Get ready for the die cutting game-changer that you've been waiting for! Taking the crafty center stage for your amazement and delight is the exclusive Scrapbook.com Magic Mat! This replacement for one of your plastic cutting pads will absolutely WOW you with its tricks and magical die cutting results.
In this article, you will learn:
- What the Magic Mat is and what it does
- How the Magic Mat is different from regular cutting pads
- How to use your Magic Mat in die cutting and precision cutting
What is the Magic Mat™?
For our first trick, let us introduce you to the Scrapbook.com Magic Mat Cutting Pad. This innovative cutting pad is made from a high quality self-healing material that is designed to be long-lasting when used with blades and cutting tools. The resiliency of the material makes it the ideal surface for metal dies to cut into again and again and again. Oops, we guess the magician revealed the secret to this trick!
The Magic Mat is designed to be a replacement for one of your standard plastic cutting pads - specifically the pad that gets cut into. Do you know what that means? Say goodbye to warped plastic cutting pads and deep etchings, marks, or scratches that may transfer onto your next die cutting project.
Simply use the Magic Mat as the cutting pad your metal dies cut into (blade side cuts into the Magic Mat) and roll through your machine.
How is the Magic Mat™ Different From Cutting Pads?
When your die cuts come out the other side of your Big Shot, Platinum, Gemini, Evolution, or other die cutting machine, you'll instantly see (and hear!) the difference.
Not only are there no cracking noises with the Magic Mat, but you'll also see cleaner results and spend less time cleaning out intricate cuts from ornate dies with fine details. Why is that?
Standard cutting pads are made of impact-resistant, hard polycarbonate plastic. The Magic Mat Cutting Pad is made of 5 layers of recycled PVC plastic which forms a self-healing, forgiving material. While ordinary cutting pads resist the blade of your metal dies, the Magic Mat absorbs the blade and allows for a smoother cut on its long-lasting surface.
The Magic Mat also offers a helpful gridded pattern on the surface of each pad so that precision alignment with shapes, sentiments, and letter cut-outs on your project are picture perfect! Don't forget to turn the Magic Mat over periodically to extend its life - it gives the same amazing cuts upside down. And there's a grid on the backside too!
How Do You Use the Magic Mat™?
The key to die cutting is building the right sandwich for your machine so that the appropriate pressure is applied. The Magic Mat measures 3mm thick and replaces one of the pieces of "bread" in your sandwich. Simply build your sandwich, including your wafer thin die and material, with the Magic Mat on the bottom to be cut into.
- Standard Magic Mat: Measures 6" x 8.75" and can be used with standard-sized machines like the Sizzix Big Shot, Big Shot Foldaway, Big Shot Express, Vagabond 2, Spellbinders Platinum, Gemini Jr., and the We R Memory Keepers Revolution
- Mini Magic Mat: Measures 2.5" x 4.875" and can be used with miniature-sized machines like the We R Memory Keepers Mini Evolution Advanced
- Extended Magic Mat: Measures 6" x 14.5" and can be used with extended platform die cutting machines with an opening of 6" or wider
Since machines vary, it's important to test out your Magic Mat sandwich to ensure you have just the right amount of pressure. Adjust with 1 or 2 shims as needed, especially with more intricate metal dies until your cut is absolutely perfect.
And did we mention that the Magic Mat is also a precision self-healing cutting mat that you can use with craft knives, scissors, and other blades? You don't need a die cutting machine to enjoy the benefits of this super affordable cutting surface. Get precision slices while protecting your desk or table with the Magic Mat!
It turns out the Scrapbook.com Magic Mat is not a magic trick at all - it's a die cutting and crafting game-changer reality! Try it out today and see the difference for yourself!