How to Use Infusible Ink Pens
Infusible ink pens are fantastic for adding depth and vibrant colors to your artwork, however, on the outside, using infusible ink markers can seem like a confusing task.
Well, no need to fear, this post includes easy steps that you can follow to feel more confident about using these ink pens and markers for your arts and crafts projects.
Let’s get started…
Infusible Ink Materials Needed
- LightGrip Mat
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut EasyPress Mat
- Cricut EasyPress or a heat press (it’s best not to use a regular iron)
- Materials for the base (such as clothing)
- Butcher paper
- Laser copy paper
- Heat resistant tape
- Cricut transfer sheet
- Cricut ink pens and markers
- Lint roller
When it comes to heating tools, many artists are fans of the EasyPress 2. It can be heated up to an impressive 400 degrees, which makes it ideal for infusible ink pens. You can also achieve more vibrancy throughout your work with this heat press. If you don’t have access to this, using a standard heat press is a good alternative.
As far as your base materials go, it’s best to use fabrics that are blank. These can include T-shirts, coasters, tote bags, and more. Another important element to consider is that the base material must be coated in polyester or poly-coated material.
Using Cricut Infusible Ink Markers
- Begin by selecting one of the infusible ink-compatible blanks and use Design Space to create your design.
- Make sure that you size the image correctly so that it fits properly to the infusible ink transfer sheet and your chosen heat plate or Cricut EasyPress.
- You can then use Cricut Make or Cricut Explore with your infusible ink pen to create the laser-drawn design on paper.
- The image is then to be transferred onto your base material using your heat press.
So, that wraps up our post about how to use Cricut infusible ink pens. We hope that you’re feeling more assured about how infusible ink works so that you can start having fun with infusible ink projects.
Knowing about Cricut infusible ink pens and markers, means that you can start using your Cricut cutting machine to create all kinds of projects, including ceramic coasters, a T-shirt design, and a tote bag, among other Cricut projects, so start a project today and have fun.
Also read: How to Set Permanent Marker on Fabric
What’s the difference between infusible markers and infusible ink pens?
The main difference between infusible markers and infusible ink pens is the size of the nib. Most infusible markers have a tip that’s 0.44mm to allow for clear and thin lines. The ink pens have thicker nibs of 1mm to create thicker lines.
Both the pens work the same on infusible ink sheets. They just provide you with more control over how thick or thin you want lines to be on the laser printer paper.
Is laser copy paper necessary when using a Cricut machine?
If you want to achieve the most vibrant colors, it’s best to use laser paper compared to regular printer paper. This is because laser paper is specifically designed to handle high temperatures from heat presses without compromising on quality.
Is the image reversed when using infusible ink transfer sheets?
Yes, when you begin your infusible ink project, the Cricut infusible ink image is reversed. Therefore, you need to be wary of this when it comes to drawing your design or writing words/phrases.
You can create your Cricut infusible ink design, upload it directly to Cricut Design Space and have the design mirrored so that the system can draw it to face the right way.
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