This post on mistakes to avoid using Cricut Infusible Ink on Coasters is sponsored by Cricut. But I’d write it anyway, because I love this stuff!
The only thing I can say about the new Cricut Infusible Ink transfer paper on coasters is HOLY COW!!! I showed my first project to my friend Kim and she said, HOLY COW!! I showed the shiny new coasters to my husband and he said HOLY BOVINE! But he likes to be different.
My point is, with the Cricut Infusible Ink transfer paper, your iron on projects become extremely professional looking. Like out of this world can’t even believe it was a DIY professional looking. The slick shiny surface and vibrant inks make it look like you custom ordered them from somewhere. Seriously, no one is going to guess your coasters were DIYs when they take a look at them. Which makes them kind of invaluable–coasters are great for party favors and little gifts!
What do I need to use Cricut Infusible Ink on coasters?
Cricut Infusible Ink works on similar principles as sublimation transfers. The Cricut Infusible Ink transfer paper is really just that–a thick paper. Little beads of ink are stuck to the paper that is on a sticky backing. That backing is there so that it works similarly to vinyl–all your designs will stay in place after they are cut and you weed out the negative (or positive!) before you press your design. When you press with your Easy Press 2, the ink basically turns into a gas and resettles on the material you’re pressing to.
- Cricut Infusible Ink transfer paper
- Cricut ceramic coaster blanks
- White butcher paper, cut to be larger than the plate of your EasyPress
- White card stock
- Cricut heat-resistant tape
- Surf Coaster Project file in Cricut Design Space
Setting up your Surf Coaster Design in Design Space
Open up the Surf Coaster Project file in Cricut Design Space. This file is set up to cut to fit the Cricut ceramic coaster blanks, but feel free to use the cut files on any project you want! The images are all already merged, so all you have to do is click "Make" when you're ready to go.
I used the Cricut Infusible Ink transfer paper in Watercolor Splash and blue. If you're using mutiple colors, choose the images you want cut on different paper and make them the same color so the program separates them out before cutting.
Click “Make.” Mirror the image, first thing! This is still an iron on, so you'll need everything to be backwards on your transfer just like with iron-on vinyl. Select “Infusible Ink Transfer Paper” for your material.
Cut your Surf Coaster design
Place the Infusible Ink transfer paper on a green standard mat. You need a sticky one for this project! The ink on the transfer paper WILL rub off on your hands, so be careful when handling the paper. Your hands should be nice and clean with no lotion or oils. I've got a nice big smudge across one of my sheets because I touched it--don't let it happen to you!
Click the blinking "C" and cut your project!
Carefully peel the transfer paper from the cutting mat. I cut just the piece of paper I'm using before weeding for my project and save the rest for later.
Weeding Cricut Infusible Ink transfer paper
The Cricut Infusible Ink transfer paper doesn't weed at all like vinyl. You really don't need to use a hook to get out the pieces. Bend the paper a bit to where the pieces crack apart. This should loosen them up enough where you can pick the extra pieces out. A pair of tweezers might help for the itty bitty ones!
Conveniently, the paper is backed with a sticky plastic sheet so your design stays all in one place just like vinyl.
Applying Cricut Infusible Ink to Coaster blanks
Now for the fun part! Putting the image onto the coasters.
Take out one of the blank coasters and wipe it down with the lint-free cloth. This is important becasue you want any oil and dirt off the surface of the coaster.
Place the EasyPress Mat on the table, and cover it with a piece of white card stock.
Put the image that will be transferred onto the coaster plastic side down on the white card stock. Center the coaster on the image shiny white part down.
Fire Up the EasyPress!
Set the temperature of the EasyPress to 400 degrees.
You can press the transfer paper onto as mayn coasters as will fit wholly under your Easy Press at the same time. After you have your coasters set up, place a sheet of butcher paper on top of the coasters.
Put the EasyPress on top of all the coasters and set the timer for 240 seconds.
You don't need to apply pressure to the coasters, you can literally walk away until the EasyPress timer beeps. When it beeps, remove the EasyPress and let the coasters cool completely.
Once cool, remove the transfer paper from the coasters and they're ready for use!
Want to know more about what kind of projects you can do with Cricut Infusible Inks?