I thought that I could use the regular cutting pads with these particular dies but it was VERY awkward...so I broke down and got THESE cutting pads and yes..you NEED them for the "On the Edge" dies! ( to make it so there is no slipping or rocking) Makes it LOTS easier! (I use the BIGkick)
I guess I read the size wrong as these weren't what I needed, I can use them for some smaller cutting. They are constructed well and for you that have small project pieces to cut, they would be great at the price.