If you are cutting with materials that are heavy and are likely to shift while it is getting cut, you will want to get yourself a strong grip mat. The grip styles of standard, light, and strong all come in cutting mats that are the 12” by 24” mat size. There is also a pink mat that you will want to use if you are cutting fabrics. This is something that is necessary when you are cutting fabric with your Cricut Maker machine. It comes in both sizes of the 12” by 12” and the 12” by 24” inch. You can use either mat depending on the size of your project. The adhesive on the pink Cricut cutting mat is more delicate than the other types of adhesive on the other mats. The oils that are natural in the skin on your hands is known to break down the stickiness of the adhesive on the mat, and it will cause the mat to lose its grip after extended periods of hand contact. You will want to be cautious of this when using any of your mats because hand contact will wear your mats down faster causing you to have to replace them sooner. You should use other tools like tweezers when you are removing your pieces of material from the mats.
Regardless of the type of mat you are using, it is recommended that you break the mat first before using it for the first time. This is something that can be easily done right before the cut part of a new project. You will simply want to take off the clear protector and stick the mat to the front of your shirt a few times. This will allow some of the lint from your shirt to stick to the mat. This will help with removing your project from the mat almost immediately. It is nearly impossible for anyone to remove a project cleanly from a brand-new mat that has not been used. It does not matter what type of material you are using, you will want to do the shirt test on every new mat before working on a project for the first time. This will save you time from trying to delicately remove your project from the mat so that it does not get ripped or torn off in the process. It happens more often than you think, so save yourself the time and effort ahead of the project cut.