How To Use Fiskars Fuse Creativity Design Sets With A Cuttlebug

How To Use Fiskars Fuse Creativity Design Sets With A Cuttlebug

How To Use Fiskars Fuse Creativity Design Sets With A Cuttlebug

One of the major complaints I hear from crafters is how expensive all the new die-cutting machines are – never mind the cost of the dies. When I first saw the Fiskars Fuse Creativity System I fell in love – not with the machine, but with the dies. I had just bought two Cricuts (a personal and an Imagine) plus a Cuttlebug, so a new machine – especially a $300 machine was out of the question. I kept thinking to myself why wouldn’t those Fiskars dies work on the Cuttlebug – and so I bought one.

It has taken several months of playing around with the Cuttlebug and the Fiskars dies to get everything just so – in part because I am a busy person and do not really have time to sit down and focus all my energy on one task such as this. I try things – and if they don’t work out, I think about the things I could do differently the next time around. I keep working at things – slowly – until I figure them out – and thus that is what I did today with the Fiskars Fuse Creativity Design Sets and my Cuttlebug.

How To Use Fiskars Fuse Creativity Design Sets With A Cuttlebug

Here is what I have learned – and it does work. First you need to by a Fiskars Fuse Design Set. It will come with two letterpress plates and one die. The die is the large black and orange box. The two letterpress plates sit inside this box – and there are expansion packs, but be aware the dies only work with the letterpress plates that come with them and the matching expansion packs.  You will also need a Cuttlebug machine and the C plate. For this particular set-up you will need basic board paper. This type of paper reminds me of poster board.  At our local craft store is came in a 30 sheet pack and was simply called a basic board pack. It stated on the package that it worked well with die-cut machines and did include some chipboard.

One you have your basic materials above assembled you need to decide if you wish to ink the letterpress plate or simply emboss. If you wish to ink it, this is the time. I used an ink pad to ink one of the letterpress plates and color gelatos from Faber-Castell to ink the other one. The third one I simply colored the embossed areas in with some 80’s Glam Sharpies when it was done. Here are the results –

The tag on top was colored in with 80’s Glam Sharpies after it was embossed. To create the tag on the bottom – which is my personal favorite – I used an ink pad to ink up the letterpress plate before I ran the paper and die through the Cuttlebug machine.


To create this tag, I coated the letterpress plate with color gelatos from Faber-Castell. I then used the paint brush that came with the gelato set to blend the colors together before placing the paper on top and running the die through the Cuttlebug.


Now that you know some of the things you can do it is time to set up the die and get ready to run it through your Cuttlebug. The first step is to place the letterpress into the opening on the Fiskars Fuse die. Once that is done, lay your paper on top. Place the Cuttlebug C plate on top of the paper, then simply run the sandwich through the machine. When it comes out the other side, carefully remove the C plate and the paper. The paper will be cut and if you chose inked.

That’s all there is to it. So, let me recap the sandwich layout that allows you to use the Fiskars Fuse Creativity Design Sets With A Cuttlebug.

1. Place the big square Fiskars Fuse die on the bottom.

2. Insert the letterpress into the die.

3. Place basic board paper on top with the side you wish to be the front face down. Make sure the basic board paper is not larger than the die itself.

4. Place your Cuttlebug C plate on top of the basic board paper.

5. Run the sandwich through the Cuttlebug.

6. Carefully remove the C plate, then the paper.

7. Wash any remaining ink off the letterpress and dry it so it is ready for you to use the next time you wish to.

That’s all there is to it. It’s very simple really – and now that you know you don’t need to buy the Fiskars Fuse Creativity System to use the dies, you can spend the money you will save buying more awesome dies to use with your Cuttlebug.

 How To Use Fiskars Fuse Creativity Design Sets With A Cuttlebug

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7 Comments on “How To Use Fiskars Fuse Creativity Design Sets With A Cuttlebug

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  2. Did you ever try using the Fiskars medium cutting plate and mat? It works perfect with my Epic Six and provides a much better letterpress look than using the Cuttlebug “C” plate.

  3. Is it possible to use this die in the Cuttlebug to cut cardstock? My granddaughter wants to make leaves for her wedding invitations. I’ve used Sizzix dies in the machine with no problem. Are these a different thickness or something? Please help? Judy

  4. @Chris: Hi Chris, I have not tried the Fiskars cutting plate and mat. Thanks for the information. I will have to pick them up and give it a try!

  5. @Judy Bartnik: Yes, it is possible. I had a bit of an issue with the cardstock cracking but with practice I was able to get the dies to work just fine with the cardstock.
    The problem is these dies are meant to be used in the large black box you see above. This makes the die itself quite thick and you do need something on top for the die to press against when it is going through the machine. I used a C plate.
    I do not have an Epic Six yet – as Chris suggested.
    The key here is really just to play around with the dies until you get exactly what you want as far as the look goes.

  6. Wow! I just tried this with a FUSE die and my Cuttlebug REALLY groaned! I know some of the “sandwiches” are very tight, but this one scared me. I truly thought I’d break the handle. I backed it out halfway through and my C plate was cut into VERY deep. Think I will just use my Fuse for their own dies.

  7. I’m glad to hear it is possible to use these dies in the cuttlebug…as that is all I have. I have a border die I’d like to use. You didn’t mention the sandwich that worked for you. Do you mind sharing?

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