The craft world has just exploded with options with the new Cricut Infusible Ink! Heat transfer just got a lot more exciting with Infusible Ink options for transfer sheets that are beautiful patterns and solids as well as pens and markers! Let’s dig in!

This post may contain affiliate links. Using these links I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.

This post answers many FAQ’s for Infusible Ink and will get you comfortable with how it works and why it’s great! Detailed tutorials on how to cut and apply Infusible Ink along with project ideas will be next up in this series!

Click Here for Cricut Tutorials, Free Cut Files, Cricut Projects and more

Infusible Ink Basics

What is Infusible Ink?

Infusible ink is a new way to heat transfer personalized designs onto T-shirts, totes, coasters and more! You get professional-level results at home!

Unlike regular iron-on where you are applying a thin plastic layer on top of your blank (shirt, tote, etc) using heat to melt adhesive, Infusible Ink is actually infusing an ink layer INTO your project blank!

There is no bulk or layer separation, just seamless design! Bonus: The colors are bright and vibrant and amazing and the design can stretch and move with fabric! No more cracking, peeling or those pesky wrinkles! Even more, it’s absolutely permanent so wash away!

What Materials are there for Infusible Ink?

The Infusible Ink line contains two types of ink transfer.

The first is through Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets. These are similar to a sheet of regular iron on. There is the ink layer and a carrier layer.

The second is through Infusible Ink pens and markers. You may use your Cricut machine to draw designs or draw them by hand on laser copy paper and then transfer over to your project.

Cricut Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets and Cricut Infusible Ink Pens and Markers

How Does Infusible Ink Work?

Infusible Ink transfers the design by a simple chemical reaction started with high heat. {Yes, my chemical engineering degree is coming in handy} The high heat from the EasyPress 2 causes the ink transfer sheet or dried ink from the pens to change from solid to a gas without stepping through the liquid state!

What are the differences between Infusible Ink & Iron-on?

Once applied, Infusible Ink is seamless and can stretch easily with your fabric and is permanent. No peeling, cracking or flaking.

Iron on can be used on almost any type of fabric and on any color.

Infusible Ink needs a light garment and must be used on high polyester count materials only. Cricut offers blanks that have been rigorously tested.

If you need a specialty finish such as holographic, glitter or metallic you will need to use iron on. While Infusible ink has patterns and solids, it does not work with specialty finishes.

Iron-on may be applied with a household iron, an EasyPress or EasyPress 2.

Infusible Ink can be applied with an EasyPress but recommended to use an EasyPress2 as the EP2 gets hotter than the first EP does.

Can you use Infusible Ink & Iron-on together on the same project?

Yes! Iron on may be used along with Infusible Ink. You would apply the Infusible Ink first and then the iron . (detailed tutorial coming soon!)

What Cricut Machines work with Infusible Ink

Any machine from the Explore Family (Explore, Explore Air or Explore Air 2) as well as the Maker can cut the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets and use the Infusible Ink Pens & Markers.

Do I have to use the EasyPress 2 with Infusible Ink?

The standard EasyPress will work, however, because it does not reach higher temperatures it will take longer and results will be varied. The colors of the Infusible Ink will not be as vibrant.

It is recommended to use an EasyPress 2.

Do I have to use a particular blank?

Infusible Ink is much like sublimation. It requires a high polyester count fabric or a poly coated hard blank such as coffee mugs or coasters.

Cricut offers T-Shirts, baby bodysuits, coasters and tote bags that meet these requirements.

You may also find blanks on Amazon however Cricut will not guarantee their success.

What Infusible Ink Blanks does Cricut Offer?

Cricut currently offers T-shirts for men, women, and kids as well as 3 sizes of baby bodysuits. They also offer 2 tote sizes as well as 2 coaster options. Cricut offered Infusible Ink blanks: T-shirts, Tote Bags, Coasters and Baby Bodysuits

Where Can I purchase Infusible Ink Products?

Currently, Infusible Ink is exclusive to Michael’s stores! You can order it online here and pick up in store or have it shipped and as always you can head to your local Michael’s store and see it yourself on the shelf!

It will be available at other retailers and on Cricut.com later this year.

What other tools do I need to use Infusible Ink?

In addition to the Infusible Ink transfer paper and/or Infusible ink pens/markers you will need a few more tools.

Cardstock, butcher paper, a lint roller or lint-free cloth and heat resistant tape.

(butcher paper comes in the rolls of transfer paper)

Full supply list below!

Click Here for current Cricut and other Crafty Deals!

Supplies for Infusible Ink Projects

  • Cricut Cutting Machine. Explore or Maker Series
  • Cricut Blank (Coasters, T-Shirts, Bodysuits, Coasters, Totes)
  • Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet
  • Infusible Ink Pen or Marker Set
  • Laser Copy Paper (for pens and markers)
  • White Cardstock
  • Butcher Paper (comes with transfer sheets)
  • Tweezers
  • EasyPress 2 (6×7, 9×9, 12×10)
  • EasyPress Mat
  • Heat Resistant Tape

Now that we are familiar with this new product, stay tuned for cutting and application tutorials as well as tons of project ideas!

PIN GETTING STARTED WITH INFUSIBLE INK