Learn all about the Cricut card mat 2×2 for the Cricut Maker line and Cricut Explore family. Cut four Cricut cards at one time!
I finally got my hands on the new card mat and I have been having a lot of fun making all sorts of cards! You can now cut any card design that the Cricut Joy had on a bigger machine using the new Cricut card mat.
So now you don’t need a Cricut Joy machine to make those last-minute birthday cards or greeting cards. And your recipients will love getting the easy cards because a homemade card is always best!
First, let’s talk a little bit about the new mat, then I’ll walk you through making your own cards in Cricut Design Space, and then I’ll show you how to use a blank card with the Cricut card mat.
Cricut did send me the product to try, but this is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
What is the Cricut Card Mat 2×2?
The Cricut card mat is quite a bit different than other Cricut mats.
And instead of only being able to cut one card, the 2×2 card mat can cut up to four cards at once! Quick and easy designer cards for all occasions. Think birthday cards, Thank you cards, Christmas cards, Just because cards, and more!!
If you are still deciding on a Cricut machine, check out my post on which Cricut is right for you (compares the Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore family, and the Cricut Joy).
The 2×2 card mat will come with two protective covers on it. Make sure to peel them off to reveal the adhesive. And also make sure to put them back on when you’re done cutting to lengthen the life of the mat!
Each quadrant (where each card will go) also has numbers on the bottom that correspond to the size of the cards you will be using (more on sizes below).
What makes this card mat different than all the other Cricut cutting mats is that you can slide the back of the card in between two layers of the mat. There is a top layer that is clear/white that contains the adhesive and then the bottom layer that the bottom of the card lies on.
We will go over how to insert a card into the Cricut card mat further down!
What Card Sizes work with the Cricut Maker Card Mat?
Cricut has released quite a few different card sizes and the Cricut card mat works with all of them. You can also use all of the Cricut Joy card sets with the 2×2 cutting mat. Some of the card sets even have foil sheets to use with the foil transfer system!
There are two different types of boxed card sets:
- Insert Cards: With Cricut insert cards, you cut and write the card first and then insert a precut card on the backside of the front of the card. These come in a variety of sizes and package sizes. You can get anywhere from 8 to 42 cards in a box.
- Cutaway Cards: Cutaway cards have an adhesive so you stick the precut card on first, and then use the cutaway setting to cut the top layer of the card and then peel off the pieces.
Both card sets come in multiple sizes and you will have to specify in Cricut Design Space which card size you are using. As of writing this post, there are still boxes marked Cricut Joy cards that use sizes A2 and A6 while the new card sets use an R or S number.
Size of Insert Card Sets:
- R10 = 3.5 inch x 4.9 inch (R stands for Rectangle card)
- R20 = 4.25 in x 5.5 in
- R30 = 4.5 in x 6.25 in
- R40 = 4.75 x 6.625 in
- S40 = 4.75 x 4.75 in (S stands for Square card)
Cricut Joy packs still use the A size.
- A2 = 4.25 in x 5.5 inch = R20
- A6 = 4.5 in x 6.25 = R30
As of now Cutaway card sets come in R10, R40, and S40.
Designing Cards in Cricut Design Space
There are several different ways to make cards using Cricut Design Space. There are thousands of insert card images that are available in you have Cricut Access and some are available for free.
Under the My Projects drop down menu, you can find Cards, Insert Cards, and Cut Away Card Categories.
Using Pre Made Project Cards
If you don’t want to make any changes to a card and you want to cut out one to four copies of the same card, you can find a card in the Projects drop-down under cards and click on it.
Some will pop up and ask what Finished Size you want and some will automatically be a size. You can click on drop-down menu to see if you can change the card size. Then click Make It.
The next screen will be the prepare screen where you can change Material Load Type to On Card Mat. You’ll notice only one card comes up. If you want to cut more than one, simply click on the up button of the Project copies and then click Apply.
I changed mine to four and design space will automatically center the card designs on the 4 corners of the 2×2 mat.
How to Cut Four Different Cricut Cards
Now let’s move on to how to cut different cards!
A few things to note:
- You can only cut out the same size cards on one mat (you can only pick one size per mat!)
- CDS will separate cards onto different mats by the base color. I will show you how to work around this!
- You can pick On Card Mat from where it pops up at first or on the left side of the Prepare Screen
- The image needs to be 0.25 inches smaller on both width and height than the card you are using – so if using a R10 card that is 3.5 x 4.9 your images need to be 3.25in x 4.65in or smaller
The first thing you’ll want to do is to open a new project.
Then click on Images on the left menu. From here, I love to use the search bar. You can type in “insert cards” or more specifically “insert cards A2” if looking for that size or “insert cards Christmas” if looking for something in particular.
If you want to see the details of a card and the size, click on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of the image.
I picked a bunch of Christmas cards and added them to my canvas. If they are rectangular cards, you can easily change their size by changing the Size tab and they will stay proportionate. I changed all of my rectangular ones so they were 4 x 5.25.
Now that they are the same size I click on Make It and look what happens. All the cards end up on different mats. This is because of the color. Cricut always separates our cuts based on the color we have selected for the images.
In order to get all the cards to cut on one Cricut card mat, we need to change all the cut colors to the same color (the pen colors do not matter, leave those as you want them!).
For me, the easiest way to change colors is with the Color Sync panel. If you’ve never used the color sync panel, it will become your new best friend! I use it all the time.
It’s over next to the layer panel. Click on Color Sync and you will see all the different color cuts you have going on. In this example, I have 4 different colors.
Simply drag each image into one layer. I dragged my red, gold, and silver image to the green layer. So now they are all green. The colors of the images on your canvas will change but that’s fine. You can choose whichever color card you want when you go to place them on your mat!
So now when I click on Make It, all of the cards are on one mat!
Working with Different Card Sizes at One Time
So this is a bit more advanced, but I wanted to share an easy way to work with multiple size cards on the same canvas. If you are a beginner, this might seem too confusing at the moment, but will start to make sense the more you use your cutting machine!
Again, I added a bunch of different inset card images to my canvas. I want to have one mat of 3.25 x 4.65 cards and one with 4.25 x 6 cards.
I selected the three cards I wanted to make in smaller cards and changed their sizes to 3.25 in x 4.65 inch.
I did the same for the three cards I wanted the bigger size.
Again if I hit Make It right now and then select On Card Mat, I will have a ton of different mats because of all the different colors.
So as we did above, we need to make all of the cards that I want the same size and also the same color so they are cut on one mat.
Going to the Color Sync tab, I moved the top three colors into one color (gold) and all the smaller cards to a red color.
So now when I go to Make It, the three cards that are the same size end up on one mat. You can check the material size on the drop down on the left
Tip: If for some reason you don’t get the pop-up of loading preferences, you can easily change the Material Load type on the left drop down menu to On Card Mat.
Writing Sentiments Inside Card
So I know there is already a ton of information you are consuming about the Cricut card mat, so I didn’t want to go into detail on this point.
But I did want to mention you can have your Cricut write a sentiment on the inside of the card. I have an entire post on how to do this with the Cricut Joy and it’s basically the same process.
So check out designing the inside of a Cricut card here. One thing extra is that you will have to choose the Material Size of the card you will be using and also click and drag the text box to the center of the card (CDS will not automatically center it).
Then you will have your Cricut use the write feature on the inside first. Flip your card so the inside is on top and insert it into the mat.
Now let’s actually use the Cricut card mat 2×2 and make some cards!
- Place an insert card in the Cricut card mat. Open the card and slide the bottom half of the card in the opening on the side of the mat so that the crease of the card is right up against the edge of the card mat and the top is flush.
- Press the top of the card down so that it is flat and stuck to the card mat. Insert as many cards as you will be cutting. I am going to cut four R10 size cards.
- Make sure to move the four white rollers to the middle of the bar on your Cricut machine so they will not roll over the card and cause indentations. Just use your finger and push them over. Sometimes they can be a little hard to move!
- Use that setting that corresponds with your cards: "Insert Cards" or "Cutaway Cards" on the drop-down menu. They will be under Cardstock.
- Follow all directions from Cricut Design Space. There will be pictures with text of every step you will do.
- Load the mat when prompted. Make sure the left hand side of the card mat is right up against the left guider (this will help to make sure it cuts in the center).
- Insert whichever color pen that was designated in the A clamp and bush the flashing go button. (or any if you change your mind on colors!).
- Your machine will keep pausing and CDS will tell you to insert a different pen. DO NOT UNLOAD THE MAT! Just change the pen and click the flashing light.
- When all of the cards are complete, the machine will pause and the load light will blink. Push it to unload the Cricut card mat.
- I like to use a spatula to gently start pulling the front of the card off the mat. Then I use my fingers to pull the rest of the way. The pieces the Cricut cut should stay stuck to the mat.
- Use a scraper to remove the leftover pieces from the card mat. Place the plastic protective sheets back on the mat when you are done.
- Put one of the card insert pieces into the corners of the cut card and you are done making beautiful custom cards!
See the post for full detailed instructions and tips for using Cricut Design Space when designing multiple cards.
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If you want to see the card mat in action, make sure to check out my YouTube video above or go to YouTube here.
A Note About Cricut Foil Cards
Some of the card packs you can buy contain foil transfer sheets to use with them. The foil adds a special kind of sparkle to the unique cards!
Some cards in Cricut Access have foil already, but you can always change any of the pens to foil. Click on the Operation Drop Down menu on the top left and select Foil and then the tip type. Then you can choose your foil color.
If you are using a foil transfer sheet, CDS will pause and tell you to insert the foil transfer blade and attach the foil to the material with the shiny side up (check out my tutorial here on how to use Cricut foil). DO NOT UNLOAD THE MAT!!!
If you are using two different colors of foil, again DO NOT UNLOAD THE MAT. Remove the first color, and then tape the second color down.
Keep following CDS directions on when to remove the foil transfer tip and reinsert the fine point blade and housing.
This wreath Christmas card was a bit ambitious with the foil, lol! It took about 20 minutes and the foil did rip in a few places because I didn’t tape down one side well enough.
But I still love how it came out!
Cricut Cutaway Cards
A little bit about cutaway cards…
Cutaway cards work the same way except you will first peel off the Cricut backing to reveal the adhesive on the inside of the card.
Then place the insert piece face down on the adhesive. If you are using one color, it won’t matter which side is face down. I am using a holographic cardstock here so I made sure the holographic side was face down on the adhesive sheet.
Then insert the cutaway card into the Cricut card mat as you normally would.
Select Cutaway Card + Backer in the material drop-down and follow all of the instructions for your card.
Once it’s cut out, use your fingers or weeding tool to take out the pieces and you’re done!
For this card, I actually changed the pen twice to see what the different Cricut pens looked like. I first used a blue glitter gel tip, then a blue gel pen (which was very light by shimmery), and then a blue fine point pen. The glitter gel tip definitely came out the brightest, but really depends on the look you are going for!
If you’d like to learn more about cutaway cards, check out Cricut.com.
So many amazing cards you can make with the Cricut card mat for the Maker and Explore lines!
If you are a fan of paper crafts, make sure to check out our roundup of other cardstock projects.
Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!