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Farmhouse Gift | Cricut Infusible Ink. Learn how to use the new Cricut Infusible Ink to create a rustic farmhouse coaster set and tote bag.
As many of you already know, we recently moved. We stayed in the same town but moved to a larger home with more land. When we moved many of our things didn’t fit properly in our new space, so we made changes to some of our furniture and home decor. It has taken some time to find my style, but I prefer a rustic farmhouse feel in our home. With moving on the brain, I thought it would be fun to create a housewarming gift with a rustic farmhouse feel using Cricut’s newest product Infusible Ink.
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What is Cricut Infusible Ink?
Infusible Ink is a permanent transfer medium that allows you to get professional-quality results at home. The infusible ink infuses into your base material to become a permanent part of your project. This product will not crack, flake, wrinkle, or peel like vinyl and iron-on sometimes can over time. Your finished project will not have any seams, edges, weight, or bulk added after using Infusible Ink and is perfectly smooth to the touch.
What Base Materials Can I Use with Infusible Ink?
Cricut has created a line of Infusible Ink compatible blanks that include coasters, t-shirts, tote bags, and baby onesies. Look for the compatibility badge when purchasing your supplies at Michaels.
What Types of Infusible Inks are Available?
Transfer Sheets. Pre-inked sheets are available in many different solid colors and patterns.
Pens and Markers. Choose from a variety of colors and two different line weights.
Where Can I Purchase Infusible Ink?
Infusible inks and blanks are available exclusively at Michaels.
Learn more at Cricut.com/infusible-ink
How to Create Rustic Farmhouse Gifts using Cricut Infusible Inks
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut EasyPress 2
- EasyPress Mat
- Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets, Warm Grey
- Ceramic Coaster Blanks
- Tote Bag Blank
- Butcher Paper
- White Cardstock
Create Farmhouse Coaster Design in Cricut Design Space
Start by creating the designs for both the round ceramic coasters and the tote bag in Cricut Design Space. There is an entire cartridge (Round Coasters) that is already sized perfectly to fit on the ceramic coaster blanks. It is included with a subscription to Cricut Access. I found one design that I liked on this cartridge – the Honeycomb Circle Coaster #MCFF5C8C.
I also wanted some cute farmhouse sayings and designs to add to my other three coasters. The Bless this Nest and Bless this Farm cartridges had so many cute designs! Once I had the designs chosen for the four coasters, I added them to my canvas by clicking Insert Images.
The coasters are 3.5″ in diameter. The honeycomb is already sized perfectly, but I needed to resize the other three images to fit. To do this, I added a circle from the Shapes tab in the design panel. I sized it to 3.5″. Then, I sized each image to fit inside the circle. Once I had them all sized correctly, I deleted the circle shape.
I plan to cut out all the designs from one gray Infusible Ink transfer sheet, rather than layering the designs with different colors as you see them. To do this, select each design and then select Weld in the layers panel to create a single customized image for each design.
Note: You may notice I deleted the hearts in the “welcome to our farmhouse”. It looked too busy for me with the hearts. If you want to do this with your design, delete any layers in the design BEFORE you click Weld.
Next, I changed the color to gray to match my infusible ink transfer sheet.
To easily change the rest of the designs to gray, click on Color Sync in the layers panel. Then drag each design into the gray layer.
Create Farmhouse Tote Bag Design in Cricut Design Space
Next, it was time to add my design for the tote bag. My bag is 14″ x 14″. I also wanted to use the same gray infusible ink sheet for the bag. I found a cute design in the Bless this Nest cartridge that says “Welcome to Our Farmhouse”. Size the design to be smaller than your EasyPress 2. My EasyPress 2 is the small one that is 6″ x 7″ so I made sure my design was smaller than 6″.
Helpful Tip: With infusible ink, you do not want to press over the same area more than once or the design can lose some of its vibrancy. Having the largest EasyPress 2 allows you to create the largest designs using Infusible Ink.
Again, for this design, I used the Weld tool to simplify my design and the Color Sync tool to make sure all my project pieces were the same color and would, therefore, cut from the same sheet of Infusible Ink.
Cricut Design Space File: Farmhouse Gift
If you don’t want to design your own coasters and tote bag, simply click the link above to be taken straight to the finished design!
How to Cut Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets
Now that we have completed the designs, it is time to cut them out using the Cricut Maker. You can also cut these with any machine that uses Cricut Design Space.
Before handling any infusible ink materials, wash your hands so they are free from oil and lotions, and be sure to dry them thoroughly to prevent the ink from transferring to your hands.
Click the Make It button. On the mat preview page, click Mirror so that your image is reversed. This is especially important for designs that contain text or a design that can only be cut in one direction. Click Continue.
Connect your machine. I am using the Cricut Maker for this project. Set your material to Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet which can be found under the Iron-On category.
Make sure you have the Fine Point Blade installed. Place your Infusible Ink transfer sheet on a StandardGrip mat liner side down. Load the mat into your machine and click the flashing Go button.
Do not use weeding tools with Infusible Ink projects.
Once the designs have been cut out, peel the mat away from the infusible ink transfer sheet. Cut around each design to separate them.
Roll the cut design to make the cut lines more visible. Use your fingers or tweezers to remove the negative pieces from your design. Trim the liner to make sure it does not extend beyond your EasyPress 2 plate.
How to Use Infusible Ink with Ceramic Coasters
Use the interactive Heat Guide to choose your heat-transfer material and base material to determine the recommended settings. You will see for the ceramic coasters you will set the EasyPress 2 at 400° for 240 seconds.
Helpful Tip: Below the temperature and time settings, you will find a wealth of helpful information on how to apply the infusible ink to your blank.
Start by wiping each coaster with a lint-free cloth.
In the following order stack your materials from bottom to top:
- EasyPress Mat
- White cardstock
- Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet design, face-up (liner side down)
- Cricut Ceramic Coaster Blank, face down
- Butcher paper
- Cricut EasyPress 2
Start by placing white cardstock on your EasyPress mat. This will prevent any color from transferring to the mat. Place the design face down on the coaster with the liner side up, and then flip the whole thing over and place it on the mat and cardstock. The bottom of the coaster will now be facing up.
Place a sheet of butcher paper on top of your design that is bigger than your EasyPress 2 plate. Set the EasyPress 2 on top of the stack and press the Go button. Do not touch the EasyPress 2 until it beeps and then carefully lift it off the stack.
*You may notice that my EasyPress 2 shows 390° in the picture. It will heat back up to 400° as it works. Simply leave it and it will self-adjust.
Allow the coaster to cool completely before handling. Slowly remove the butcher paper and liner once the coaster is cool.
*It took my coaster over 6 minutes before I could handle it.
It is not recommended to re-use the butcher paper or cardstock for another project, as the ink could transfer to the new project from the previous one. Butcher paper comes with each package of Infusible Ink transfer sheets.
Repeat this process for the other three coasters.
How to Use Infusible Ink with Tote Bags
Use the interactive Heat Guide to choose your heat-transfer material and base material to determine the recommended settings. You will see for the tote bag you will set the EasyPress 2 at 385° for 40 seconds.
Place your EasyPress mat with a sheet of white cardstock on top inside your tote bag.
Use a lint roller over the entire surface. Small debris or fibers can create an inconsistent design.
Cover the tote with butcher paper and preheat the tote for 15 seconds to remove unwanted moisture and remove wrinkles. Allow the tote to cool before placing your Infusible Ink design.
Place the design on the tote with the liner facing up. Cover the design with butcher paper larger than the EasyPress 2 plate and press using light pressure. When finished carefully lift the EasyPress 2 off the stack without shifting the design or butcher paper. Let the project cool completely and remove butcher paper and clear liner.
Cricut Infusible Ink is such a great way to create custom and professional-looking projects. This farmhouse gift bag and coaster set would be perfect as a housewarming gift to someone that decorates with a rustic or farmhouse style. You can package it all up and place everything inside the tote bag.
Housewarming farmhouse gift ideas to add with tote and coasters:
- Bottle of wine or sparkling cider to celebrate
- Small houseplant
- Paper plates and plastic cutlery to give them a dishes free night
- Scented candle or wax melts
Cricut Infusible Ink FAQs
Can I use any blank to transfer Infusible Ink? The short answer is no, it is not recommended. I would hate for you to waste material trying something that may not work.
The Infusible Ink heat-transfer process requires specially engineered polymer or polyester-based substrates, materials that have been manufactured to receive the ink as a permanent bond. 100% cotton fabrics will not work with Infusible Inks.
Can I use both Infusible Ink and Iron On for the same project? Yes! Iron On should be layered on top of the Infusible Ink design.
Can I re-use my Infusible Ink design? No. Once it has been heat transferred to your base material, the ink has been permanently transferred to your blank.
How do I care for my ceramic coasters? Wash with warm water and glass cleaner. Do not use scrubbing pads.
How do I care for my tote? Machine wash inside out with cold water and mild detergent. Tumble dry low or line dry. Do not use fabric softener, dryer sheets or bleach.
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