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 plates 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 plates
- How to use your Magic Mat in die cutting and precision cutting
- Tips, tricks, & troubleshooting techniques for your Magic Mat
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 - specifically in your card making machine or die cutting machine. 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 plates - specifically the one that gets cut into. Do you know what that means? Say goodbye to warped plastic cutting plates and deep etchings, marks, or scratches that may transfer onto your next die cutting project.
Refer to the individual product pages here for specific machine compatibility.
Simply use the Magic Mat as the cutting plate your metal dies cut into (blade side cuts into the Magic Mat) and roll through your machine.
We've even found that two - that's right TWO Magic Mats can be used instead of plastic plates all together. How amazing is that?
How is the Magic Mat™ Different From Cutting Plates?
When your die cuts come out the other side of your die cutting machine, you'll instantly see (and hear!) the difference.
Standard cutting plates 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 plates 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 6.125" x 8.75" and can be used with some standard-sized machines
- Extended Magic Mat: Measures 6" x 14.5" and can be used with some extended platform die cutting machines
The Magic Mats are designed to be the SAME size and thickness as the Sizzix Big Shot Cutting Plates (Standard and Extended sizes). If Sizzix cutting plates do not currently work in your die cutting machine at home, then the Magic Mat may not fit or work in your machine.
Make sure you refer to each of the product pages linked above for specific machine compatibility.
The Magic Mat™ Sandwich For Your Die Cutting Machine
Since machines vary, it's important to test out your Magic Mat sandwich to ensure you have just the right amount of pressure. If your sandwich is too thin, there won't be enough pressure to cut through the paper. If your sandwich is too thick, it may not run through your machine. Scrapbook.com has done the Goldilocks testing and come up with these "just right" sandwich solutions:
- Sizzix Big Shot: Cutting Platform - Magic Mat - Paper - Thin Metal Die - Cutting Plate
- Sizzix Big Shot Plus: Cutting Platform - Adapter A - Adapter B - Magic Mat - Paper - Thin Metal Die - Cutting Plate
- Spellbinders Platinum / Platinum 6: Cutting platform - Magic Mat - Paper - Thin Metal Die - Cutting Plate
- Crafter's Companion Gemini / Gemini Jr / Gemini Go: Clear Cutting Plate - Magic Mat - Paper - Thin Metal Die - Clear Cutting Plate
- Sizzix Vagabond / Vagabond 2: Thin Die Adapter - Cutting Platform - Magic Mat - Paper - Thin Metal Die - Cutting Plate
- We R Memory Keepers Revolution: Gray Platform - Magic Mat - Paper - Thin Metal Die - Cutting Plate
- Cricut Cuttlebug: Platform A - Magnetic Cutting Mat or Rubber Mat - Extended Magic Mat - Paper - Thin Metal Die - Plate B
Don't Forget Your Shims!
What are shims? Some die cutting machines have shims made of plastic, metal, or magnets. These are used within the die cutting sandwich to perfect the cuts made by your dies and the impressions made by your embossing folders.
In other instances, a shim can be as simple as a piece of paper or cardstock to give just a touch of extra pressure to your sandwich. When using the Magic Mat, try adjusting your pressure 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!
Cleaning and Care of the Magic Mat™
The Magic Mat is an extremely durable tool that will provide you with seemingly endless assistance in your die cutting. To make sure your Magic Mat is always clean, unwarped, and free from paper threads, check out our guide to Magic Mat care & cleaning.
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!