What is great about Cricut Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets is that you can easily do you own ink transfers at home, without needing a dedicated sublimation printer, transfer paper, or sublimation ink.
It makes sublimation (or sublimation-like) printing much more accessible to home crafters.
Where To Buy Cricut Infusible Ink
Cricut Infusible Ink is on sale now, exclusively at Michaels.com. Until 1st October 2019 it will only be available at Michaels, after which time it’s assumed it will be for sale at all the usual outlets (Amazon, Cricut.com, JOANN’s, etc).
For the transfer to be successful, it needs to be done at 385°F.
The EasyPress 1 (the blue one) does not reach 400°, so it’s not ideal for this type of transfer. You can still use the original EasyPress, but the results are unlikely to be as good. The EasyPress 2 does reach 400° and is therefore best for Infusible Ink transfers.
Most (if not all) heat press machines reach 400°+ and are also good for these transfers. Take a look at this list of best heat press machines for some examples of what you can use.
You will not be able to effectively use an iron for this product. You cannot set the temperature accurately, and most won’t even reach 400°!
Infusible Ink Vs Iron On
These ink transfer sheets are similar to iron-on sheets in many ways, but very different in others.
They are loaded into your Cricut machine the same way, and the design is cut in reverse as you would with HTV. And, of course, Infusible Ink is also applied with heat.
The BIG difference is that iron on vinyl is vinyl! And vinyl sits on top of the t-shirt or other substrate. Infusible Ink is ink! And that transfers (or infuses) into the fabric itself.
It does not sit on top of the substrate, but becomes one with it. You cannot feel any ridges or texture if you run your hand across the applied transfer.
So, they are two very different products, and can even both be used in the same design. You can layer Cricut iron-on over top of an infusible ink transfer (as was shown in the FB live stream embedded above).
How To Use Cricut Infusible Ink
A bunch of Cricut experts got early access to test and promote the new Infusible Ink products. Here are a few of the best clips from YouTube Cricut.
From Lorrie Nunemaker – starting from where she begins her Cricut Infusible Ink tote bag project tutorial.
From Holly Mostella making an Infusible Ink t-shirt.
How To Use Infusible Ink Markers with Ken’s Kreations.
So all of those videos should give you a good idea as to what infusible ink is, and what it can do!