Why do I need Heat Resistant Tape or Strong Heat Resistant Tape?
When transferring Infusible Ink Marker designs, Heat Resistant Tape holds your design in place during heat transfer process to prevent undesirable transfer results. Use Heat Resistant Tape to secure Transfer Sheet designs to mugs and coasters*, and whenever you use Cricut EasyPress Mini.
Use Strong Heat Resistant Tape to secure Transfer Sheet and Pen/Marker designs to hats*. The added grip strength is needed to hold design in place on the curved surface as Cricut Hat Press is moved across the design during transfer.
*For hat, mug, and coaster designs, always trim transfer sheet liner close to the design, then secure design to blank with Heat Resistant Tape.
Why do I need to use a lint roller? I don’t see any lint fibers on my blank.
Most substrates, especially fabrics, have lint fibers invisible to the naked eye. Thoroughly lint-roll your entire blank, especially the area that will be in contact with the heat plate. This will prevent lint from being pressed, causing dye from lint to infuse unwanted blue speckles into your blank.
Why do I need to use butcher paper and white cardstock?
Infusible Ink converts into a gas during the heat transfer process, and it can bond with adjacent items or layers. Butcher paper and cardstock act as a barrier to protect your blank, mat, and heat plate from unwanted transfer. The paper also helps capture any moisture released during the pressing process. Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets come with an equal number of protective paper sheets. However, if you plan to cut smaller images from Infusible Ink sheets rather than using full-sheet designs, you will need more butcher paper. It is recommended that each sheet of butcher paper be used one time only, especially if design transfers onto the butcher paper.
Note: For hat and mug projects, butcher paper is only needed for designs created with Infusible Ink pens and markers. Cardstock is not used with Cricut Hat Press or Cricut Mug Press.
Why do I need laser copy paper?
When creating a design using Infusible Ink Pens or Markers, it must be drawn on laser copy paper, and not directly onto the blank. (Because you will need to Mirror your design, using a Cricut smart cutting machine is recommended.) The laser copy paper is then used as the sheet to transfer your design to your blank. We recommend laser copy paper because it is designed to handle high heat temperatures. It also has a special coating that helps keep Infusible Ink drawings from bleeding, resulting in a clean transfer.
What is a lint-free cloth?
A lint-free cloth is a special type of cleaning cloth that does not shed fibers. A microfiber cloth is a good example. We recommend wiping down hard blanks before an Infusible Ink transfer to remove any unwanted debris or lint.
Why do I need tweezers?
Once heat transfer is complete, use tweezers to lift the corner of Infusible Ink design. If paper separates from the liner of the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet, use tweezers to remove paper from project surface; if removing by hand, the still-warm design may cause a second unwanted transfer, called ghosting, or leave finger-shaped impressions on your project.
Why do I need to use a Cricut EasyPress Mat or Cricut Pressing Mat for Infusible Ink transfers with Cricut EasyPress? Can’t I use a towel instead?
The innovative construction of the Cricut EasyPress Mat and Cricut Pressing Mat helps eliminate moisture and directs heat to your Infusible Ink design during the transfer process with Cricut EasyPress. For standard heat-transfer vinyl (HTV) projects, a towel works fine, but it does not provide the required surface for a successful Infusible Ink transfer.
Do I need both Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets and Pens/Markers to get started?
No. You can use either. However, if you want to use both in one project, refer to the Cricut Heat Guide or Cricut Heat app (for Cricut EasyPress 3 and Cricut Hat Press) for precise time and temperature settings. You’ll need to transfer each separately.
Can I reuse my butcher paper?
We do not recommend reusing butcher paper. Butcher paper absorbs Infusible Ink that is lost during the transfer. Pigment captured during one project may transfer to another project, your heat plate, or mat. To avoid, use a clean piece of butcher paper for each project.
What weight and color of butcher paper do I need?
We recommend 14-32 lb. white butcher paper so you can see your design through the paper.
Is there a difference between butcher paper and parchment paper?
Yes. Parchment paper has a coating or an infusion of silicone. Butcher paper does not have a coating.
What Cricut machine mat should I use to cut designs using Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets?
Use a StandardGrip Machine Mat to cut designs from Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets.
What Cricut cutting machine mat should I use to draw my design on laser copy paper with Infusible Ink Pens/Markers?
Use a LightGrip Machine Mat to draw designs on laser copy paper with Infusible Ink pens/markers.
Can I use any color of cardstock – or does it have to be white cardstock?
Use white or cream cardstock as instructed. Using colored cardstocks may result in unwanted dye transfer onto your blank.
Can I use my original Cricut EasyPress for Infusible Ink projects?
Yes, but with varied results. All Cricut EasyPress models are compatible with Infusible Ink. However, the original Cricut EasyPress will take longer to transfer and may not achieve the same results. Transferred colors may not be as vibrant or saturated as results from Cricut EasyPress 2 and Cricut EasyPress 3.
What are the dimensions of Cricut Cosmetic Bags?
Medium bag: 9 in x 6.1 in (23 cm x 15.5 cm)
Large bag: 9.6 in x 7.5 in (24.5 cm x 19 cm)
Important: Given the seam allowance inside Cosmetic Bags, we do not recommend pressing a design that comes right up to the seam or edge of the bag. Even if you place cardstock on top of the seam allowance inside the bag, it can still cause enough unevenness to affect the transfer. Make sure to size your design with this in mind.
What are the dimensions of Cricut Wine Bags?
5.75 in x 13 in (14.5 cm x 33 cm)
Important: Given the seam allowance inside Wine Bags, we do not recommend pressing a design that comes right up to the seam or edge of the bag. Even if you place cardstock on top of the seam allowance inside the bag, it can still cause enough unevenness to affect the transfer. Make sure to size your design with this in mind.
What are the dimensions of Cricut Pillow Covers?
17.5 in x 17.5 in (45 cm x 45 cm). These covers fit an 18 in x 18 in (45.7 cm x 45.7 cm) insert.
Important: Given the seam allowance inside Pillow Cases, we do not recommend pressing a design that comes right up to the seam or edge of the case. Even if you place cardstock on top of the seam allowance inside the case, it can still cause enough unevenness to affect the transfer. Make sure to size your design with this in mind.
What are the dimensions of Cricut Mug blanks?
12 oz white mug blank:
- 82 mm outer diameter
- 96 mm tall
- 12 oz / 340 ml
15 oz white or white/grey mug blank:
- 85.5 mm outer diameter
- 96 mm tall
- 15 oz / 425 ml