Create your very own coasters with Cricut infusible ink pens.
Cricut Infusible Ink Transfers and Pens is a new product of Cricuts’ that lets you make personalized, customized projects. You can make t-shirts, bags, coasters, and more. Infusible Ink is peel-proof, flake-proof, and wash-proof. You will have commercial level results when you take the right steps. Let me show you how to make coasters.
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Material needed to make Cricut Coasters
- Cricut Coasters
- Infusible Ink Pens
- 2 pages laser copy paper
- White Cardstock
- Butcher Paper
- Lint free cloth
- Heat Resistant Tape
- Cricut Easy Press
- Cricut Cutting Machine
- Easy Press Mat, Towel, or Ironing Board
Prepare your file
Upload the file into Cricut Design Space. When you place it on your canvas, the circles are going to come in black. Ungroup all the layers so you can work with each one. Change the circle color to white, and place them behind the flower designs.
Then select each flower design and change the line type to draw, which will fix some of the black areas that appear.
Lastly, select a flower and circle that are stacked together and attach them so they stay together.
Now send it to your cut window. It’s going to automatically be set to a material size of 12×12. Change that to 8.5×11 since we will be drawing this on printer paper and it will move the designs to the correct spot.
Place your infusible ink pen and fine point blade into your Cricut machine to draw and cut them out. MAKE SURE TO MIRROR YOUR IMAGE. This is similar to mirroring HTV designs.
Now that your design is drawn and cut out, you can color it in if you choose. It’s best to place these on top of another piece of paper while you are coloring because it might bleed through to your work surface.
The coaster has two sides. The front and the back. The front is a white glossy color and the back is a matte off white color. Make sure to put your design on the white glossy side. Clean off the surface with a link free cloth.
Tape your design onto the top of your coaster with heat resistant tape.
Now prepare your surface for applying the infusible ink. I don’t have an easy press mat, so I used an ironing board with a towel on it. I think that the towel caused an unleveled surface and affected the application of the infusible ink. So on my last coaster, I decided to use just the ironing board, and the application was perfect. Cover your ironing board, towel, or easy press mat with a piece of white cardstock. The infusible ink will bleed through the copy paper, so that’s why you need cardstock. You can see in my picture below how it bleed through on my first coaster.
Now place your prepared coaster, face down. Cover with butcher paper. Then place your preheated easy press on top of your coaster. The settings of your easy press should be 400 degrees for 240 seconds. You don’t need any pressure, so just set it on top of the coaster and set the timer. Try to be careful and don’t move anything while it’s heating the coaster. Any movement could ruin the design.
When the time beeps, carefully remove the easy press and the the coaster cool before touching anything. I let it cool for 10 minutes. Then remove the tape and reveal your design. You can see how it bleed through onto the cardstock.
On the purple iris, I removed the towel and just put it on my ironing board and it turned out perfect.
This pink one was done on the towel and there is some “ghosting”, where it looks lighter than the rest at the very top. I think that’s because the towel caused the easy press to sit a little crooked.
I think these turned out amazingly. It was really cool to see the vibrant colors after the application process. There are so many possibilities of how you can design coasters with infusible ink pens. Next, I think I’m going to make coasters out of my kids drawings.
You can create a drawstring gift bag for these as well, following my Drawstring Gift Bag tutorial.