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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!
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:
For the t-shirt, I will use
Boston Terrier With Glasses
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.
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)
To select your material, click browse all materials and enter Infusible Ink in the search menu. Select Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet and click Done.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Can’t wait to see what you make. Tag me if you post your creation on Instagram!