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Cheers To The New Year DIY Infusible Ink Coasters

I know I’m not alone when I say I’m so ready for 2020 to be over once and for all. In February I rear ended someone which damaged my hood. When I was driving home my hood flew up and hit my windshield, cracking it. Got that all repaired and then in March my breaks gave out, so in order to stop I ran into some bushes which damaged my transmission, so my car got totaled. That’s how my year started out.

One of the good things that came out of this year, besides this blog, which I absolutely love writing and creating the projects for, is that I started a virtual assistant business. I help solopreneurs with their administrative needs.

I’m hoping for all of you that there were some good things that came out of 2020 for you, even though the year totally stunk.

Anyway, New Years Day is this coming Friday, and I made some Cheers to The New Year DIY Infusible Ink coasters.

You can get my free template, available in my Free Resource Library (get the password by filling out the form below).

Supplies You Will Need

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Cricut MakerExplore Air 2 or Cricut Joy

Standard Grip Mat or Joy Standard Grip Mat

Cricut Coasters

Cricut Infusible Ink

EasyPress 2

EasyPress Mat

Heat Resistant Tape

White Cardstock

Butcher Paper (this comes inside the Infusible Ink box)

Making The Coasters

I cut out the design for these coasters using my Cricut Joy. The design is 3-1/2″ in diameter, which fits perfectly on the coaster edge to edge.

You will notice when you take the Cricut Infusible Ink out of the packaging that it looks extremely dull. This is normal. Once heated though, the colors come to life.

I cut my Cricut Infusible Ink into 4 – 4″x4″ squares, then placed a 4″ square, patterned side up, on the Joy Standard Grip Mat, one at a time. Be sure in Cricut Design Space that the Cricut Joy is selected before clicking on Make It.

When you are ready to cut the design, choose the mat for Any Material.

The next screen will be your Prepare Mat screen where you will want to make sure you mirror your design.

Here Comes The Fun Part

Load the mat into your machine and press Go.

When your machine has finished cutting, turn your Joy Standard Grip Mat over and remove the Infusible Ink piece by slowly peeling it away from the mat.

After I removed the Infusible Ink from the mat, I weeded the edge and the design by rolling the piece between my fingers, until the pieces popped up. I was able to remove the pieces easily with my fingernails. Don’t use any tools to remove the pieces.

Then I trimmed closely around the edge of the transfer material so I would be able to tape, using the Heat Resistant Tape, the cut piece to the coaster, patterned side facing the coaster.

Turn your coaster upside down and place it on the white cardstock on top of the EasyPress Mat. (I cut out some individual pieces to use to make it easier to slide the coasters to a different part of the mat for cooling.)

The next thing to do is to cover the coaster with the butcher paper. Place your EasyPress 2 on top of the coaster and use light pressure while your timer counts down.

Do NOT move the EasyPress.

I heated each coaster separately because I found that I had better luck with even heating doing it that way.

You will want to look at the Cricut Heat Guide for the temperature and time for Infusible Ink and the Ceramic Coasters.

For Heat Transfer Material choose Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet. For Base Material choose Ceramic Coasters.

Then click Apply and the following screen appears giving you the temperature and time.

When removing the EasyPress 2 from the coaster after the time is up, lift it straight up.

Let the coasters cool down all the way. It takes a little while. Once the coasters have cooled down, lift up the tape from the back of the coaster and lift the Infusible Ink piece off the coaster.

Voila, you now have your Cheers to The New Year DIY Infusible Ink coasters ready to ring in the new year.

I hope you have a safe and festive, or safe and quiet New Years Eve. I will be home crafting, which is my most favorite thing to do in the whole wide world.

Until next time.

Kathy

P.S. If you like this tutorial, join my Facebook community where you can post your projects. I also post other free Design Space files and resources in the group. ! I look forward to crafting with you!

P.S.S. Thinking about getting a Cricut and you aren’t sure which one to get, this article might help you in your decision making process.  The Cricut Maker vs. The Cricut Explore Air 2.

You can get my free template, available in my Free Resource Library (get the password by filling out the form below).

This Post Has 8 Comments

    1. krp@kpeckscreativecafe.com

      Thank you so much Megan!! I’m glad you found them helpful.

  1. Shea McNaughton

    These are AMAY-ZING, Katherine! Makes me wish I had a Cricut instead of a (nearly brand new) Silhouette! I especially love that you include so many images which is crucial for a project like this. I can always count on great instructions and images on your blog. 🙂

    Happy New Year!

    1. krp@kpeckscreativecafe.com

      Thank you so much Shea for your kind words. You made my day!!!

    1. krp@kpeckscreativecafe.com

      Thank you Miranda!!!

  2. Maureen

    Some day I will upgrade to the Easy Press 2 from my original one. These coasters would make great favors once we can have parties again!

    1. krp@kpeckscreativecafe.com

      Hi Maureen, you can use the Infusible Ink on the coasters with the regular Easy Press. Check out the Cricut Heat Press Guide. These are the settings you would use for the regular Easy Press – 360 °F and 300 seconds for the ceramic coasters.

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