Learn all you need to know about making infusible ink coasters! These unique and waterproof coasters are perfect as gifts or for yourself!
I have to admit, I’m a little in love with my new coasters! I wanted to make some for spring and summer and also wanted to play with the watercolor Infusible Ink transfer sheets.
I’ve written quite a few posts on Cricut Infusible Ink, so make sure to check out my post all about the revolutionary product from Cricut. There are a couple of different ways to use Infusible Ink.
You can either use the transfer sheets to transfer cut out designs to t-shirts, tote bags, ceramic coasters, aluminum sheets, baby bodysuits, or square coasters. You can find more information about all the compatible blanks at Cricut.com.
Infusible Ink is amazing because it actually infuses into the base material. It really is cool to see. I love using it to make t-shirts because you can’t feel the thickness of vinyl and the Infusible Ink actually stretches with the material.
I’ve made the square coasters before with ink pens, but this time I wanted to try using the ceramic coasters and I wasn’t disappointed. The colors transferred perfectly!
Materials Needed for Infusible Ink Coasters
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- Cricut cutting machine – either Explore family or Maker
- Cricut Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets – I used Watercolor
- Cricut EasyPress 2 and mat
- Compatible Ceramic coasters
- butcher paper (comes in boxes of transfer sheets)
- white cardstock
- heat resistant tape
Designing Coasts in Design Space
The first thing you’ll want to do is design what you want your coasters to look like in Cricut Design Space. On a blank canvas, I added 4 white circles and sized them to 3.6 inches (size of ceramic coasters).
Then I found designs in Cricut Access that I wanted. You can access my project file here.
I wanted to see the difference of just adding a flower with the water transfer sheets versus slicing the image out of a circle so I did both.
To just cut out a flower or image, size it to how big you want it. This is why I like to insert the 3.6 ceramic circle template so I can see how big I want my image to be.
For the sliced ones, I made sure I had the image size I wanted and centered it above the circle.
I used my mouse cursor to drag a square over both the flower and white circle and while they are both selected, I clicked on Slice in the lower right hand corner.
The flower will be sliced out and you are left with three pieces. The first flower (green), the white sliced out flower and the circle that is sliced out. Delete both of the flowers so you are left with the sliced image.
Now that I have all four images I want to put on the coaster blanks, I save the project and then click on Make It.
Infusible Ink is cut out like iron-on vinyl in mirror setting. So make sure to check the Mirror setting toggle to on for both of the mats.
I move my images to each of the corners so I can put different colors of the transfer sheets on one mat. It just saves cutting time!
When you hit continue, CDS will connect to your Cricut machine (make sure it’s on!) and you can select the cut setting. I always find it easiest to just type Infusible Ink in the Search box.
Cutting Infusible Ink with a Cricut
Make sure your hands are clean when touching the transfer sheets. The less you are touching them the better, because the ink can chip or scratch off.
The sheets will also look very light and they are supposed too! The brightness of the colors doesn’t happen until the ink reacts with the medium and heat.
I cut a 4×4 inch square of each color and placed them on a mat with the ink side UP. When the Cricut blinks, load the mat and then click the blinking light for it to cut.
When it’s done cutting, unload the mat and take off the transfer sheets. Fold and bend the sheets in your hands so it cracks.
Then peel off the extra Infusible ink sheet. For the sliced out images, I peeled out the ink (kind of like negative weeding) and for the other flowers, I pulled off the outside and the little dots inside.
Preheat your EasyPress 2 to 400F. I always make sure to check out Cricut heat guide to make sure I’m stacking everything correctly, but I also have a quick setting guide.
Infusible Ink Heat Setting Printable
Luckily the heat temperature for Infusible Ink transfer sheets and Infusible Ink markers and pens are the same, but differ on the medium they are being applied to.
You’ll notice that ceramic coasters take a press of 240 seconds which is the longest of any of the materials.
Since I wanted to do all of the four coasters at one time, I used my large EasyPress 2, but you could use the smaller ones and do one at a time.
Infusible Ink Coaster Instructions
Make sure to watch the video at the top or the side to see all of these steps in action!
Start off by placing a piece of white cardstock on your EasyPress mat. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe off the coaster blanks.
Place the image INK SIDE down in the center of the coaster. Tape in place with heat resistant tape so it doesn’t move.
Once the image is taped in place, turn it face down the mat. So the back of the coasters will be facing you.
Cover the coasters with butcher paper and set the EasyPress 2 on top for 240 seconds without any pressure. So just place it in the center and leave it there without touching it!
After 2 minutes, lift off the EasyPress and let the coasters cool down. They will be very HOT!! I got antsy and tried to remove the backing of the transfer sheet of one and it was too hot.
Once they cooled down, just pull off the transfer sheet and you’ll see how all the ink transferred and infused into the ceramic coasters.
So cool, right? I absolutely love the colors. Probably my least favorite is the pinkish one. I think I would have preferred the flower to be the watercolor instead of the surround.
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Here are some printable instructions.
- Design what images you want on the coasters. See the post for a link to this file in Cricut Design Space.
- Size the images to fit on a 3.6 inch round coaster.
- Set Mirror Setting and select Infusible Ink transfer sheet in the custom cut settings.
- Place the transfer sheets INK SIDE UP on a mat and let the Cricut cut.
- Preheat an EasyPress 2 to 400F.
- Bend the transfer sheets so they crack and peel off the extra ink with your fingers.
- Place a white cardstock on top of an EasyPress mat.
- Wipe the blank coasters with a lint-free cloth.
- Center the images INK SIDE DOWN on the top of the coaster. Tape in place with heat resistant tape.
- Place the coaster upside down on the mat so the bottom of the coaster is facing you.
- Cover with butcher paper and place a preheated EasyPress 2 on the coasters. Let sit for 240 seconds.
- Remove the press and let the coasters cool. They will be HOT!
- Peel off the transfer sheets and admire your beautiful DIY coasters!
See post for full detailed instructions and step by step pictures.
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