Different Types of Cricut Cutting Mats and How to Use Them

The Cricut Maker is an amazing and powerful cutting machine that can help take your crafting to the next level. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or new to the Cricut Maker, it’s important to understand how to use your machine correctly to avoid any mistakes or mishaps. In this post, we’ll go over everything you need to know to get started with your Cricut Maker and make the most out of its capabilities.

Hi everyone, it’s Lindsey and welcome to today’s post, where we’ll dive into the world of Cricut cutting mats. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, it’s crucial to know the different types of Cricut mats and how to use each one. In this article, we’ll explore the different colors of Cricut mats and the materials they work best with. By the end, you’ll have a better understanding of which Cricut mat to use for your next project.

Do you need a cutting mat when using the Cricut machine?

If you’re wondering whether the Cricut Maker requires a specific type of cutting mat, the answer is yes! Cricut has designed a cutting mat specifically for the Maker to ensure that your cuts are precise and accurate. Using a Cricut cutting mat provides a stable surface for your materials, which is essential for achieving the best results possible.

Cricut Cutting Mat Colors and Sizes

Cricut has revolutionized the crafting world by making it both easy and enjoyable to create beautiful projects. One of the features that make Cricut products so user-friendly is the variety of colored cutting mats available.

Each mat has a specific color that corresponds to the type of material you will be cutting. For example, the BLUE mat is ideal for cutting lightweight materials such as cardstock or wrapping paper, while the PINK mat is perfect for cutting fabric.

By using the appropriate mat, you’ll achieve the best results for your crafting projects and ensure that your materials stay securely in place while cutting.

To help you find the perfect cutting mat for your next project, I’ve included a helpful chart below. This chart provides a comprehensive guide on which mat color to use for each type of material, ensuring that you get the best results possible. For added convenience, you can also download and print the Cricut Cutting Mat chart to keep in your work area for easy reference.

MatLightGripStandardGripStrongGripFabricGrip
ColorBlueGreenPurplePink
Use ForLightweight materialsMedium-weight materialsHeavyweight materialsAll fabrics
MaterialsMost cardstock
Printer paper
Pearl paper
Vellum
Wrapping paper
Vinyl
Iron-on (HTV)
Glitter & embossed cardstock
Infusible Ink
Kraft board
Matboard
Basswood
Wood veneer
Felt
Leather
Aluminum sheets
Chipboard
Corrugated paper
Fabric
Crepe paper
Care Instructions

When it comes to Cricut cutting mats, you have two main size options:

  • 12″ x 12″
  • 12″ x 24″

The 12″ x 12″ mat is perfect for standard-sized crafting projects, providing enough space to cut your materials while remaining easy to handle.

For larger and more complex projects, you can opt for the 12″ x 24″ cutting mat, which offers more space and flexibility to work with. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned crafter, having the right size cutting mat is essential for achieving the best results possible.

How to correctly place material on your cutting mat

Properly loading your material onto your Cricut cutting mat is essential to achieving accurate and precise cuts. As a beginner, it’s important to know how to do this correctly to avoid ruining your material. It’s worth noting that the Cricut machine assumes that your material is loaded vertically, so be sure to follow these tips to ensure the best results:

  • Always load your material onto the top left corner of the mat
  • Make sure your material is aligned with the grid lines on the mat
  • Smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles in the material to ensure it sticks to the mat

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your material is loaded onto the mat correctly, resulting in accurate cuts and a successful project.

Loading your cutting mat into the Cricut machine

Congratulations on mastering the art of loading your material onto your Cricut cutting mat!

Now that you have your material loaded onto your cutting mat, it’s time to load the mat into your Cricut machine. Follow these steps to ensure proper loading:

  • Slide your cutting mat under the two guide tabs on either side of the cutting machine
  • Keep sliding your mat until it is stopped by the roller bar
  • Press the load button (arrow button) located on top of your Cricut machine
  • Wait for the roller to complete loading your mat into the machine

Once the mat is loaded, you’re ready to start cutting your materials with your Cricut machine!

Other Common Cricut Mat FAQs

Are Cricut’s cutting mats reusable?

Many crafters wonder if Cricut’s cutting mats can be reused. The answer is yes, but keep in mind that over time, the stickiness of the mat will start to fade. When you notice that your mat is losing its stickiness, it’s time to clean it or purchase a new one.

How long will a Cricut mat last?

Proper care can extend the life of your Cricut mat, but frequent use will require more replacements. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and consider purchasing multiple mats to alternate and prolong their lifespan.

What to do if your Cricut mat loses its tackiness

If your Cricut mat starts to lose its tackiness, you can restore it to its original stickiness. To do this, gently wash your mat with warm water and mild dish soap. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive sponges as this may damage the mat’s surface. Once you’ve cleaned your mat, allow it to air dry completely before using it again. Keep in mind that washing your mat too often can also affect its lifespan, so be sure to use this method only when necessary.

Are there Cricut Mat alternatives?

Affordable alternative mats are available for different Cricut cutting machines and can be found on online retailers such as Amazon, Joann, and Michaels.

Crafting with a Cricut machine can be a lot of fun, but it’s important to have a good understanding of the different types of cutting mats, how to use them properly, and how to take care of them to ensure optimal results. By following the tips and advice provided in this crafting guide, you can create amazing projects and get the most out of your Cricut machine. So, get crafting and let your creativity run wild!

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