I’ve been so giddy about the new Cricut Infusible Ink that I’ve been in a flurry of t-shirt making. Sounds like a crazy weekend, eh? 😄
So far I’ve made shirts in a variety of fabric types and colors… with varying results.
I’ll show you what has worked for me and what hasn’t.
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Cricut Infusible Ink Now Available in Store! Only at Michaels.
Cricut Releases Infusible Ink & Blanks
When Cricut debuted the Infusible Ink, only at Michaels stores, they also released their first line of blanks. They include white t-shirts, white baby onesies, white tote bags, and white round and square coasters. So immediately the creative brat in me wanted to try it out on different colors.
But I wanted to start with the way it was intended… with some beautiful mermaid scale Infusible Ink on a Cricut white t-shirt. This shirt is a Women’s Medium and it was $10 at Michaels.👇
After just one project, I knew I was absolutely in love with Infusible Ink.
Unlike heat transfer vinyl, that sort of sits on top of the fabric, and screen printing ink, that can feel kind of stiff, infusible ink is heat pressed INTO the fabric. It literally becomes part of the shirt and you don’t feel anything but the fabric. It looks like you bought the shirt right off the rack at a clothing store.
You can see my full review and step-by-step tutorial on using Infusible Ink here.
What blanks should you use?
Because I want your projects to be as beautiful as possible, I will tell you that Cricut Infusible Ink was created specifically to be used with the Cricut blanks, so you will get the best results using their blanks.
From Cricut’s Infusible Ink FAQ:
Can I use blanks without the Infusible Ink compatibility badge?
>>We do not recommend it – we’d feel terrible if you wasted good money trying products that were not designed to work together. We designed the Infusible Ink system – and rigorously tested it – to ensure that you get the very best results for every project. Infusible Ink designs are guaranteed to create permanent transfers on all blanks bearing the Infusible Ink compatibility badge. Using generic blanks (blanks without the compatibility badge) may compromise your results.
>>Cricut Infusible Ink FAQ
What blanks can you use?
As someone who wants to save as much money as I can, while still making beautiful projects, I will always look for the most cost-effective blanks. I also wanted to have a little fun with different colors and fabrics. So I’ve also done projects with good quality shirts I bought at Goodwill for $3 each.
My aim is to show you the different ways I am experimenting with Cricut Infusible Ink. I always strive to accurately show you the outcome of each of my projects. But I, in no way, guarantee that your projects will turn out like mine.
If you are using any product outside the way it was intended by the manufacturer, results will vary and it is always a risk. I would suggest starting small, with blanks that you can make mistakes on, to avoid wasting time and money.
Getting the best results on colored fabrics
I quickly learned it’s no coincidence that the new Cricut blanks are all white, because…
Cricut Infusible Ink shows up best with the darkest ink on the lightest fabrics. You’ll see why in the examples below.
Pink Fabric + Patterned Infusible Ink = Success
This pink Justice t-shirt is 60% cotton and 40% polyester.
I cut and pressed the Infusible Ink the same way I did on the white t-shirt as seen in this tutorial.
I really liked the finished product. And my daughter loved this Mermaid Mode design! ❤️
️>>> Click here to get the Mermaid Mode SVG. <<<
>>> Click here to get the Mermaid Rainbow Infusible Ink pack. <<<
The ink is not as vibrant on the pink shirt as it was on the white. But I still love the look of it.
Black Fabric + Patterned Infusible Ink = Fail
I tried the same mermaid scale patterned Infusible Ink on this black shirt that’s 65% polyester and 35% rayon.
I cut the design and pressed it onto the shirt the same way as the others…
But… as you can see below, it was a total fail. The ink apparently just sunk right into the black fabric and could hardly be seen.
Light Blue Fabric + Black Infusible Ink = Success
This blue shirt was my first project with solid black Infusible Ink. You can find it here.
It was also my first 100% cotton shirt.
Take Note – The black Infusible Ink looks brown before you use it, but just like the patterned ink did, it became much darker and more vivid when heat pressed.
I was super happy with this project. The black color was strong and clear and the shirt looks great!
Again, a disclaimer. Cricut recommends NOT using Infusible Ink on Cotton. I am showing you the success of my attempt but I, in no way, guarantee that your results would be the same.
From Cricut’s Infusible Ink FAQ:
Can I transfer Infusible Ink designs to 100% cotton bases?
>>No, Infusible Ink designs will not transfer to 100% cotton. 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. As we grow our list of compatible Infusible Ink blanks, they will come in a variety of fiber and material compositions. So long as you see the Infusible Ink compatibility badge on the packaging, you’ll be good to go!
>>Cricut Infusible Ink FAQ
Orange Fabric + Black Infusible Ink = Success
This orange shirt with black fabric turned out great as well. The shirt is 65% polyester and 35% rayon.
Cricut has also released other blanks including:
They also have Infusible Ink markers.
I’m looking forward to trying the Infusible Ink on more colors and fabrics. Stay tuned for a post on activewear designs.
I’m also looking forward to seeing how the ink holds up after being washed and dried.
In the meantime, here are the care instructions suggested by Cricut:
- 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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