been waiting for these
I was so lucky to be asked to test out these new mats. I've been waiting for them to come out. They are wonderful!
Published on 3/15/2013 by cherie n..
Happy to See These Mats Released!
I was lucky enough to receive a free sample of the standard grip mat and to test it. I was very happy with it's "stick-to-it-ness"! Although it's for medium weight paper, I used it for both lightweight and heavyweight materials and it worked well.
Published on 3/15/2013 by Kathleen O.
Extraordinarily awful destroyers of paper.
I can't even tell you how excited I was at the promise of NEW mats ! I have used my old school green ones until the plastic cracked. I always seemed to be able to get "one more cut" out of them. When the white mats came out- ugh! Horrid. The first few cuts were fine, but then they were trash. So I excitedly ordered these brand new mats and received them yesterday. The first time through the machine the paper was stuck on so firmly that I had to use a pan scraper to get it off.... not cool. But, I figured reminiscent of those old mats that I loved so much, after going through that once, it would be smooth sailing from here on. Not. True. I gave up after my 3rd try because even heavy cardstock on these "standard" mats, sticks so tightly that it just shredded coming off. Literally. Shredded. I finally gave up after my 4th try. My paper is still stuck on the mat and will need to be scraped-- literally scraped for try #5. I reluctantly pulled an old mat out of the trash.. not cool, Provocraft. It really upsets me because, in the Cricut you have a revolutionary product that has changed the way many of us do things- but all of the things that go along with it-- that are necessary-- accessories such as replacement blades (which are a crap shoot- sometimes they're great, but most of the time it's like trying to cut paper with a butter knife), mats, etc.. are overpriced junk. Even the craft room software is a frustrating, freezing, illogical nightmare. I beg you, as someone who relies on her Cricut for so much, to work harder on creating a better and more consistent product for the consumers who have already shelled out hundreds of dollars on this luxury item.
Cricut released three cutting mats based on consumer needs and their feedback. Insight from consumers show there are many ways people expect to interact with their cutting mats. The Cricut StandardGrip Cutting Mat was designed to have a strong hold on materials placed on them. This hold may require the use of tools to carefully remove cuts. If your preference is a more delicate hold for materials, we suggest you try the new Cricut LightGrip Cutting Mat. This mat can be used on light-weight to mid-weight materials and most materials will remove easily without the assistance of tools. Cricut has also introduced a StrongGrip Cutting Mat which is designed to work with mid-weight to heavy-weight materials, this mat also features extended life adhesive technology which means it will last longer than most mats based on the materials that are cut on them. We value your opinion and hope this information acts as a guides as you explore some of the great products Cricut has to offer.
Published on 3/27/2013 by Leslie D.
Love the Mat!
This is the best mat ever, it lasts long and has a perfect grip. I've used it for various types of paper from thin to thick and I was happy with the results!
Published on 3/28/2013 by emma r.
I just received my new mats and they are amazing. I have gotten double the cuts from just one mat then from 2 of the old mats and there is still plenty of stickiness to do 100s of more cuts! THANK YOU Provo Craft for finally correcting the issue with the mats!
Published on 4/6/2013 by Jamie M.
The old mats were not strong enough and these are too strong . Very hard to get paper off the mat. Even medium cardstock is so out of shape after you peel it off you cant use it for anything. I've destroyed so much paper it makes me sick.
Published on 7/21/2013 by Susan G.
I bought this mat today. If paper even slightly touches the mat it sticks. Then to release the paper to reset on the mat, the paper rolls up. There is plenty of stick on this mat and the paper does not move during cutting. It was nearly impossible to get my pieces off the mat. The paper would separate leaving a paper layer on the mat, that I cannot get off. Not only that, it is so difficult to get the cut pieces off the mat that if you are lucky enough to not tear or leave part of you piece stuck to the paper, it comes off all rolled up and impossible to use. Very disappointed in this product.
Published on 7/26/2013 by Colleen Bailey.
I love the new mats! It stays sticky so much longer than the old ones did!
Published on 8/25/2013 by Jennifer H.
Not worth the money!
I was excited to see the new design of the mat and to try it out! Today was the first time that I used it and I was sorely disappointed!! I was making a banner and cutting circles out of different papers...after cutting my fourth circle in the same spot as the first, I noticed that my new mat was almost completely cut through! From then on any item I tried to cut that went over that groove would snag which caused a lot of paper tearing and a lot of frustration on my part. I finally tossed the new mat in the garbage and brought out one of my old boards. I did find the new mat to be quite sticky but my main frustration was with how thin the board seemed to be.
Published on 11/11/2013 by Meaghan P.
Upset this does not fit the Imagine
I was super excited to purchase this new cutting mat in hopes that the paper would stick better and therefore give me a better cut and also last longer. I tried to use it and the Imagine machine does not accept the mats. Then I read in tiny print on the backside the disclaimer of it not working in the Imagine machine. WHY WOULD YOU INVENT A NEW PRODUCT AND NOT HAVE IT WORK ON ALL THE MACHINES IN YOUR LINE?!? That makes absolutely no sense at all!!! Now I am stuck with the old style mats which for all I know, will be discontinued soon and I will need to purchase a whole new machine. Not cool!
Published on 11/18/2013 by A.
9 months later
I was one of the first to write a review of these mats. Now it is December and I am still on the same mat after making at least a 1000 cuts. Yes they are sticky, but take your time when removing and you will be fine.
Published on 12/2/2013 by cherie n..
new cricut cutting mats
I absolutely hate these new mats!!!! Gummy
..stink...paper WON'T come off..tears up cut...bad bad.product!!!
Published on 3/8/2014 by Billie H.
I just recieved my new Explore from amazon. Tried 2 cuts and it was AWESOME! Then when I tried to remove the design the top of the mat cracked almost totally across! So disappointed!
Published on 3/28/2014 by B. Holmes.