17 January 2011

Cricut mat oopsie.

A while ago I mentioned that my cricut mat and I had a slight falling out. And by slight I mean that I was cramming to get things done and it wasn't cooperating with me very well. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but since I've moved to the boonies and the nearest store that carries anything even slightly crafty (read - Wally world) is 30 miles away this was very disconcerting. Then I remembered a video that I had seen online about making your mats sticky again with brake cleaner and adhesive. So I set out to try. What did I have to lose?

I sprayed the brake cleaner on my mat generously. I then began to scrape away the old goo. A couple minutes into my project I was amazed at the stuff that was coming off....Then I began to realize, not only was the goo coming off, but the white mat behind it!!

Needless to say, I think I need to perfect my technique! I read somewhere else that a plain degreaser works better than the brake cleaner. I suppose I'll try that next time...Now to find someway to recycle my old mat :)


Dorcas said...

oh dear.....

My Lil' Bits said...

Looks like something I would do! Just wanted to thank you for becoming a follower of mine and for the nice comment!


Minta's Creations said...

Just became a follower..Would love it if you decided to follow my blog.

Debbie Smith said...

Thank you for becomming one of my followers, I am now following you. I have the same problem as you I live 45 minutes out of town and not to many places to buy craft items....thank goodness there is e bay lol.

K Andrew said...

Hi Tara

Use goo gone! Works like a charm

Your cricky friend

Tara said...

Dorcas--You said it!

Lisa--You're very welcome, live and learn, right? :)

Minta--I stopped by and left you a comment! Thanks for stopping by!!

Debbie--I'd be lost without ebay...It's like my crafty room service...Where abouts are you from?

Kandrew--I never even thought!! Thanks for the tip, I know my hubby has a stash around here somewhere...and I think it's orange scented, much better than that nasty brake cleaner!!

Michelle said...

I just had to chuckle. I am so sorry! This is something that would SO happen to me! Haha! Thanks for following my blog. Im now following yours!

Manhattan Mandie said...

This is supposed to be the BEST at reconditioning mats:

ScrapYourWorld said...

Im sorry to say this but I got a good laugh at your mat incident!! But i understand, those mats are expensive and dont stay sticky to long. But I wasnt laughing AT you, just laughing, cause I have done some things that were catasrophys (dont think I spelled that right) but anyway, Im a new follower from Scrap Your World, thanks for coming by and joining my blog. I can see that Im going to like you!!

Tracy said...

Oh my. I have never heard of that.
I have used my large Zig pen to restick the matt.
Hope whatever you do works.

Tara said...

Michelle - Thanks for stopping by! These things happen to me all the time. I'm getting better at switching gears and letting nature take it's course :)

Mandie - Thanks for the link, I'll be sure to check it out!

ScrapYourWorld - Thanks so much for browsin through! We'll be fast friends when we compare catastrophes!

Tracy - I've used my zig before, too. So much for tryin something new :) Thanks for stopping by!!