December 12th, 2019 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team
I love to make personalized t-shirts using iron-on (also known as heat transfer vinyl or HTV), but Infusible Ink has taken my t-shirt game to a whole new level. I was intimidated to try it at first (similar to how my Cricut Maker sat in the box for about 6 weeks before I built up the courage to open) but was so impressed when I did finally try, I couldn’t wait to do it again! Infusible Ink is super easy – just refer to the Cricut Heat Guide the first few times you use it, and after that, it’s completely intuitive!
I’m so sold on Infusible Ink that I try to shout if from the rooftops, but our CEO says it’s more effective if I preach about it here. So, below are the reasons I L-O-V-E Infusible Ink!
1.) People can’t believe I made this stuff!
Everything Infusible Ink looks professionally made. At Cricut, we take large, complex processes that require heavy machinery and bring it to your home. Because Infusible Ink is the first product of its kind, people just aren’t used to seeing their handmade projects looking THIS good. It’s so fun to take my reusable grocery bags to the store and get compliments. Check out some of these incredibly vibrant, homemade projects that took just a few minutes:
2.) It’s kid-proof.
One of the perks of working at Cricut is that we really do get to craft most days (my Cricut EasyPress may or may not be warming up right now…) and I love making things for my kiddos. But, we all know that kids can be rough on clothes. I making them shirts with iron-on all the time, but they just can’t stand up to the washer and dryer the way Infusible Ink does!
In fact, one of the shirts below has been washed and dried 27 times, the other is a fresh press. This is the kind of resiliency I need for my messy (wonderful) children!
Once you’re comfortable with Infusible Ink, you can layer on some iron-on to add more texture and shine!
3.) It’s husband-approved.
My love language is crafting. My husband, not so much. But, when I made him his first Infusible Ink shirt with a simple, clean design, he loved it! I must say, I’ve never seen him wear one of my iron-on creations without feeling obligated to do so, but he wears this one even all the time! We love how soft the Infusible Ink compatible t-shirt blanks are and appreciate the peace of mind knowing we’re getting the best results possible. Cricut rigorously tests all their products to make sure we’re only putting out the best for our customers. I love not having to do any guesswork!
Of course, many members are interested in using different kinds of t-shirts. Some light-colored polyester-based t-shirts may work, but Cricut promises the best results with ours. If you use a base other than the Cricut shirts, totes, or coasters, you may notice permanent wrinkling, less vibrant colors, and blue dots from excess lint around your design. Most t-shirts are not made to be pressed under 385 degrees of heat, and not all fabric stands up equally!
4.) These gorgeous patterns step your projects up a notch!
My favorite thing about crafting is the instant gratification. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing an Infusible Ink project come to life after you press it! I love the beautiful patterns on the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets - they make each project perfect and unique for every style and occasion! My dear mother recently moved, and I made her a set of these colorful coasters as a house warming gift. The Watercolor Splash patterend sheet was used, and it’s easy to make each coaster a little unique just by cutting from a different area of the sheet!
5.) It’s so much easier than I thought it would be!
I was a little intimidated by the additional steps when comparing to iron-on, but once I took the plunge, I realized that the Infusible Ink is a simple 3-step process:
The main difference between Infusible Ink and Iron-On’s process is layering butcher paper and cardstock. When I do Infusible Ink projects, I just think “I need something to protect all my equipment,” and that makes the entire layering process more intuitive. As long as your design is secured to your blank and you let it cool before removing your design, ghosting isn’t a big problem. Also, I religiously follow the Cricut Heat Guide, so I always know I won’t mess up. Cricut puts out a lot of content to help people follow the pressing process and make sure your projects come out perfectly, so keep them in mind and reference them each time. The last thing we want to see is a #craftfail! In fact, head on over to our YouTube channel where we have step-by-step videos to show you how it’s done!
I love how a simple cut on a patterned Infusible Ink transfer sheet can create such an incredible project so easily!
6.) Anything to keep my kids entertained…
You may know that Cricut HQs is in Salt Lake City where we enjoy lots of snow during the winter. I quickly run out of ideas to entertain my kids indoors during the winter, but lately we have been having so much fun making shirts with their art! Cricut Infusible Ink is also available in pens and markers, and my kids love getting to wear and show off their drawings! They’ve even have asked me if we can make some gifts for Nana. All we need is the Infusible Ink pens or markers, a compatible blank, laser copy paper, a EasyPress or heat press, butcher paper, and cardstock. Most of these supplies are things I just have lying around my craft room, so this is an easy, fun, and unique thing to bring the family together on those cold evenings when playing outside isn’t an option.
We’re loving having another incredible material to create with. Tell us about your Infusible Ink creations in the comments below, or ask us the questions you need answered to finally take the plunge!