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Create a multi colored, patterened design for your next Disney project using the Cricut Infusible Ink Slice And Set method.
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Have you had a chance to use the new Infusible Ink products from Cricut yet?
I’ll admit that I was a bit intimidated at first. Thinking about what could go wrong and everything. But after making these Infusible Ink shirts for my daughters, I was amazed by the results and wanted to make more things!
I was excited to keep working with these products and I’ve found that the hardest part about crafting with them is deciding what to make and what Infusible Ink transfer sheets to use. But 2 of my favorite things, crafting and Disney can always be incorporated to create a fun project like this Minnie Mouse tote bag.
For this project you’ll need:
To make the Minnie ears and bow for this project I found a Minnie bow I liked with the Minnie zum zum cut file in Cricut Design Space. I turned off all the layers except the red part of the bow and the white part of the bow. Then I created Minnie ears using 3 circles I added using the shapes tool on the left hand side. Once I had the circles placed where I wanted, I selected all 3 and used the weld tool to make them one shape.
I used the white part of the bow and placed it on top of the Minnie ears I just created. Because I didn’t want to layer the Infusible Ink designs, I selected both the bow and the Minnie ears and used the slice tool to cut out the top of Minnie’s ears. Here’s a tip, always make sure you have a copy of the 2 items you are going to be slicing. You’ll see why in the next photo. This project had the red bow as the copy, so I didn’t need to make another.
Your sliced design will look like this, and you will see extra layers add to the layers panel on the right.
Move all the sliced pieces to the side and see which cut layers you want to keep. Delete any that are unwanted. Here you can see why you need a duplicate/copy of the designs you are slicing. If we didn’t have the red part of the bow, our bow would be in pieces and we’d have to undo the slice and do it all over again.
Move the bow into the sliced area of Minnie’s ears and delete any of the unwanted layers in the layers panel. Now you are ready to cut your design and there’s no need to do any layering on top of your Infusible Ink. You’ll be able to press the design all at one time for the best results.
Open up the Minnie Homegirl file in Cricut Design Space. Click customize and the design will open up onto your canvas. Resize the project to fit your tote bag. 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. No need to use the weeding tools for the larger part of the design. You can use your hands to 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.
See the video below on how to cut and apply the Infusible ink to your tote.
Set your Easy Press 2 to 385 degrees and timer to 40 seconds. Use a lint roller to remove any lint from your tote bag. Place a piece of clean cardstock inside your tote bag blank. Lay your weeded design face down onto the shirt where you want the design to be.
Cover your design with a piece of butcher 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 tote bag.
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 tote bag. 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.
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.