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Just last week, I shared all about my new toy, the Cricut Explorer Air 2. I have been playing with this non stop for the past two weeks and I’m excited to share some of my beginning projects with you guys. I wanted to try out my new EasyPress and the Infusible Ink system that goes with it. So, I decided to make these personalized coasters for my sis and her family as a little post-holiday gift.
The Infusible ink is amazing. I seriously love it. If you’ve ever hesitated, like me, to use heat press because you don’t love vinyl on fabric, this is your answer. I know this will come as a shock based on the name, but the ink actually infuses into the material. It’s so cool.
I wanted to start with these coasters that Cricut makes that are designed for the infusible ink system. Coasters would be hard to do with regular vinyl, but not with this stuff!
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- Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets in Watercolor
- Infusible Ink Fine Point 0.4mm Pen in Black
- Heat Resistant Tape
- Cricut Easy Press
- Cricut Explorer Air 2
- Easy Press Mat
- Butcher Paper
- Light Grip Machine Mat
- Infusible Ink Coaster Blanks
There are two different ways to use infusible ink. You can use the sheets like vinyl, to cut out your design and the let the heat from the easy press soak into the material, or you can draw your design with the markers or pens. I did both :).
I started with this really beautiful watercolor transfer sheets and just cut a square of the paper out a little bigger than the coaster. No need to use the explorer air for this part.
I taped the paper to the coaster, using the heat resistant tape. Make sure the pretty part with the design is pressed against the coaster.
Place the coaster on a sheet of cardstock on top of your mat. Place the butcher paper on top. I set my easy press to 400 for 240 seconds. I pressed down a little lightly, but probably didn’t need too.
When it was done I had to wait for it to cool a bit, this coaster was hot hot hot! But once it was cooled down, I was stunned. So beautiful!!
There were four colors, so i used one for each coaster. Now comes the personalization part. I made my design like this.
I started by drawing a circle in the Cricut design space the exact size of the coaster, then bringing the diameter of the circle in just a little. This would allow me to draw a circle just inside the coasters edge. It was about 3.2″. I changed the setting for livetype from “cut” to “draw”.
Then I drew the design for the names, also changing them from cut to draw. I used the art deco font for the last name, Nix, and Aphasia BT for the first names. I lined it up just how I wanted it.
One more setting to change, the little box next to linetype has a dropdown menu. Choose whatever marker or pen you will use. I used the fine point 0.4mm pen in black.
Next, I used a piece of regular copy paper placed onto an light grip mat. That’s the light blue Cricut one. You’ll want to use a light grip, because regular copy paper isn’t the strongest and you need to remove it in tact. I set the infusible ink black pen into slot “A”. This step is important – make sure you MIRROR your design. Once I was ready to go, I loaded my mat and hit print. I was so fun to watch it draw!
Once it’s drawn, you can choose to color in any space with the infusible ink pen. I colored in the first names on two of the coasters and didn’t on the other two so I could play around with how they looked. See finished image below.
I cut the designs out individually and pressed the ink side to the coaster and tapped it on so it wouldn’t move. Make sure to use heat resisitant tape! Cardstock, coaster, butcher paper again and then set the easy press on 400 for 240 seconds.
They turned out so pretty! You can see here the Yellow and purple I didn’t color the names in, the other two I did, as I mentioned above.
I ended up adding a little cork to the back, just because they seemed a little slippery.
That’s it! It was actually easy and this was my first project, so it isn’t perfect, but overall I’m really happy with how they turned out! Hope my sis likes her new personalized coasters!
Stay tuned for more fun Cricut projects!
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