NICAPA is a well-known brand that makes a variety of art supplies & tools to help crafters make their projects. The company has been making products since 2011 and offers a variety of cutting mats for different cutting machines such as Cricut and Silhouette.
These include adhesive strength mats, standard grip mats and light grip adhesive cutting mats.
Adhesive Strength Mats
Adhesive strength mats are a popular alternative to traditional Silhouette cutting mats for many Silhouette CAMEO users. These mats offer strong grip adhesive and are suitable for heavy materials like glitter cardstock, chipboard and leather.
These are a multi-layered, low profile mat made of 30 easy-peel layers with an adhesive surface. The numbered peel tabs make it easy to change the sheets on a regular basis or at specific intervals based on how often they are used.
They are effective in cleanrooms, labs and workstations reducing the transfer of dust and debris by trapping particulates on the soles of footwear before they enter the environment. They are available in blue, white and gray colors and are ideal for pharmaceutical, food, semiconductor, medical and cleanroom applications.
Standard Grip Mats
Standard grip mats are the most common type of Cricut cutting mat, and they’re found on virtually all Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore family machines. They’re designed for medium-weight materials, such as cardstock, iron-on vinyl, bonded fabric and even paper.
The best part about them is that they’re reusable, and they have an adhesive area with just the right tack to hold your material securely in place during cutting, then easily remove it when finished.
They also have a number of other benefits, including a smooth surface that helps prevent the risk of slipping while cutting and easy cleanup with a little lint roller and a scraper or old plastic gift card. In fact, we think the standard grip mats may be the best value of the four types we reviewed here. The most affordable of the bunch, it’s an excellent way to get started with your new machine. And as long as you keep it clean and free of stray bits of paper, it’s sure to deliver years of happy crafters.
Light Grip Mats
The Cricut Light Grip Mat is designed to ensure the best possible adhesion on a wide range of light to medium weight materials. Its lightweight adhesive holds the material securely in place while cutting, and makes it easy to cleanly remove finished parts once the cut is complete.
These mats are made of thickened PVC and have a light grip surface, making them great for repeated use. They’re also odorless and non-toxic, so they won’t irritate your skin or eyes.
A light grip mat is ideal for lightweight materials like paper and parchment. This is perfect for projects like party poppers and washi tape sheets.
Nicapa has a range of machine mats for different kinds of materials, ranging from lightweight to heavyweight materials. Each mat is optimized for a certain kind of crafting material, so you can get the most out of your cricut machine.
Scraper & Spatula
A scraper is a kitchen tool used for many different tasks, from mixing and folding ingredients to scraping the sides of a bowl. They’re also a great way to scrape greasy residue out of pans and utensils, and are perfect for cleaning the insides of food jars.
These can be made of a variety of materials, including plastic or rubber, and are often heat-resistant. They’re also durable and can be reused many times.
Stainless steel is a popular choice for these spatulas. It can handle high heat and is non-porous, so it won’t absorb odors or stains.
Another popular material is silicone, which is heat resistant and can be used for baking and candy making. It can also be molded into a variety of shapes and sizes, making it useful for a wide range of cooking tasks.
Spatulas are generally flat, with rounded or squared edges that make it easier to push batter into corners of a pan or scrape the bottom of a bowl. They can also be used for spreading cake batter or frosting.