Sublimation Coaster Magic: Create Your Own Infusible Ink Coasters – A Cricut DIY Guide
Welcome back, crafty friends! It’s Tammie Ann here with another exciting project for you all. Today, we’re diving into the world of Cricut crafting, creating something that not only bookworms will adore but also anyone who loves a personalized touch in their home decor. We’re making Cricut Infusible Ink Coasters, and our theme? Reading and libraries! 📚
Coasters are more than just practical; they’re little canvases where you can express your creativity. And with Cricut Infusible Ink, the possibilities are endless. Imagine sipping your coffee while resting it on a coaster that flaunts your favorite book quote or showcases an iconic library. Isn’t that delightful?
Watch the YouTube Step-by-Step video.
The Magic of Cricut Infusible Ink
If you’re new to Infusible Ink, you’re in for a treat. Unlike vinyl or heat transfers that stick on top of your material, Infusible Ink becomes one with it, giving you a smooth, professional finish. And guess what? No peeling or cracking over time!
Tam Tip: Choose designs or quotes that resonate with your personality. It’s all about making something that speaks to you (or your gift recipient)!
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Materials You’ll Need:
- Cricut machine (any model that suits you) – Maker series, Explore series, Joy Xtra and Venture
- Infusible ink transfer sheets (choose colors & designs that match your theme) – I used a watercolor set in the video. Other options
- Compatible blank coasters. I’m using the 4 pack of Cricut coasters.
- Heat press of your choice: I’ve got the Easypress 2
- Heat resistant mat
- Heat resistant gloves
- 1 Piece of disposable cardstock
- Butcher paper
- Heat resistant tape
- Standard (green) Grip Mat – 12 x 12
- Weeding tool
- Sharp Scissors (I love Fiskars SoftGrip Micro-Tip’s)
- Self-healing mat
- Design Library File #52
Overview of the Process:
- Design Selection: Head over to the Tammie Ann Creative library for three free library / reading designs. I’ll also be showing you how to select a design directly from Cricut Design Space (in the video). Here, you’ll find a plethora of designs. For my theme, think bookish quotes, iconic library images and cozy reading. The sky’s the limit for what themes you can create coaster for!
- Cutting the Infusible Ink: Once your design is ready, let your Cricut machine work its magic. Remember, Infusible Ink sheets are mirrored when cut – a crucial step!
- Weeding: Gently weed out the excess ink parts, leaving your desired design intact.
- Prepping the Coaster: Make sure your coaster is clean and free from any debris. I use a lint free cloth and a sticky lint roller.
- The Transfer: Position your design on the coaster, ink side down towards the glossy side. You can use heat resistant tape to keep it in place.
- Heat Press Time: Follow the specific temperature and time settings for your Infusible Ink and coaster type. This is where the magic happens! If using Cricut Infusible Ink transfer sheets, follow the Cricut Heat Guide. Depending on what heat press you have your directions can be different. I have the Cricut Easypress 2. For that I’m doing 400 deg for 240 seconds. If you have the original Easypress you will probably be doing 360 degrees for 300 seconds. If you’re using a different companies ink it oftentimes will have directions on the packaging.
- The Reveal: Once cooled, peel off the sheet to reveal your stunning, personalized coaster.
Have you thought about creating a personalized mug to go with your coaster? Cricut has mug press as well. I’ve got one and love it.
Why This Project Rocks:
- It’s a fabulous way to combine your love for crafting and a theme you love.
- You end up with a functional piece of art.
- These coasters can be great conversation starters.
- The durability of Infusible Ink means your coasters will look fantastic for ages.
- Your friends and family will love having something unique to their personality and made by you.
Tam Tip: Experiment with colors and patterns. Infusible Ink offers a range of options, so mix and match to create something unique!
I hope this project sparks your imagination and gets those creative juices flowing. Remember, the theme I chose is just a starting point. Feel free to tailor it to you or your friends’ interests. I can’t wait to see the fantastic coasters you all come up with!
Don’t forget to check out my YouTube video for a more in-depth walkthrough of each step. Happy crafting, and until next time, keep creating with joy and passion!