So officially, Cricut has 4 mats:
- Pink – FabricGrip Mat
- Blue – LightGrip Mat
- Green – StandardGrip Mat
- Purple – StrongGrip Mat
However, I only use the green mat… no matter which material I’m cutting. I buy it in bulk from the Cricut website. It comes in a bundle of 25 mats, which is really 50 mats since it’s 12×24. With all the discounts, it comes out to $85.14… $3.40 per mat (or really $1.70 per 12×12 mat).
After quite a bit of using, the green mat becomes less sticky. This I call the Blue Mat phase. =) If I need it to be stickier, I put on the Strong Grip Transfer tape (sticky side up) and it becomes the Purple mat (which I think can be called the Pink Mat phase as well). Once it’s completely useless (and that’s never a bad thing LOL), I use the mat for templates. One really good example would be for making big flowers … so the mat can be used for many petal templates.
So………………… was I able to convince you? LOL.
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