A self-healing cutting mat is a must-have tool for any paper crafter or artist. But a translucent or transparent cutting mat can be a must-have tool when planning out your designs. If you are creating different layers in your art, place bottom layers under a translucent cutting mat and cut the next layer on paper on top of the mat. You can make it extra transparent by placing it over a light box which will allow you to use a drawing or template without having to transfer onto your paper. The benefits of a translucent cutting mat are crystal clear!