Cricut Infusible Ink is a total game changer you guys! When infusible ink came out I was so scared, but super excited to try it. Of course like anything there is a learning curve with trial and errors, but working with Infusible Ink has honestly blown me away!
So let us grab our favorite drink and start learning Infusible Ink 🙂 WOOHOO!!!!
What is Cricut Infusible Ink?
Cricut Infusible Ink is Cricut’s answer to sublimation! Infusible Ink actually combines with the blank to make professional looking shirts, coasters, tote bags, and so much more.
This might sound like Vinyl or Iron-on, but Infusible Ink is completely different. Vinyl or Iron-on (HTV) sits on top of the base material, while infusible ink combines and becomes one with the base material.
It’s Ink that infuses into your Projects… Yes you heard that correctly.
The results we get with Infusible Ink are outstanding colors, professional looking, and the quality is out of this world!
The results are smooth and won’t peel away, crack, or wrinkle like working with other materials, and will stay on your base material forever!
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What materials do I need to start working with Infusible Ink?
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- Cricut Maker, Joy, or Explore Air series
- Heat press
- Light Grip Mat (blue)
- Infusible Ink Pens And/or Markers
- Laser Copy Paper
- Compatible Blanks
- Lint Roller– totes and shirts
- Lint free Clothes-usually comes in the box -coasters
- Heat Resistance Tape
- White Cardstock– 80lb
- Butcher paper
- Clean Hands or gloves
Cricut offers infusible ink transfer sheets either in two sheets or four sheets that come in all different colors as well as patterns.
The transfer sheets are pre-inked and look pretty dull on the transfer sheet, but don’t you worry because once you heat it to your base material it will be super vibrant. It’s like magic right before your eyes.
The Infusible Ink Transfer sheets look similar to Vinyl or Iron on, but once you feel it it is definitely on thicker paper and more sturdy.
The Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets can be cut with the Cricut JOY, Explore Air series, or with the Cricut Maker. Working with Infusible Ink also requires you to mirror the image just like working with Iron-on.
You can also use Cricut’s Infusible Ink Pens and Markers with your machine. You can use the pen with your cricut machine or you can even hand draw the image yourself!
These are different than the normal cricut pens. Instead of drawing directly on to a project like the normal pens do, these require a piece of laser copy paper to draw on.
Once you are done drawing, with or without your cutting machine, you will need the blue cutting mat to cut the design. Make sure to mirror the cut. Then use a heat press to press the image onto your project.
Another awesome thing is that you can draw an outline of an image with your cutting machine, and once it is done cutting it you can actually color it in, if you wanted to.
How Awesome is that? Yeah I thought so too!
Again like the Infusible Transfer Sheets, the markers and pens it will look dull too until you actually heat press. This is normal.
Infusible Ink requires a different kind of blank. Cricut has came out with blanks that are specifically for Infusible Ink. The blanks are stamped with compatible with Infusible Ink.
Here is a list of the Infusible Blanks they have so far
- Baby onesies
- Coasters- Round and square
- Men, Women, and Youth T-Shirts
- Canvas Tote Bags
I am sure Cricut is working on more blanks for their Infusible Ink Products!
Cricut Heat Resistant Tape (pictured above)
The Heat Resistant tape allows you to tape down your design with no worries of starting a fire. LOL This tape is extremely important if you are working with materials that will slide around.
Super simple to use- All you do is secure your design to whatever base material you are using then use the heat press as you normally would.
So to use Infusible Ink you need a cricut cutting machine. Like I stated earlier Infusible Ink is compatible with the Cricut Joy, Explore Air series and the Maker.
Infusible Ink will only transfer at high temperatures so you are going to need a heat press that reaches 400 degrees. An iron will NOT work for Infusible Ink.
Each Blank has a different temperature so please make sure you look at the different setting before heat pressing. Cricut’s Heat guide…
Addressing common questions
Is Infusible ink and Iron-on the same thing?
Not really as I stated earlier. Iron-on (HTV) is attached to the top of your project while Infusible Ink infuses the ink and combines with your base material. It becomes a part of it.
When should I use Infusible Ink Transfer sheets vs Iron-on
They are both fabulous and can be used together, but there are some projects that one will work better with than the other. It just all depends on the goals you have for your projects.
Things to acknowledge and take into consideration
- Infusible Ink requires a heat press that reaches 400 degrees like the cricut easy press 2 while Iron-on (HTV) can be used with a hand held iron
- The Infusible Ink products work best on light or white fabrics while Iron-on can be used on any color of fabric
- Iron on can be applied to anything that can stand the heat while Infusible Ink has special compatible blanks
- If you wanted to glitter out a shirt or use holographic, foil, or anything metallic that ONLY comes in Iron-on.
Do Infusible Ink transfer sheets expire?
Not that I am aware of. I know they have at least a year shelf life so you shouldn’t have any issues with that! Just make sure you store them properly.
Do I need a fancy Printer to work with Infusible Ink?
You sure don’t! The transfer sheets are ready to go and use. They are already pre-inked with infusible ink
How can I store my unused Infusible Ink Transfer sheets?
The best way I know how to store them is to keep them in their original package in a cool dry location.
Can I reuse the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets?
Nope! These sheets are one and done.
Why are the transfer sheets so dull?
Well my friends there is a whole science behind this. The ink you see on the transfer sheet is in it’s solid form, but once the heat hits it it transforms into a gaseous state that bonds with your project. That is when you get those bright colors and vividness.
How do I weed Infusible Ink Transfer sheets?
The easiest I have found is by hand. So make sure you wash your hands and your hands are clean! If you leave oils on the transfer sheets that may effect the outcome of your project!
The transfer sheet is so thick and easily rolls and bends so you can pick the pieces out that you don’t need. And if you didn’t use the whole sheet make sure you cut off the extra before you start weeding.
How do I use Cricut Infusible Ink?
Using Infusible Ink is pretty simple. Here are the quick steps and then we will go into each in more detail while we work through a project together! I always need examples while I am learning something!
Step 1– Pick out the Infusible Ink Transfer sheet you want to use.
Step 2– Figure out what compatible blank you are going to infusible that sheet to
Step 3– Figure out the design and what your cricut machine is going to cut
Step 4– Put the Transfer sheet on your cutting mat (ink side up) and watch your cut little machine go to town
Step 5– Cut off the extra material if you didn’t use the whole sheet and then Weed out your design
Step 6– Lint roll or wipe off compatible blank. Secure your design onto your compatible blank with the heat resistance tape, then heat press the design onto your blank. Remember to check out Cricut’s heat guide for what you are working with! Remember the heat press has to reach 400 degrees.
Alright, now it’s time for the fun part! I am sharing a project with you from Cricut Design Space.
So lets grab the project. and all we have to do is hit make it. How awesome is that! But lets not get ahead of ourselves. LOL
Step 1- Choose your Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet that you will be using for this Project.
Let us decide which Infusible Ink Transfer sheet that we want to use for this project. I used two different ones. I chose a bright colorful one for the words and a natural color for the giraffe. The choice is yours!
Step 2- Choose what compatible blank you want to use for this project
We are making a tote bag so our blank is going to be a compatible tote bag. Now you can use a different blank, but the instructions may be a bit different.
For this example, I chose a canvas tote bag that cricut offers that works with Infusible Ink. I also chose two different transfer sheets to use.
Step 3- Figuring out the Design we want to use for our Canvas tote bag
So I am giving you a FREE SVG with a giraffe that says smile you are beautiful! But I created it in design space so I am sharing the project with you! The Giraffe I found and just added to it in cricut design space. I can not take credit on this adorable little giraffe.
You can open the project here. And yes it is ready to just hit the make it button.
If you want to use a pre-made design already in design space, you can absolutely do that! Just go into the projects icon, left side panel, and browse or search for infusible ink projects. If you wanted to design your own just go into images and start using that creative mind of yours!
Once you are done creating or if you are using my design let’s hit the make it button and we are ready to rock and roll onto the next step.
Cutting Mat Screen
We are now looking at our cutting mats in cricut design space. There are two different mats for this project. One with the giraffe and one with the words.
NOTE: ALWAYS make sure that your designs are set to mirror when doing heat transfers, expect when using patterns! Patterns I always say check the instructions. You can toggle on the mirror icon located underneath each mat.
We are now ready to hit continue in the bottom right hand corner, which takes us to our machine set up and materials.
Selecting your machine and the Materials
Select the machine you are working with. I will be working with my cricut maker. And once the machine is selected lets go ahead and select our materials which is the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets.
Explore Air machine you need to set the smart dial to custom first.
Again you will be prompted to make sure your mats are mirrored before we start cutting.
Design Space will prompt you that the fine point blade needs to be in clamp B and we are now ready to get our mats ready with the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets.
Step 4- Putting the Transfer Sheets onto our Cutting Mats
Let us grab our Standard Grip cutting mat (green) and our Infusible Ink Transfer sheet for the Giraffe and put it on our cutting mat INK side up, liner side down.
Once it is secure lets go ahead and load our cutting mat into our machine (arrows) Press the flashing Cricut button to start the cut.
Once the cutting machine finishes the first cut, unload the mat and remove the transfer sheet. Then let’s repeat step 4 again with the other transfer sheet.
Want to know about the different Cricut Cutting mats? Check out Cricut Cutting mats- All you need to know about the different cutting mats.
Step 5- Cut off the extra material, if you have any, then lets start weeding our design
Alright so our awesome Design is now cut:) WOOHOO.
Now if we have extra material on our Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet, now is the time to trim off the extra. We can save that for another incredible project.
Make sure you wash your hands before weeding Infusible Ink. You don’t want the oils from your hands to get on there because it will mess up the design.
Next we are ready to weed our design out. Infusible ink is a bit different to weed. You can begin by cracking the sheet- Gently bend and roll the transfer sheet between your hands to crack the pre-inked transfer sheet. Then start peeling away everything that doesn’t belong on there to be transferred to our tote bag.
Now the Design should be the only thing left on your transfer sheets. Everything else we weeded out
Step 6- Lint roll / wipe off compatible blank. Secure your design onto your compatible blank with the heat resistance tape, then heat press the design onto your blank
IMPORTANT– If you are working with fabric ALWAYS lint roll the area in which you are transferring your design to. We need to remove any debris or fibers that may be on there so we don’t have imperfections with our project! And always wipe your coasters with the towel that comes with the coasters! Don’t skip this step regardless of what you are creating!
Alright so we have lint rolled the area in which our design is going to be pressed on.
Let’s grab a 12 x 12 sheet of white cardstock and place it into the bag, just incase the Infusible Ink leaks. Yes Cricut does recommend this!
Next lets take our design and place it onto our bag how we want it. I placed the giraffe first then figured out how I wanted to words to go. We will be pressing both the giraffe and the words at the same time. So go ahead and figure out how you want yours laid out.
Setting and applying the Heat
Since we are working with a canvas tote bag that is compatible with Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets, Cricut recommends us heating our Heat Press to 385 Degrees and heat press the tote bag for 40 seconds. Here is Cricut’s Heat Guide again!
So let’s go ahead and turn our heat press on and set it to 385 degrees and let that heat up.
Once our heat press is heated up lets make sure we press the area that we are laying our design on to get out all the creases, moisture, and wrinkles. Press for about 15-20 seconds. Let it cool completely!
Reminder- your white piece of cardstock should still be in the tote bag
Applying the Design and heat pressing it onto our tote bag
Now we are ready to lay our design down on the tote bag. So go ahead and lay it out how you want it to be (inked side on tote) and we are now ready to cover the design with our butcher paper. Butcher paper comes inside each box of Infusible Ink transfer sheets.
If you feel your design needs to be secure to the tote bag, go head and secure the design down with your heat resistance tape!
Now we are ready to heat press the design onto our canvas bag.
If you are using a Cricut Easy Press 2- Make sure you don’t move around while pressing it or lift your hands for any reason. You will need to apply the exact amount of pressure the whole time you are heat pressing. You do NOT want your transfer sheet moving around at all because that will cause ghosting or a blurry design.
Heating the design at 385 degrees for 40 seconds. Once your 40 seconds is up go ahead and remove the heat press carefully and let your tote bag cool down before we try removing anything. This is VERY HOT!
Once the project is cool, let us remove the butcher paper and carefully peel away the transfer sheet.
Congratulations on making this AWESOME Giraffe Tote Bag Using Cricut Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets
There’s nothing more satisfying than removing that liner to see a bright beautiful professional looking design on your blank that you made! So well done my amazing friend!
NOW let me see pictures of your projects! Share and comment below!