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Cricut Mat Quick Tips

Which Mats For Specific Materials

Cricut has created a system of specific mats for specific materials. Each of the mats has a specified stickiness for the material that it will hold. The standard mat size is 12' by12" for the larger machines. 

There are also larger mats that are 12" by 24" for longer projects. 

The Cricut Joy has mat specific to its smaller size.

Blue Mat

  • Shimmer Paper
  • Sparkle Paper
  • Deluxe Paper
  • Deluxe Paper-Foil Embossed
  • Kraft Board
  • Kraft Board Foil
  • Cardstock
  • True Brushed Paper
  • Glitter Cardstock
  • Corrugated Cardstock
  • Pearl Paper
  • Foiled Poster Board
  • Printable Clear Sticker Paper

Green Mat

  • Adhesive Foil
  • Adhesive Foil Matte   
  • Adhesive Foil Metallic                                                                             
  • Chalkboard Vinyl
  • Dry Erase Vinyl                                                     
  • Everyday Iron-On   
  • Everyday Iron-On Mesh                                           
  • Foil Acetate                                                 
  • Foil Iron-On
  • Glitter Iron-On
  • Glitter Mesh Iron-On
  • Holographic Iron-On       
  • Holographic Iron-On Mosaic  
  • Holographic Sparkle Iron-On      
  • Holographic Vinyl  
  • Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet  
  • Metallic Iron-on
  • Party Foil
  • Patterned Iron-On     
  • Premium Outdoor Vinyl  
  • Premium Permanent Vinyl   
  • Premium Removeable Vinyl Patterned  
  • Premium Removeable Vinyl Patterned 
  • Premium Vinyl Frosted   
  • Premium Vinyl Holographic 
  • Premium Vinyl Pearl       
  • Premium Vinyl Shimmer   
  • Premium Vinyl Textured  
  • Premium Vinyl True Brushed                                                     
  • Printable Sticker Paper                                            
  • Printable Vinyl      
  • Sport Flex Iron-On                  
  • Stencil Vinyl     
  • Window Cling                                         

Purple Mat

  • Poster Board
  • Cricut Chipboard Damask
  • Cricut Chipboard 2 MM
  • Basswood 1/16
  • Genuine Leather
  • Metallic Leather
  • Faux Leather

Pink Mat

  • Felt
  • Faux Suede
  • Cotton

Cricut Mat Quick Tips

  • Always keep the mat covers on them when they are not in use. That keeps them clean and keeps the adhesive from drying out.
  • Pull the mat away from the product, rather than pulling the paper or vinyl off the mat. You will get less curling. Flip your project over face down and peel the mat away from the material rather than try to remove the material from the mat. 
  • De-stick your new mat. Once you remove the cover, rub a clean tee-shirt over the mat. Otherwise, you will have a lot of difficulties getting those first cuts off your mat.
  • Use a lint roller to get the bits of paper and materials off your mats.
  • Wash your mats in warm water and dish soap. Once rinsed, allow to dry.
  • You can use painters' tape on your older mats to hold the paper down
  • If you’re cutting a particularly difficult or thick material, your Cricut will probably cut it several times. What if that’s not enough to cut all the way through? Cut it again! Keep the mat in position (don’t press the arrows button to eject it) and press the “C” (Go) button again—it will cut it again!
  • Another cure for a mat that’s lost its stick is to rub a Lysol/Clorox Bleach wipe or baby wipe across the surface.
  • If you accidentally cut through your mat, fix it by placing duct tape or Gorilla Tape on the back of the mat.