We’re sharing some easy DIY Project ideas made with Cricut Infusible Ink today as part of a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
If you’re familiar with Cricut products and/or personalized DIY projects (like this adorable travel tote bag, matching Christmas shirts for the boys, Christmas ornaments, family cruise shirts, and even cute rashguard swim shirts), then you’ll likely know all about heat-transfer products and the iron-on process. But, there can be some downsides to using heat transfer vinyl products. Sometimes the iron-on material breaks or wears down over time in the wash. Sometimes it comes off the fabric. Some people don’t like the texture of the iron-on on fabric. And now, Infusible Ink solves all those possible problems!
What is Infusible Ink?
This new Infusible Ink system from Cricut is one that delivers professional-quality, seamless, smooth transfers. And, those transfers are peel-proof, flake-proof, and wash-proof! Seriously! I know that might sound “too good to be true”. To be perfectly honest, I was a little skeptical of this at first. And now I am 100% HOOKED! The personalization possibilities are amazing with this – really bringing your projects to the next level. Currently, you can find Cricut’s Infusible Ink supplies at Michaels if you’d like to check them out in store! And I definitely think you should! It’s so cool. I loved the projects I ended up making for my 1st try and may be seriously obsessed with the thought of making Infusible Ink coasters as gifts. So, read on to see what supplies you’ll want to check out to get started and how I used Infusible Ink on both fabric and ceramic coasters!
Infusible Ink Project Supplies
To get started with Infusible Ink projects, here’s an overview of the supplies you’re going to need:
- Cricut Maker – my favorite cutting machine and the most versatile in Cricut’s line
- Cricut Tools Set – the tools are just handy to have for any Cricut project you might be working on
- Cricut EasyPress 2 – With an even heat plate ad a high temperature range (up to 400°!), this is the BEST for heat transfer projects. That even heat and high temperature is necessary for the Infusible Ink process. So, we highly recommend this product. For more information about the EasyPress 2 and how it’s different than an iron, be sure to check out our post here –> Cricut EasyPress 2 Guide.
- Cricut EasyPress Mat – you don’t want to damage your crafty work surfaces!
- Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets and/or Infusible Ink Pens – cut any design using Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets or create your artwork using Infusible Ink Pens & Markers.
- Infusible Ink Blanks – The Cricut blanks are specially engineered and tested to give you great results with Infusible Ink products and materials. Currently, there are shirts, tote bags, onesies, and 2 types of coasters available. But, I’m betting we’ll see more blanks coming soon!
How to Use Infusible Ink
To experiment with the new products, I made a DIY Tote Bag and some DIY Coasters. Every design I used for my projects are right there in Cricut Design Space (and totally free with Cricut Access). So, if you’d like to recreate any of these projects exactly, just search for the words (ie “be bold”) in Design Space, and you’ll find the images!
To create the “Be Bold” Tote Bag, you’ll want to follow the specific instructions here. Overall, the process is very similar to using the heat-transfer iron-on materials. You’ll place the Infusible Ink transfer sheet (design/color side up) onto a Cricut cutting mat (I used LightGrip). And, you’ll need to make sure that you have “mirror image” turned on before cutting.
Once the design is cut and weeded, you’re going to put into onto your tote bag (AFTER you’ve lint-rolled the fabric to really make sure it’s clean). Then, you’ll cover the design with butcher paper (that is provided with your purchase) and use your EasyPress 2 to heat. Make sure you apply EVEN pressure. Don’t move the EasyPress or slide your hands around!
The results really are incredible! Look at how the color really is infused with the fabric! It’s such a professional finish! I love that professional look! And that’s what you’ll get with the coasters too! I am OBSESSED with these! Whether you’re using the pens/markers or the Infusible Ink transfer paper, you’ll use Design Space to create your design if you’d like. But, with the pens, you could write/draw RIGHT on the coasters. Talk about a fun project to do with the kids – great gifts from grandparents! So, you’ll want to follow instructions from Cricut with the coasters, just like with the tote bag. The process is very similar (with cleaning the blank off, putting the design down, and applying even heat). You can see where I got just a little uneven and moved slightly on the “Be Bold” coaster. So, there is a little learning curve. But even still, I think the end result is SO cool! In person, these look SO professional – seriously like something you’d buy in the store.
Important coaster tip: the coasters are HOT – super hot – after applying the heat. So, be careful and let these cool completely before you attempt to remove the transfer sheet or handle the coaster.
The ink doesn’t smear or anything. Just like the tote, it is REALLY infused into the ceramic coaster. I’m obsessed. Seriously. I have SO many fun gift ideas with these, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, I recommend heading to Michaels to pick up some Infusible Ink products and get started playing with it!
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