What is the Cricut Mat

A “Cricut Mat” is the surface where you cut all of your projects. Right now, there are four different types of mats, Light Grip (blue), Standard Grip (green), Strong Grip (purple), and Fabric (pink).

Depending on the materials that you are working with, you will need a different mat.

If you don’t use the correct mat for your project, you risk running your materials and then have a tough time removing them from the mat.

Whether you’re a Cricut beginner or a Cricut pro, you know how important it is to have the right cutting mat for your project. But what are all the different types of mats, and which one do you need for your specific materials?

Each mat has an adhesive area that holds your material in place during cutting. And when the cut is complete, it’s easy to remove the cut material from the mat and store it away for your next project.

  1. Light Grip – Blue Mat

This mat was designed to cut lightweight materials.

If you place a thin material on a stronger grip mat, it will be pretty much impossible for you to remove that material from the mat.

The most common materials you can cut with the LightGrip mat are:

  • Normal paper
  • Thin cardstock
  • Construction paper
  • Regular vinyl
  • StandardGrip – Green Mat

The StandardGrip mat is the most common and affordable one, and it’s designed to work with medium-weight materials.

It usually comes with the purchase of any Cricut Machine (Make sure to check out the product description though), and it’s green.

For now, this the mat I have used so far. I think it is because I am focusing more on paper and vinyl. Once I master these materials, I plan on using thicker materials.

The most common materials you can cut with the StandardGrip or Green mat are:

Cardstock

HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl)

Permanent or removable vinyl

  • StrongGrip – Purple Mat

This mat was designed to hold heavy materials in place.

Sometimes, when you are using a heavy material like balsa basswood, the grip strength is not enough. In those cases, use painters tape to secure the material to the mat.

The most common materials you can cut with the StrongGrip mat are:

  • Thick and glitter cardstock
  • Balsa and basswood
  • Chipboard
  • Posterboard
  • Leather
  • FabricGrip – Pink Mat

The Pink mat the newest mat, and it came out with the release of the Cricut Maker.

The FabricGrip mat is specifically designed to cut fabric. Bonded with any of the Cricut explore Family machines or just on its own with the Rotary blade and the Cricut Maker.

Although I own this mat, I haven’t been able to test it. However, while I was researching to put together this post, I learned that this is the mat that requires the most care and gets dirty the easier!

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