Spellbinders PL-001 Platinum Cut & Emboss Machine, White
- Created with a Solid steel core construction, it effortlessly cuts up to eight layers in a single pass
- Machine can cut over 40 different materials including wool, Balsa wood, chipboard, craft metal, leather and so much more some heavier materials require Contour steel rule dies to cut
- Machine can be used with most standard Wafer thin/etched dies, embossing folders, texture plates, and Contour steel rule dies
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Spellbinders-platinum cut and emboss machine. The Platinum machine offers a compact easy fold-up design with a 8-1/2 inch wide Cutting platform. It is geared for minimal rotations with hardened steel gears. It will accept most brands of dies including steel rule dies. This 11x15-1/2x9-1/2 inch package contains one cut and emboss machine one pair of Cutting Plates one embossing plate and mat one standard platform one handle and instructions. Imported.
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Platinum Die Cutting & Embossing Machine
Designed with your creative versatility in mind, the Platinum Die Cutting & Embossing Machine is the latest in Spellbinders machine technology. This manual die cutting and embossing machine provides unsurpassed power and cutting pressure. The Platinum can cut over 40 different materials up to 8.5" wide, and as many as 6-8 layers thick, in a single pass using, Contour Steel Rule Dies. In addition, the Platinum can cut incredibly detailed wafer thin/etched dies as well as use embossing folders, and texture plates from most other brands. The extra width allows users to make their own full size bags, boxes and dimensional crafts. With Platinum you too can empower your creativity to 'Shape a Beautiful Life'.
Platinum can be used with most standard wafer thin/etched dies, embossing folders, texture plates, and Contour Steel Rule Dies.
Cuts over 40 Materials with Contour Steel Rule Dies. Including fabric, leather, metal, and more. Unleash Your Creativity!
The Platinum has all the muscle you need to cleanly cut today's most detailed etched dies. You can also cut up to 6-8 layers in ONE pass when using Contour Steel Rule Dies.
With the wide 8.5” platform, you can create full size bags, boxes, dimensional crafts, and so much more.
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|Cutting Surface Size||Up to 2.5” Wide||Up to 6” Wide||Up to 8.5” Wide||Up to 8.5” Wide|
|Machine Compatibility||Etched/Wafer Thin Dies & Die Embossing||Etched/Wafer Thin Dies, Steel Rule Dies, Single Side Embossing, Double Side Embossing, 3D Embossing, & Die Embossing||Etched/Wafer Thin Dies, Steel Rule Dies, Single Side Embossing, Double Side Embossing, 3D Embossing, & Die Embossing||Etched/Wafer Thin Dies, Single Side Embossing, Double Side Embossing, 3D Embossing, & Die Embossing|
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Platinum Die Cutting & Embossing Machine
The Platinum can cut over 40 different materials up to 8.5" wide, and as many as 8 layers thick in a single pass, using Contour Steel Rule Dies. The extra width allows users to make their own full size bags, boxes and dimensional crafts. With Platinum you too can empower your creativity to 'Shape a Beautiful Life'.
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As a large format machine, the Spellbinders Platinum’s cutting power is amazing- up to 8 layers at once (with steel rule Contour dies), takes paper, embossing folders, and dies up to 8.5” wide (letter sized and A4 sheets fit), and, when folded up, actually has a smaller footprint than the Big Shot machine by an inch (which only takes 6” wide dies and paper). Side by side pics of the Spellbinders Platinum Machine and the Big Shot Fabi edition included for comparison. The steel gear housing inside the Platinum machine is what makes it a powerhouse, and what makes it incredibly sturdy. I’ve used it to make thousands of cuts, primarily using intricate etched wafer thin dies and Sizzix Bigz Plus dies in addition to Spellbinders own Contour dies, and it hasn’t suffered any loss of cutting power whatsoever, giving clean, accurate cuts every single time. And the gear differential is designed in such a way that it’s easier to roll the dies through the Platinum machine with fewer turns than sending dies through the Big Shot. Those are the main reasons I prefer the Spellbinders Platinum to the Big Shot. To me, the Big Shot is more cumbersome to use and to carry around. And style-wise, it isn’t as elegant as the Platinum. Also, the Big Shot machine is known to loosen up over time, requiring more and more shims to deliver the same pressure as it had when it was new. This may also be true of the Platinum, but I haven’t encountered this yet. I cut hundreds of dies a month and it cuts just the same today as it did when I first purchased it a year ago.
Another reason the Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing machine is better than the Sizzix machines is that the Spellbinders Platinum comes with the tan embossing mat and purple embossing plate for cut and emboss etched dies (albeit the small version) and embossing folders. This is an additional separate purchase with the Big Shot or BIGKick. And to get the same size Big Shot die cutter- the Big Shot Plus, you’re looking at nearly a $200 outlay. And I don’t even want to think about the footprint of that machine!
I’ve been able to use all my embossing folders with the Platinum, from the ones Cricut made to Tattered Lace folders (and their incredible intricate dies) to the awesome 3D folders out there, like the ones WRMK put out for too short a time. And of course, Spellbinders own folders really do work wonderfully, especially their old M-Bossibilities line of folders and Cut n Emboss type folders from various manufacturers. The key is to get the sandwich the correct height for the folder you are using. Never try to force the sandwich through if it’s too thick. That would likely give you sore arms, and if you do manage to somehow jam the sandwich in and force it through, you’ll probably break a plate, break your die or folder, and send it flying across the room like a projectile. And you may even break your machine, definitely reduce its lifespan so please please, try different combinations until you get the correct one. I don’t own any A4 sized embossing folders, so I can’t speak to them, but I would expect that you’d have to purchase the large sized embossing plate and mat to have maximum versatility with them.
I’ve also used my Platinum machine to hot foil and letterpress using the Couture Creations GoPress and Foil platform and hotfoil stamps, in addition to hotfoil stamps designed for the British Todo machine. I haven’t yet purchased any Glimmer plates to try but I’m sure they will work just fine as well. The machine works well with the letterpress kit from WRMK too, if you were lucky enough to get that accessory for die cutting and embossing machines.
As many people probably know by now, as with dies, most of the accessories available from for manual die cutters from different manufacturers are pretty much interchangeable. I’ve used the Sizzix Multipurpose Platforn and magnetic platform, as well as the Sizzix cutting plates and chrome Precision base plate with the Platinum machine with no problem. I also use the Spellbinders cutting plates with the multipurpose platform. And I’ve used the Platinum machine with Movers and Shapers dies and the jewelry conversion kit with no problem. The Cut N Boss metal shim and plates, the Evolution Advance platform and cutting plates, the Todo plates, Cricut plates, and the Go Cut and Emboss plates, alone or coupled with varying degrees of paper or magnetic sheet shimming have all performed well for me in the Spellbinders Platinum machine. Basically, if I’ve come across a sale on a consumable for die cutters, I’ve gotten the plates and I’ve been able to use it with my Spellbinders Platinum. YMMV, especially if you’re not willing to experiment with various sandwich combinations.
As far as detractors go, first regarding the fact that it comes with 6” cutting plates instead of the large plates: I sent a nicely worded email stating my disappointment about a large format die cutter being shipped with half sized plates. Within a couple of days, I received an extremely friendly email, after providing proof of purchase, sending their apologies and word that they will ship to me the larger cutting plates free of charge. The new plates came via UPS Surepost a few weeks later.
Regarding problems some people have with die cutting, I have to say, especially concerning intricate dies, each die manufacturer makes their wafer dies to different specs, the cutting blades vary as much as 2mm sometimes, between manufacturers. This means that no matter which machine you’re using, whether it’s a Sizzix, or a Spellbinders, or a Gemini machine, when you get a chemically etched die from a new manufacturer, sometimes there is a fair amount of trial and error involved in getting a die to cut just right. Always start with new, flat cutting plates if possible. If the die doesn’t cut cleanly in 1 or 2 passes, using just the die, paper to be cut, and cutting plates, rotating the die and cutting plates 90 degrees between passes, you just add a cardstock shim (or two) to the sandwich in order to beef up your cutting sandwich. Then, keep those shims with your die so you always have what you need on hand to get a clean cut in 1 or 2 passes. It’s helpful to write the weight of the shimming paper in addition to the weight of the paper you are cutting, onto the shims so you have that as a reference for the next time you use that die, and for when that paper shim has been compressed too much through use, and must be replaced. Additionally, when my cutting plates have become worn down to where they aren't performing as well, I’ve learned to use a thin (the thinner the better), flexible, magnetic mat (the kind from the hardware store that you use to cover your heating vents work well, also sometimes I find letter sized magnetic sheets at the Dollar Tree) as a shim. This also helps keep your plates from wearing down as quickly, since they are consumables and must be replaced once in a while.
I consider much of this crafting business, especially when I’m playing with a new machine (read toy), an exercise in experimentation. It’s tedious and frustrating sometimes, especially if you just want what you want and you want it now (GoPress and Foil, I’m looking at you). I get it. I’m just like that. But at the same time, I’m just happy to play. And to learn. And to try to be mindful of the process being as important as the end product, if not more so. So, my fellow crafters, remember to have fun in your journey of creating. I can’t wait to see what comes down the pipeline next.
circles so far will update if it breaks .. have fun