Cuttlebug and Big Shot Sandwich Cheat Sheet

Although I use a Big Shot to do all of my embossing– I know some of you use the Cuttlebug.  But, sometimes, it is hard to figure out just the right “sandwich.”


So, I decided to make up a little chart, a cheat sheet if you will, to help you out– in building your sandwich, whether you use the Cuttlebug or the Big Shot!

I hope this helps!!

Keep in mind–it is always better to start out with less of a sandwich and add to it–whether it is another plate or a shim–you never want to force your favorite embossing tool, too much!  I have heard of plates breaking–although it has never happened to me.  If this does happen, don’t worry too much–they are all replaceable!!  And, if there are any on here that you don’t see–let me know and I would be happy to add them!

Feel free to Copy and Print these out 🙂

Cuttlebug Sandwich     Die Cutting          Embossing

Cuttlebug Plate APlate BDie (cut side up)

Cardstock

Plate B

Plate APlate BFolder (with cardstock inside)

Plate B

NestabilitiesYou will need an embossing mat to emboss,or a plumbers gasket cut to size. Plate APlate CSpellbinders Die

Cardstock

Plate B

Plate ADie with Die cut still in DieEmbossing Mat

2-3 Cardstock Shims

(try 2 first)

Plate B

Plate B

Sizzix Big Shot Plate BCardstockDie (cutting side down)

Plate B

Plate APlate BFolder with Cardstock inside

Plate B

Cardstock shim

Revolution Dies Plate APlate CDie

Cardstock

Plate B

Sizzlits Plate APlate BDie

Cardstock

Plate B

Sizzix Originals & other Steel Dies Plate BCardstockDie

Plate B

Sizzix Cut N Fold Dies Plate ADieCardstock

Plate B

Chipboard Shim

OR TRY

Plate B

Cardstock

Die

Chipboard Shim

Simple Impressions Plate APlate BFolder (cardstock inside)

Plate B

OR TRY

Plate A

Chipboard Shims

Folder (cardstock inside)

Plate B

QuickcutzRegular and Grand Plate APlate BDie

Cardstock

Plate C

Brass Embossing Stencils Plate APlate BBrass Stencil

Cardstock

Embossing Mat or Plumber’s Gasket

Plate B

Texture Plates Plate ATexture PlateCardstock

Embossing Mat

Impressions Pad

(sold in Sizzix Texturz Starter Kit)

Possible Shim

Plate B

Compliments of Sarah at www.pinkcricut.com

Big Shot Sandwich      Die Cutting    Embossing

Spellbinders Dies with Magnetic Placement Pad Multipurpose Tab 2Acrylic MatMagnetic Placement Mat

Spellbinders Die

Cardstock

Acrylic Mat

Multipurpose Tab 1Acrylic MatMagnetic Placement Mat

Spellbinders Die

Cardstock

Tan Emboss Mat

Possible Cardstock Shim

Acrylic Mat

Spellbinders Dies w/o Magnetic Placement Pad Multipurpose Tab 2Spellbinders DieCardstock

Acrylic Mat

Acrylic Mat

Multipurpose Tab 1Spellbinders DieCardstock

Tan Emboss Mat

Tan Emboss Mat

Cardstock Shim

Cuttlebug Multipurpose Tab 2Acrylic MatCuttlebug die

Cardstock

Acrylic mat

Multipurpose Tab 1Acrylic MatCuttlebug Embossing Folder

Acrylic Mat

Wafer-thin DiesQuickutz Multipurpose Tab 2Acrylic MatWafer-thin Die

Cardstock

Acrylic Mat

Metal Stencils Multipurpose Tab 1Acrylic PadMetal Stencil

Cardstock

Silicone Rubber

Impressions Pad

Sizzix Texturz Multipurpose Tab 1Texturz PlateCardstock

Silicone Rubber

Impressions Pad

Sizzlits Multipurpose Tab 1Acrylic MatSizzlits Die

Cardstock

Acrylic Mat

2.5 inch folders Multipurpose no tabAcrylic MatEmbossing Folder

Acrylic Mat

Embosslits Multipurpose Tab 1Acrylic MatEmbosslits Die

Cardstock

Acrylic Mat

Clearlits Multipurpose Tab 1Acrylic MatClearlits die

Cardstock

Acrylic Mat

Simple Impressions Multipurpose Tab 1Acrylic MatSimple Impressions Embossing Folders

Acrylic Mat

Sizzix Big Dies Acrylic MatDieCardstock

Acrylic Mat

Originals Dies Acrylic MatDieCardstock

Acrylic Mat

Movers & Shakers XL Acrylic PadDieCardstock

XL acrylic pad

Compliments of Sarah at www.pinkcricut.com

40 thoughts on “Cuttlebug and Big Shot Sandwich Cheat Sheet

  1. Sarah you are awesome how you help all of us thanks so much, I copied this I have a cuttlebug and love it I don’t know anything about the Big shot, I have seen it but know nothing about it thanks Debbie

  2. Thank you! I can never remember the combination when I use something other than an embossing folder or die cut. This is very helpful!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  3. thanks for that i got the bigshot express but cant find anything like this for it so at the moment im still using my cuttlebug for nesties and thin dies to scared to try anything myself incase i break it 🙁

  4. Thanks for your cheat sheets from all of us who have the equipment but can never quite figure out how to use it correctly and, therefore, do not even try!!

  5. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I’ve always stuck with my Cuttlebug dies and folders as that’s the equipment I’ve got, but have recently received both Nestabilities and Sizzix products. Now I can use them!!

  6. I am in the process of deciding if I really ‘need’ a Big Shot, I have had a cuttle bug for ages & use it with much success. Your sandwich for the Big Shot is great, thank you, it is now printed out waiting for me to make my final decision.
    Heather (in Australia)

  7. for the cuttle bug instead of using paper shim or plumers Gasket in the UK we have now got something called a no shim mat it’s brilliant and can be used with all the old metal embossing dies and anything that needs some paper shim once you have tried it you wouldn’t be with out it honestly

  8. Thanks for the information, I’m just starting into the cuttlebug and cricut fashion and this will be very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I have tried and tried to print or copy the cuttlebug directions a d to no avail,,,,,,,,Is there a way you can e-mail me the cuttlebug directions only.

    thank you, this was so nice to share this with all of us.Maggy

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