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Cricut’s new Infusible Ink is absolutely revolutionary to the crafting world!! This brand new product will take your projects to the next level.
What is Infusible Ink?
Infusible Ink is a transferable ink that is carried by paper. Cricut calls these Infusible Transfer Sheets. You can cut these sheets out like normal on your machine and when applied with heat the ink will release from the paper and infuse into the base project.
What’s the difference between Infusible Ink and Iron on vinyl?
-Iron on Vinyl is attached on top of a base material with an adhesive.
–Infusible Ink is ink that infuses and becomes one with the material. Infusible Ink comes in 2 forms. 1 is in the form of a transfer sheet. 2 is in the form of a pen and marker. Creating a finished product that will never peel, flake, wrinkle or crack on you!!!
Cricut has created several blanks which are the most compatible with Infusible Ink. The high quality and feel of these shirts is unreal and something you will definitely love.
I am absolutely blown away by the quality and price point of Infusible Ink! My projects look store bought and I’m so excited to teach you all about it! I’ve created 2 projects for you with step by step instructions on how to apply and use Infusible Ink. The Infusible Ink System works similar to Iron on Vinyl as it is applied using the Cricut EasyPress 2. There are some additional steps that are necessary to get the perfect final product. I will walk you through those below.
Project 1- Pineapple shirt
Materials needed- CLICK ANY LINK BELOW TO PURCHASE.
- Cricut Maker or Explore Air 2 machine
- Cricut EasyPress 2 or Cricut Easy Press
- Cricut EasyPress mat
- 12×12 Standard Grip Mat
- Infusible Ink transfer sheet
- Cricut apparel blank (compatible with Infusible Ink)
- 1 sheet of white cardstock
- lint roller
- butcher paper (included in your Infusible Ink box)
WHERE DO YOU BUY INFUSIBLE INK ??
STEP 1- Design and Cut
Open design space on your computer or mobile device. Search pineapple. Select this image and insert onto canvas.
*If you would like to see your design with the print in it, place the transfer sheet on a standard grip mat and take a photo. Upload it into design space. On the left hand side of the canvas, click upload. You will have the choice of upload image or upload pattern. Click on upload pattern and search for the image you took of the transfer sheet.
To view your print in your image, select the image. at the top click on the drop down under fill and choose pattern. then search for the new pattern you uploaded.
Now you can get a better idea what your image will look like in that print.
Add text to the canvas and write “be sweet” using the Cricut Font, opposites attract. You will need to right click and ungroup the words. slide them so they are touching, right click and weld.
When you like how it looks, you will need to change the image fill back to a color so that you can cut it. The machine will try to print then cut if you don’t change it back.
Click make it at the bottom of the screen.
Turn on MIRROR IMAGE for both images. Like Iron on Vinyl, Infusible Ink is cut on a liner so you will always need to mirror you images before cutting.
Connect your Cricut Maker machine. Select material, Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet.
Place Infusible Ink Transfer sheet onto the standard grip mat liner side down. Load into machine. Click the flashing button to cut.
Step 2- Weeding
The weeding process is similar to Iron on Vinyl but you can just use your hands. You may want to use some tweezers if you have really intricate pieces.
*Make sure you have dry hands and that you don’t hold the pattern to tight the ink will start to come off!
STEP 3- Application
Place your shirt on the EasyPress Mat. Insert the piece of cardstock inside the shirt. This will protect your project as well as your mat.
This project requires a temp of 385 degrees for 40 seconds.
DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP– use a new piece of tape and lint roll your entire shirt surface. If you have any lint or debri on the shirt it will cause an imperfection with the transfer.
Place the piece of butcher paper over your shirt.
DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP– Preheat the material for 15 seconds. This will smooth out wrinkles and prepare material for the transfer.
Remove butcher paper and place image face down with the clear liner side up.
Place the butcher paper back over the image and press for 40 seconds.
Allow the liner to cool down completely before handling. Carefully remove liner making sure the paper comes with the liner. If you had small intricate pieces you may need to use the tweezers to remove those pieces.
Step 4- Enjoy!!! You did it! isn’t it incredible?
PROJECT 2- Coaster Cupcake Stands
When I first saw these amazing coasters, I immediately thought about these cupcake stands!!! These Coasters are just the right size and perfect for my tropical party, Dole Whip cupcakes. If you want to give these cupcakes a try, which you should cause they are AMAZING!! I’ve linked the recipe at the bottom of this post.
Materials needed- CLICK AND LINK BELOW TO PURCHASE
- Cricut Maker or Explore air 2 machine
- Cricut EasyPress2
- Cricut EasyPress2 Mat
- 12×12 Standard Grip mat
- Infusible Ink Transfer sheet
- Lint free Cloth
- 1 sheet 12×12 white cardstock
- 1 sheet of butcher paper (comes with infusible ink sheets )
- Cricut Coaster Blanks
- Mini terracotta pots (Hobby Lobby)
- Glue Gun
- White paint
- Foam paint brushes
- Clear finishing spray for pots
Step 1- Design
Open Cricut Design Space. On the left choose shapes and open the circle. I sized mine 3.75 which is a little bigger all the way around than the coaster.
I used the Pineapple from project 1 for one of the designs.
Search images for pineapple and choose this image below. Create a circle 3.75 inches. Position over the pineapple and right click to slice.
If you want to see what the image will look like with the pattern in it, select image, at the top use the drop down under fill. Drop down fill type and choose pattern, search for your pattern. I wanted one filled in entirely so I also changed it to patterned too just to see, i’m a very visual person and like to make sure i love it before cutting.
*You will need to change it back to no fill before cutting, otherwise the program will try and print then cut.
STEP 2- CUT
Now you are ready to cut your coaster images. Click make it. Make sure and MIRROR your images.
Place your Infusible Ink Transfer sheet onto your 12×12 standard grip mat liner side down.
Load mat into machine. Click the flashing light to cut.
STEP 3- WEEDING
Remove mat from machine. Flip the mat right side down and peel the mat away from the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet.
Cut your images apart and carefully peel off the negative. You can just use your fingers just make sure your hands are dry. If you have intricate pieces you can use some tweezers.
Once you have your images weeded your ready to apply.
STEP 4- APPLICATION
The application of the transfer sheet is very important so make sure to go slow and don’t skip steps it really crucial.
Preheat your EasyPress 2 according to the Heat setting guide https://cricut.com/en_us/easypress-settings-guide
This project requires a temp of 400 degrees for 240 seconds.
Yes you read that right 240 seconds! You luckily don’t have to hold the EasyPress 2 that whole time.
While your EasyPress 2 is heating up let’s get the mat prepared. Place a piece of white cardstock on top of your EasyPress mat. This will protect your mat from any ink transfer.
Using the lint free cloth prepare your coaster by wiping it off to remove any debris that may have gotten on it.
Place coaster on the white cardstock face up. Place your image face down onto the top of the coaster.
Your coaster is now layered properly and ready for heat. Carefully place your EasyPress 2 on top of your coaster. You may want to make sure the cord won’t make it shift around or turn on you.
When you have the EasyPress 2 in place click the green timer button and carefully let go. Allow the image to press for the 240 seconds required. When the EasyPress 2 beeps, carefully remove it trying not to move the coaster or design.
DO NOT TOUCH!!! The coaster is going to be extremely hot. Make sure you allow it to completely cool down before handling it. Time may vary just be cautious.
Carefully remove butcher paper and lift coaster up slowly. One of my images was a full covered image so I just picked up the coaster. The other design had holes cut out in the middle so I flipped that one over and then removed the liner making sure all the paper came with it. If you have any little detail pieces of paper left on your coaster use tweezers to carefully remove it.
Look how amazing!!!! The finished product with this project is out of this world and really you have to see it in person! It looks like you put it through a kiln or something or sprayed a finishing spray! It’s Seriously crazy!!! Look how it bleeds over the edge to give it a complete finished look.
Repeat the process for your other 3 coasters. Make sure not to skip a step they are all so important!
If you would like to make your coasters into cute cupcake or decor stands, continue to the next step.
STEP 5 – CUPCAKE STAND ASSEMBLY
I found these darling little terra cotta pots at Hobby Lobby. They are in the floral section by the pots. They come in a pack of 6 for $2.99.
Using your white paint, paint your pots 2 layers was best.
Allow them to dry, it only takes a few minutes. While they dry, plug in and heat up your glue gun.
Take your pots outside and give them a quick spray with a clear finishing spray to help give them a little shein to match the sides of your coasters.
Once those dry, your ready to assemble.
Apply hot glue onto the bottom of the pot. Flip coaster face down and place the pot down and glue into the center.
That’s it!!! You now have darling little cupcake stands! I love that you can now customize these to fit any type of party!!
You have to give these Dole Whip Cupcakes a try!! They are sooo Yummy!
Thank you all so much for joining me and learning all about Cricut’s Infusible ink. It’s so amazing and the possibilities are endless I can’t wait for my next project! Check back soon and see what coming !!!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
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