Learn all you need to know about the new Cricut Infusible Ink markers to make eye-catching cool coasters that will never fade!
With the release of Cricut Infusible Ink pens and markers you are open up to even more possibilities of what you can make. Especially when it comes to skinny lines and intricate detail.
It’s a little hard to cut small intricate details out of Infusible Ink transfer sheets, but with Infusible Ink pens you can draw anything and then transfer it onto such compatible Cricut blanks as ceramic coasters, cork coasters, tote bags, and polyester shirts and baby onesies (or other sublimation blanks).
For this Cricut project, we are going to be using the base material of Cricut square cork coasters, laser printer paper, a heat press or Easy Press 2, and fine point Infusible Ink pens.
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DIY Cool Coasters with Cricut Infusible Ink
The great news is that you can use Infusible Ink pens with any Cricut machine: the Cricut Explore Air family, the Cricut Maker family, and the Cricut Joy. The Cricut Joy has smaller Infusible Ink Cricut pens to use specifically with the smaller machine.
And you can make so many projects using Infusible Ink pens and markers including Infusible Ink markers on shirts, using your own child’s artwork on a tote, and also using your own designs on coasters!
I have also several posts on the Cricut mug press, which uses Infusible Ink as a mug design sublimation transfer. Learn how to use Cricut Infusible Ink transfer sheets on a mug here and also how to use Infusible Ink pens and markers on mugs here.
Materials Needed to Make Your Own Coasters:
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- Cricut compatible Infusible Ink Coasters
- Cricut Infusible Ink pens/markers
- Cricut EasyPress 2 with mat
- Cricut Maker or Explore
- heat resistant tape
- Butcher paper and white cardstock
- laser paper
- Cricut lightgrip mat
- lint-free cloth
How to Design Your Own Coasters In Cricut Design Space
The first step is finding which images you want to use for your coasters. You can filter Cricut Access images to draw only by clicking on the menu on the side or you can change any image to Draw on your canvas.
Or you can access the file I am using here, but I also made a full video tutorial on how to design your own coasters using images in Cricut Access at the bottom of this post (in the card!).
Make sure to watch it for full details. 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 under the Operation or Linetype drop-down and then select the coordinating Infusible Ink pen color under the thickness of your pen. If you want a little bit thicker lines, use markers.
**Make sure to select different colors because the Cricut machine will pause and tell you to insert a certain Infusible Ink pen based on what you set it to.
Insert a square shape (left side button). Size to 3.75 inches (size of Cricut square 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).
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 to on.
How to Use Infusible Ink Pens
Choose copy paper as the material setting in your drop down setting menu.
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 (a clamp) and press the Go button when flashing.
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. The next step is to remove the papers from the mat.
Now is a great time to preheat the EasyPress 2 for the cool coasters. According to the Cricut heat guide for this project, I preheated mine to the high heat of 400F and set the time to 60 seconds.
I opted to color my image more, but you can do whatever!
Place one of the squares on a scrap piece of paper (to prevent leaking) and color it in however you want!
Once everything is colored it’s time to see the magic happen!
EasyPress 2 Instructions with Infusible Ink Pens
Place the EasyPress mat down first and then lay a piece of butcher paper over it.
Wipe off the Cricut coasters with a lint free cloth. If you are using compatible blanks such as a Cricut shirt or tote, use a lint roller.
Turn the square paper over (so colored side is facing down) and tape it on a coaster.
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. Make sure your entire coaster is covered by the heat plate. You only want to press one time!
Let it sit there without any pressure (no hands!) for 60 seconds.
After a minute, remove the EasyPress 2 by bringing it straight up and then the 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.
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??
If you love these type of crafts, make sure to browse through all my Infusible Ink projects.
- Select images in Cricut Design Space. A Cricut will only draw the outside of an image.
- Use the drop down menu to change the Operation type to Draw.
- Then select the thickness of the Infusible Ink pen (I'm using 0.4mm) and then scroll down to find the color you want to use.
- Insert a square and size it to 3.75 inches (size of Cricut coasters). Size and center images over square. Select both image and square and click on Attach.
- Click Make It. Select Mirror Setting On.
- Place piece of 8.5x11 inch LASER copy paper on Cricut mat.
- Follow all prompts from Cricut Design Space on when to insert a new pen and which color.
- Once the outlines are drawn, fill free to color in the image!
- Wipe off coasters with lint free cloth and preheat your EasyPress 2.
- Tape the image side images face down on top of the coaster.
- Place butcher paper on your mat and also a piece of cardstock on top of the coasters to protect your mat. Follow all instructions on Cricutheatguide to press the coasters.
- Let coasters cool and then remove the laser paper! Enjoy!
See post for more detailed step by step instructions.
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