Can I make a design larger than my Cricut EasyPress heat plate?
This is not recommended for most Cricut EasyPress models. Infusible Ink projects should receive a single application of heat. Applying heat in sections may result in unwanted marks in your finished project. For best results with Cricut EasyPress and Cricut EasyPress 2, we recommend keeping your Infusible Ink design smaller than your heat plate.
When using Cricut EasyPress Mini, which is moved continuously over the design during transfer, your design may be approximately 2X the size of the heat plate. We recommend 2.75" W x 2.75" L or 1.625" W x 5" L.
Do I need to mirror my Infusible Ink design?
Yes. Just like iron-on/HTV projects, you must mirror your design before cutting; otherwise your design will appear in reverse when transferred.
My machine cut through parts of the liner of my Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet. Is this a problem?
No. Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet liners are thin, and it is normal for the machine to cut through in some places. The liner should otherwise remain largely intact.
How do I weed my design after cutting Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets?
To weed Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets, use the “cracking” method. Start by peeling the cutting mat away from your cut design. Next, slightly bend and roll the cut paper; you’ll hear a light cracking sound as cuts separate. Your images may lift off the liner a little – not a problem! Once you have cracked your cut, remove the excess paper in and around your design, leaving just your design on the liner.
Where do I find the right time and temperature settings to use for my Infusible Ink project?
For precise settings for your project, use the Cricut Heat Guide.
If I put my Infusible Ink design on my blank when it’s still hot, will it start to transfer?
Yes, it certainly will, so don’t do it! If your design is placed on a warm or hot surface, the transfer may begin, resulting in an unwanted – and permanent – ghosting effect. We recommend waiting until the blank is completely cool before positioning your Infusible Ink design.
If I heat my project longer, will the transferred ink appear darker?
No. If you apply heat longer than recommended, pigments can be destroyed. Do not heat your project for longer than the recommended time.
Note: Use the Cricut Heat Guide for precise settings for your project.
How should I use Heat Resistant Tape to secure my Infusible Ink design to a compatible blank?
When creating your design using Infusible Ink Pens & Markers, Heat Resistant Tape holds your design in place during heat transfer, to prevent your design from lifting, or undesirable transfer results. When creating your design using Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets, you only need Heat Resistant Tape when pressing with Cricut EasyPress Mini, or when you've trimmed your Transfer Sheet close to the design as you would for coaster or mug projects.
Can I transfer an Infusible Ink drawing and transfer sheet at the same time?
No. We do not recommend this.
Why do I need Heat Resistant Tape?
When creating your design using Infusible Ink Pens & Markers, Heat Resistant Tape holds your design in place during heat transfer, to prevent your design from lifting, or undesirable transfer results. When creating your design using Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets, you only need Heat Resistant Tape when pressing with Cricut EasyPress Mini, or when you've trimmed your Transfer Sheet liner close to the design as you would for coaster or mug projects.
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 or Cricut Mug Press 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 transfer onto the butcher paper.
Note: For mug projects, butcher paper is only needed for designs created with Infusible Ink pens and markers. Cardstock is not used with Cricut Mug Press.
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.
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 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.