Help New to card making
I’m just starting in the card making craft. I recently purchased the Gemini Go but I’m confused. Can I only make a small 4.25×5.5 card? Apparently I can only use smaller Dies and Embossing Folders. Was this the best machine for me especially since I’d like to make larger cards. I would really appreciate any input from you seasoned card makers.
I have the manual Big Shot, the manual Cuttlebug and then the electronic Gemini and Gemini Junior. I used to use the Big Shot all the time but now I use my Gemini and my Gemini Junior the most. Of those two, the Gemini is my work horse. I can use the Junior plates in the Gemini for quick die cutting and the Gemini can handle just about anything! I want a smaller 3 inch die cutter but haven’t decided which one I want yet.
Since I use the Create A Card dies a lot, the Gemini (the big one) is the one I use the most.
I would definitely switch to something bigger if you are only going to have one, at least the Gemini Junior. I have that as well as a Sizzix Big Shot. I also have a smaller size old time Sizzix Sidekick but I rarely use it because it’s too limiting. If I could only have one, I’d keep the Big Shot because it does both thick and thin dies but I would not go with a smaller machine if I was only going to have one. I’d want something bigger and therefore more versatile.
FWIW, you can make any size card you want, if you’re just using your dies, many of the samples Sara shows when she does her demos on HSN are as large as 7×7 & 8×8, both popular sizes of cards in the UK. (I subscribe to several UK mags and see these sizes often, tho they use smaller sizes too.) The size of the dies doesn’t dictate the size of the card with the possible exception being if you’re embossing background papers for your cards, (many folders are A2 or A7) but Sara Davies offers many embossing folders that fit thru the GO! both daily and Xmas…. I have Sizzix, Full size Gemini, Cuttlebug, AG Mini and Spellbinders machines and use them all frequently, mostly I use my Cuttlebug for embossing not cutting, then the others for die cutting. But to be honest, I use my Sizzix the most. My fave size cards are 6×6 and 5×7, so I hope that gives you some idea, although you’ve probably ordered something by now. lol
While I have larger machines I also have a smaller one (Anna Griffin mini). I think the advantage of a smaller machine is portability. From what I saw on the HSN Craft shows the Gemini Go takes dies and embossing folders up to 3 inches wide. That would probably be fine for the majority of dies. While the larger create-a-card dies would not work in the “Go” I think you could still get a lot of use out of it. You can make a card of any size you want and add different die cuts up to 3 x 6 (I think). It really comes down to what you are wanting to achieve.
I would recommend a standard size machine. Then you can make both small and large cards. A friend of mine loves her full-sized Gemini. I have the Sizzix Big Shot. Although it’s not electronic like the Gemini, it’s not strenuous at all, and I really love it. Spellbinders has machines as well, but I like the Sizzix Big Shot much better.
If you like to make bigger cards but don’t want to spend the money on the large Gemini, you can get the cuddlebug. It’s cheaper than the Gemini Regular sized.
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10.09.18 12:08 AM