How can I avoid accidental marks or shadows on my Infusible Ink project?
Ghosting can be avoided by using Cricut Heat Resistant Tape to secure Infusible Ink Pen/Marker designs to your blank; Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet liners should be sticky enough to hold your design in place, but you can also use Cricut Heat Resistant Tape to secure your design prior to applying heat. Carefully follow instructions for best results. Because Infusible Ink projects are permanent, there is no way to remove unwanted transfer marks or ghosting from a project.
Why does my project have blue dots on it?
If lint is not removed prior to applying heat, the high temperature will cause dye in the lint fibers to bond with the material, leaving small blue marks on your project. To avoid this, before applying any heat to the blank, use a lint roller on the entire area that will come into contact with the heat plate.
Why did my design expand or spread? What is ghosting?
Your design may spread or “ghosting” may occur during the transfer. These unwanted effects may also occur if the design shifts on your base material while it is hot. Always preheat the design area to help drive moisture out. To prevent ghosting – an accidental extra transfer resulting in a shadow effect – ensure that the design is secured by Cricut Heat Resistant Tape or the transfer sheet liner as outlined in the Cricut EasyPress Heat Transfer Guide.
Why does my design appear warped? What is marbling?
If your blank contains excess moisture, your Infusible Ink design may appear warped or “marbled” once transferred. When heat is applied, excess moisture turns into steam, which can displace pigment and create a faded or marbled appearance. To avoid this unwanted effect, always preheat fabric-based blanks as directed in the Cricut EasyPress Heat Transfer Guide.
Why do I see press marks on my project?
Press marks result when shirt fibers melt along the edges of the transfer sheet. This is permanent. To prevent this unwanted effect, be sure to use the Cricut EasyPress Heat Transfer Guide for precise time, temperature, and pressure settings for your project. Use a Cricut EasyPress Mat with a Cricut EasyPress, and be sure to use a piece of butcher paper over your design that is larger than the Cricut EasyPress heat plate.
Tip: Cricut blanks are designed to reduce the possibility of press marks. However, we still recommend using a piece of butcher paper between Infusible Ink and Cricut EasyPress that is larger than the heat plate to prevent press marks on Cricut blanks.
Why did the ink on my Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet come off?
When Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets make contact with moisture, you risk damaging and/or reducing the amount of pigment embedded in sheet. Before touching a transfer sheet, be sure that your hands are free of excess lotion, oils, or any moisture.