Christmas Coaster Creations

As usual, I fell behind in the “everything” department of Christmas and, in true fashion, I am working on some holiday creations one week before the big day.  Over one month ago, I purchased some Cricut© Coasters and Infusible Ink with the intentions of adding some new Christmas decorations to my home, and it wasn’t until Cricut© held their Celebrate with Cricut contest, did I pull them out to make some of these last minute goodies. MissCarriesCreations-ChristmasCoasters

This is the very first time I have ever played with the Infusible Ink products and I am hooked. The colors are so vibrant and clear and won’t peel off like traditional vinyl.  I will admit, it did take about three weeks of research to get to this point, which is why I will be teaching a few classes next year on using Infusible Ink.

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Today, I am going to give you a quick how-to, but it will not be a complete tutorial. Infusible Ink takes time to learn and I am still in the learning stage.

The designs for my coasters were created using images from the Close to My Heart ArtPhilosophy and Artistry collection as well as an SVG image and an image from the Holly & Ivy collections. Each one was cut from the Buffalo Check and Cool Water  Infusible Ink transfer sheets. misscarriescreations-christmascoastersinfusibleink.jpg

Infusible Ink is more of a paper-like product and the “weeding” process is so much different than weeding Iron-On or Adhesive Vinyl. Once the excess was removed, I applied it to the Cricut© Coasters and used an EasyPress to set it.

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Just a few quick notes for you on this part of the process. 
  1. You MUST use the Cricut Coasters for the Infusible Ink to work. I have been researching other products, and, though some claim to work, they don’t work as well.  (I am going to keep researching to see if there are other companies that make something comparable and cost a little less.)
  2. You MUST use an EasyPress and EasyPress Mat. The Cricut© Heat Guide states that your heat temperature must be between 385° and 400°F and you should use an EasyPress Mat to protect your surface. (I don’t own a mat yet, so I have placed three layers of towels atop my All Purpose Heat Resistant Mat. It’s a temporary fix, and not recommended by Cricut©)

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Once those hot little coasters had cooled, I ended up with these wonderful additions to my holiday decor. The Infusible Ink worked beautifully following all the online directions and recommendations, which means that I am now going to start experimenting. I won’t be able to teach a class unless I have made a few errors. 😏

I hope that you were inspired by today’s projects and were encouraged to try something new.  Feel free to comment below with any questions.

♥ I can’t wait to see what you create!

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