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What Is Infusible Ink – DIY Infusible Ink Coasters Tutorial

What Is Infusible Ink – DIY Infusible Ink Coasters Tutorial

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This full tutorial will show you how to use Cricut infusible ink like a pro! Complete with Design Space screenshots and directions on how to slice images…

cricut infusible ink coasters (1)

Hi friends! I’m super excited to share my new office coasters with you all in this post. They’re mermaid themed, and I’m totally in love!

I’m a huge mermaid fan.

This has been true since I was in diapers.

I had just about every mermaid doll there ever was – my favorite one used to sing when you pressed her belly button.

And, of course, my favorite Disney movie as a little girl was The Little Mermaid.

Now, mermaids are all the rage, along with vampires, werewolves, and all things mystical and mythic.

What Is Infusible Ink?

Here’s what Cricut has to say about their Infusible Ink…

“Infusible Ink is an all-new system of Cricut DIY products that make it possible to achieve pro-level, personalized heat transfers on T-shirts and more at home for the first time. Unlike the vinyl or HTV process, where artwork is attached on top of a base material using adhesive, an Infusible Ink transfer becomes one with the material itself. The results are bright, beautiful, seamlessly smooth transfers that never flake, peel, wrinkle, or crack. “

With infusible ink, you never have to worry about your design peeling up and away from your project – your design becomes one with the blank.

What Can I Use Infusible Ink On?

You can use Cricut infusible ink on any Cricut blanks available on their website:

There are talks that Cricut will be adding even more options for us crafters to use their infusible ink transfer sheets on like keychains, dog tags, notebooks, etc.

If using a T-shirt that is not a Cricut blank, stick to shirts that are light colors (white is best) and have a high polyester count. According to the Cricut website, infusible ink will not transfer to 100% cotton.

Infusible ink works best with Cricut products, however. 

Materials Needed For Infusible Ink Coasters

materials for infusible ink coasters

I’ll be using my Cricut Explore Air 2 machine in this tutorial, but this works with the Maker as well.

How To Slice In Design Space

For ready-to-cut coasters, Cricut Design Space has a ton of designs, just go to the Images tab on the left toolbar and type in Coasters.

Or you can choose to make your own like I did!

All of the designs I used on my coasters can be found in Design Space, I simply sliced the designs onto circles that were the same circumference as the infusible ink coasters…

screenshot of design space creating sliced images for coasters

To use this design I created in Design Space, click this link here!

To slice in Design Space, layer an image over another in Design Space.

If the top layer image is made up of multiple cuts, be sure to Weld it before slicing.

In these screenshots, you can tell the image has been welded because the ‘my heart sleeps by the sea‘ image goes from being two cuts with two different colors of blue to being one color after pressing the Weld button.

Center align the images (see screenshot below).

screenshot of centering an image over a shape in design space

Select both images together, and click the Slice button towards the bottom right.

design space screenshot of slicing an image

The image above has been sliced, and the negative has been drug away.

Delete the negatives from your Design Space canvas.

Size each coaster to 3.5 x 3.5.

design space screenshot of sizing round infusible ink coasters

Your coaster designs are all sliced and ready to go!

Cutting Infusible Ink

Once you’re ready to cut your infusible ink, select Make It.

Be sure to select Mirror before proceeding (see below).

design space screenshot showing how to mirror images before cutting

With your machine’s dial set to Custom, Design Space will ask you to select your custom material. Browse through the materials or type infusible ink in the search bar. Select Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet.

design space screenshot showing how to select a custom material before cutting

Double-check your settings before proceeding with the cut – there’s nothing like finishing a full cut on your project to realize you forgot to Mirror it!

For pressure, the default setting should suffice – unless you are working with a blade that needs replacing soon ;).

design space screenshot showing cut screen for infusible ink

Place an infusible ink transfer sheet onto your green StandardGrip mat with the ink side facing UP.

Load the mat into your machine, be sure that you have your fine-point blade and housing installed in clamp B, and proceed with cutting.

cutting infusible ink transfer sheets with fine point blade
closeup cutting infusible ink transfer sheets with fine point blade

Once your machine is done cutting, unload your mat and peel away the infusible ink transfer sheet from the mat.

remove infusible ink transfer sheet from mat after cutting

Cut away excess material with scissors.

cutting excess material away from cut design

Slightly bend the material to peel away the negative. You should only need your hands, and perhaps a pair of tweezers.

The transfer sheet is far thicker than a regular sheet of vinyl, so a weeder is not needed or helpful with this material.

weeding negatives from infusible ink transfer sheet

While you are weeding away the negatives, get your EasyPress 2 ready by preheating it to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and setting the timer to 240 seconds.

weeded infusible ink transfer sheets

Applying Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets

Once your transfer sheets are weeded and all negative design elements have been removed from the clear liner, it’s time to apply them to your coasters!

Wipe down your coasters with the lint-free cloth included in your infusible ink transfer sheet box to remove any dust or debris from coasters.

easypress mat and cardstock ready for infusible ink coasters

Lay down your EasyPress mat on your working surface and set a piece of white cardstock over top. This helps prevent any unwanted ink transfer from occurring on your mat. Lay your coasters on top of the cardstock sheet with the white ceramic facing UP.

infusible ink transfer sheets on top of cricut coasters

Place your coaster designs face DOWN onto the coaster surface. The shiny liner side will be facing UP.

Tape each infusible ink transfer sheet in place with heat resistant tape.

infusible ink transfer sheets taped onto coasters with heat resistant tape

The heat resistant tape helps keep the transfer sheet (and therefore the ink) in place and prevents it from sliding around on your coasters.

Now flip your coasters over so the bottoms are facing UP and the infusible ink transfer sheet is flat against the white cardstock. 

cricut coasters with infusible ink taped on face down on cardstock

Place your butcher paper on top of your coasters.

butcher paper on top of coasters before heat press is applied

Gently lay your pre-heated EasyPress 2 on top of your covered coasters with no added pressure for 240 seconds.

Try to keep the EasyPress steady as you place it on your coasters to avoid moving the ink around on the coaster.

cricut easypress 2 heating up infusible ink coasters

When your EasyPress 2 beeps, gently and slowly lift it from the coasters, making sure not to move anything underneath, even the butcher paper.

Allow coasters to cool completely before handling. Remove butcher paper, tape, and liners.

peel away transfer sheet from coaster once cooled
finished infusible ink ceramic coasters

Now that you’re all finished, admire your gorgeous finished coasters!

The ink really brightens up once the transfer is complete.

mermaid coasters made with cricut infusible ink

There are tons of different infusible ink patterns to choose from, from stripes and plaid to gorgeous rainbow colors and more!

I can see them expanding on their print and color availability soon, especially as they add more blanks to their stock.

closeup of cricut mermaid coasters

How To Clean Infusible Ink Coasters

closeup of cricut infusible ink mermaid coasters

Cricut recommends cleaning finished ceramic coasters with warm water and glass cleaner.

Be sure to avoid harsh scrubbers or abrasive sponges, etc. as this may scratch the design.

Thank you so much for reading – I hope you enjoyed this post and feel confident making your own infusible ink coasters.

If you make these, be sure to tag me on Instagram (@slayathomemother) so I can see your finished project!

*Post originally published February 2020, last updated March 2023.

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