I'm going to start with "I hate these mats!" It's a waste of money to purchase. It's pretty bad when you can leave your machine and trust it to cut because the paper does NOT stick to these mats! I have complained to the company and even received a set of new mats! Of course, they were the same as the ones that I was using. I wish they would bring back the old mats! They worked! These don't! I have started to buy the larger mats and am cutting them in half only because they are made like the old mats and they stick! I can now cut and walk away from my machine if I need to if it's cutting! PLEASE Cricut! Bring back the OLD mats!
Published on 12/17/2012 by Dana M.
I Recieved this Mat with my Cricut E2 and I have to say, I'm not a Fan of this Mat AT ALL, I only used it a Hand full of times, and it went from Overly Sticky to NO Stick in about 3 days... The Way it was Shipped in the Box it has a "Bowed" Look to it, wont lay flat and in trying to put it in the Machine it already Cracked about 3inches in and had to be taped.. When I Pay Over $200. for sometime I Do Expect it to have a Shelf Life of More then a Week... Very Disappointed wit this Mat!
Published on 1/8/2013 by Lori J.
not worth your money
Wasted my money on this mat, the old style is much better.
Published on 1/8/2013 by JB.
The adhesive doesn't last.
Although I like the way the actual mat works, the adhesive does not last nearly long enough. I feel like I am constantly having to buy new mats. This really stinks considering I live 40 miles from the nearest store that sells them and I live on a budget so I generally don't have the money to stock up. Unfortunately, this means that there are times that I have a design team deadline that I would like to use my Cricut on and have to resort to something else.
Published on 1/8/2013 by Leslii W.
I am so glad I read the reviews before I ordered more mats. I thought that since I had left my mats in AZ for the summer,that was why I got so few cuts...not so. I have washed mine and that helped a little. Please correct this problem. Or I will be looking for other mats.
Published on 1/8/2013 by Joyce H..
I hate these mats!! I have wasted so much paper and TIME in the same batch they will have no adhesive or too much -either way my paper is ruined and I have to start over. I will be looking for something new to use.
Published on 1/10/2013 by Kathy C..
Cutting mat brittle
I just bought the Cricut machine II and was trying to get the paper off of the mat and the whole section cracked straight across. It seems as if the mat is brittle. It should be more flexible.
Published on 1/10/2013 by Elaine.
New and improved!
These new mats are fantastic! They are the ones with the logo "CRICUT" in white right across the middle of the mat. I bought these a month ago and used it right out of the package. No activation or prepping needed. I haven't "cleaned" them or anything and they are STILL sticky! They finally have it right!
Published on 1/11/2013 by AliciaP.
The adhesive on these cutting mats need a serious re-do! When you first take the film cover off the mat to use it for the first time, it's way too tacky. All my paper sticks down so very firmly, that when I try and peel the cutouts off the mat the adhesive grips the paper so strongly that my cutouts rip to shreds, and are ruined. I can't believe how much paper this wastes. But then, after about 20 images later, there is hardly any tackiness left at all, and my paperstock then slip slides around the inside of the Cricut, rendering my images again useless, and I then have to start another image all over again. These mats are horrible. Please give them an overhaul! They need some drastic improvement.
Published on 1/15/2013 by Sandra R..
Cricut dropped the ball on this one. It doesn't work, I don't know how much vinyl, paper, cardstock I wasted trying to follow their "you must be doing it wrong" email. I can't believe that they don't offer an exchange on these, I want my old sticky mats back! I'm not that vested in my cricut to not call it ended and throw everything in the trash! Stamping and punches can do so much more these days!
Published on 1/18/2013 by Jacke W.
Go Back to the Old Mats!!!
Ever since Cricut came out with these mats I've HATED them!!! I've avoided buying anymore because they aren't sticky AT ALL! I have been re-using my old ones for as long as possible bc these are AWFUL!!! I really wish Cricut would listen and go back to the original mats!!!
Published on 1/19/2013 by CD.
Love my Imagine...
I hear many complain about the Imagine, but I know hundreds of people who have one and love it.
I love my Imagine and have not used any other Cricut Machine since buying it. My Expression, Mini and Expression 2 machines are collecting dust.
I love the fact that you can print all your papers and die cuts to match. All you need is white cardstock. No more running to the craft store for paper.
I LOVE IT.
Published on 1/22/2013 by Chris W..
I got my cricut over 2 years ago and did not use it often until the past 6 months. When I had to purchase replacement mats when mine had worn out, they were SO sticky it ripped my paper. I was using heavy cardstock and scrapbook paper (which is what I had used prior on my old mats) and NEVER had this problem. I know they need to be sticky to hold the paper but they have changed over the years and I have not only ruined paper and projects, but also ruined the mats that I can not get the tiny scraps of paper off it. I don't know what the solution should be since these are needed for the machine.
Published on 1/25/2013 by JessicaL.
Makes the Cricut useless
These mats are horrible, and I foolishly purchased additional ones at various intervals because of the number of complaints I was sure Provo Craft would improve the product. Not so!! I own over 150 cartridges, but they are useless because the mat won't hold the paper. I feel betrayed by the company.
Published on 1/28/2013 by Martha S..
I have an Imagine and I'm beginning to thing I wasted my money because these mats are useless!!! It's not that they don't stay sticky for long, but after only a few uses the black lines don't work anymore so when I'm trying to print and cut it will ONLY PRINT and then literally spit out the mat. I have wasted some much paper and so much ink that it's rediculous!!! And then I have to BUY MORE MATS so I can use my Imagine!!! It's turning out to be outrageously expensive!!! They need to the fix the problem or or just start giving us the mats for free.
Published on 2/2/2013 by Janie R..
Terrible product, waste of money
These mats are useless. I contacted customer service, and they stated I need to clean them to make them stick. What a complete waste of my own time. The old mats used to cut for so much longer. I don't even use my Cricut anymore because it's simply frustrating.
Published on 2/3/2013 by Alecia M.
Agree that this cutting mat stinks
I thought it was just us thinking that we must have done something wrong having used mat for two small cutting tasks only to have it loose stickiness. Was happy to finally pull trigger and buy machine but mat makes projects a hassel
Published on 2/11/2013 by Doreen .
The mat that came with my machine lost its "stickiness" after only 2 uses. I thought it was my fault for not using it correctly, but now I see from all the reviews that it is the mat. I spray mine with a very light coat of spray adhesive so it does not ruin my paper/projects. Now my mat is worn out and I am disappointed that I have to purchase new ones that are going to do exactly the same thing again. Provocrafts please correct the problem ASAP!
Published on 2/20/2013 by Kellie M.
The mat is horrible! After using the mat 5 times, my paper won't stick anymore. I wasted my money, my paper, and my time. I wish Cricut hadn't changed the 12 by 12 mats. The odor of the mat is extremely strong and gave me a headache. I want the old mats back. I'm very disappointed.
Published on 2/24/2013 by Katie N.
I am new to Cricut. Got E2 for Christmas. I didn't know there was a problem until I read these reviews. I thought these no good mats were just the way they came but undoubtly I was wrong. Go back to the other mats, please, and let me try those! These are not worth fighting for. Mats do not stay sticky and they get cuts/scored very easy. I've already thrown my 1st one away and bought more. Need some more already. I work 8-5 so it's not like I'm using this thing all day everyday! I live 2 hours to the nearest place I can buy one in a store!
Published on 2/27/2013 by Gwen P.
Bad mats !!!!
I have to agree with the other reviewer. Bring back the old mats. These new mats are an embarassment to Provo Craft and us the customer. They aren't anywhere close to being as good as the old ones. What really bothers me is the fact that they know how to make good mats and they choose not to make them. That is a bad way to treat loyal customers. They have can do better and choose not to. Sad! Very sad!
Published on 2/27/2013 by Janice T.
Don't hold up
These mats do not last like the old ones did. They are not very sticky from the get go, the original mats were too sticky--too bad couldn't come up with happy medium. Would be nice to have option between the two.
Published on 3/14/2013 by Amy H.
Don't waste your money on these mats!
I am so glad that I read all of the reviews on these mats! I too thought that I was somehow doing something wrong. These mats lost their tackiness after a few uses, causing my paper to slip all over the place. I purchased more, thinking it was just a "bad batch" of mats. Just thinking about all of the paper I've ruined makes me so mad (not to mention how much money I have wasted on extra mats that I know won't stay tacky)!
Published on 3/15/2013 by Kim T.
New is not always better
These mats are horrible... I love my cricut (and use it all the time) and loved the old mats.. but these new ones are making me not use the cricut as much. Please go back to the old mats..
Published on 3/20/2013 by Nylsa C.
I just got my new cricut today and it is pretty much useless because the paper will not stay still. I am so disappointed and think I will return the entire thing.
Published on 5/12/2013 by DanaS.