Cricut Infusible Ink Review: What Is It? FAQ & Where To Buy

Cricut Infusible Ink is a fun new way of making heat transfer at home!

 

There are a range of different Infusible Ink products:

  • Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets
  • Infusible Ink Pens & Markers
  • Cricut Infusible Ink Blanks

 

Let’s take a look at what they’re all about!

 

Cricut Infusible Ink

 

cricut infusible ink review

 

Infusible Ink Transfer sheets are cut and pressed similar to iron on vinyl, but have a different look and feel when applied. They are basically pre-printed sublimation transfer sheets, which must be transferred onto polyester garments or poly-coated blanks.

 

Infusible Ink Markers and Pens are used to draw your own designs on laser copy paper. Go freehand or use your Cricut Maker or Explore Air 2 to draw a design for you!

 

Cricut have also released a selection of Infusible Ink Blanks. Only certain substrates can be used with Cricut Infusible Ink, and Cricut blanks are perfect!

 

While these products are not a totally new product, they are certainly an innovation on a long used and much loved method of t shirt printing.

 

 

Cricut Infusible Ink is great because you can sublimate without a printer! 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.

 

Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets

 

cricut infusible ink 4 pack sheets 4 Pack Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets

 

With 8+ four packs of Cricut Ink Transfer Sheets, there are plenty of colors & designs to choose from. Each 4 pack contains 2 solid sheets & 2 patterned sheets.
infusible ink sheets 2 pack 2 Pack Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets

 

With 18+ two pack of Cricut Infusible Ink Sheets, there is a wide variety of projects you can do. Each 2 pack contains 1 solid sheet & 1 patterned sheet.

 

Infusible Ink Pens & Markers

 

What’s the difference between Infusible Ink Pens & Markers? The Markers draw a thicker line (1.0), and the pens a thinner line (0.4).

cricut ink pens Infusible Ink Basics Pens & Markers

 

The Cricut Infusible Ink Basics Pens & Markers contains 5 colors at this stage: Cardinal, Black, Ultraviolet, Tawny, Bright Green.
cricut ink pens Infusible Ink Neons Pens & Markers

 

The Cricut Infusible Ink Neons Pens & Markers contains 5 colors: Neon Pink, Neon Blue, Neon Orange, Neon Yellow, and Neon Green.

 

Infusible Ink Apparel

 

The range of official Cricut Blank Clothing (compatible with Infusible Ink) is:

  • Cricut Baby Bodysuit in 3 sizes: 0-3 mnths, 3-6 mnths, 6-9 mnths
  • Crew neck men’s blank tees in 5 sizes: small – XX large
  • V-neck women’s blank tees in 5 sizes: small – XX large
  • Crew neck youth tee in 3 sizes: small, medium, large

 

cricut blank t shirts Blank Tees For Infusible Ink

 

The Cricut Infusible Ink Apparel Range has been specially made to work with Infusible Ink Sheets, Pens, and Markers. Check out the range of women’s, men’s, and youth tees. Prices vary.
cricut blank onesies Blank Onesies For Infusible Ink

 

The Cricut Infusible Ink Blank Baby Bodysuits has also been made especially for Infusible Ink Transfers. Made from 95% polyester and 5% spandex.

 

Infusible Ink Blank Tote Bags

 

There are two sizes of blank Cricut Tote Bag (not to be confused with the Cricut storage totes):

  • Medium Cricut Tot
  • Large Cricut Tote

 

medium infusible ink tote Medium Blank Cricut Tote

 

The medium blank Cricut Tote Bag is 100% polyester and perfectly suited for Infusible Ink Transfers. Tan in color and measuring 14 x 14 inches.
large blank cricut tote Large Blank Cricut Tote

 

The large blank Cricut Tote Bag is the same as the medium, but measures 19 x 14 inches. Make an amazing gift for your friends!

 

Blank Cricut Coasters

 

The Cricut Coaster Blanks are available in two different shapes and can be decorated with both the Infusible Ink Sheets & Infusible Ink Pens & Markers.

  • Ceramic Round Cricut Coaster Blanks
  • Cork-Backed Square Cricut Coaster Blanks

 

blank cricut coasters circle Round Blank Cricut Coasters

 

The round Cricut Coasters come in a four pack and have a 3.6 inch diameter. The are white ceramic and are easily customized with Infusible Ink Transfers.
cricut coasters square blanks Square Blank Cricut Coasters

 

The square Cricut Coasters also come as a four pack. They are white, sized 3.75 x 3.75 inches, and have a cork backing.

 

Cricut Heat Tape

 

The final product in the Cricut Infusible Ink range is heat resistant tape. This is used for holding transfers in place while the transfers are applied with an EasyPress or Heat Press.

cricut heat tape

 

Cricut Heat Tape is transparent blue in color, 0.75 inches wide, and comes in rolls 54 feet long. It does not leave a residue, and can be used for all sorts of heat transfer projects, not just Infusible Ink ones.

 

Infusible Ink Examples

 

Here is the 15 minute launch live stream from Facebook – it has a ton of examples and a demonstration on how to use Cricut Infusible Ink transfers.

 

 

There already looks to be a great range of colorful patterns and designs to choose from, and no doubt there will be plenty more in the future.

 

Cricut infusible ink transfers

Source: Cricut

 

You can see in this image the sheet of transfer paper at the back. Using either your Cricut Explore or Maker (or even a Silhouette machine), you cut the design into the transfer.

 

The design is then applied to a suitable blank using a heat press or the EasyPress 2.

 

Infusible Ink FAQs

 

Can I Use Other Blanks With Cricut Infusible Ink?

Cricut recommend using their own range of blanks, but you should be able to use any sublimation blanks with Infusible Ink.

 

You can use polyester t-shirts or onesies. The higher the polyester count the better. Cricut’s blank garments tend to be 95% polyester, 5% spandex.

Can I Use The EasyPress 1?

Yes, but the original EasyPress does not reach the ideal temperature, so results will vary.

 

The EasyPress 2 does reach 400 degrees, and is perfect for these transfers.

What Else Do I Need To Use Infusible Ink?

There is quite a list of things that you need to use this product, many of which you will already have if you’ve been crafting with Cricut for any length of time:

  • Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore cutting machine
  • StandardGrip cutting mat
  • Cricut EasyPress 2 or heat press machine
  • EasyPress Mat
  • Cricut Blank (compatible with Infusible Ink)
  • Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets
  • Laser copy paper (for use with markers)
  • Butcher paper (included with transfer sheets)
  • Cardstock (80 lb.), White (colored cardstock not recommended)
  • Lint-free cloth (for coaster blank projects)
  • Lint roller (for apparel & tote blank projects)
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Design Space® software on mobile device or computer
Can I Use Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets With Silhouette

There is no reason why you would not be able to use your Cricut Transfer Sheets with a Silhouette cutting machine.

Can I Use This On Dark Colors?

No, you are unable to press this type of transfer onto dark garments or other substrates. It needs to be a white polyester tee (baby onesie, etc.) or poly coated product.

 

What Heat Press For Infusible Ink?

 

cricut infusible ink easypress 2

 

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!

 

Thanks for visiting and checking out this information on Cricut Infusible Ink. Please leave any comments or questions down below!

 

 

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