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How to Use Cricut Infusible Ink to Make Cool Coasters & Summer Beach Bags!

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Learn all you need to know about the new Cricut Infusible Ink products to make eye-catching cool coasters and vibrant summer beach bags that will never fade!

Have you heard the buzz about Cricut’s latest and greatest products??  Infusible Ink just came on the market and it is a game changer for a crafter!

What is Infusible Ink and how does it differ from iron-on vinyl?  How do you use it? Where can you get it?  Are you asking all these questions like I was? 

Today I’m going to answer those questions for you and show you two projects I made with some fun stuff Cricut sent me.

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

 

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What is Infusible Ink?

Infusible Ink is a revolutionary new group of Cricut products that allows for professional looking heat transfer shirts, totes, onesies, and coasters (for now… more blanks to come!).  The ink actually infuses into the products and they become one.  What does that mean? 

You get exceptional bright colors and no more peeling, cracking, fading, or wrinkling!  Hallelujah!  People will be so impressed by what you make since it will look so professional!

There is no printing involved.  The infusible ink transfer sheets are already pre-inked.  All you need to do is design, cut, and apply.

The application process is quite a bit different so make sure to watch the video tutorial and read to the bottom of the post for all my tips.

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Infusible Ink vs. Iron-on Vinyl

Since Infusible Ink actually becomes one with the compatible Infusible Ink blanks, there are no edges or thickness to it.  It is a seamless design that stretches with the shirt and can never come off.

Iron-on adheres to the top of a material.  While the proper application of iron-on vinyl creates amazing end products that rarely peel, there is still a possibility for it after years of washing and drying.  

Don’t get me wrong, I will still use iron-on!  I love my glitter and holographic HTV and being able to apply iron-on on to almost any material.  I am just super excited about the vibrant patterns and possibilities that Infusible Ink offers for different kinds of projects.

Can I Use Infusible Ink on any Shirts?

Short answer… I wouldn’t try it. You’ll just be wasting a good blank.  Infusible Ink transfer sheets and markers can only be guaranteed to create permanent transfers with the compatible shirts, totes, onesies, and coasters.  The ink will not transfer to 100% cotton because the ink needs specially designed polyester-based substrates to accept the ink and become one.

Where Can I Buy Infusible Ink?

Right now Infusible Ink is exclusive to Michaels. You can buy it online or in the stores.  Starting October 2, 2019 it will be available at other retailers and at Cricut.com.  

Make sure to check out the FAQ at InfusibleInk.com for much more info.

Supplies Needed When Using Infusible Ink

  • Cricut machine – you can use infusible ink with the Explore family or Cricut Maker (read all about the Cricut Maker here)
  • Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets (use with Standardgrip Cricut mats) or Markers 
  • Cricut EasyPress 2 – you will get the best results with the Cricut EasyPress 2.  You can use the original EasyPress but it will take longer and the results may not be as vibrant.  Your EasyPress heat plate should cover the entire infusible ink design so you can transfer with only one application of heat.  Check out my post on EasyPress 2 vs a Heat Press for the differences!
  • EasyPress mats – The EasyPress mats helps direct the heat to the infusible heat design during the transfer project and also helps eliminate moisture.  Unfortunately, a towel will not work with Infusible Ink.
  • Heat Resistant Tape – If you are using Infusible Ink pens or markers, the heat resistant tape helps to hold the design in place during the heating process.  The tape is not needed with the Infusible Ink transfer sheets.
  • Lint Roller – You will need to lint-roll your entire blank, especially the area that will come into contact with the EasyPress plate.  If there are any little fibers left on the blank, the lint can be pressed into the blank causing blue speckles in the blank.
  • Butcher Paper – a piece of butcher paper comes in every Infusible Ink transfer sheet package.  The butcher paper acts as a barrier to protect the blank, the EasyPress mat and EasyPress heat plate from unwanted transfer.  It is not recommended to reuse the butcher paper since the absorbed ink may be transferred to another project.  If you need more butcher paper, use white butcher paper that is 14-32 lb.  Do not use parchment paper!
  • Cardstock- cardstock acts as another protective barrier.  Make sure to use white or light cardstock so no unwanted dyes in the cardstock get transferred.
  • Tweezers- Tweezers might be needed to lift the corner of the Infusible Ink design after the transfer is complete.  If you lift the warm transfer sheet by hand, you may leave finger-shaped impressions on your project or get a second unwanted transfer (ghosting).
  • Laser paper – only needed if using Infusible Ink pens and markers.  Do not draw directly on the Infusible Ink blanks. Laser copy paper is recommended to transfer the design because it can handle a high level of heat and helps to ensure a crisp clean transfer.  

Other Important Notes Before You Start

  • You must mirror your designs before cutting (Click the mirror button on the preview screen in CDS)
  • When weeding Infusible Ink transfer sheets, slightly bend and roll the cut paper until you hear a slight crack then remove the excess paper.  You actually don’t need to use a weeding tool.  You can peel off the extra pieces with your clean fingers.
  • Do not prewash your blanks.
  • Preheat your blank to get the moisture out, but make sure it is cool before you position your design (or else it might start transferring early!)
  • Only heat your project with the recommended time from https://cricut.com/en_us/heatguide.  Heating longer than the recommended time can destroy the pigments. I always go the guide and search my projects for the exact time.  It is a life saver!
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  • You can use a heat press if the temperature reaches 400F or 205C, but an EasyPress 2 still seems to yield the best results.  Plus it’s lightweight and portable, which makes it my go to press now!
  • You can use both iron-on and Infusible Ink transfers together.  Just make sure that the iron-on is layered on top of the Infusible Ink.
  • Care Instructions for blanks:  Machine wash inside out with cold water.  Tumble dry low.  Do not use fabric softeners, dryer sheets or bleach!

Ok, let’s get started making a DIY beach bag and DIY cool coasters!!  I have two different videoes, one for each project, so make sure to watch the magic happen!


 

DIY Cool Coasters with Cricut Infusible Ink

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Materials Needed to Make Your Own Coasters:

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How to Design Your Own Coasters In CDS

You can access the file here, but I also made a full video tutorial on how to design your own coasters using images in Cricut Access.  Make sure to watch it for full details (it’s at the top or side of the post!)  If you are a newbie to CDS, make sure to check out my getting started with CDS to learn about logging in and the basics.  

You’ll need to make sure your image is set to DRAW and then select the coordinating Infusible Ink pen.make your own coasters

Insert a square shape (left side button).  Size to 3.75 inches (size of Cricut coasters).  Size and center the design in the square and then use your cursor to put them both in a square and click the “Attach” (bottom right).make your own coasters

Once everything is attached, click Make It.  Select 8.5×11 inch paper in the Material Size drop-down menu and click the Mirror setting button.cricut coasters

Choose copy paper as the material setting.  Place a sheet of laser paper on a LightGrip Cricut mat and load into the machine.  Your screen will prompt you to insert a certain color of marker.  Stick it in the holder and press the Go button when flashing.coaster

If you are using multiple colors, the Cricut will pause and you will be prompted to insert a different color.  Insert the pen and push the blinking Go button.  Once they are all done, unload the mat.  Remove the papers from the mat.

Now is a great time to preheat the EasyPress 2 for the cool coasters.  According to the heat guide for this project, I preheated mine to 400F and set time to 60 seconds.

Place one of the squares on a scrap piece of paper (to prevent leaking) and color it in however you want!design your own coasters

design your own coasters

Once everything is colored it’s time to see the magic happen!  Place the EasyPress mat down first and then lay a piece of butcher paper over it.  

EasyPress 2 Instructions on Cricut Coasters

Wipe off the Cricut coasters with a link free cloth.  Turn the square paper over (so colored side is facing down) and tape it on a coaster.design your own coasters

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Place the coaster on top of the butcher paper and then lay a clean piece of white cardstock on top.  Place the preheated EasyPress on top and push the time button.  Let it sit there without any pressure (no hands!) for 60 seconds.cool coasters diy

After a minute, remove the EasyPress 2 and cardstock.  Do not touch the coaster!  It will be very hot so be careful.  Wait until it cools to the touch and then remove the tape and paper.cool coasters diy

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Admire the magic that just happened!  Now you have cool coasters that are waterproof without any sealant.  They will never fade or scratch off!  Amazing, right??

Which one is your favorite??

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cricut coasters infusible ink


DIY Beach Bag with Cricut Infusible Ink

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Materials Needed for Summer Beach Bags:

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I found a few different designs in Cricut Access that I put together.  You can find the file here.  You can attach both groups together if you want everything the same color.  I’m using two different Infusible Ink Transfer sheets.

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Make sure to click the Mirror Setting tab for both mats and set your material to Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet.screenshot

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Infusible Ink Tote Video Tutorial

Here is a video of the application process.  There is also step by step pictures below too!  Make sure to keep going down to learn how to make some cool coasters with Cricut Infusible Ink pens.

Place the Cricut Infusible Ink transfer sheet liner side down (ink is facing up) on a StandardGrip Cricut Mat and lightly press down.  When CDS prompts you, load the mat and press the blinking Go light for the machine to cut.

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When the first mat is done, CDS will prompt you to unload your mat and insert the second mat.  Click Go again to cut out second transfer sheet.

Remove the sheets from the mat and cut off the excess Infusible Ink to save for another project.  Roll and bend the Infusible Ink until you hear a little cracking sound.  Then pull off the excess infusible ink.infusible ink diy beach bag

infusible ink diy beach bag

infusible ink diy beach bag

You should be left with one big transfer that is a mirror image with the ink facing up.

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Unlike iron-on vinyl, you want to press Infusible Ink in one step.  You can’t add layers on top of each other or they can bleed together.  This was a perfect turtle because all the pieces were already sliced.  

Now we need to add the smaller pieces onto the large transfer sheet.  Simply take off the pieces of the turtle and stick them onto the large transfer sheet in the proper positions.infusible ink diy beach bag

infusible ink diy beach bag

You should have something that looks like this when you’re done adding all the pieces.infusible ink diy beach bag

Applying Cricut Infusible Ink to a Tote

Preheat an EasyPress 2 to 385F and set to 40 seconds.infusible ink diy beach bag

Place the tote on an EasyPress 2 mat and put a piece of white cardstock inside.infusible ink diy beach bag

Lint roll the bag anywhere where the EasyPress plate will touch.  Do not skip this step!!infusible ink diy beach bag

Place a clean piece of butcher paper that is larger than the EasyPress plate on the tote and preheat for 15 seconds. Let the tote cool down before adding the design or it might start infusing to early.

Make sure the bottom of the tote is pulled out so that there isn’t a seam in the way.  Any straps or seams will prevent the EasyPress from laying perfectly flat.

I learned this the hard way!  Some of my bottom colors are not quite as vibrant because I pressed it with the bottom folded in:(

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Align the Infusible Ink transfer sheet with the ink facing down on the tote.  Since this is a large design, I added a few pieces of heat resistant tape to the edges.summer beach bags

Place a clean piece of butcher paper over the entire design and press for 40 seconds.infusible ink diy beach bag

Slowly lift up the EasyPress.  Let the design cool down.  Then take off butcher paper and peel off the design.  If any of the pieces do not come up, use tweezers to lift them up.infusible ink diy beach bag

summer beach bags

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Now you have a Forever Beach DIY tote bag that will stay forever vibrant and beautiful!

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If you’d like to save these cool coasters for later, simply hover over the top left of the image below and PIN It now.cricut coasters pin

Thank you so much for stopping by and please let me know if you have any questions!

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