This Cricut mat guide simplifies the different cutting mats for the Cricut. Learn which Cricut mat you should use for different materials.
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I love the Cricut, but the mats are a little confusing. No project can be started until I google which mat to use. So I decided to make myself a cheat sheet to print and place by my Cricut Maker.
Be sure to download the Cricut Mat cheat sheet at the bottom of this post!
Cricut Mat Guide
All Cricut mats are available in both 12″ and 24″ lengths. They also come in the smaller size for the Cricut Joy.
You can buy the mats individually or in mat sets.
Each mat has a different level of adhesive, making it perfect for certain materials. If you’ve ever ruined a paper project with a mat that is too sticky, you will appreciate this!
Standard Grip Mat
This is the mat that will be used most often for medium-weight materials such as:
- Heavy cardstock
- Iron-on vinyl
- Patterned paper
- Embossed cardstock
- Sticker Paper
Light Grip Mat
This mat has a lighter adhesive and is perfect for lighter materials such as:
- Standard paper
- Light cardstock
- Construction paper
- Light vinyl
Heavy Grip Mat
This mat has a heavier adhesive and is used for heavier materials such as:
- Thick cardstock
- Backed fabric (the fabric used with a stiffener)
- Leather (read tips for working with leather here)
- Faux leather
- Glitter cardstock
- Magnetic sheet
Fabric Grip Mat
This mat is used for softer materials such as:
- Crepe paper
Cricut Mat Cheatsheet Printable
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Click to download a Cricut mat cheatsheet.
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