Sizzix already influenced the world of crafting by making the process of cutting out your designs and embellishments for ordinary people like you and I in one smooth move. They have made many different die cutting machines and devices. Amongst their populat products are Sizzix Big Shot, Sizzix Eclips, Sizzix Sidekick, along with their extensive range of Sizzix dies.
Sizzix is reputable as one of the pioneers of the die-cutting industry ever since 2000, under Ellison (the parent company of Sizzix). The company indicates their interest to empower the individual to express their personal creativity through a premier range of innovative products. Examples of their products range from scrapbooking, cardmaking, rubberstamping and other forms of papercrafting to home décor, fashion and more. Some of the awards Sizzix has won include: Creating Keepsakes Readers Choice Awards for "Best Die-Cut Shapes", "Best Die-Cut Equipment", and "Embossing Stencils".
Are you a beginner in scarp booking? Do you like to bring your die-cut machine on the move? How about considering one die cut machine that you can take along with you? Consider the Sizzix Sidekick.
Sizzix Sidekick is the smallest roller machine in the Sizzix range of machines. Although it is small such that it weighs only about 2 pounds and stands at 4 3/4" tall, it packs a punch that might surprise you.
For instance, it can cut a single sheet of lightweight-to-cardstock paper and has a special vacuum seal that holds it into place on any smooth work surface. Sizzix Sidekick can also be made compatible with other brands' wafer-thin dies simply by adding an optional adapter. You will find pair of Standard Cutting Pads included with the Sidekick Machine upon purchase.
Here are some quick pointers on the specifications:
- Dimensions: 6 7/8" x 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"
- Weight: 2.2. pounds
- Colors: Red / Pink
- 1 Sidekick Machine comes with 1 Pair of Cutting Pad
- 3 year limited warranty
Although it comes with only two colors, I would not mind if there are more colors for selctions. Once in awhile, Sizzix have special edition, such as a Hello Kitty die-cut machine, though.
Its portable and adorable crafting system is designed for detailed shape-cutting with Sizzlits (small and medium) and 12" Decorative Strip dies, and quick, quality embossing from Textured Impressions and Texture Fades Embossing Folders (small only). Perhaps the next similar portable Sizzix machine would be Sizzix Big Shot Express.
The usual price is at $39.99. However, sometimes, one may chance upon discount opportunities through clearance sales or coupons. Comparing the features of the machine, I personally think this is value for money.
Generally speaking, all the dies you buy for use with the Sidekick will work in larger, more expensive die cutting machines as well. I recommend starting with dies such as Clearlits. Cuttlebug, and Spellbinders. Quickutz will work too if the size happen to be small enough to fit in.
If you are just getting started in scrapbooking, I would suggest you to own a set of basic punches. However, if you are ready for more, it is time to consider a die cutting machine. For most beginners in scrapbooking, the Sizzix Sidekick will most probably be the only die cutting tool you really need. It is hard to beat the cost, portability and options for a beginner.