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We’ve all had that one shirt that you accidentally put in the dryer and it comes out with the graphic all cracked. That is vinyl and it’s amazing but want to know what’s more amazing? Infusible ink and the Cricut EasyPress, it is probably one of the most mind-blowingly fun machines and mediums yet.
With Zoe’s 5th birthday rounding the corner, I wanted to make this one she’d never forget. A T-shirt that can withstand the dryer was a must. Infusible Ink is flake-proof, peel proof and wash-proof meaning the Infusible Ink heat transfers are permanently infused into your base material, did I mention no wrinkling – ever!
This year, Zoe chose to go with the theme of a Princess party, go figure right? Zoe loves all things pink and purple and if it glitters, even better! So together, we chose to go with the Patterns, Mermaid Rainbow Cricut Infusible Ink as it had the gradient pink/purple, the mermaid scales, and all the colors that a little princess loves. Wait until you see what we made with the Cricut Maker.
Knowing Zoe, this is going to be a shirt that makes it into her regular rotation. This means we were going to need something that would be able to withstand school life. I cannot say enough good things about Infusible Ink and how easy it was to use the Cricut EasyPress. I can totally see why they named it that.
If we’re being completely honest here, my only complaint is that you cannot make MORE. Because unlike vinyl where you can pretty much apply it to anything the Infusible Ink must be applied to the Infusible Ink compatible blanks such as T-shirts, tote bags, and coasters, that are specially engineered and thoroughly tested to work with all Cricut Infusible Ink products.
So you want to make sure that when you are doing a project with the Infusible Ink, that you check to ensure the Infusible Ink Compatibility badge is on the packaging! Because it’s such an incredible process, I’m impatiently waiting for Cricut to release more of the compatible products. But for now, you can bet that I’ll be thoroughly enjoying the T-shirts, totes, and coasters.
I will fully admit that at first I was extremely intimidated by the Cricut EasyPress and the Infusible Inks, however, I assure you that you have nothing to worry about. If you’ve worked the vinyl, you’ll be fine. You’re essentially still doing all the same things that you did with the vinyl but adding two small steps.
So how do you make a Princess Shirt with the Cricut EasyPress & Infusible Ink?
Step 1: Design and cut!
Open up Cricut Design Space on your computer or mobile and search for ‘princess’ under images, you may have to scroll down a bit. Adjust your size to how large you’d like it for the Youth small, I have it sized at 6.074 x 1.147. Then type in crown under images, again, you may have to scroll a bit! To match the size of ‘princess’ I have the crown sized at 2.08 x 1.643 and place it on the left-hand side above the P or wherever you’d like it to be.
Be sure to turn on “mirror image” as, like vinyl, Infusible Ink is cut on a liner, so it must be mirrored before cutting. Since I wanted to use the same sheet for both the crown and princess, I moved them both to the same matt in Cricut Design Space.
Connect your Cricut Maker, Select Infusible Ink as your material. Place the transfer sheet onto your Standard Grip mat and load into your machine.
Step 2: Weeding
Just like you would with vinyl, however you can use your hands. You may want to use tweezers on a more delicate design but for this one, you can just use your hands. Additionally, make sure that your hands are clean AND dry!
Step 3: Apply your design to shirt!
Preheat your Cricut EasyPress to the Heat Setting guide. For the Infusible Ink, you’ll want to preheat to 385F with a timer of 40 seconds. Place your shirt on the EasyPress mat, and insert plain white cardstock into the shirt. This ensures that the color does not transfer through to the backside of shirt and also protects your mat.
Two really important steps that you DO NOT want to skip
- Use a lint remover to ensure that there is no lint or debris on your shirt.
- Place the butcher paper that comes with your transfer sheet onto the shirt. Preheat the shirt for 15 seconds BEFORE you apply the design, which will remove any wrinkles.
After you have preheated your shirt, remove the butcher paper and place your images face side down with the clear liner up. Place the butcher paper onto the shirt with design and then place the Cricut EasyPress onto the butcher paper and press the flashing Cricut button to turn on the timer for 40 seconds.
Step 4: Allow the liner to cool down completely before removing it. Completely remove the liner ensuring the paper comes with it and VOILA… One purple and pink princess shirt fit for the finest of royalty!
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