You are very helpful! The actual dies I am looking at getting are the Santa's Workshop kit. They have a few dies that are long, open in the middle like spellbinders nesties. I was hoping to do what you suggested but was afraid that it may bend the dies as they come out of the machine. They are not solid like the grand dies ( I guess I could have given you this info before
). I would have to use the regular mats with these. So, if you happen to suggest doing the same with these then, I want to make sure the end of the die that is sticking out past my mat is facing the back end ( not the end I put into the rollers) ? Sorry for being a pain!