LEARN HOW TO MAKE FUN INSERT CARDS ON YOUR CRICUT EXPLORE AND CRICUT MAKER USING THE CRICUT 2X2 CARD MAT
The Cricut 2×2 Card Mat is so cool! It allows us to use the Cricut Insert Card Packs, like we use on the Cricut Joy, on our Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker!
With the introduction of this mat, Cricut also released three new card sizes. At this time, the S40, and R40 insert cards can only be used on the larger cutting machines. You can find out more about card sizes later in this article.
If you do not have Cricut Insert Card Packs or have too much cardstock to justify purchasing them, I have included card blanks and envelopes in the download for you to use.
I will go over the Cricut 2×2 Card Mat and how to use it. I have designed 10 new insert cards for you to try out with this new card mat. I will be showing you how to use one of these designs a bit later in this post!
The Cricut 2×2 Card Mat is designed for the Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker series of machines. If you have a Cricut Joy, you are already familiar with the Cricut Joy Card Mat. The functionality is the same, however, the Cricut Joy Card Mat is not compatible with the three new card sizes at this time.
FOUR CARDS AT ONCE!
The Cricut 2×2 Card Mat can cut four designs on one mat! You can even cut different designs using one mat. This makes card making a breeze!!
You are able to use the two insert card sizes currently available for the Cricut Joy. Cricut has also come out with new card sizes to be used with the 2×2 Mat. You can see a breakdown of these sizes below. The “R” stands for Rectangle and the “S” stands for square.
EASE OF USE
The design of the 2×2 Card Mat is the same as the Cricut Joy Card Mat. Both mats have a divider to protect the back of the insert card while cutting a design on the front.
MY TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE CRICUT 2X2 CARD MAT
- I always recommend using a Cricut Brayer to help adhere the card to the mat.
- Make sure to use the guides on the card mat to ensure you have the card blank aligned properly!
- Move the star wheels to the center of the feed bar before cutting.
- Once you have removed the card from the mat, you may notice it is curled quite a bit. With the front facing down, roll the card with your fingers to help remove the curl.
- Use your Cricut Scraper to remove any extra bits left on the card mat.
- While you can make multiple designs with the 2×2 Card Mat, at this time you cannot use multiple card sizes on one mat. I have brought this up to Cricut because I think it is a missed opportunity. They have listened and we will see if they make that change in the future.
- If for some reason your cards are not cutting properly, the design measurements may have been distorted when uploading. Take a look at the dimensions of the design in your Design Space canvas and adjust if needed. The measurements are as follows: R10 – 3.25 x 4.6, R20 – 4 X 5.25, R30 – 4.25 X 6, R40 – 4.5 X 6.4, S40 – 4.5 X 4.5.
LET'S MAKE SOME CARDS!
In this tutorial, I’ll give you my step by step instructions and tell you what materials I think work best when making this project.
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SQUARE INSERT CARDS – MATERIALS LIST
I just love how easy this new card mat is to use. The fact that you can batch cards together is a dream!
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