Learn about Cricut’s newest products, Infusible Ink! I’ll be answering the most commonly asked questions and showing you how to use it!
If you’re a Cricut fan you have no doubt heard about Cricut’s newest product that was launched last week, Infusible Ink! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some and give it a try as I kept hearing words like ‘seamless’ and ‘game changer’ to describe the results. And I’m happy to report that it really is a game changer!
The finished look of the projects I’ve made are incredible! They look like something you would buy at a store! They are seamless and you can’t feel where the design starts and ends on the tote, onesie and coasters!
I’m going to put these through the ringer over the next 30 days and come back with an update of how they hold up but first let me answer the questions on everyone’s minds!
What Is Infusible Ink?
Infusible Ink is a collection of heat transfer sheets, pens and blanks that deliver ‘seamlessly smooth, professional-quality transfers’. What does that mean in crafter’s language? It means you will be getting a quality never seen before in the vinyl cutting world without having to spend a fortune or a lot of time on expensive equipment.
You can create tote bags, shirts, onesies and coasters that will stand up to even the toughest messes and will last a lifetime.
How Does Infusible Ink Work?
Infusible Ink uses high heat (at least 385°F) to infuse transfer sheets and pen ink into your base material. To make sure your projects last, Cricut did rigorous testing on different types of materials to ensure your project will last a lifetime.
In addition to the transfer sheets and pens, Cricut also launched an impressive line of crafting blanks you can use with the Infusible Ink materials.
What Else Do I Need To Use Infusible Ink?
So you have your Infusible Ink sheets and/or pens what else do you need to make your projects? The good news is not a whole lot! To get the best results you’ll need:
- Cricut Cutting Machine – You can use either the Maker or any Explore machine to cut or draw your designs
- EasyPress or Heat Press – An iron WILL NOT work with Infusible Ink for two reasons. One, an iron does not get hot enough to press the Infusible Ink into your base. You can check out this interactive guide to get all the temperature and time settings. And secondly, you need to make sure the heat source is very still during the pressing process. When you use an iron to apply iron-on vinyl you move it around to get the iron-on vinyl to adhere to the surface. If you move the heat source with Infusible Ink it will ruin the design.
- EasyPress Mat – The materials inside the EasyPress mat help keep the heat inside your shirt, tote, coaster, etc. Because of this you’ll want to use the EasyPress mat every time. If you are using a clamshell heat press, the pads inside have similar materials that keep the heat in your base.
- Lint Roller – You’ll want to use a lint roller before you pre-heat your surface to make sure there is nothing on your shirts or totes that will affect the design.
- Cardstock – You’ll want to put this inside your shirt, onesie, or tote to make sure ink doesn’t bleed through the back
- Laser Printer Paper – FOR PENS ONLY – You need to draw your designs on laser printer paper. If you use cardstock or regular printer paper, the design will not transfer as well.
- Heat Transfer Tape – Use this to attach paper your design is on to your base/blank.
- Butcher Paper – Included in your transfer sheets. Use this to keep ink from getting on your EasyPress or heat press.
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What Can I Use Infusible Ink On?
As I mentioned earlier, Cricut released a line of blanks including tote bags, shirts, onesies and coasters when they launched Infusible Ink. There were rigorous tests done to make sure the heat transfer process resulted in lifetime results. Because of this, Cricut only recommends using their blanks with the Infusible Ink logo on it.
Do I Have To Use Cricut’s Blanks for Infusible Ink?
Right now the answer is yes. Like I mentioned above, a lot of time was put in to making sure you, the crafter, gets the best results possible. To ensure that is the case, Cricut guarantees the results on their blanks. Any other blanks may get results that either don’t work at first or don’t last after use.
I am going to be trying similar type blanks (blanks made of the same materials as Cricut blanks) over the next few weeks to see if I can find a comparable blank and will let you know.
Where Can I Buy Infusible Ink?
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How Do You Use Infusible Ink?
For this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to use the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets. Tune in next week to learn how to layer the transfer sheets and also how to use the pens.
Vacay Mode Tote Bag Supplies
Butcher Paper (included in your Transfer Sheets)
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Open up this design in Design Space.
Mirror image on canvas.
Choose INFUSIBLE INK TRANSFER SHEETS under materials.
Load your Infusible Ink sheet on the StandardGrip Mat ink side facing up. Load your mat into your machine and cut your design.
Use your fingers to weed design. **DO NOT USE WEEDING TOOL. IT CAN RUIN THE TRANSFER SHEETS**
Heat EasyPress to 385°F and 40 seconds.
Put EasyPress mat INSIDE tote bag and but cardstock on top of EasyPress mat to make sure you don’t get ink on your mat.
Use lint roller to get any extra fibers off tote bag.
Cover tote bag with butcher paper and preheat with EasyPress for 15 seconds. Remove butcher paper.
Place design ink side down, liner side up on tote bag.
Put butcher paper on top of design.
Press with light pressure and LITTLE TO NO MOVEMENT for 40 seconds.
Slowly lift butcher paper and allow design to cool for a minute or two.
Slowly lift liner at an angle.
Tips For Using Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets
- You may notice that the transfer sheets aren’t as bright and vibrant as the picture on the box. Have no fear, the colors will brighten up with the heat when they are pressed.
- Make sure to MIRROR your design on the preview screen.
- DO NOT use weeding tool to remove excess vinyl, always peel with fingers or tweezers.
- Use EasyPress mat for best results to insure heat is kept in your blank.
- Use cardstock to prevent bleeding on to back of blank.
- DO NOT move your EasyPress when applying transfer sheets or pen. If there is too much movement it can ruin your design.
- Let transfer sheets cool for 1-2 minutes before peeling after pressing.
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