosses is raised only .02", which is a thickness that our electronic cutters can handle. From previous tests on my cutters, I am thinking that magnet material may be the best option for this. I am still looking for magnet sheets that are 12"x12" that are not too expensive. Magnet sheets cut very well on my electronic cutters, and they work very well under pressure for embossing. I haven't played with the letterpress possibilities of magnet material, but I suspect that it will work.
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  • KarenPKarenP Posts: 4,028Member
    edited June 2012
    @juliefes did you see my thread making embossing from the plastic sheets at Lowes. You can buy those sheets in many thicknesses elsewhere and in various colors including clear. The one's at Lowes are $2 for 15x19. It cuts great and I got really good impressions I thought.
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  • Mariel014Mariel014 Posts: 260Member
    Good information. Do not use dies, use cutter. Have cuttlebug and many folder. Is enough.
    Marie.
  • cleversomedaycleversomeday Posts: 1,129Member
    Julie,
    What a fantastic review. Thanks so much for providing all this detail, but not so much for the enabling :)
  • paupau04paupau04 Posts: 4,771Member
    great review Julie, very useful information, I just got my machine the other day and can't play til the weekend. I got a message from HSN, one of the dies or plates may be defective so they are already sending out replacements, so maybe this might be the reason it broke, or you are just like a kid at Christmas that breaks her toys the very first day =))
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  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,370Member
    edited June 2012
    Yes, @KarenP, thanks for that lead. I just purchased some of those sign blank sheets at Lowes last night. I won't have much time to play with that until Saturday, but I might sneak in a few cuts just to see how they might work with the back sides of the letterpress plates that are smooth and flat. Or I can just make my own base plates from chipboard layers, as they serve basically as spacers.

    @Mariel014, I use my cutters a lot more also, but you cannot beat the embossing using these pressure rolling machines. The only dies I purchase for cutting with are those that I needs hundreds of. For example, I am preparing for my local cardmaking class next week, during which we are making piles of cards to send to soldier friends overseas. We need hundreds of envelopes for the cards. Since I can cut 6 to 8 envelopes in one swipe with the Bigz Pro Envelope die in one quick pass of the die in the machine, this will be much, much more efficient than using my Zing, Cameo, Pazzles, Gazelle, Craft Robo, eCraft, EClips, and the unnamed cutters all at the same time - if I could keep them all fed with mats and paper. When cutting rag blocks for the ten rag quilts I made last year, the investment in the one die I needed for cutting all 400 of those blocks was well worth it. Having the machine handy for doing that job was great.

    So, not everyone needs a machine that will emboss and work with dies. But those who need to cut more heavy projects - thicker fabric, leather, wood, metal etc. that may not cut well on our electronic cutters, having the additional machine, dies, embossing folders, etc. can be helpful.
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  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,370Member
    @paupau04, I hope I get a note from HSN. I just contacted them by phone, and they were willing to replace my entire machine for that small plastic piece, but I thought that would be a huge waste for them to send out an entire new machine. So they gave me a refund of $20 on my purchase for the defective part. They are replacing my adapter set. Excellent customer service, by the way!
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  • KarenPKarenP Posts: 4,028Member
    Julie, I would love to see a photo of the big shot pro and fuse together for comparison. If you use the same folder between the 2 do you see any difference at all? I believe you stated above the Fuse will emboss slightly wider than the BSPro, is that correct?
    Missouri
  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,370Member
    I am teaching the rest of today, and am unavailable tomorrow, so I will try to get some photos Saturday, unless some spare time pops open between now and then.
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  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,370Member
    Although the opening on the BS Pro is 1" wider than the opening on the Fuse, the largest die that either will take is exactly the same. The cutting plate for the BSP is 12.25" wide, so that is really the widest die it will handle. The Fuse works with this same cutting plate, same width. My extra large Bigz Pro envelope die measuring 12" wide by 12.75" long works equally well in both machines.
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  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,370Member
    edited June 2012
    Here is a quick photo comparison between the Fiskars Fuse (left), and the Big Shot Bro (Westminster) on the right.image
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  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,370Member
    edited June 2012
    @KarenP, thanks for your request for the embossing comparison between the Big Shot Pro and the Fuse. Using the exact same folder, exact same adapter plates, I see a definite difference in the crispness of the embossing. Here is a photo. Not sure if the photo shows the differences. This experiment tells me that the BSP has a slightly different height than the Fuse. I added a thin shim to the sandwich on the BSP, and got a bit better impression, but the Fuse still wins on this. Then I thought I would add some paper shims to see if the embossing would improve on the BSP, but those sandwiches would not feed into the BSP. So, guess I will be using the Fuse for my embossing folders. This particular folder is one by Darice. BSP impression on the left, Fuse impression on the right. image<img
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  • KarenPKarenP Posts: 4,028Member
    Julie, thanks for the extra work and the photos. Is the Fuse embossing on the left? Since my Fuse delivery is delayed I wondered if I should cancel....but I am liking what I see and hear.
    Missouri
  • daffeydildaffeydil Posts: 2,798Member
    @KarenP, I think Julie said the fuse embossing is on the right and looks much crisper than the one on the left. This photo impressed me with the capabilities of the Fuse.
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  • KarenPKarenP Posts: 4,028Member
    @daffeydil thanks. I see that now. In the last sentence.
    Missouri
  • sandyjsandyj Posts: 628Member
    Thanks for all this, I was sorely tempted by the fuse. But not really needing the plates included with the Hsn deal, I decided to wait and see if I can use coupons at joanns and be picky about the designs I get. But your review has definately sold me.

    I can definately see the crispier embossing on the right, I just wasn't sure if it was the lighting.
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  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,370Member
    I showed the sample embossed sheet to some of my music students who came in, and they could see a definite difference in the embossing from the two machines. I didn't get a photo of the better embossing of the BSP, but its best was still not as good as the Fuse embossing. There is a tighter fit of the embossing folder in the fuse to create the difference. Perhaps the Fuse has greater pressure as well? Not sure on that.
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  • Mariel014Mariel014 Posts: 260Member
    Juliefes, not mean insult. Mean have many folder work with cuttlebug. Is enough what I need. You make good review help others. My words clumsy but try.
    Marie.
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    @Marie 1014, not insulted at all. You are doing fine. It is nice to have you here.
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  • DarleneIDarleneI Posts: 2,325Member
    Hi Marie,
    I like the comparisonreview, too, but will be using my Cuttlebug til it breaks. I always like the new stuff comparisons. Helps me make up my mind when I do buy new things. Darlene
  • SydneysMomSydneysMom Posts: 1,860Member
    Can't decide whether I want the Fuse or the BSP. I read some comments on HSN that the foam pad wears out too fast.

    Does anyone know if Joann's ever carry the Big Shot Pro in their stores? I was hoping that when it comes back in stock I could use a coupon.
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  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,370Member
    The BSP is never stocked in the stores, but they do have it in the online store. There are sometimes sales and coupons that apply. However, you usually either get free shipping or the coupon discount. Shipping on this item is exhorbitant (some charge $65). Others have lower shipping rates. Whenever Joann's had the BSP on sale, they were always out of stock. I watched the prices on these for several years before I finally purchased mine elsewhere.

    The BSP plates also have to be replaced. This is not unique to the Fuse. You can use the BSP crease pad, plates, etc. with the Fuse if you want to. I think the same reason that the Fuse produces better embossing, accounts for the deeper cutting into the rubber mat. The rubber mats are very thin and designed to be easily replaced.

    My plan is to use rubber, .184" thick, that I found in the garden shop at home depot called "Pond Liner" (on rolls and sold by the feet). A purchase of 1 foot, is very wide, and will make many 12"x12" replacement rubber mats.
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  • KarenPKarenP Posts: 4,028Member
    I have not seen the BSP online anywhere for a long time. That is one reason I purchased the Fuse. Sizzix did tell me they would be back in stock and in stores in July probably.
    Missouri
  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,370Member
    If coupon code 123064...20%off at HSN works on the Fiskars Fuse, you should be able to get the HSN package for $239. plus shipping. Get it before July 2 to use this coupon. The lowest price I ever saw on the Big Shot Pro was $227 plus shipping at Joann online on sale. Watch the sales and keep us posted on great deals for either. Once the machine hits the stores, it will not have all the HSN extras, and most likely 40% off coupons will not apply as is common for machines. But they might go on sale for 25% off.
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  • paupau04paupau04 Posts: 4,771Member
    I should work I didn't see any restrictions and I did a major purchase this morning.
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  • cleversomedaycleversomeday Posts: 1,129Member
    So Julie, what plates would you recommend getting in addition to the HSN bundle? Looks like the Fuse extra plates are too small.
  • KarenPKarenP Posts: 4,028Member
    edited June 2012
    When I called because of a problem with my order the 20% coupon would not work on the Fuse. They do have them in stock!! :>)
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  • SydneysMomSydneysMom Posts: 1,860Member
    Karen-
    So the 20% coupon that Julie listed doesn't work on the Fuse? Right now Amazon has 5 BSP in stock. I'm a Prime member so shipping would be free and no tax but the machine is $399.95.

    Julie-
    Overall do you think that the Fuse is a better buy over BSP? I too would like to know what extra "stuff" I should buy if I decide to order the Fuse.

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  • KarenPKarenP Posts: 4,028Member
    edited June 2012
    @SydneysMom I had to reorder my Fuse over the phone due to an error and the customer service person tried to apply the coupon and could not but try it.

    Just me but I definitely would not pay full price on BSP.
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  • paupau04paupau04 Posts: 4,771Member
    I just called HSN (for the 5th time today), the rep said that the coupon couldn't be apply to craft machines, (which I thought was usually just Cricut). I couldn't put a dummy order in because I have already used the code. Karen, the code also couldn't be used with the "today's special" so I don't know if your special circumstance prevented coupon use. I used the code on a sewing machine, which I consider a craft machine. So it may just apply to cutters. Maybe someone else can try the code with a dummy order
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  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,370Member
    edited June 2012
    Karen, I think you can find a better deal on the BSP. It is worth waiting for a sale. The adapter set is important to get if you want to use embossing folders, or dies from other companies. Fuse dies are ok, but will not serve broader purposes that most crafters have. The large cutting plates are important only if you want to cut larger embossing folders or dies. Fiskars Fuse Rubber Mat and Cutting Plate (Large) is an additional accessory listed as required for cutting the large Fuse Design dies.

    In the event you cannot find these and need them for projects wider than 7", try using the accessory cutting plates, platform, and shims for the Big Shot Pro.
    Sizzix Big Shot Pro Accessory - Solo Platform, Shim & Wafer Thin Die Adapter
    Premium Crease Pad, Standard
    The Big Shot Pro Accessory platform, shim and wafer thin die adapters were not availabl when I got my BSP, so I have been making do with multiple solo platforms, cutting plates, and chipboard shims. I may invest in this set. The Premium crease pad is important for boxes. I had to use this with the Fuse, because the regular cutting plates caused the score lines to be cut through. I used the BSP Premium Crease Pad to cut my Bigz large envelope die on the Fuse. For those larger projects you will need either this or the large Fuse Rubber Mat and Cutting Plate.

    I can do some more experimenting tomorrow, as I am on my way out for the remainder of the day and evening.
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  • KimKim Posts: 2,457Member
    I am not sure I can appreciate you sharing all the great information on the Fuse. Now I have the "I want's" and that is not what I was needing! LOL. It looks like an awesome machine but where would I put it!!! I think I need to move DH and DS out of the house so I can expand my craft room. They will not be happy with that!

    Seriously, great info and certainly a machine worth considering! I love the large format!
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  • KarenPKarenP Posts: 4,028Member
    Julie, is wasn't me looking @BSP at full price it was Christine but I agree. I have a Fuse coming so no longer looking for BSP.

    Yes, Paula, my order could have been a special circumstance so the coupon should still be tried.
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  • SydneysMomSydneysMom Posts: 1,860Member
    DRATS!!! The HSN coupon code worked!!! Now it's in my shopping bag and I'm itching to hit purchase!!! What should I do???? Don't answer that!
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  • Calgalcr8sCalgalcr8s Posts: 2,623Member

    I just ordered and the coupon code worked!! @SydneysMom...Go for it!!


  • SydneysMomSydneysMom Posts: 1,860Member
    Calgal - I took the plunge!!! I purchased the Fuse, the Fuse adapter kit, Big Shot Pro Adapter pad as suggested by Julie. This forum is so bad for my pocket book!
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  • SydneysMomSydneysMom Posts: 1,860Member
    Just ordered the Big Shot Pro Solo Platform, Shim & Wafer Thin Die Adapter and the Premium Crease Pad. Wasn't I only going to buy the Fuse machine itself? Hmm.
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  • SydneysMomSydneysMom Posts: 1,860Member
    Question - did I buy everthing I needed? Can someone clarify for me the difference between the Sizzix Adapter pad and the Solo Platform? I'm getting confused.
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  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,370Member
    Be careful which accessory plates that you purchase, if you are looking for 12"x12" ones. Photos can be deceiving. Fiskars Fuse Large Cutting Plate W/Mat is the one you want for the Fuse and large dies. So far I have only found it here: http://www.scrapbook-creations.com/249210.html

    If you are purchasing Sizzix brand accessories, make sure that the products you are purchasing are for Big Shot Pro to get the larger size:
    Sizzix Big Shot Pro Accessory - Solo Platform, Shim & Wafer Thin Die Adapter
    I have seen the Solo Platform and Shim sold separately, but I haven't seen the Wafer Thin Die Adapter sold separately, so you may need to get this set. For sure, get the Sizzix Big Shot Pro Standard Premium Crease Pad. It is the same size as, and can be used instead of the standard cutting plate.

    On the BSP, the base plate for all purposes is the Solo Platform. Adapter pads are added to this platform for use with thinner dies and embossing folders. I have never had an adapter pad for the BSP, but have instead used two solo platforms, a set of cutting pads (or two - as these wear out), the premium crease pad, and homemade shims as necessary for the particular die or embossing folder I am working with.
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  • SydneysMomSydneysMom Posts: 1,860Member
    Thanks Julie you are a wealth of knowledge! I made sure to check the measurements of the accessory items as the pics can be deceiving like you said.
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  • SydneysMomSydneysMom Posts: 1,860Member
    Julie- do I need the BSP cutting pad or is the solo platform, adapter, premium crease pad and shim & wafer thin die adapter enough?
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  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,370Member
    edited July 2012
    The BSP cutting pad is the same size as the premium crease pad, so you may not need it. The cutting pads get the most wear, though, and may wear out. If the cutting pads are less expensive, it makes sense to use those for most purposes, saving the premium crease pad for the times you need it for creating score lines.
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  • SydneysMomSydneysMom Posts: 1,860Member
    Thanks Julie!
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  • cleversomedaycleversomeday Posts: 1,129Member
    @julifes magnet sheets do work to cut letterpress plates (see Lindsay's frugalcrafter blog) but if u can't find 12x12 then you might want to try the green rhinestone material. Next problem is going to be inking something that big.
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