M2B Studio - Calligraphy by Missy Briggs

Quick and easy back to school backpack with Cricut Iron-on

Missy Briggs

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

It’s back-to-school time and in my house that means new backpacks. It also means my daughter will choose a design that does not exist in any store. Her challenge for me this year is: a hot dog backpack.

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I’ve got my Cricut Maker, the ultimate easy personalization tool for back to school, so I’m ready!
Here’s a quick and easy hot dog backpack design for my most critical customer.


Choosing Cricut Iron-on vinyl is perfect for this project because they have a Strong-bond guarantee. When applied as directed, your vinyl will stick and stay stuck or Cricut will replace it!

Vinyl Materials:

Cricut Everyday Iron-On : Beige

Cricut Everyday Iron-On : Black

Cricut Everyday Iron-On : Parchment

Cricut Everyday Iron-On : Red

Cricut Everyday Iron-On : Yellow



Supplies:

Cricut Maker

Cricut StandardGrip Adhesive Cutting Mat

Cricut Easy Press 2

Cricut Easy Press mat

Amazon Basics Backpack



Cutting

Open my design in Cricut Design Space and resize to fit your backpack or bag. Remember to mirror the image when using iron-on and place the shiny side (clear liner) down on the mat.

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To edit the text and create a perfectly aligned and connected cursive word, click on the text to select and re-type your name.

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With the text still selected, click the More dropdown on the text menu and then click Advanced. From here you can ungroup your letters and drag and drop them into place.

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Don’t forget to select all the text when you are finished and click Weld from the bottom of the layers panel. 

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Follow the prompts in Design Space to cut the images from the iron-on material. PRO TIP: For the multi-layered hot dog, cut out the entire image and weed away unwanted pieces 

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Assembly

1. Use a Weeder Tool to remove the negative pieces of iron-on so just your design remains on the clear liner. 

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2. Prepare your backpack by stuffing the bag with a towel or EasyPress Mat to ensure a flat surface for pressing.

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3. Apply the iron-on layers to your project using a Cricut EasyPress. Check the Interactive Heat Guide, for the perfect time and temperature settings. You can also use a household iron or heat press (set to 315 degrees Fahrenheit/press for 20-30 seconds).

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Side note: My daughter wanted this to be multiple colors, but I think this design would be really cute as a line drawing! 

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First look: Cricut Infusible Ink

Missy Briggs
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

I’m so excited about the possibilities with Cricut Infusible Ink!

The Infusible Ink comes neatly packaged in a box for easy storage. This box isn’t a throw-away! It’s meant for organization, but also serves as necessary packaging to keep damaging sunlight off Infusible Ink sheets when not in use. 

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Each box contains either two or four sheets of 12 x 12” Cricut Infusible Ink. These sheets are similar to adhesive vinyl with a carrier sheet backing, but have a texture that is distinctly paper-like. 

Pro tip: Wash and dry hands thoroughly before handling this material! The ink coating can come off and smear if your hands are wet or have any oily (think: lotion) residue.

Let’s try it out!

I’m going to work on two different projects. First I’m going to make a set of coasters and then a t-shirt. I’ll go through each of the steps for the coasters below! 

Materials:

  1. Cricut Infusible Ink Sheets

  2. Cricut Infusible Ink T-shirt Blank 

  3. Cricut Infusible Ink Coaster Blanks

  4. Butcher paper (included in Infusible Ink packaging)

  5. Cardstock

  6. Cricut Maker

  7. Cricut EasyPress 2

  8. Cricut EasyPress Mat

  9. Tweezers

  10. Standard Grip Cricut Machine mat

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Step 1:

In Cricut Design Space, choose a design to try out on your coaster blanks and t-shirt


For the coaster, I have chosen these fun designs from Cricut Design Space: 

B

#MF7CB24

 And

T-Shirt Design

#M9A10A80  


For the t-shirt, I will use

Boston Terrier With Glasses

#MD292F33 

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Step 2: 

Resize the brushstrokes design (t-shirt design) to match the size of your square coaster. I have made this 3.6” x 3.6”. Then add the monogram on top of the brushstrokes design and click the slice function at the bottom right menu. This will enable a final layered look on the coaster with white space in between. 

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Step 3: 

Click Make it and Cricut Design Space will separate your design into two mats (to save time and materials, I have repeated the design four times to cut all four at once)

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Step 4: 

To select your material, click browse all materials and enter Infusible Ink in the search menu. Select Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet and click Done.

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Step 5: 

Double check to ensure your design is mirrored. Click edit below the cut mat image if it  is not set to Mirror on. Load your mat and click the blinking Cricut C button to begin the cut. Unload and repeat for a second mat. 










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Step 6:

Prepare your Infusible Ink for pressing. In this case I will peel the imprint of the B Monogram design (brown) off of it’s carrier sheet and stick it to the river rock design carrier sheet. Weeding this material is similar to vinyl, but it feels like cardstock. It peels easily without tools.

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Step 7:

Plug in the EasyPress2 and check settings for your coaster imprint on https://cricut.com/en_us/heatguide

Spoiler alert: the settings are 400 degrees Fahrenheit, press for 60 seconds and peel cold. There is also this cute graphic that shows you exactly how to layer the butcher paper, cardstock, coaster and Infusible Ink. 

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Tip: pay attention to the image (above right). This little diagram will save you from accidentally transferring ink onto your EasyPress Mat or EasyPress 2 platen.

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Allow to cool completely before peeling. The coaster will be very hot. If any part of the ink remains stuck to the coaster after it’s cooled, use tweezers to remove.


That’s it! You’ll love the professional finish of this coaster. 

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 Special notes on the t-shirt!

To make the t-shirt design, I followed the same steps as above to cut, weed and prep the Infusible Ink sheets. 

Here are a couple differences you should note:














  • Before pressing, prep the t-shirt blank with a lint roller

  • Pre-heat the shirt by pressing with the Cricut EasyPress 2 for a few seconds. This will remove any moisture in the fabric

  • The proper heat setting for a t-shirt is 385 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 seconds! Peel it while still warm and you’ll be in LOVE with the results!

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Can’t wait to see what you make. Tag me if you post your creation on Instagram!