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Infusible ink has finally arrived. To those unfamiliar, Cricut’s newest tech allows you to make really awesome looking t-shirts that don’t peel off. In the past to get this look you would need to do messy screen printing. Ok, I don’t actually know it’s messy but from what I’ve read it looks really messy and requires equipment that I don’t have. Infusible Ink has no dry time, is permanent and made with the Cricut you already have.
I followed the directions for Infusibleink.com. There are no directions inside the Infusible Ink boxes so you will need to follow the directions online. My boxes of ink transfer came with a sample fabric you to practice. I highly recommend using the demo fabric so you get the idea of the process.
Warning: there are some non-negotiables when using this product. Please read and understand their directions before going on your own adventure.
When I first read the directions online I was confused by the word “blank”. It took me a bit to figure out that the word blank is referring to what you are putting the ink on. Apparently, there are only certain things it will bond with. Look for this symbol.
Very neat! As you stretch it you notice that it is indeed now part of the fabric. The design doesn’t feel any different from the cloth. I think I’m now ready to try one for real!
The following is a play by play of my adventure making something that I will actually wear. Your adventure may vary.
As I looked to place my transfer sheet on the mat for my new project I noticed that there was a dark smudge. Like a hanging thread I just couldn’t resist trying to pick it off of the sheet. BAD IDEA. The ink is spread onto the transfer sheets and you’ll need to be a little more careful with how you handle them. I had managed to totally scrape the ink off of this sheet. It’s not a large spot but it’s irritating.
Ok, I picked what I thought would be an easy one. I wanted to make a t-shirt with just text for my library. Enter Mistake # 2 (trying to remove the smudge was #1). Text was going to be hard but luckily I didn’t know I had exactly what I needed.
I need to back up a bit for you to appreciate what happened next.
I began my adventure at a local Michael’s where my husband, who was all too aware of my tendency to “get lost” in any craft store, gave be a 10 minute time limit in which to get in an out with what I needed and that he WOULD be leaving if I did not make it back out in time. Challenge accepted. I ran in and was pleased to notice that Michael’s had a large Infusion Ink display all trimmed with everything I was going to need. I reached for the long rectangular Cricut media boxes and grabbed two colors at $12.99 each. Looking further I found out that this new ink would only work on certain materials. No time to think about what that meant, tick tock, I grabbed two t-shirts ($9.99 each) both adorned with the official compatibility seal from Cricut. Rounding the display I grabbed a roll of heat resistant tape, $6.99. Lastly I picked up a Cricut self-healing mat for $12.99. Those last two items I wasn’t sure what they were for but they looked important and, although it was a gorgeous day, I didn’t really want to walk home which is what my future held if I took anymore time figuring this out. Purchase complete. (BTW- teacher discount does not apply to Cricut, ugh. )
Design is cut and I am immediately regretting the fact I didn’t precut my transfer piece to make removal easier. I gingerly cut off the extra from below my design and begin weeding the first word. Ahhh. Here is where I must have to use the heat tape! Thinking I’m smart I take the tape and place a strip over my first word to remove it from my cutting mat. Mistake #3. It occurred to me that the way I usually use transfer material was not going to work here. I was putting the tape on top of the ink, never going to work. As I try to peel off the tape from each letter I am reminded of Mistake #2 and try not to mess up the paint side of the letters. All the letters were now on my table and I was racking my brain with how my project was ever going to turn out straight. Ah Hah! The self-healing mat! It had just the grid I needed to line everything up. I would carefully line each letter along the mat grid lines and then quickly take another piece of transfer tape off the roll. “Success will be mine!” I tell myself as I attempt to lay the tape over the newly freed letters.
Enter Mistake #4. I soon found out that the tape gained a small static charge enough to pick up my letters from the table and make a terrible mess. After I again peeled the letters from the tape and arranged them all onto the self-healing mat, I grabbed a ruler to put across the top of the letters so I could securely tape the letters in order. Small detour.
I now have the letters and am ready to heat. I don’t have another piece of butcher block paper as I already wrecked one from the residue of a previous day’s project so I break a Cricut rule of never reusing butcher block paper. I throw caution to the wind and reuse a piece. Forgive me Cricut.
Cricut heat press, 360 for 120 seconds. No peeking, no moving.
FANTASTIC! It worked! I can’t believe it. It looks a little yellow in the picture but the shirt is bright white. But, after all the putsy tape work, it worked! I know it is far from perfect, but aren’t we all?
Please let me know if you have had a chance to use this yet and if you figured out ways to make it easier.
I enjoy maps, always have. Maps tell us where to go and where we’ve been. I also enjoy history, it’s kind of hard to teach 20 years of social studies without developing an affinity. Now comes the good part, Google Earth Voyager is now showcasing a new interactive tour with over 100 historical maps and overlays hand-selected by David Rumsey from his private collection of over 150,000 maps. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
Maps are organized by time, place and scale. When selected, the maps appear as an overlay on Google’s 3D globe.
Like a growing number of Google Voyager offerings, this one has embedded information and multimedia. Be sure not to miss the excellent embedded video on the origins of David Rumsey’s map collection and the importance of maps. This entire tour has something for nearly every grade level which makes it a reference worth bookmarking.
Let me know what you think of this collection.
So you’ve made a Quiz using Google Form but you’ve got three classes to give it to. Do you make three quizzes? You could have them all take the quiz but now the spreadsheet has all three classes on it. Want to sort your data according to classes? Enter rowCall! The sheets add-on rowCall will sort on your command your data and add new tabs based upon the row you choose.
Our LMC has an emerging Makerspace. It’s small but we have large vision. Getting from where we are to where we want to be is quite the challenge. I feel the need to share.
We are having trouble nailing down the source of our clogging nozzles and I’m hoping this guide will help.
Print Quality Troubleshooting Guide | Simplify3D Software
While putting together a information for a chemistry research project I rediscovered the magic of ThingLink. ThingLink brings your graphics to life quickly and allows for a media rich digital resource. If you haven’t used it or have forgotten about it, now might be a good time to take a look.