Every hobbyist and crafter knows that a cutting mat is essential for protecting surfaces from damage while you are cutting different materials. These mats ensure that a slip of the blade will not gouge or score the underlying surface you are using for support, like a desk, counter, or tabletop. There are several different types of mats currently available to choose from, and each has its own particular characteristics.
Cutting Mats for Crafts
A cutting mat is typically used as both a protection item, a guide, and a measurement item. Most come with a mat grid pattern for precise alignment and to guide your blade while you are cutting. These mats come in a wide variety of mat sizes and materials, making it easy to choose the type and style of mat that is best for your needs.
Self-Healing Cutting Mats
Self-healing cutting mats are made from innovative materials that allow the mat to virtually repair itself after use. How self-healing mats work is simple. The material that self-healing cutting mats are made from is a bunch of tiny, separate pieces that are pressed together to form a solid structure. When a blade touches the material, it separates to allow the blade through and then reforms into its solid state. You need this kind of mat if you are regularly cutting items that allow the blade to go through them, like paper, cardstock, and cardboard.