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One of my favorite parts about crafting is taking something that starts out plain and transforming it into something totally beautiful and unique!
And if you haven’t seen Cricut’s line of blanks yet, let me be the first to tell you that they are the PERFECT place to start. Not only do they have lots amazing options, but they were designed specifically to work with Cricut’s Infusible Ink – making them perfect for today’s project: a custom cosmetic bag using Cricut Infusible Ink!
I’m a sucker for a good zipper bag and Cricut’s set of cosmetics bags blanks are just too good to pass up. They come in a set of 3, meaning 3 opportunities to create something amazing!
So, let’s do this! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cricut Joy
- Cricut Infusible Ink Blanks (I’m using the Cosmetic Bags)
- Cricut Joy Infusible Ink (I’m using Cricut Infusible Ink Patterns in Cool Splashpad)
- Cricut Joy Mat
- Cricut EasyPress2
- Cricut EasyPress Mat
Step 1: Prepare Your Materials and Design
Start by measuring your bag to determine the size you’ll need to make your design.
Pro Tip: Measure EVERYTHING before you cut to make sure the fit is perfect. This keeps you from wasting time and materials as you get into your project.
Simply resize your design to the correct size in Cricut DesignSpace and hit the “Make It” button.
Because you apply Infusible Ink with the color side facing down toward your project surface it is important you remember to MIRROR your design before cutting.
Step 2: Cutting
Remove the Infusible Ink from the box (note: it comes in a UV protectant bag, so be sure to set that aside so you can return any leftover product to it after you’re finished) and apply it to the Cricut Joy Mat.
Place the Infusible ink design side up on the mat and let your Cricut Joy get to work!
Pro Tip: Because your machine is Bluetooth connected, all you have to do when you’re ready to cut is load the mat into your machine, and click Go in Design Space! Your Cricut Joy will automatically register and begin cutiting your design.
Step 3: Weeding
Once your machine is done cutting, gently peel the Infusible Ink away from the mat and trim away your design.
I am big on saving as much material as possible, so I like to trim as close to my design as I can leaving me with even more material to use on my next project!
Unlike adhesive or iron on vinyl, Cricut Infusible Ink is a thicker material (almost like card stock), so weeding is super easy! Simply bend your material slightly and gently peel up away the excess pieces. As you bend the material, the small bits will easily pop away from the transfer sheet as – no weeding tool required!
Step 4: Transfer
Before you transfer the design to your project surface use a lint roller to ensure your blank is completely clean.
Next, insert a sheet of cardstock into your bag (or between the layers of fabric on whatever blank you’re using) so that no ink bleeds through.
Now place your design where you’d like it and we’re ready to press!
Step 5: Press
BEFORE YOU PRESS: Always, always, always double check the correct time and temperature settings before you press. CLICK HERE to find the exact settings for your material.
Cover your design with the sheet of butcher paper that is included the Infusible Ink package and press. I am going to press for 60 seconds using my Cricut EasyPress2.
Pro Tip: When using a Cricut EasyPress, you don’t need to use a lot of pressure, but you do want to make sure you’re applying even pressure. Be mindful of the seams in your blank and do your best to apply pressure evenly over the entire surface.
Step 6: Peel & Enjoy!
Once you’re finished pressing, simply peel away the transfer sheet and your infusible ink bag is finished!
One of the coolest parts about Cricut’s Infusible Ink is that it is totally permanent! Because the ink is infused into the material itself, it will hold up through normal wear and tear – even through the wash!
Cricut Infusible Ink is so much fun to use and the results are just stunning! Have you given it a try yet?
I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment down below and let me know your favorite Infusible Ink project so far.