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Cricut Infusible Ink Beginner Tips

Who wants to learn about Cricut Infusible Ink? I’ve spent the last week reading about Infusible ink and watching videos on the Cricut Facebook page to learn about this new product and get all the best Infusible Ink beginner tips.

Don’t miss my other post about how to fix Infusible Ink problems (and avoid them altogether.) Then I was ready to use the box of supplies they sent me and I tried it out for myself!

I’ll dive into specifics here in a minute, but I think the most important thing to remember is that you should definitely read and follow instructions carefully. Using Infusible Ink is different than working with iron-on vinyl. I think there are more ways to mess it up, and I want you to be successful with it!

The instructions for how to use Infusible Ink are kind of hard to find on the Cricut website. There aren’t even instructions that come in the box – it just says to go to But there aren’t instructions there either – just project ideas and some brief info. To see step by step infusible ink instructions for all ink and base combinations, see this list at the Cricut help page.

How does Infusible Ink work?

Infusible Ink transfers directly to the project blank – into the fibers of a bag or shirt, or into the special layer of coaster blanks. The designs won’t crack or peel off because they’re embedded into the item!

Infusible ink on onesie

This is the red plaid on the tote bag. See how the weave of the fabric is totally visible?

infusible ink plaid pattern

When it reaches a high enough temperature, it turns into a gas and transfers into the project.

Supplies needed to start with Infusible Ink

  • Infusible Ink transfer sheets (has a paper-like layer with the ink in it, and a plastic carrier sheet to hold the design together while placing in the project) 
    infusible ink transfer sheetIt’s interesting to note that the colors of the transfer sheet are pretty dull. The black is kind of brown, and the plaid is very muted. But once it transfers, they become very vibrant.
  • OR Infusible Ink Pens (pens and markers in multiple colors to draw with the Cricut, or freehand draw)
  • Cricut machine, Maker or Explore – to cut the sheets or draw with the pens
  • EasyPress Original or EP 2 (iron won’t work because of the uneven temperature, holes in the plate, and it won’t even cover most designs in one press – heat press would probably work
  • EasyPress mat (unlike iron-on vinyl, won’t work with just a folded towel underneath
  • Heat Resistant Tape (for securing paper with Infusible Ink pen designs)
  • Piece of white cardstock, or 4 layers of butcher paper (protects the EasyPress mat)
  • Butcher paper – included with transfer sheets (this protects the project and helps remove moisture – not freezer paper, not parchment paper – they have wax or silicone in them that will damage the project) 
  • Laser printer paper (if using pens or markers – it handles high heat better than inkjet paper and you’ll get better results)
  • Lint roller (necessary to remove any lint or extra fibers from clothing and totes)
    supplies infusible ink

What can Infusible Ink be put on?

Because of the chemistry that is happening with the ink, you can’t just put it on any old surface. If you try to put it on a cotton shirt, it will wash out. If you try to put it on a plain tile from the hardware store, it won’t work.

Cricut created special blanks that have been specifically tested for success with Infusible Ink. You can try it on other things, but it might not work, the colors might not be as bright, and you might end up wasting product. So don’t think of it as being limiting – think of it as knowing what will give solid results.

cricut infusible ink blanks

Cricut Infusible Ink compatible blanks: t-shirts in men’s and women’s sizes, baby bodysuits, square and round coasters, tote bags. I’m guessing that they’ll release a wider variety of blanks in the future too. Look for this badge on products.

compatible with infusible ink

A note about shirts: This only works with polyester! The Cricut shirts are 95% polyester 5% spandex. So don’t get 100% cotton shirts – even if the ink transfers, it will wash out.

You’re always welcome to experiment with other things (light color shirts with a high polyester content, for example.) But be prepared to get different results.

You can also check Amazon for sublimation blanks. Check out how I’ve done mousepads and mugs.

Infusible Ink vs Iron-on

With all that, I think you can see that infusible ink is different from iron-on.

Read this post on How to Use Iron-on Vinyl.

The iron-on sits on top of the project as a thin layer while the ink becomes seamless with the material. I don’t think that Infusible Ink is a replacement for iron-on vinyl. It’s just another way to create.

Beginner Guide for Infusible Ink

Cricut infusible ink patterns

Learn about Cricut Infusible Ink and get all the best Infusible Ink beginner tips. See how it works and supplies needed.


  • Infusible Ink Sheets
  • Infusible Ink Pens
  • White Cardstock
  • Butcher Paper
  • Heat Resistant Tape
  • Compatible Blanks
  • Laser Printer Paper


  • Cricut Maker or Explore
  • EasyPress
  • EasyPress Mat
  • Lint Roller


  1. Understand how Infusible Ink works - under high temperature it turns into a gas and INFUSES into the base, creating a seamless design that won't peel or flake
  2. It is different from iron-on vinyl because the vinyl remains a separate layer on top of the shirt or other base
  3. Know what you can put Infusible Ink on - look for Cricut Infusible Ink blanks, or other blanks labeled for sublimation. Shirts must have a high polyester %
  4. Follow directions specifically for the Ink project. There are not hard steps, but there are a lot, like removing lint, correctly layering cardstock, design and butcher paper, pressing hard enough, and learning how to layer colors

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I hope you have found these Infusible Ink beginner tips useful –  what do you think you’ll do with Infusible Ink? Have any questions about it? Watch for my first infusible ink project post tomorrow!

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Friday 14th of October 2022

The best way to cut out an image is by using the mat board with an extra piece of double-sided sticky paper attached to it, then cutting the image out after placing the sticky paper on the material you are cutting. You can then trace the image and cut it out. The Cricut uses toner images to cut so keep that in mind when making your image. Avoid images that aren’t cut in a manner that the letters can be read. If you are cutting a font, try to pick one that is uniform in size, such as Helvetica or Times New Roman. If you are cutting an image, pick one with light or white backgrounds rather than dark backgrounds. If you don’t have the specialized paper needed to cut an image, you can use a simple piece of cardboard or a thick piece of cardstock.

Lou Anne Soto

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

My Maker is cutting through the carrier sheet. I have tried using the less pressure but it is still cutting through. So I tried my Explore and it is doing the same thing???? it is my first attempt Using Infusible Ink. If you can help that would be wonderful. I am going to purchase a new blade but thought maybe you would have an idea. THANKS!!


Friday 31st of January 2020

Hi! I was just wondering if ya have to use laser paper cause I don't have a laser printer. will using the laser paper ruin the printer or the cricket if it isn't laser made?? I am brand new to this infusible ink thing and am afraid to try it if it has to be used on laser paper only. I have been told I have to have a laser printer for that type of paper only, cause ink jet printers are completely different and not to use laser paper in them?


Sunday 2nd of February 2020

My understanding is that the laser paper is just built to stand higher heat. So you would probably get the best results using pens or markers on laser paper. But, if all you have is regular inkjet copy paper (like probably most people), go ahead and use that.

I actually have planned to do a test between the two types of paper, so I'll let you know! If you're using one of the infusible ink sheets (like the rolls of patterns and colors) you won't need the paper at all. Hope that helps some!


Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

Which do you prefer the htv or infusible ink? I am addicted to crafting/ creating , but It can get really expensive . I would value your opinion on this. Thank you Gina Matthews


Saturday 11th of January 2020

Can you use Infusible Ink on sweaters?

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