How to deal with sticky cutting mats.

Like a warm tongue on a frozen metal post…talk about a sticky mess!!

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Does this look familiar?

This is my new cutting mat. Do you think it’s sticky enough?

I’m a Cameo-owner and I recently bought two new Cricut cutting mats to replace my three-year-old Cameo mats. Yep, they are interchangeable.

So, there I was all excited to have a brand new cutting mat. After spending a considerable amount of time creating the shapes I wanted to cut out for a special card I was making for a customer, I attached a sheet of Stampin’ Up Whisper White card stock to the mat and sent it to the Silhouette. The cutting job was perfect! Unfortunately, getting the shapes off the mat–not so perfect.

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The glue on the mat was so strong, that the card stock wouldn’t come off the  mat even with the use of a scraper.

Sheeesh, whatta mess!

Well, I took that sticky mess and plunged it right into a sink filled with hot water. Next, I peeled off all of the bigger pieces and picked off the residual crumbs of paper, I then laid a 12″x12″ sheet of heavy scrapbooking paper on the mat and pressed it down hard with the palms of my hands and then pulled it off. I repeated this several times until I had achieved the right stickiness level (I hoped). The outcome: it worked!!!

By the way, Silhouette Cameo mats are also too sticky when new. I bought the Cricut mats because they were half the price of the Silhouette mats. I’m not favouring one brand over the other, just sharing my experience in the hope of helping other crafters prevent a similar situation. But, all’s well that ends well–and I’ve learned something new!