Hiya, today I have a video taking a look at my brand new Spellbinders Platinum machine. I have been die-ing (did you see what I did there lol!) for this to come out and praying it does do what they say – watch the video to see whether I am a ‘happy bunny’ or not 🙂

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So here is my Spellbinders Platinum Machine Review video and then do look below for some additional information as discussed in the video:

Well I hope you found that interesting and useful if you are thinking of buying a Platinum. I have to say I am already so thrilled as it cuts so well.

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I have, since this video, cut some Tattered Lace dies (actually in a video coming up very soon) and you will see that I just used the regular sandwiches recommended for the Spellbinders dies and it worked perfectly – one pass! and you know how detailed Tattered Lace dies are. I will also try the Sue Wilson dies with the regular Spellbinders sandwich too and see whether I think that cuts ok. I reckon the less fiddling around we have to with changing the sandwiches the better. But for now here is a list of the sandwiches as recommended by Hochanda TV by Julia Watts and if you want to go and have a look at her blog it is Inky Fingers blog. In addition I have seen Sue Wilson using the old GC plates with the Platinum machine too.

{11.12.15 UPDATE: please note the following comment by Spellbinders when reading my post. Obviously for my own protection I must add this information and you can then make up your own minds as to what you think is ok to do in your Platinum machines. I must add that my information on both sides of this ‘fence’ has come from outside sources (Spellbinders v Sue Wilson & Julia Watts) and not personal experience.

SPELLBINDERS “thank you for taking the time to review the Platinum. I would like to clarify a few things about the machine.

Motor — A motor for the Platinum is under consideration for possible future launch. We don’t have any firm dates for if and when this will happen. Large Plates — Spellbinders is now including Large Plates as part of a Platinum Machine

The machine can be purchased on our web site at:

https://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/product/platinum-die-cutting-and-embossing-machine

Grand Calibur Plates — Grand Calibur Plates are not compatible with our Platinum Machine.
Please reference our Platinum Machine instruction manual for proper plate usage.

Thank you again! We appreciate your support! -Kendra”

So I must say that you should always follow the recommendation given by Spellbinders and if you should use any of the sandwiches below please note that this is done at your own risk. I have not tested this myself, the information has come from other sources namely Sue Wilson and Julia Watts as mentioned above. }

 

Platinum Sandwiches

SPELLBINDERS DIE CUTTING:

  • PLATFORM
  • CLEAR CUTTING PLATE
  • DIE AND CARD (IT DOES NOT MATTER WHICH WAY UP AS IT IS SANDWICHED BETWEEN 2 CUTTING PLATES)
  • CLEAR CUTTING PLATE

SPELLBINDERS DIE EMBOSSING:

  • PLATFORM
  • DIE AND CARD CUT UP
  • TAN MAT
  • BLUE PLATE IN PLATINUM

CUTTING BIGZ DIES:

  • CLEAR PLATE
  • BIGZ DIE
  • CLEAR PLATE

SPELLBINDERS EMBOSSING FOLDER (M- BOSSIBILTIES DOUBLE SIDED OR SINGLE SIDED)

  • PLATFORM
  • EMBOSS FOLDER AND CARD
  • CLEAR PLATE

 

Sue Wilson Embossing a die:

  • Platinum platform
  • die – cut side up and card
  • tan mat – Grand Caliber (GC)
  • pastel pink plate – GC

Sue Wilson Die Cutting:

  • Platinum platform
  • die cut side up and card
  • white cutting plate – GC

Any other Embossing Folders (not large)

  • Platinum platform
  • emboss folder and card
  • tan mat GC
  • white emboss plate (GC Creative Expressions)

Any other A4 EMBOSS Folder:-

  • Platnum platform
  • emboss folder and card
  • raspberry plate GC

All non Spellbinders dies and embossing folders – same sandwich as Grand Calibur except using Platinum base plate instead of GC base plate (grey)

Now this is just some sandwiches that I saw on Hochanda and I have not yet personally tried these, however I have a lot of makes of dies so as I try different ones I will let you know what sandwich I used. Mostly I will try to use the one that they use for the Spellbinders dies because as I said above the less fiddling with different sandwiches the better. Anyway that is it for today, I will say cheery bye, hugs and see you soon for more videos 🙂

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Amanda Evans

8 Comments on Spellbinders Platinum Machine Review

  1. I just bought the Platinum machine at Spellbinders site and they gave me free Xlarge clear plates with purchase of the machine, Yeah !!!!

    • sorry dee only just saw your comment, so happy you got the machine and that you got the large plates – power to the people eh lol!

    • That is great news I know you will love it, I do but do watch my tip video on preserving the life of your plates. I referenced it to the platinum but it applies really to all machines Here is the link for you: http://wp.me/p5mIHw-2jF

  2. Hi. New to die cutting. I didn’t use spellbinder dies there are scratches in the plates. Is that normal? Thank you for the video

    • Hi hun, this is such a common query with new die cutters that I am so surprised that companies dont mention it in the instructions. Yes it is totally normal. As the die cuts through the paper it also will cut into the plate. Your plates will get so messed up but it is totally fine, they will also start to bend/ warp (check out my video on how to reduce this) and you can still use them fine. Its only when they get so warped and cut into that it is preventing them from cutting properly you have to worry. Check out my video just posted (art deco christmas card) at around 3 1/2 to 4 mins in you can see the plates of my die cutter, its a little quick but if you pause it you can see that they are so cut into now you can barely see through them and you really cant even see individual lines! Its a different die cutting machine to this but principle is the same. Hope that helps and sorry you were worried 🙂

  3. I am trying to decide whether to buy a Platinum or a Gemini die cutting machine, I have only ever used a Grand Calibur. I watched your video with great interest and it certainly made me think I would like the Spellbinder. The only problem is that you were under the impression that they would be selling it with the A4 plates but sadly they still only include the smaller plates which then means additional expense. Thank you anyway for your review it certainly gave me an understanding of the machine.

    • personally, although I haven’t done more than play with it in a craft store, I didn’t really like the gemini. I am also disappointed to hear you say that spellbinders are still not selling the platinum with the larger plates as I had a direct quote from them to that effect. I wonder have you thought about the sizzix big shot plus? I tried this and really liked it. I use already, most of the time my teal regular big shot and if I hadn’t got the platinum (and I don’t use large dies loads) then I would def get the sizzix. The other thing is maybe visit a local craft store (if in UK Hobbycraft as an eg) and check out all different machines. x

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