Why do I need Heat Resistant Tape?
Heat Resistant Tape is recommended when transferring designs made with Infusible Ink Pen and Marker projects. The tape holds your design in place during heat transfer, helping to avoid lifting or undesirable transfer results. Tape is not necessary for Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets since the liners are sticky and will hold your design in place during the transfer process.
Why do I need to use a lint roller? I don’t see any lint fibers on my blank.
Most fabrics have lint fibers on them not visible to the naked eye. Thoroughly lint-roll your entire blank, especially the area that will come into contact with the Cricut EasyPress heat plate. This will prevent lint from being pressed into the blank, causing the dye in the lint to infuse unwanted blue speckles into your blank.
Why do I need to use butcher paper and white cardstock?
Because the ink converts into a gas during the heat transfer process, it could bond with adjacent items or layers. Butcher paper and cardstock act as a barrier to protect your blank, Cricut EasyPress Mat, and Cricut EasyPress heat plate from unwanted transfer. The paper also helps capture any moisture that is 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 any of the design transfers onto the butcher paper.
Why do I need laser copy paper?
When creating a design using Infusible Ink Pens or Markers, your design must first 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 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 a high level of heat. It also has a special coating that helps keep Infusible Ink drawings from bleeding, so you get 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 coaster blanks before an Infusible Ink transfer to remove any unwanted debris or lint.
Why do I need tweezers?
You’ll use tweezers to lift the corner of your Infusible Ink design once the heat transfer is complete. If the paper separates from the liner of the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet, use tweezers to lift the paper off the project surface; if you lift 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? Can’t I use a towel instead?
The innovative construction of the Cricut EasyPress Mat helps eliminate moisture and directs heat to your Infusible Ink design during the transfer process. 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 EasyPress Heat Transfer Guide for appropriate time and temperature settings. You’ll need to transfer each separately.
Can I reuse my butcher paper?
We do not recommend reusing butcher paper. Because the butcher paper absorbs any Infusible Ink that is lost during the transfer, pigment captured during one project may transfer to another project, your Cricut EasyPress heat plate, or your Cricut EasyPress Mat. To avoid this, use a clean piece of butcher paper for each project.
What weight and color of butcher paper do I need?
We recommend white butcher paper because you’ll be able to glimpse your design through the paper. 14-32 lb. butcher paper is recommended.
Is there a difference between butcher paper and parchment paper?
Yes. Parchment paper has a coating or an infusion of silicone. Butcher paper, on the other hand, has no treatment.
What Cricut machine mat should I use to cut designs using Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets?
Use a StandardGrip Machine Mat to cut your 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 your design 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.
Can I use my original Cricut EasyPress for Infusible Ink projects?
Yes, but with varied results. All Cricut EasyPress models are compatible with Cricut Infusible Ink. However, the original Cricut EasyPress will take longer and may not achieve the same results. Furthermore, transferred colors may not be as vibrant or saturated as the results you’ll enjoy with Cricut EasyPress 2.