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I finally get to spill the beans and announce the hottest new product from Cricut, and share one of my latest projects using the new Cricut Infusible Ink transfer sheets! Things are definitely heating up around here, so this summer I’ll be sporting the latest craft trend and chillin’ in my new DIY Cricut Infusible Ink Just Chillin’ Summer T-shirt.
A little over 10 years ago my mom was home sick and saw an infomercial for this crazy new machine, the Cricut Expression, and on a whim bought me one. She said she thought I might like making cards or party supplies for my kids birthdays. Little did I know that her impulse purchase would turn into my favorite crafting tool and a fierce love for a company that has changed the way the world crafts with innovative products and more creative possibilities than ever right at your fingertips!
Over the years I’ve shared with you all the details about the newest products including the Cricut Maker, EasyPress 2, the Knife Blade, and the Scoring Wheel. Now I am so excited to share with you the newest Cricut product that is going to blow your mind! Cricut Infusible Ink is the coolest new product to hit the crafting market and seamlessly interacts with and enhances the Cricut ecosystem, especially the Cricut Maker and EasyPress 2.
With Cricut Infusible Ink you will be able to create flawless projects that bring personalization to the next level with its incredible vibrancy and permanence. Unlike iron-on (which of course we still love) the advanced technology in Cricut Infusible Ink transfer sheets ensure that it is peel and crack-proof, and the vibrancy will last wash after wash.
A few weeks ago I visited the Cricut offices and got to learn all about this new product and try it out myself. When I first saw what the infusible ink transfer sheets could do I was pretty impressed. But, it wasn’t until I got to play around with it and create a few of my own projects at home that I truly saw it’s incredible potential. The professional results of the Cricut Infusible Ink are amazing, its almost too hard to believe that I made these colorful summer coasters and t-shirt in my own house! The quality of these projects is just like something you would find in stores, except you get the satisfaction of personalizing and creating your own one-of-a-kind projects.
Speaking of projects, I’m here to show you how to create a colorful Just Chillin’ Summer Shirt with Cricut Infusible Ink.
- Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore cutting machine
- Standard Grip Machine Mat
- Cricut EasyPress 2 or Cricut EasyPress
- Cricut EasyPress Mat
- Cricut apparel blank (Compatible with Infusible Ink)
- Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet
- Butcher paper (2)
- Cardstock (80 lb.), White (colored cardstock not recommended)
- Lint roller
- Design Space software on mobile device or computer
- Free Just Chillin’ SVG
Cricut Infusible Ink T-shirt Project Steps
Step 1: Place Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet onto the Standard Grip mat, liner side down. I used the patterned rainbow transfer sheets for my shirt.
Step 2: In Design Space, open the Just Chillin’ design and size to fit on your apparel blank. Hit the Make button and be sure to mirror your design.
Step 3: Select browse all materials, then Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet. If you are using a Cricut Explore machine, turn the Smart Set Dial to Custom first.
Step 4: Load the mat into the machine, then press the flashing Go button.
Step 5: Once the image is finished cutting unload the transfer sheet and weed your design. Start by removing it from the mat and trimming away any unused areas of the sheet. Gently roll the cut design so the lines separate and are more visible. Make sure your fingers are dry if weeding with fingers. You may want to reach for your weeding tool, but “cracking” the cut this way will make it easier to remove excess paper from in and around your design. Trim the clear liner so it does not extend beyond the Cricut EasyPress heat plate.
Now that you have cut out your design on the Infusible Ink transfer sheets it is time to apply it to your Cricut Infusible Ink compatible blank. It is important to follow the proper care and steps for your selected material to ensure optimum performance.
Step 6: Preheat the Cricut EasyPress 2 to 385° F.
Step 7: Place your shirt on top of the Cricut EasyPress mat and then position the sheet of white cardstock inside the shirt to protect both your mat and project.
Step 8: Use a fresh adhesive lint roller to lint roller the entire surface of the shirt. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. Even tiny little fibers can create imperfection in the transfer.
Step 9: Cover the shirt with butcher paper, make sure the butcher paper is larger than the Cricut EasyPress heat plate. Preheat the shirt for 15 seconds with light pressure to remove any moisture and wrinkles. Again DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP, wrinkles will result in unwanted effects.
Step 10: Remove the butcher paper and let the surface cool completely. Then place the design face down on the shirt with the clear liner on top.
Step 11: Cover the design with the butcher paper and set the EasyPress 2 to 385° F for 40 seconds. Gently place the press on top of the project and keep the stack as still as possible while pressing, do not slide or move your hands during transfer.
Step 12: When the beep sounds, slowly lift the press, again be careful to not move the stack.
Step 13: Let your project cool completely and then slowly remove the butcher paper, and the liner with the design to reveal your colorful Just Chillin’ t-shirt design.
These photos don’t do this product near enough justice, the color, quality, and technology are simply amazing! The design is seamlessly imprinted into the t-shirt and the color is a warm as a hot summer day!
Now that you have a cool new summer shirt to chill in all summer long I think you need a set of DIY colorful summer coasters, which are perfect for serving drinks and chillin’ on the porch with friends.
To see how I used the Cricut coaster blanks to make these summer coasters with Cricut Infusible Ink be sure to check out this post.
Cricut has always been one of my favorite craft tools and it’s no surprise why. They continue to create innovative products that seamlessly work together to create projects that are a reflection of you and your personal style. I am so excited about the new Cricut Infusible Ink transfer sheets and can’t wait to see how this new product will inspire you!