Welcome and thank you so much for being here to craft with me! Today we are going to be making this beautiful DIY Infusible Ink Wood Spring Sign together! WOOHOO!
We are going to make our home so beautiful with our DIY projects! That’s the greatest feeling in the world isn’t it?
So lets grab our materials and hop right into making this DIY Infusible Ink Wood sign for Spring.
I am so thrilled to teach you how to make this DIY Infusible Ink Wood Sign for Spring! This post may contain some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission, at no additional cost to you! Read my full disclosure here.
Materials need to make this Infusible Ink Wood Sign for Spring
- Design space or similar program
- Cutting machine
- Heat press
- Standard Grip Cutting Mat (green)
- Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet
- Butcher paper (comes in box of transfer sheets)
- White Cardstock
- Paint Brush
New to Infusible Ink? No worries, just head on over to Infusible Ink Beginners guide-All you need to know.
Measuring the Wood sign so we know our measurements
Before we jump into Design Space, let us measure the piece of wood we are working with because that is the size we are going to need for our design. Go ahead and measure yours now. I will be working with a 11 (W) x 4 (H). Yours may be different, which is ok.
Now that we measured our wood sign, we are now ready to paint the front of it. So grab your paint and paintbrush and paint the front of the sign so it can dry as we are working in design space.
We are going to go ahead and paint the front of the board because that is going to show through our design.
Learn from my mistakes here! I used white paint and that didn’t make it pop so use a color that pops with the Infusible ink sheet you are using. I had to outline my words with a sharpie so you could read them.
Creating our design in Cricut Design Space
First things first- Let us open up cricut design space and start a new blank canvas. Once that is done, we are going to go into the shapes icon over in the left hand side panel. Select the square which will insert it on your blank canvas.
So we have a square on our canvas. Lets go ahead and unlock the square and stretch it to the size of our wood sign we are working with, which we measured above. My Square is 11.069 (W) x 4 (H). My piece is a bit longer than 11.
Next we are ready to grab the bunny from the images icon in the left hand side panel. So lets go ahead and go into images.
Type in #M25089EAA into the search bar and this bunny pops up. Let us select it and go to the bottom right corner and hit insert images.
As you can see this has many many layers and we only need two. So lets go ahead and ungroup (second icon where the arrow is pointing) this image like the image below shows and figure out which bunnies we want to use.
Resizing and flipping the Bunnies
So we now have chosen the two bunnies we want to work with. Next we are going to resize them to fit onto this stretched square.
I sized the bunnies to 3.257 (W) x 3.875 (H), then we need to select one of the bunnies and head on up to the flip icon in the top panel. We will flip this horizontally. Once it is flipped let’s position the bunnies how we want them on our stretched square. See image below.
Now that our bunnies are placed it is now time to add the words. WOOHOO. Our sign will read Spring is here or whatever you want your sign to say. Again you can change whatever you wish to!
Spring is here
WE are now ready to type out our words for our wood sign.
In the left hand side panel, let us select the text icon and type out Spring. You can choose whatever font you wish. I used Gashina font, made it bold (style), and had to play with letter spacing and left it at -0.9. See image below.
Now we are going to hit the text icon again over on the left hand side panel and type out is. Now lets hit the text icon again and type out the word here. I used the Cricut Sans font for these words. Again you can choose whatever font you wish.
Alright so we have it all on our stretched square and we need to position and center everything to our liking.
Aligning our images and words
Alright so we are now ready to align everything to our stretched square. Lets go ahead and start with the words.
Lets select the word Spring and also our stretched square (hole the shift key and select both), head on up to the top panel, and hit on align, which displays a drop down menu.
Let us align it center horizontally and that will put the word Spring right in the center.
We will repeat this for each item on our stretched square. So both bunnies or you can place them where you would like. Then the word is and also the word here.
Using the Slice Tool
Brand new to the slice tool? I got you! Give the Slice tool in Cricut Design Space-All you need to know a read!
So we are now ready to slice all this out of the stretched square. So lets go ahead and select a bunny and the square, head down to the slice tool in the bottom right hand corner and hit slice. See image below
You will notice that design space changed your design to this. (see below) Don’t you worry though! I got you and will walk ya through this.
Now all we need to do is select the stretched square and send it to the back.
Two ways to send to back
1. You can head to the top panel where it says arrange, click on that and send it to the back
2. you can right click with your mouse (may depend on your computer) and send to back. The choice is yours.
Now we have it back the way it was before we sliced the bunny out. WOOHOO! I just have to say you are doing fantastic!
We are now going to repeat the same steps with the words and also the other bunny.
So select the word Spring and also the stretched square, head down to the slice tool and hit slice. Again the design changes- Just select the square and send it to the back.
Repeat that until everything is sliced from the stretched square like the image below shows.
So now that we have everything sliced, we can now get rid of all those pieces like the image above says. So go ahead and just delete them and we are now ready to hit the Make it button. WOOHOO!
The only thing we have to do here is mirror our mat. It is right under the material size icon. Just click that on and it will mirror the image. Now let’s hit continue in the bottom right hand corner.
Selecting our Material
We are now on the machine and material screen.
So go ahead and make sure the right machine is selected and the material we are working with is the Infusible Ink transfer sheets.
Explore Air series needs to set the dial to custom first
Once the material is selected, lets go ahead and get ready for our cut.
Prepping the mat and cutting our Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet
We are now ready to grab our cutting mat and put the infusible ink transfer sheet on the Standard Grip Mat (green).
Put the Infusible Ink Transfer sheet ink side up and liner side on the mat. So you are staring at the ink. LOL
We are now ready to begin the cut. Load the mat into your cutting machine by pressing the blinking arrow. Once the mat is loaded we can now hit the cricut button and our awesome little machine is going to cut this for us.
Done cutting Now we are ready to Weed
YEAH! Our cutting machine is now complete with our cut, so we can unload the mat and take the transfer sheet off the mat. We are now ready to weed.
NOTE: If you have extra material that you can save, let’s go ahead and cut the extra off so we can use it for another AWESOME project. No need to waste our extra material.
Weeding with Infusible Ink is a bit different than weeding other materials. With Infusible ink we are going to crack the material by rolling it with our hands so we can weed out the parts we do NOT need.
We are going to weed out the words and also weed out the bunnies. So what we sliced out is what we are going to weed. For some reason I didn’t take a picture of my completed weeded image. But you get the idea by looking at the picture below.
WOOHOOO! We now have a completely weeded out project and are ready to heat up our heat press.
We are now ready to turn our heat press on and press this beautiful design onto our wood sign. For this I set my heat press to 385 degrees and let it warm up.
Once it is to temp lets us go ahead and line up our transfer sheet onto the wood. I did use my heat resistance tape to hold everything in place. I just put two pieces on both sides to secure it, so it didn’t move and ghost the design.
Place a white piece of cardstock down, just in case it leaks, and we are now ready to press this. Put the Butcher paper over it and press.
I pressed mine for about 45 seconds and I always check it to see if it needs a bit longer, but for me and my press 45 seconds was good.
NOTE: I did outline my words in a sharpie marker because I used white paint and that didn’t contrast enough with the infusible ink.
TA-DA You just completed an DIY Infusible Ink Wood Sign for Spring:) CONGRATS!
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