Cricut mats come in two sizes 12” x 12” and 12” x 24”
You can buy one 12” x 24” and cut it in two to make two 12” x 12” mats if you desire. However, you may need the longer mat if you plan on doing bigger projects.
There are 4 different Cricut mats (Green, blue, purple, and pink)
Standard Grip – Green Mat
This is the basic mat. It is used for cardstock, patterned paper, embossed cardstock, iron-on, and vinyl.
Light Grip – Blue Mat
This mat is used for lighter materials such as office paper, light cardstock, thin vinyl, construction paper and vellum.
Strong Grip- Purple Mat
This mat is used for heavier materials such as specialty cardstock, glitter cardstock, chipboard, leather, poster board, magnet material, and fabric with stiffener.
Fabric Grip- Pink Mat
This mat is ideal for fabrics, bonded fabrics, felt, and crepe paper. When using the rotary blade or bonded blade this mat should be used.
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Note: The Cricut Joy comes with its own specific cutting mat. If you are purchasing a Cricut Maker, then it will come with the one 12″ x 12″ fabric grip mat (pink) and one 12″ x 12″ light grip mat (blue). If you are purchasing a Cricut Explorer Air 2, then it will come with one 12″ x 12″ light grip mat (blue). If you would like to know the difference between the three Cricut machines, then check out my other post.
If you are interested in purchasing or learning more about the different mats for the Cricut machines, then click here to be taken to Cricut.com