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I’ve been the proud owner of a Cricut Explore Air 2 and the EasyPress 2 for about a month and I’m having a ball! I’m using it far more than I anticipated and have really enjoyed exploring a different side to my creativity.
Because our family consists of a bunch of goofballs, we really like to make things that are silly and bring out our personality.
One of the first things I made with my Cricut Explore Air 2, as I was learning to layer iron on vinyl, was this hilarious Halloween-themed shirt for my husband.
It was a good learning experience for layering and I used a junk t-shirt of his so if he didn’t like it, or if I messed it up, it wouldn’t matter.
Because I love fall so much, and I was learning to apply the Cricut Infusible Ink transfers, I made this gorgeous fall t-shirt.
I’ve found that the more you practice, the more you learn. And, the more you learn, the more your personality starts to pop with each project you complete with Cricut tools! Like my new favorite, DIY Misheard Song Lyrics Coasters!
DIY Misheard Song Lyrics Coasters
Once I learned how to apply the Cricut Infusible Ink, I wanted to try to make some fun and whimsical coasters for our sunroom.
I once saw plain cork coasters with song lyrics on them online and loved them. But, they weren’t quite what I had in mind, so I made my own!
I really love these coasters and I love how easy they were to make!
How To Print Infusible Ink on Cricut Explore Air 2
First, make sure you’re using the Cricut brand coaster blanks that are marked as “Infusible Ink Compatible.” You can find them on Cricut’s website or at Michaels.
Next, you’ll want to design your coasters. I created circles in Cricut Design Space that were 3.5″ – the same size as the coasters. You can access those along the left side in “Shapes.”
Once you’ve created circles that are 3.5″, start adding your selected fonts and shapes that you’d like on your coasters. A little tip: make sure to choose fonts that are easy for Cricut to cut out and for you to weed.
Colors won’t matter because they’re going to be cut out of whichever Infusible Ink transfer(s) you choose.
Next, and maybe most important, Cricut Infusible Ink gets placed on your cutting mat FACE/DESIGN UP. I made this mistake once of putting it face down and some of the design stuck to the mat and tore the paper. This is why I wanted to make this point especially clear.
If you look at my coasters above, you’ll notice that certain words are black while others are a swirly purple. This is because I separated some of the words to print on a different sheet of Infusible Ink. I used the solid black from the Buffalo Check pack and one of the sheets from their Splash Pad pack.
What you’ll see above is the two sets of phrases; the left will be the black and the right will be the watercolor. BUT remember that you’re going to mirror the image once you’re ready to cut, so when placing your transfer on the mat, reverse them.
You can also opt to print them at different times on different mats if you can’t figure out placement. To do this, just highlight the parts you want on mat 1 and ‘Attach’ them together. Same with the other group.
Once you’ve got your lettering set the way you like it and have your transfer sheet FACE UP on the mat, click make.
Remember to ‘Mirror’ the image, set your Explore Air 2 to ‘Custom’ and choose ‘Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet.’
Once your letters are printed, weed them and place them on the coasters (shiny side up). Then, place a piece of heavy cardboard on your EasyPress mat, then the coasters (face/letters down), then butcher paper, then the iron.
Using the Cricut EasyPress Heat Guide, heat your coasters accordingly. Wait for them to cool before peeling off the transfer and you’re done!
My favorite misheard song lyrics are now everyone else’s earworm!
What’s your favorite misheard song lyric?