Customize t-shirts, pillows, and more with printable iron-on dark material using the Print then Cut feature of Cricut Design Space. Find information below about what comes in the package, cutting and application instructions.
Printable Iron-on Dark is for use on dark-colored materials. It comes with:
- 4 sheets of 8.5 in. x 11 in. printable iron-on for dark colored materials.
- 1 sheet of 8.5 in. x 11 in. clear heat-resistant transfer tape on a yellow backing
- 1 sheet 8.5 in. x 11 in. parchment paper
One side of the Printable Iron-on Dark sheet is white with a matte finish; the other side is printed with blue grid lines. Print on the matte side; the side with the blue gridlines is the iron-on backing which will be removed prior to applying your design to your material.
The heat-resistant transfer tape is used to lift your printed design from the backing and transfer it to your material. The sheet of parchment paper is placed over your printed image, transfer tape, and material prior to applying heat to your design.
Important: For use with inkjet printers only. Using with a laser printer may damage the printer.
Cutting Printable Iron-on Dark with the Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker Machine
- Once your project design is complete, load Printable Iron-on Dark into an ink jet printer so that it will print on the correct side (the matte side is the correct side to print on; contact your printer manufacturer if you do not know which way to load it into the printer so that it prints on the appropriate side). Do NOT mirror the project in Cricut Design Space, as Cricut Printable Iron-on Dark is transferred to the project printed side up.
- Follow instructions in Cricut Design Space to print design.
- Let printed iron-on dry for 5 minutes.
- Position top-left corner of iron-on, printed side up, in the top-left corner of Cricut StandardGrip cutting mat.
- Load into the Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker machine.
- Turn Smart Set dial to "Custom" and select "Printable Iron-on" (for Cricut Maker, Select "Browse all materials," then select "Printable Iron-On").
- Press GO.
The Application is an important step when it comes to extending the life of embellished items.
- Make sure you are following the full application instructions. It is important to pre-heat, heat, and post-heat your images for the recommended amount of time as this will help the iron-on material set into the fibers of the item onto which it is being ironed.
- Be sure you are applying the iron-on material to a clean garment or item.
- Pre-wash the item before application. Many companies treat clothes with chemicals that make the colors look more vibrant on display in stores. These chemicals need to be removed before applying iron-on. Avoid using fabric softener when pre-washing materials.
- Pre-washing the item before the application will also eliminate any shrinking that may occur.
- Do not layer any iron-on material over glitter iron-on. The material may seem to iron-on fine, but when washed, the material on top of the glitter layer will begin to peel away. However, glitter iron-on may be layered on top of iron-on lite.
Tip: To ensure best results, test a piece of Cricut Printable Iron-on in an inconspicuous part of the item prior to application.
- Wash fabric before applying printable iron-on.
- Peel off unwanted pieces from printed iron-on using the hook found in the Cricut Basic Tool Set.
- Set iron heat between the COTTON and WOOL settings with steam setting OFF.
- For 10 to 15 seconds, use the iron to pre-heat the fabric where you will be applying iron-on.
- Peel backing from transfer tape (included) to expose adhesive. Gently smooth transfer tape onto printed image.
- Use transfer tape to place an image on fabric. The iron-on material should be against the fabric and transfer tape should be on top.
- Without removing transfer tape, cover with parchment paper (included).
- Use both hands to press the iron firmly against the parchment paper for 40 to 60 seconds, moving iron slowly and constantly across iron-on until it has adhered to the fabric.
- For 15 to 20 seconds, press tip of iron around edges of the iron-on image to secure it.
- Let cool for 5 seconds; peel away backing. If iron-on is not completely fastened, replace parchment paper and repeat steps 8 and 9 until properly set.
- If you would like to make the image more vivid once the iron-on has set, cover it with parchment paper and iron for 3 to 5 seconds.
- Printable iron-on is NOT compatible with laser printers.
- Print results depend on the quality of the printer and ink as well as printer settings. Consult your printer’s manual to determine the best settings for the project.
- Do NOT mirror the project in Cricut Design Space, as Cricut Printable Iron-on Dark is transferred to the project printed side up.
- The printable iron-on material may discolor slightly when heated. Set the iron between COTTON and WOOL to minimize discoloration (iron settings may vary).
- Do NOT use steam when applying printable iron-on.
- When applying heat, always use the included parchment paper over the top of the transfer tape, iron-on, and fabric. This will protect both material and iron.
- Ironing boards with light cushioning are recommended.
- Transfer tape may discolor during application; this is normal and will not affect the iron-on material.
For longest life, spot clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent. If washing is necessary, wash and dry the embellished item inside out on the delicate/hand-washables cycle. Should iron-on come loose while washing, reapply it using the steps above (parchment paper is required). Note that colors may fade or crack with repeated washing.
Important: Please review and follow the instructions. Even when following the instructions, results may vary. Use this product at your own risk.