One of my favorite die cutting and embossing machines is the Spellbinders Grand Calibur. It works so beautifully with Spellbinders dies and other wafer thin dies on the market today. I love the detail that can be achieved both in cutting and embossing. Here are pictures of the machine and a couple of samples that were cut and embossed with my Grand Calibur –
You can see the Grand Calibur and each of these projects in closer detail in the video below.
The machine I have (and demonstrated on the video) is the original (red) Grand Calibur. Spellbinders recently released a new and improved Grand Calibur. It is very similar in style and functionality — they’ve changed the color to blue, changed the logo, and added a few things to the internal workings to ensure better performance, etc. The basic process for die cutting seems to be the same. Here is a pic of the new machine —
One of the great things about Grand Calibur is its ability to cut larger dies and projects, etc. The plates that come standard with the machine are 8-1/2 x 12″, so you can cut a full-sized sheet of 8-1/2 x 11″ paper! That’s great for so many things — from larger dies to larger projects (you can place a number of dies on the paper, and cut them all at the same time). I like that it also works so easily — it’s almost like working with a toy at times. If you use it on a countertop or desk or other smooth surface, there is a lever at the bottom of the machine that can be used to “attach” the machine using a suction device. That machine isn’t moving anywhere when it is engaged, so there is less need to hold the machine in place while cutting or embossing, etc. The crank at the side is larger and easier to turn than most comparable models, making the Grand Calibur a little more useable for people like me that have arthritis in their hands.
The Grand Calibur comes with a set of 4 plates/mats in an approximate 8-1/2 x 12″ size (a base plate, a cutting plate, an embossing pad, and an embossing plate). Most of the time I use a set of junior plates with my Grand Calibur. These are available as an accessory, and provide a smaller working surface — 8-1/2″ x 6″. They are perfect for most needs, and save you from having to use the full-size plates all of the time. Whether using the standard (grand) or the junior plates, I love that even the most intricate dies usually are fully cut the first time through the machine. Once in a while I need to run a die through twice, but I very rarely have had to do more than that — even with the most intricate of dies. Of course Spellbinders has some accessories available to assist with the process if needed — a metal shim and a magnetic placement mat. Both are great alternatives when dealing with those very detailed dies.
The Grand Calibur is also designed to work with the Spellbinders embossing plates – M-Bossabilities, and similar, and you get a great result with them. You will need to purchase an additional plate for this — the Raspberry spacer plate, but they are not too expensive (available in the grand and junior sizes). Here are a couple of examples with the M-Bossabilities folders —
Of course it also works with other embossing folders. This is a Sizzix embossing folder —
If you have a lot of detailed, intricate dies like I do, the Grand Calibur is a great machine to consider. It is such a power-house. Please see the short video for a look at the Grand Calibur in action.
Supplies available at Cut @ Home —
Spellbinders Grand Calibur (SKU GC-200)
Junior Replacement Plates (SKU GC-011)
Junior Raspberry Plate (SKU GC-012)
Spellbinders Dies —
Feathers Shapeabilities die (SKU S4-428)
Bow Elegance Shapeabilities dies (SKU S6-017)
Oval Bliss dies (SKU S4-474)
Card Creator Snowflakes View dies (SKU S6-015)
Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folders —
Celebra’tions Rosette Wall (SKU SCF-004)
Celebra’tions Doily Art (SKU SCF-003)
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Smile & Plus (SKU 659785)
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!