Cricut mats are available in various sizes and types. It is recommended to use the appropriate mats based on the materials required for your project (What are the materials I can cut with my Cricut Explore?). You can purchase Cricut mats from this link.
Types of Cricut Mats:
- Ideal for use with cardstock, pattern paper, embossed cardstock, iron-on, vinyl, and more.
- Perfect for securing heavyweight materials such as specialty cardstock, glitter cardstock, chipboard, and fabric with stiffener.
- Ideal for use with common office paper, light cardstock, vellum, and, and more.
- Combines increased strength, density, and quality plus a light adhesive to create beautiful cuts with a wide variety of fabrics. Use with Cricut machines and Rotary Blade or Bonded-Fabric Blade. Click here for some tips and tricks for using the FabricGrip mat with the Cricut Maker.
Mat Size vs. Mat Type:
|Mat Size||StandardGrip||LightGrip||StrongGrip||FabricGrip||Imagine Mats||Cake Mats|
Machine vs. Mat Size:
|Explore Air 2||✘||✘||✔||✔|
The Imagine mats can be used with all the machines that can take a 12x12 mat. However, the Cricut Imagine machine itself can use only Imagine mats.
Though the Cake mats will fit into other machines (but are NOT adhesive), only the Cake and Cake Mini are certified for cutting food materials. None of the other machines are food-safe. Using the Cake and Cake Mini machines for cutting other consumables will make them unsafe for cutting food materials again.