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Posted 11/26/2011 by scrappinvero in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 11/26/2011 10:10:13 AM
Hello does anyone have a Spellbinders Grand Calibur? I wanted to know if you can cut other dies in the Grand Calibur besides Spellbinders dies? Thanks

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Posted: 11/26/2011 10:47:39 AM
Yes, you can cut sizzix, quickutz etc. You just need the proper sandwich with the plates.

Edited to add - I have one but never tried the thick sizzix dies as I have a Big Shot. I assumed (yea I know) that is would cut the thick dies, why would they make it that way? Maybe I will sell mine and get the Sizzix Big Shot Pro. What a bummer.




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Posted: 11/26/2011 10:54:20 AM
Thank you, I tried to look at the website but it didn't give any information.

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Posted: 11/26/2011 11:18:21 AM
The Grand Calibur will only cut thin dies - Spellbinders, Sizzlets, QK, etc. It will NOT cut the thick Sizzix steel rule dies like the Tim Holtz dies- they are too thick to fit through. You can also use embossing folders.

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Posted: 11/26/2011 12:38:37 PM
I have a Spellbinders Wizard - their original die cutting machine. It cuts everything plus the Tim Holtz dies. (Unless there are more than one thickness with TH dies???)

Dh found a great deal on a Grand Calibur plus some Spellbinder dies on HSN a couple of wks ago thanks to an enabling Pea - so I have one waiting to unwrap at Christmas. Generally you can find out exactly what brands of dies these machines cut on the company website.(Ooops, edited to add that it looks like you've already done that. Perhaps a phone call if you can't find out the info anywhere else?)



This is the die by Tim Holtz that I've used with my Wizard with no problems at all. I'll test it in my new Grand Calibur after Christmas and can report back then if people are still interested.

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Posted: 11/26/2011 12:41:42 PM
I would have bought this machine in a NY minute if it fit my Sizzix Bigz and other steel rule dies. I think this was a HUGE mistake on Spellbinders part to limit this machine. Now I'm probably going to upgrade to a Big Shot Pro when I sell my Silhouette SD. ( I have a Cameo, so I don't need it).


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Posted: 11/26/2011 1:03:40 PM
Thank you 3kidmama, I was just about to purchase a Grand Calbur. I know the older spellbinders Wizard Die Machine work with most dies.

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Posted: 11/26/2011 2:00:54 PM

Dh found a great deal on a Grand Calibur plus some Spellbinder dies on HSN a couple of wks ago thanks to an enabling Pea - so I have one waiting to unwrap at Christmas. Generally you can find out exactly what brands of dies these machines cut on the company website.(Ooops, edited to add that it looks like you've already done that. Perhaps a phone call if you can't find out the info anywhere else?)

This is the die by Tim Holtz that I've used with my Wizard with no problems at all. I'll test it in my new Grand Calibur after Christmas and can report back then if people are still interested.




I was the bad, enabling pea and I couldn't wait until Christmas!

It will not cut the TH Alterations or Bigz dies - they are just too thick to go through and you'd probably break the machine if you tried. It will cut the long, thin TH decorative strips dies like the rosette and the ticket strip. They are the same thickness as a Sizzlet, which the GC will cut. The TH Alterations and Bigz are the thick, steel rule dies, the same thickness as the Sizzix originals. The Wizard will cut Sizzix steel rule dies - the Grand Calibur will not. You can use any of the wafer thins dies, like Paper Trey Ink, Memory Box, Cheery Lynn, etc. - just not the thick Sizzix dies. The Sizzix embossing folders will work, so will Fiskars texture plates. I haven't tried Sizzix texture plates yet.

If you look on the Spellbinders website under Grand Calibur FAQs, it has this information:

How do I use Sizzix Originals dies in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine?

Sizzix Originals and similarly sized dies will not fit in the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine.

It's the thickness of the steel rule dies that is the issue, not the width.



(Unless there are more than one thickness with TH dies???



Yes, there are different thicknesses. The decorative strips dies are thin like a Sizzlet: the Alterations and Bigz are thick like Sizzix originals.

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Posted: 11/26/2011 6:03:43 PM
Then I have you to thank as well for my eagerly anticipated Christmas gift, Marycain! I'd been wanting to buy that nestie die for my Wizard since I make lots of cards - but having it included along with the huge ones in the Grand Calibur special was a special treat. (Dh was quite impressed by the pkg deal!)

Why do you guys think companies make these thick steel dies? Simply so they can sell their machines - or is there some other advantage that I can't think of? It would seem to be more expensive to produce them as far as I can tell - than say a Spellbinder's nestie set. Just curious.

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Posted: 11/26/2011 6:36:37 PM

Why do you guys think companies make these thick steel dies? Simply so they can sell their machines - or is there some other advantage that I can't think of?


The steel rule dies will cut through thicker materials than the wafer thin dies can. I have several of the Sizzix album and scoreboards dies, and they will cut through thicker chipboard, matboard, grungeboard, heavy fabric, textured cardstock, even thin metal sheets.

Much as I love my Nesties and Cheery Lynn dies, they won't cut through anything much thicker than cereal weight chipboard. My Scoreboard dies cut through Grafix heavy weight chipboard like butter, so I can make boxes, albums, etc. easily.

I wanted the Grand Calibur mostly for the larger Grands dies that won't fit in my Big Shot. I'd been planning on upgrading eventually to the Big Shot Pro, but that was such a good deal on the Grand Calibur that I decided it would make more sense, since I already have some of the Grands dies but none of the Big Shot Pro ones. Plus the GC takes up a lot less space than the Pro.

The Grand C embosses beautifully just like the Wizard did, but is much easier to use. It will also smash bottlecaps, which I missed when I got rid of my old Wizard.


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Posted: 11/26/2011 9:49:44 PM
That makes sense. I guess I just use my die cutting machines for paper and cardstock so don't normally think about all of the other things people might want to die cut!
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