This tutorial will help you take your DIY graphic t-shirts to a whole new level using the new Cricut Infusible Ink products.
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I was super excited to try out the Cricut Infusible Ink as soon as it hit Michael’s stores. Choosing what to buy was the hardest part. There are so many amazing products in the new Infusible Ink line. But if you know me, you know I love a good DIY shirt.
I narrowed it down to making a shirt for each of my daughters. Probably because I knew they would love it and more importantly, be willing to model them for me. 🙂 My son is a getting a little too old for that kind of thing anymore.
I’ll admit that I was a bit intimidated at first. Thinking about what could go wrong and everything. But the results were amazing and by following the instructions, the project turned out perfect.
For this project you’ll need:
Cricut Explore Air 2 or other cutting machine
Cricut Infusible Ink Shirt
Grab the Mermaid SVG cut files from the Liz on Call Shop. Unzip the files and upload the SVG to Cricut Design Space. Resize the design to fit on the shirt blank. I recommend using the specific Cricut Infusible Ink blanks when first trying the product. When you use these specific materials, you have the best chance at good results.
Once you have your design just how you want it, click make it. Choose the mirror image button on the mat screen so the design will be backward. Lay the Infusible Ink transfer sheet FACE UP on the cutting mat. (not to be confused with iron on vinyl where we lay it face down.) Load the mat into the machine.
Choose Infusible Ink transfer as the cutting material. You can browse all materials and find it there. Press the blinking go button to cut your design.
Unload the mat once the machine is done cutting the design. Use the weeding tools and carefully remove the part of the transfer sheet that you do not want in the design. The Infusible Ink is a lot stiffer than vinyl and weeds a bit differently. Just go slow and weed it on a flat surface.
How to Apply Cricut Infusible Ink to a Shirt
Set your Easy Press 2 to 385 degrees and timer to 40 seconds. Use a lint roller to remove any lint from your shirt. Place a piece of clean cardstock inside your shirt blank. Lay your weeded design face down onto the shirt where you want the design to be.
Cover your design with a piece of buter paper. Each package of Infusible Ink comes with a couple pieces of butcher paper. Place the Easy Press 2 on top of the butcher paper and set the timer. Only give the Easy Press a little bit of pressure and keep it as still as possible.
After the timer is done, place the Easy Press back in it’s holder and slowly remove the butcher paper. Let the Infusible Ink transfer sheet cool completely before removing it from the shirt.
I was super impressed and amazed at the results of the Cricut Infusible Ink.
The colors are so vibrant once they are ironed on and applied to the shirt. You can see the difference between the transfer sheet and the finished design in this picture. Isn’t it amazing?!?!
It may seem like a lot of extra steps, and things to remember, but it is really simple and you will be so pleased with the results.
I know these two mermaid fans sure loved these shirts. And looked adorable modeling them. The Cricut shirts are super soft and comfy too.
Have you tried Cricut Infusible Ink yet? What questions do you have about the product? I’d love to help you in anyway so you can start making some awesome shirts, coasters and totes using this amazing product.
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