I’ve been dying to try out Cricut’s Infusible Ink and I finally had my chance! I was quite nervous to give it a go, but I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.
If you don’t know what Infusible Ink is, it’s basically sublimation, where you use infusible ink transfer sheets or infusible ink pens to transfer a design INTO your material. So there’s no vinyl or anything on top of the finished product. It leaves an absolutely smooth finish. Beautiful! I haven’t tried it on clothing yet, but what’s great there is that it doesn’t matter if the fabric stretches as you wear it since the ink is actually IN the fabric.
Infusible Ink Coasters // DIY
For my first try at Infusible Ink I decided to use a Cricut blank. These blank coasters have been specially designed to take the infusible ink, so it guaranteed me the best results.
What you need:
Cricut Coaster Blanks
Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets – Mine are pink lemonade.
Lint roller (or you can use transfer tape)
Heat resistant tape
Iron (An EasyPress would be ideal, but I don’t have one yet)
Cricut machine (I used my Maker 3, but the Joy or Explore machines would work perfectly too)
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What to do:
Open the project in Cricut Design Space. My project is linked here.
Cut out the design from your infusible ink. Carefully peel the negative away from the design and keep it aside. We will use both designs.
Use your lint roller to clean any dust off the coaster surface. I didn’t have a lint roller, so i used a piece of transfer tape.
Place your designs onto the coasters, design face down on coaster. Use heat resistant tape to secure the negative of the design that no longer has the infusible ink liner attached.
Cover with baking paper while ironing them. Set your iron to the hottest setting, with steam turned off. Hold it against the design for two minutes. An EasyPress is ideal, but I don’t have one yet. For Cricut’s heat guide, click here.
The coaster will get very hot. Once it has cooled down, carefully peel off the infusible ink transfer sheet.
What happens when mom is trying to take photos, but you’ve got other ideas: