Learn how to use Infusible Ink to create beautiful permanent designs on surfaces.
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All About Cricut Infusible Ink
Cricut Infusible ink is a permanent way to add a design to surfaces without cracking or peeling over time, like vinyl.
The ink gets infused into the fabric or surface resulting in a soft, pliable texture.
Infusible ink is available in solid colors and patterns. There are also infusible ink pens available.
The only downside of infusible ink is that it works best on the Cricut blanks that it was designed to work with.
Infusible Ink FAQs
What can I use infusible ink on?
Infusible ink can be used on all Cricut blanks.
These blanks include:
- t-shirts (Available in several styles and size ranges.)
- tote bags
- baby onesies
- wine bags
- cosmetic bags
What happens if you use infusible ink on cotton?
If you use infusible ink on cotton or any other non-Cricut blank, the color may not be as bright. It still works, but the colors aren’t as vibrant.
I’ve read that synthetic fabric work better with Infusible ink. If you choose to use a non-Cricut blank, be sure to choose a white or light-colored blank for the best results. Ink will not show up over dark colors.
What mat do you use for infusible ink?
Use a standard mat with infusible ink sheets. The sheets have a texture similar to cardstock, so a standard mat works great.
Be sure to smooth the sheet well when applying to the mat, since the sheets are rolled up.
Read more about the differences between Cricut mats.
Do you mirror infusible ink?
Yes, you mirror infusible ink. However, the sheet should be placed color side up onto the mat.
Can you cut infusible ink with a Silhouette?
Yes, it is possible to cut infusible ink with a Silhouette. The settings are Blade 5, Speed 4, Force 26, 1 pass.
Want to learn more about how to use your Silhouette? This affordable ebook taught me everything I know! Plus, it comes with a handy settings cheat sheet that gives you perfect cuts every time!
How to Use Infusible Ink
I used the galaxy pattern, which includes 2 different patterns.
You might be interested in learning how to use a Cricut Easy Press.
The cat artwork was kindly provided by my daughter, which I vectorized and turned into an SVG. If you’re interested in that process, leave me a comment and I’ll get that post written.
- Infusible ink
- Infusible blank
- Electronic cutting machine
- Easy press
- Easy Press mat
- Weeding tools
- Create your design as usual. If it has multiple pieces, be sure to select "attach" to keep the pieces together.
- Select the "Make It" button.
- Be sure to mirror the image.
- Select the materials option. Infusible ink is under iron-on vinyl on the menu.
- Place the infusible ink sheet on the standard mat, color side up.
- Cut the design.
- Unload the mat.
- Remove the paper from the mat. (It has the texture of cardstock and behaves like cardstock when removing the design.)
- Try to leave the design on the plastic backing while weeding. (It's fine if you forget, though!)
- Turn on your Easy Press and set the temperature to 385 and the timer for 40 seconds for a tote bag.
- Place the blank tote bag on the Easy Press mat.
- Place cardstock inside the bag to prevent ink from leaking through.
- Cover it with the enclosed butcher's paper and press it for 15 seconds.
- Remove the easy press.
- Apply the infusible ink design to the surface, color side down.
- Cover with butcher paper and press for 40 seconds.
- Remove the easy press and the butcher paper.
- The backing can be peeled off right away for the tote bag.
- The color is so much brighter than the paper was!
- Enjoy your tote bag!
Always check the Cricut heat guide for the best temperature, time, and peeling instructions.
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