Cuttlebug Machine Compatibility

Updated February 06, 2018

The Cuttlebug die-cutting machine is used to create clean die cuts from paper or other materials and to dry emboss. Provo Craft markets dies and embossing folders specifically for Cuttlebug, but other brands are compatible as well.

Sizzix and Quickutz

Some Sizzix dies, which are manufactured by Ellison, are compatible with the Cuttlebug. Regular Sizzix dies and the smaller Sizzlits will work. Some of the dies designed for the Sizzix Big Shot machine, however, may be too wide to fit in the Cuttlebug. Quickutz dies are also compatible with the Cuttlebug, but some users have complained that their cutting plates have broken when competitors' dies have been used.


Nestabilities dies from Spellbinders are also compatible with Cuttlebug. These dies combine die cutting and embossing functions. You will need to purchase a foam cutting mat to stack on the cutting plates in order to use the embossing functions.


You must properly stack the cutting plates according to the die's instructions when you use non-Cuttlebug branded dies to avoid damaging your machine, die or plates. The die will not cut the paper if your stack is too thin. The plates will not fit into the machine if they are too thick.

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An adjunct instructor at Central Maine Community College, Kristen Hamlin is also a freelance writer on topics including lifestyle, education, and business. She is the author of Graduate! Everything You Need to Succeed After College (Capital Books), and her work has appeared in Lewiston Auburn Magazine, Young Money, USA Today and a variety of online outlets. She has a B.A. in Communication from Stonehill College, and a Master of Liberal Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Denver.