Okay, it's Thursday, and you know what that means, tutorial time!!! I'm so excited to give you a little tutorial on my new toy, a Sizzix Vagabond inspired by Tim Holtz! This may sound crazy, but after I opened my little box of diecutting joy, I realized I had to figure out how the heck to use it. Yeah, yeah, you're probably thinking how hard could it be, but without consulting the manual (which by the way was easy to read, but I thought I'd give you the abbreviated version) it was kinda like trying to get into Fort Knox.
Step #1- Opening the bad boy
Step #2-Finding the freakin' power cord
Call it a stroke of genius, or a game of hide 'n seek, but the power cord is tucked safely away in a little secret compartment at the end of the machine. Push the little metal slide button thingy down, and it opens to reveal the power cord.
The cord plugs into the opposite end of the machine. FYI, this is the US version, and apparently if you try to use it in a European outlet it will almost instantly implode and your head will simultaneously fall off…okay, that was a little dramatic, but you really can't use it in an European outlet or it will destroy it.
Step #3-Make a sammy, and get ready
I'm using the new Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Tiny Tabs & Tags die. I'm going to make a sandwich using the 2 acrylic mats, a piece of chipboard, and the die. The order is: acrylic mat, die cutting side up, chipboard, and acyrlic mat.
Step #4-Which way? And, go!
On the top of the machine, set the arrow to the direction the die is going, and press & hold down the "on" button beside the arrow button. Then, like magic, it smoothly glides through one side and out the other.
I can't wait to play with it more!! I've got some glitter and foil sheets I'm dying to send through.
If you'd like your own, you can visit my online store. I'm having a promo until the end of the month for flat rate $5 shipping, and the Vagabond qualifies.