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Are you new to Cricut and wondering what the difference is between the blue, green, purple, and pink cutting mats?
Don’t worry – we’ve all been there!
Here’s a beginner-friendly summary of the difference between the four Cricut cutting mats.
Cricut cutting mats: What’s the difference? What can I cut with each?
LightGrip: The light blue mat
The light blue mat is called the “LightGrip” mat. This Cricut mat is designed to be used with lightweight materials such as:
If you’re into papercraft or intend on using your Cricut to cut paper, the LightGrip mat is an absolute must.
(Don’t believe me? Try peeling a piece of printer paper off the StandardGrip mat. I learnt the hard way that it’s not pretty.)
You can buy a single LightGrip mat here. If you do a lot of papercraft, consider investing in an additional mat or two (here’s a three pack). In my experience, having additional mats really speeds up your work flow. This is because you can work on weeding the design on one mat while your machine cuts the design on the next.
StandardGrip: The green mat
The green cutting mat is known as the “StandardGrip” mat. As the name suggests, the StandardGrip is the “middle of the road” mat. It has a stronger grip than the LightGrip mat but a weaker grip than the StrongGrip mat (see below).
The StandardGrip mat is the most versatile of the Cricut cutting mats. It can cut a range of materials such as:
- Vinyl, including basic vinyl and iron-on vinyl
- Adhesive foil
- Medium-weight cardstock
- Patterned and textured paper
- Watercolour paper
Due to its versatility, the StandardGrip will be the mat you reach for the most. As such, it’s worth investing in a few StandardGrip mats. This is for two reasons. Firstly, as you’ll use your StandardGrip mat the most, it will likely wear out faster than your other mats. Secondly, having at least two StandardGrip mats helps your workflow. Having two (or three) mats allows you to weed your design on one mat while your Cricut cuts another mat. This makes everything go much quicker, which is especially important if you’re cutting for business. You can buy a two-pack of StandardGrip mats here.
In addition to the regular 12″ x 12″ mat, the StandardGrip also comes in a larger 12″ x 24″ size. Though you can cut large stencils from a 12″ x 12″ mat, the process takes a bit of time. If you like working on large projects (like this DIY flower market sign or this DIY Christmas sign), the larger mat is a worthwhile investment.
StrongGrip: The purple mat
As the name suggests, the StrongGrip offers the strongest grip out of all of the Cricut cutting mats. This mat is designed to be used with heavy materials such as:
- Thick, heavy, and glitter cardstock
- Cricut faux leather
- Some fabrics. I’ve cut drop cloth, burlap, and muslin using the StrongGrip mat and a deep cut blade
I really recommend getting your hands on a StrongGrip mat for one reason. Do you know what happens if you put a heavy material on the StandardGrip mat? It inevitably comes off and jams up your machine. How do I know this? Because I’m an idiot who tried it, obviously.
As a side note:
If you want all three mats listed above, you can buy a three pack that contains 1 LightGrip, 1 StandardGrip, and 1 StrongGrip mat. This is what I bought when I first got my Cricut because it works out a lot cheaper than buying the mats individually. You can find a three pack of mats here.
FabricGrip: The pink mat
As the name suggests, the FabricGrip mat is designed to cut…fabric (I feel really silly writing that sentence). It has a special adhesive specifically designed to help the fabric stay in place during cutting while allowing for easy removal once the cut is done. This makes it an absolute must if you plan on doing a lot of fabric crafts with your Cricut. You can buy a FabricGrip mat here.
The types of materials you can cut on your FabricGrip mat depend on the type of Cricut machine you have. The Cricut Maker can cut a larger range of materials than the Cricut Explore Air. Some of the materials you can cut with the FabricGrip mat include:
I hope this post helped clarify things for you! If you have any additional questions, leave a comment below. I’ll do my absolute best to help.
Happy Cricut crafting, beautiful person!
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