Make a multicolored and textured masterpiece with an iron-on technique called layering. For best results, use Everyday Iron-On or Smart Iron-On for layered designs, and limit the number of layers to 4 layers of iron-on material.
Note: Specialty iron-on materials such as Glitter, Holographic, and Foil, may be used as the top layer of a stack. SportFlex Iron-On should only be layered with other SportFlex Iron-On.
- Many Cricut images are designed with multiple layers that fit together to form a composite image. Design and cut your layered image on your Cricut machine. Before cutting, be sure to mirror your design in Design Space so that your image layers are properly oriented once applied to your base material.
- Plug in and power on your Cricut Autopress.
- Set the Cricut Autopress temperature and timer on the Control Pod to the setting that is recommended for your base material. Refer to our online Heat Guide for recommended settings for your project.
- Place the bottom layer of your image onto the base material, then place it in the Cricut Autopress, and press for 5 seconds.
- Once the press opens, remove the liner (carrier sheet) from the applied layer when it has cooled enough to be warm, not hot, to the touch. This is known as a warm peel.
- The adhesive will not be completely "set" at this time, but as you apply more heat with each additional layer, the adhesive for all layers will properly set.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 for all the remaining layers except for the top layer.
- Before applying heat to each new layer, be sure that the entire design is completely covered by a heat-resistant liner (such as the iron-on carrier sheet) or other protective barrier to shield exposed iron-on material from direct contact with the heat plate. "Exposed iron-on" refers to the iron-on areas that will not be covered by the new layer of iron-on film.
Note: For best results, limit the layering to 4 layers of iron-on material and always use a protective sheet or piece of iron-on carrier sheet that covers the entire design for each press.
- When it’s time to press the final layer, press for the full length of time recommended for the base material and specific iron-on material you’re using.