Materials that the Big Shot can cut

materials for the Big ShotI’ve been receiving a lot of questions lately about the Big Shot.  Of course this is the best time to invest in one seeing as it is Sale-A-Bration time!  I decided to try out various materials and see if the Big Shot could cut through them. 

The picture shows the materials I found around our house to try.

Here’s what you’re seeing: 

  • Contact paper
  • Thin sheet of metal (sorry, I don’t know what kind)
  • ChipboardCork cut by Big Shot
  • Shelf liner
  • Felt
  • Cross stitch canvas
  • Cork
  • Milk carton
  • Fabric
  • Magnetic strip
  • Craft Foam
  • Makeup sponge

I was very impressed with how easily these items went through the machine.  The only real difficulty I had was with the magnet.  It cut perfectly well but got stuck in the die and took a little work to get it out.  I’m sure the fact that the blade is steel and I was cutting a magnet didn’t help any!

sponge cut by Big ShotStampin’ Up! has released a list of 50 “approved” items for the Big shot.  Most of these items were on that list but not all of them.  I do not have a lot of the items on the list to try.  A few of the other items they list include thin leather, fine sandpaper, shrink film, terry cloth, balsa wood and more.  If you have questions feel free to send them my way.


  1. Really interesting post!! Are you cutting all these materials with the bigz and original dies only?

  2. Hi I’m looking for someone who can tell me the differences ,if any, between the Sizzix Big kick and the Big Shot. I know there is a small difference in size. Do you know of any other differences?
    Thanks for your help.

    • Theresa, I actually called the Sizzix company before I bought my Big Shot to ask the difference between the Big Shot, Big Kick, and the one they made for jewelry stamping (sorry I can’t remember the name of it but they don’t even make it anymore). They told me there was absolutely no difference in the internal makings of the machines; that the only differences were strictly cosmetic. So I chose the buy the one from StampinUp because they offered an extra year’s warranty on the machine and if I bought it with my credit card the card company gave another year’s warranty on top of that. Hope this helps.

  3. My Stamping Up rep showed us a soda can with the top and bottom cut off then a cut up the seam. The aluminium will flatten easily and the die cuts the can perfectly . We did a flower and decorated a gift bag

  4. Thank you for sharing the information about the ” Materials that the Big Shot can cut” . It looks like it can cut just about everything.

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