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Cricut Mats Explained: Which Mat Do I Use?

Cricut Mats Explained: Which Mat Do I Use?

Cricut Mats Explained: Which Mat Do I use?

What are the differences between the Cricut Machine Mats? What is the Cricut StrongGrip Mat used for? What material can I use with the FabricGrip Mat?

Let's look at each mat and see which Cricut Mat your should use for your project.

What are the different Cricut Mats for?

Cricut offers several different kinds of mats for the MakerExplore & Joy die cutting machines. 

StandardGrip Mat | Green

The StandardGrip Mat is the green mat.

It is used to cut many different materials, such as:

  • Heavy Cardstock
  • Sticker Paper
  • Patterned Paper
  • Adhesive Vinyl
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
  • Printable Vinyl


Cricut StandardGrip Mat Green 12x12

LightGrip Mat | Blue

The LightGrip Mat is the blue mat.

It is perfect for:

  • Standard Paper
  • Copy Paper (inkjet & laser)
  • Light Cardstock
  • Vellum

LightGrip Cricut Machine Mat 12 x 12 Blue

StrongGrip Mat | Purple

The StrongGrip Mat is the purple mat.

It works best with:

  • Specialty Cardstock
  • Chipboard
  • Mat Board
  • Backed Fabric

StrongGrip Cricut Machine Mat 12 x 12 Purple

FabricGrip Mat | Pink

The FabricGrip Mat is the pink mat.

It works best with fabrics & materials, such as:

  • Cotton
  • Polyester
  • Denim
  • Felt
  • Canvas
  • Cork

FabricGrip Cricut Machine Mat 12 x 12 Pink

CardMat | Cricut Joy

The CardMat is 4.5" x 6.25" and made specifically for the Cricut Joy.

Cricut Joy CardMat 4.5 x 6.25

We hope that you found Cricut Mats Explained: Which Mat Do I Use? helpful in choosing the correct mat for your project materials.

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Karen Ragsdale

- June 10, 2020

thank you for the Cricut mat tutorial! I’m gonna bookmark this!!

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