What you need:
- Cricut smart cutting machine
- Design Space on computer or mobile device, or Cricut Joy app
- Cricut Heat Transfer Guide
- StandardGrip Machine Mat
- Cricut EasyPress 2, Cricut EasyPress, or Cricut EasyPress Mini
- 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
Step 1: Cut
Note: Before handling Infusible Ink materials, be sure that your hands are dry and free of any oils or lotions.
1. Place Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet onto StandardGrip mat, liner side down.
2. In the software, select and size your design to fit on apparel blank. Be sure to Mirror your design if using Design Space. In the Cricut Joy app, Mirror is enabled automatically when you select a heat-transfer material.
3. Select Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet from the list of materials. If using a Cricut Explore machine, turn Smart Set Dial to Custom first.
4. Load mat and blade into machine, then press Go.
Step 2: Weed
1. Remove cut design from mat and trim away unused area of sheet.
2. Gently roll cut design so cut lines separate and are more visible. “Cracking” the cut this way makes it easier to remove excess paper from in and around your design.
3. Use your fingers or tweezers to carefully remove negative pieces from in and around your design, leaving design on liner.
4. Trim clear liner so it does not extend beyond Cricut EasyPress heat plate.
Step 3: Prep the blank
Tip: Now is a good time to prep your Cricut EasyPress. For precise temp, time, and pressure settings for your project, always refer to the Cricut Heat Transfer Guide. For this project, set your Cricut EasyPress 2 to 385°F (195°C). For original Cricut EasyPress and Cricut EasyPress Mini settings, refer to Cricut Heat Transfer Guide.
1. Place apparel blank on top of Cricut EasyPress Mat.
Note: When applying designs to baby bodysuit blanks, place small Cricut EasyPress Mat covered with cardstock inside the bodysuit. This helps elevate the application area above the seams so the Cricut EasyPress heat plate can evenly distribute heat to your design. If Cricut EasyPress Mat used inside your blank (i.e. totes, baby bodysuits) is smaller than the Cricut EasyPress heat plate, we recommend using an additional mat under the blank to protect your work surface.
2. Position sheet of cardstock inside apparel to protect your mat and project.
3. Do not skip this step: Use a fresh adhesive to lint-roll the entire surface. Even minuscule debris or fibers may create imperfections in the final transfer.
4. Cover apparel with butcher paper.
Important: Butcher paper must be larger than Cricut EasyPress heat plate.
Note: Butcher paper comes in each package of Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets.
5. Do not skip this step. Preheat application area to remove moisture and wrinkles that result in unwanted effects.
- For this project, set Cricut EasyPress 2 to 385°F (195°C) and preheat for 15 seconds. For original Cricut EasyPress and Cricut EasyPress Mini settings, refer to Cricut Heat Transfer Guide.
- Use even, light pressure.
6. Remove butcher paper and let apparel cool completely.
Step 4: Apply
1. Place cut design face down on apparel, clear liner on top.
2. Cover design with butcher paper larger than Cricut EasyPress heat plate.
3. To complete this project using Cricut EasyPress 2, press at 385°F (195°C) for 40 seconds using light. For original Cricut EasyPress and Cricut EasyPress Mini settings, refer to Cricut Heat Transfer Guide.
Important: Avoid seams when placing Cricut EasyPress. If the heat plate crosses over seams, the design will not receive even heat, resulting in an unwanted transfer effect.
Important: Do not slide press or move your hands during transfer. Keep the stack as still as possible while pressing. However, if using Cricut EasyPress Mini, secure the design in place with Heat Resistant Tape. Press while moving and applying light pressure.
4. When beep sounds, slowly lift press. Try not to move the stack, including butcher paper.
5. Let your project cool. Once cool, slowly remove butcher paper, then slowly remove the liner with design.
Tip: Never reuse butcher paper for another project!
- Machine wash inside out with cold water and mild detergent
- Tumble dry low or line dry
- Do not use fabric softener, dryer sheets, or bleach