How Do you Make Your Own Replacement Mats for Die Cutting Machines
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Did you know its easy to make your own replacement mats for you Cricut, Silhouette, Wishblade or Robo Craft Die cutting machine?
The cost of a new Cricut mat isn’t too bad (pack of 2 mats for 7.95 at Amazon)- but the price of a new QuicKutz Cutting Mats for Silhouette is hefty- about 25.00 at my LSS and pack of 2 at Amazon is about 30.00 .
It is easy to make your own mat. If you prefer to just try and find a cheap replacement mat, the best price I have found for new mats for your Silhouette or Wishblade it at KNK USA.
To make your own mats you you need a few items- some you may all ready have.
– Some kind of mat. The most popular and highest quality I have found is a Quilters template. The is basically a sheet of thick plastic. You can also use plastic sheets used for stenciling. You can buy the sheets at Micheal’s, Joann’s or Quilting shops.
You need to get a sheet that will end up being at least 9×13. ( it can be longer). If you can get sheets with a grid even better.
Some kind of Adhesive.
If you have a Xryon 900 Xyron 900 this is perfect. You MUST
use the Reposition-able Xyron Cartridge however or it will be too sticky. Some people are able to do this without using the machine. If you can get the cartridge cheap then worth a try .
An Adhesive Spray, This MUST be repositionable.
A good choice is Krylon Repositionable Adhesive Spray. You can also use a Quilt Basting Spray 12 oz. You can find this at Wal-mart or Michael’s , etc. the brand is not important- just make sure it is reposition able.
You need Masking tape or painters tape.
You use this along the sides so your adhesive does not cover the whole sheet- you need space for rollers to grip.
So, use your tape alone the long edges and cover about 1/4 inch on each side.
If you use the spray, then go OUTSIDE to spray ( fumes) if you are pregnant get some one else to do it. Do a couple of light coating rather then one heavy coating. You can also add a bit more later to freshen,
If you are using your Xyron. Put on your tape and run through machine or use cartridge.
Peel off you tape and you will have your mat! The mat is probably a little too sticky. I use a lint free cloth to dab on it a bit to rid of excess.
You can also use this method to make your mats longer and create longer designs- which i use for making 12 inch borders or vinyl wall art.
Have you made your own mat for your Silhouette or Cricut machine? let me know how it went!
I have lately just bought larger size Cricut mats ( 12-Inch By 24-Inch Cutting Mats) and cut them down to size, I end up with 9×13 mats and longer one making 12 inch borders on my Quickutz Silhouette machine.