Personalized Gifts Made Easy with Cricut
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When it comes to holiday gift giving, I always like to give something unique and different and when I can incorporate some type of personalized gifts. So when Cricut announced their Infusible Ink line earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and start using it. If you don’t know what Infusible Ink is, it’s a heat transfer product that you can use with either transfer sheets (somewhat similar to regular Cricut iron-on sheets) or special markers that you can use to make your own creations, that when ironed on, have a completely seamless application.
The one item in particular that I was excited about were the Infusible Ink pens and markers. These allow for the most personalized gifts as you can use these markers/pens to draw your own creations on printer paper and heat transfer them on. My son loves to draw and my family love all his creations and this was the perfect way to give them a piece of his artwork in a unique, personalized gifts.
With that as a starting point, I decided to make t-shirts for my Dad and brother and a tote bag for my Mom as part of their Christmas gifts this year using the boy’s art creations. (Sshhhh don’t tell them.)
Laser Printer Paper
Create! This was the easy part and the most fun. I handed over the pens/markers to the boy and some laser printer paper and let him start creating. He wanted to draw things that was specific to each person and he showed a lot of creativity with that part. The one thing you need to remember whatever you are drawing will be placed face down on to the blanks so if you plan to use any words, you need to make them “mirror image” or backwards.
One other note; you can use the Infusible ink pens and markers in your Cricut Maker to draw designs on the laser copier paper similar to using pens to draw on cardstock etc with card making projects, we just chose to make our personalized gifts that much more personal with the boy’s art.
On my end, I wanted to add “Nana” to my Mom’s tote bag, so I created that in Cricut Design Space using the same steps as I would with other heat transfer projects. Always be sure to read the instructions when selecting what type of material you are cutting, especially when using a particular type for the first time. My instinct was the to put the Infusible Ink transfer paper face down on the cutting mat, even though the app warned me to place it face up, and I ended up wasting material on my first cut.
Prepare you blanks. In order for the Infusible Ink to properly transfer, you need to ensure the blanks are clean and lint free. I refer to the shirts and tote bag as blanks because the Cricut brand tshirts, totes and coaster give you the best quality transfer when using the Infusible Ink products. I found a great comparison from Practical and Pretty that shows the difference in results between using Cricut brand blank tshirts vs cotton shirts.
Once the blanks are prepped, be sure to consult the Cricut Heat Guide for the very specific steps you need to take to ensure you get the perfect transfer of your Infusible ink creations.
You will need to use heat resistant tape to fasten both the Infusible Ink transfer sheets and laser jet paper to the blanks as you don’t want them to move when heating. You will also want to ensure your EasyPress completely covers your design for perfect heat transfer.
Heat Transfer. As I mentioned before, there is a very specific layering process with the EasyPress Mat, Cardstock, blanks, transfers and butcher paper so again be sure to consult the Cricut Heat Guide first.
Once your transfer is complete, slowly lift of the EasyPress 2, the butcher paper and peel off the transfer while still warm for a perfect, amazing looking transfer.
I never thought I could create such colorful, vibrant personalized gifts but the Infusible ink products has changed that for us!