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Tips to Save Money on Cutting Mats

Save Money on Cutting Mats

In the crafting “world”, we all realize the importance of a cutting machine and the Cricut Expressions is the King of All. It is very user friendly, it’s fast and with the simple touch of a button, the Cricut easily cuts out the most intricate of designs.

However, the paper must be fixed on a Cricut Mat and not move so the machine can do its magic.

Don’t purchase another cutting mat until you try this…

Most of us that use the Cricut,  have noticed how quickly the cutting mat loses it’s “sticky”. I’m pretty sure you’ve experienced that without the stick, the page will slide around during the cutting process ruining the letters and/or your design.

Here’s a quick tip for restoring the “stickiness” to your cutting mat.

First, wash thoroughly with dish soap (any dish soap will do, although Goo Gone might be needed) and dry thoroughly. Spray with Krylon Easy-Tack; let the Krylon dry thoroughly and, if needed, press & peel a clean t-shirt (or your clean hands) to remove excess stickiness. This should restore its stickiness for several projects to come.

Another trick you can use is, simply apply repositionable adhesive on the back of the paper to make it stick to the mat. This maneuver will allow you to finish your project without the need to stop and recondition the mat.

Use a lint roller after cutting especially “linty” paper and after each session with your Cricut. The mats will last a really, really long time this way.

Contrary, if the Cutting Mat is too sticky, press a clean t-shirt down on the mat & peel it up to remove some stickiness. Simply pressing your clean hands on the mat will also remove excess stickiness and woks just as well.

I’m sure the manufacturer does not recommend doing anything other than buying new mats, but those who’ve been using the Cricut since the beginning have found ways to work around the mat issue.

Happy Scrapbooking!

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TitleCricut 12-Inch by 12-Inch Cutting MatCricut 29-0386 12-by-12-Inch Tacky Cutting Mats with Measurement Grids, Set of 2Cricut Cake Cutting Mats 12"X12" 2/Pkg-
BrandProvo Craft & NoveltyCricutWMU
FeatureUse with all 12 inch x 12 inch paper-cutting Cricut machines
Exclusively designed for creating the most intricate paper crafts
Use with cardstock, printable vinyl, and more
Adhesive helps keep material from slipping and sliding
Use to ensure smooth and accurate cuts
Set of 2 cutting mats for use with the Cricut Expression (sold separately)
Self-sticking adhesive gently grips paper or vinyl for accurate, non-slip cuts
Durably made; reusable for anywhere from 25 to 40 full mat cuts
Easy-to-read rulers and measurement markings eliminate mistakes and waste
Measures approximately 12 by 12 by 1/5 inches each
Designed for cutting the most intricate cake decor
For use with the Cricut Cake machine
Each mat has easy-to-read ruler and grid markings
Purchase is for 1 pack of 2 mats
Rating2.2 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars
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