Last reviewed and edited: Jan 27, 2021
Machine mats have an adhesive area with just the right grip to hold your material in place during cutting, then allow you to easily remove it when finished. Select your machine below to view compatible mats and recommended materials for each type.
Cricut Joy cuts Smart Materials without a machine mat, but it can also cut a variety of other materials using a machine cutting mat. With Cricut Joy, you can use a Light Grip Mat, Standard Grip Mat, and Card Mat.
Card Mat is uniquely designed with a divider to protect the back of folded Cricut Insert Cards while cutting a design on the front. Learn more about using Cricut Card Mat.
Light Grip mats for Cricut Joy come 4.5” x 12” (11.4 cm x 30.4 cm) and are ideal for use with light and medium weight paper, medium cardstock, and vinyl.
Standard Grip mats for Cricut Joy come 4.5” x 6.5” (11.4 cm x 16.5 cm) and 4.5” x 12” (11.4 cm x 30.4 cm) are ideal for use with materials like vinyl, iron-on, heavy cardstock, poster board and Smart Material scraps that are too small to feed through the machine without a mat.
Cricut Explore family and Cricut Maker machines use 12" x 12" (30.4 cm x 30.4 cm) and 12" x 24" (30.4 cm x 60.9 cm) mats in four different grip strengths. Mats are color-coded so you can see at a glance which mats to use for your materials!
Standard Grip (Green)
Ideal for use with cardstock, patterned paper, embossed cardstock, iron-on, vinyl, and more.
Light Grip (Blue)
Ideal for use with common office paper, light cardstock, vellum, and, and more.
Strong Grip (Purple)
Perfect for securing heavyweight materials such as specialty cardstock, glitter cardstock, chipboard, and fabric with stiffener.
Fabric Grip (Pink)
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.
Tip: Click here for tips and tricks for using Fabric Grip Mat with Cricut Maker.
Cricut Expression & Cricut Expression 2
Can use any Cricut 12"x12" (30.4 cm x 30.4 cm) or 12"x24" (30.4 cm x 60.9 cm) machine mat, including StandardGrip (green), LightGrip (blue), StrongGrip (purple), and FabricGrip (pink).
Compatible only with the Cricut Imagine mat (discontinued).
Cricut Personal & Cricut Create
Use a 6"x12" (15.2 cm x 30.4) Standard Grip machine mat.
Cricut Cake & Cricut Cake Mini
Cricut Cake and Cricut Cake Mini use special non-adhesive food-safe mats (discontinued).
Cricut Cake uses 12"x12" (30.4 cm x 30.4 cm) and 12"x24" (30.4 x 60.9 cm) Cricut Cake Mats.
Cricut Cake Mini uses a 6"x12" (15.2 cm x 30.4) Cricut Cake Mat.
Used a 8.5"x12" (21.5 cm x 30.4 cm) StandardGrip mat. With the closure of the Cricut Craft Room software in July 2018, Cricut Mini is no longer usable.