take the die out of the package
singlekutz dies come with one wafer thin die and doublekutz dies come with two. In the pack you will also receive release foam for each die and a plastic shim as well.
Place the release foam over the raised part of the die
The thin plastic shim can be placed on the other side of the die to raise and give more leverage but i don't think that they need it or i use mine to stick a precut die to my storage folder so that i know what die it is and how to put it together.
with the sizzix you need to place your converter on and then place paper and die face down on the cutting mat place the adapter on top of the die and pull down the handle
with the sidekick you do the same as the sizzix except that you don't need the converter and you turn a handle.
with the quickutz handtool it magnetises to the top of the handtool you place the paper in between and you squeeze the handle.
with the zipemate all you need to do is place thick mat down the die goes face up though so that you can place your paper anywhere on the die and you won't have it in the wrong place you put on the cutting mate and roll on through the machine.