So, I wanted to make some DIY coasters with Cricut Infusible Ink Pens to see how they would turn out. I was curious to see how well the coverage would be with the pens vs. the markers. I have the markers on order, so I will make some other coasters to compare the two.
While I think these coasters are cute, I would definitely recommend using the Cricut Infusible Ink Markers instead of the pens. You will see little scraggly edges on these coasters from the pens. I just don’t feel the coverage is that good with the Cricut Infusible Ink Pens. With that being said, I think the pens are geared more towards single line drawings.
Supplies Used To Make This Project
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EasyPress 2 (I used the 9″x9″ EasyPress 2)
Cricut Coasters (I used the square ones)
Laser Paper (if you are using the Infusible Ink Pens or Infusible Ink Markers)
Cardstock (1 piece of white)
Making The Coasters
Get your images by going to Image Sets in Cricut Design Space. Type the word Crafts in the search bar. Choose the Crafters Gonna Craft Image Set and pick out the image (s) you want to use.
Change the design in Cricut Design Space from a “cut” file to a “pen” under the Operation dropdown men. Keep the “Black Fine (0.4mm) Pen setting. This way the black outline will not transfer onto the coasters.
Next go to “Shapes” and choose the square (You need the square behind the design so the Cricut knows where to cut.). Change the color of the square to make it easier to see when it’s behind the design. Make the square large enough to cover the design. Click on “Arrange” and move the square to the back.
Move the design to the very edge of the left side and top of the square. Unlock the square and resize it to fit around the design with a very narrow border around the the right and bottom of the square. You should have a very narrow border on all four sides of the design.
Highlight the design and the square click on “Attach”. Next go up to “Height” and resize it to 3.75″ (the size of the coaster).
Then click “Make It”. Make sure to “Mirror” your design on the next screen. Load your mat with a piece of Laser paper on it. Load the black fine (0.4mm) Cricut pen. The Cricut will draw and cut out your design.
Color inside the lines of your drawn designs with Cricut Infusible Ink Pens or Cricut Infusible Ink Markers (I used the Cricut Infusible Ink Pens but I would recommend the Cricut Infusible Ink Markers for better coverage).
Cut out four pieces of butcher paper that are 3.75″ each.
Instructions For Using The EasyPress
Go to the Cricut Heat Guide and choose which EasyPress (the Cricut Mini Press is not recommended for this project) you are using. Choose your “Heat Transfer Material” which will be the Infusible Ink Pens/Markers. Then choose your “Base Material” which will be Square Coasters. Click on the Cricut EasyPress Mat if you are using one.
The Cricut Heat Guide will give you all of the layering steps, as well as the temperature and time to set your EasyPress on.
First thing you want to do before placing your design on the coasters, is to roll each coaster with the lint roller. After you finish doing that, place your designs, face down, on the coasters and use the heat resistant tape to attach them to the coasters.
Place the cardstock on top of your EasyPress mat. Put a coaster on top off the cardstock with the design facing up. I didn’t end up using the cardstock (just because I forgot), but you definitely should.
Place your EasyPress on top of the coaster for the recommended time and temp found in the Cricut Heat Guide. Let the coaster(s) cool off. Remove the butcher paper. You will have beautiful coasters to use.
Here is a video on making the DIY coasters with the Cricut Infusible Ink Pens.
The Finished Coasters
As you can see from the picture it looks like there is some bleeding, and the coverage isn’t great, which I think is from using the pens instead of the markers.
I will be doing a follow up video using the Cricut Infusible Ink Markers to see what they look like vs. the pens.
Until next time.
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