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Cricut Joy – Infusible Ink and Transfer Sheets Review

THIS ITEM WAS GIFTED TO THE REVIEWER FOR THE PURPOSES OF WRITING THE REVIEW. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE THE REVIEWER'S OWN.

Reviewed by Dorothy White

Although I have now successfully cut and ironed several vinyl transfers on to 100% cotton T-shirts for my grandchildren and friends, I had never attempted an Infusible Ink Transfer. I had read about them and watched a YouTube video, so knew it was advisable to use a mostly Polyester garment to prevent the colour fading during washing. I decided I would download an image so I could put an infusible ink transfer on a T-shirt for my daughter, luckily I had a Cricut white T-shirt in her size.

First I researched suitable Infusible Ink Transfer designs, or what I thought would be suitable Infusible Ink Transfer designs! I found quite a pretty one with flowers and leaves which I had downloaded previously to put on a plain facemask but had not used. I thought if I used this design I could duplicate it a couple of times, add flowers to fill the gaps and it would make quite a pretty design for the T-shirt. This is where my plan fell apart!! You have heard that saying ‘Don’t run before you can walk!!’ I ran so fast!!!

I remembered to Mirror the image, but as the Joy was cutting this design I suddenly panicked and thought ‘What do I do next’? I quickly watched the video again! Once the Joy had finished cutting I started to pick out the unwanted bits to reveal my flowers and leaves, I found the leaves impossible, they were so tiny and parts of the leaves which should have stayed were falling out, the design was too complicated for me as a beginner. I resorted to cutting around the flowers and just keeping those.

I still needed something as a focal point for the T-shirt and thought ‘Believe’ would be very apt for my daughter. I found a design for ‘Believe’ which was surrounded by stars and inserted it into my project on Design Space. Because I had wasted most of my Infusible Ink Transfer sheet on my failed cut I was unable to make ‘Believe’ as large as I would have liked, so settled for a size which would fit within the width suitable for the Cricut Joy and added the flowers I had managed to retrieved around it as I put it on the T-shirt. It was so much easier to remove the unwanted pieces from this new design, I would use it again, but make the word ‘believe’ larger by putting it down the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet instead of across it. I prepared my 97% Polyester Cricut T-shirt with a sheet of white card between the front and back by pressing it with the heat press, then arranged my design on the T-shirt, making sure ‘Believe’ would end up the right way round, and placed the flowers around it. I set the Cricut heat press to 195 degrees and pressed the infusible ink onto the T-shirt, but the ink from the flowers near the V neck had not transferred to the T-shirt properly on my first attempt so I tried once again. I think it was because I hadn’t wanted to press over the V neckline, so I had missed them with the heat press.

I sent a photograph of the finished T-shirt to my daughter who said she loved it!!

I am sure that when I use an Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet for another T-shirt, I will make a much better job of it.

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