Everything you need or want to know about Cricut Infusible Ink – the latest product release from Cricut. Taking your DIY projects to an even more professional quality.
You’ve never done heat transfer like this before.
The all-new Infusible Ink system delivers seamlessly smooth, professional-quality transfers that become one with your material – and last a lifetime.
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What Is Infusible Ink?
Infusible Ink is a permanent ink that is transferred using a high heat to a polyester item like a shirt or tote bag. For anyone that is familiar with sublimation printing this is probably sounding familiar. Cricut has developed patterned transfer sheets that can be cut on the Explore Air series or Maker machines.
How To Use Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets
- Select a blank item to apply the designs to.
- Cut the design using the Cricut keeping the INK SIDE UP (so pretty side up, which is opposite of how you cut the traditional iron on vinyl).
- After removing the excess material, place design onto the item and press with the Easy Press.
Tricks and Tips For The Best Infusible Ink Transfer
- Use butcher paper or cardstock inside of the shirt and on top of your design while applying heat to prevent the colors from bleeding
- Pattern side facing up while cutting
- Use a lint roller (even a few times) on the shirt before applying the design. Any lint pieces will leave blank marks in the design.
- For coasters – wipe with an alcohol swap and lint roller before applying a design.
- Check the EasyPress settings guide for temperature settings.
How To Use Infusible Ink Pens
- You will need a blank item to design with, Infusible Ink Pens, and a piece of regular copy paper.
- Draw a design on the piece of paper – you can freehand draw or use the Cricut to draw a design for you. Whatever you are more comfortable with.
- Place the paper design side down onto your blank item. You can use heat resistant tape to keep the design from shifting while heating.
Using Non Cricut Items with Infusible Ink
Cricut recommends you use their blanks as they are tested thoroughly for quality control. They want you to have the best results with your designs which saves you money and keeps you happy! That being said, the whole process of Infusible Ink and sublimation printing needs polyester fiber content in the blank items, so any item with a high percentage of polyester should be able to be used.
The Cricut blank shirts are 95% polyester and 5% Spandex. If your item has less polyester in it, expect the colors to be not as vibrant or bold. Nobody can guarantee how it will look so please experiment with caution and try on scraps, a hidden spot, or extra before starting a big project.
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