In this post, I'm sharing with you all the things you need to know about finding the best infusible ink blanks for your Cricut machine.
There are a ton of projects you can make with your Cricut Joy, Cricut Explore, and Cricut Maker using Cricut Infusible Ink. I get a lot of questions on what types of materials and supplies you need in order to put this infusible ink on.
I wanted to share with you the best sources on where to get your hands on these blanks so that you can start your next project. When I have time to craft, I love having blanks on hand to ensure that I'm not having to make a special stop at a store or have to wait on a mail carrier to drop off my online order.
While all of us have our favorite places to shop for vinyl-ready blanks, infusible ink blanks are harder to come by. Why? The reason is because infusible ink requires blanks with a special type of material in order to infuse the ink so it blends into the material.
What is infusible ink?
Infusible ink is an ink transfer product that allows you to create professional looking projects that are seamless, peel-proof, flake-proof, and wash proof. Infusible ink transfers allow projects to infuse the base material with the ink to allow for smooth, professional-grade quality to any project.
Read my post all about Cricut Infusible Ink options.
Do you have to use Cricut blanks with infusible ink?
While Cricut recommends using Cricut blanks with the infusible ink logo, infusible ink can be used with other non-Cricut blanks. Cricut only guarantees the results on their blanks, but there are off-brand blanks that can be used with infusible ink.
Keep in mind that for things like mugs and phone cases, due to their shape, will need a special heat process or heat source when infusing the ink. You may not want to choose a mug or phone case as your first project!
What are the types of infusible inks available for blanks?
What makes a good blank for using Cricut infusible ink?
When choose a blank to use Cricut infusible ink on, you'll need to ensure the blank has a high percentage of polyester or have a polymer coating. If you want more vibrant and bright colors, make sure that the blank has a high percentage of polyester. If it has 80% polyester material, you can be assured that it will work.
In addition, you should choose a blank that is lighter in color. This will allow the colors to come through the blank. Dark colors won't allow the colors of the infusible ink to come through.
Problems Using Non-Cricut Infusible Blanks
While part of the fun of crafting is experimenting and DIYing things through trial and error, sometimes you want to know what you might be faced with if you don't want to fork over the money for the brand name stuff.
If you do decide to use off-brand blanks with Cricut Infusible Ink, a few problems that you can run into include:
- Infusible ink won't adhere to the blank
- Design looking great initially, but fading and changing over time.
- Not knowing the right amount of heat to apply to the blank.
What kind of projects can I make with Cricut infusible ink blanks?
Cricut is releasing a large line of blanks that have been tested with infusible ink, which includes the following products:
Apparel for Cricut Infusible Ink
Home Decor Products for Cricut Infusible Ink
You can purchase Cricut Brand/Approved Infusible Ink blanks here. However, I wanted to talk through what makes a good blank for these infusible ink.
Best Materials for Non-Cricut Blanks for Infusible Ink
Below are some products that I have found online that tends to work well with Cricut Infusible Ink. Again, these are not guaranteed to work by Cricut, so try at your own risk!
The keyword you may want to look for is "sublimation compatability" if you are going to look for products outside of the Cricut product line.
- Women's T-Shirts
- Youth T-Shirt
- Sequin Pillows
- Leather Keychains
- Makeup Bags
- Mouse Pad
- Soda Koozie
- DIY Puzzle
- Adult Socks
- Canvas Tote Bags
- Drawstring Backpack
- Cork Coaster
- Cutting Board
Other Online Stores to Shop for Infusible Ink Blanks
While Amazon, Target, and Walmart are my favorite places to shop for inexpensive blanks, here are some other places I often shop as well:
Brick and Mortar Sources for Cricut Infusible Ink Blanks
If you follow the rules for making sure the blanks have at least 80% polymer or polyester, you may be able to find deals at the following stores in person:
- Home Goods
- TJ Maxx
- Dollar Store
Best Tips for the Great Results with Your Blanks
- Cut your infusible ink sheet to make it easier to position your blank material.
- Use heat-resistant tape so that your sheet does not move around.
- During the pressing process, do not allow the sheet to shift on the blank or you'll get double vision on your material.
- Allow the transfer sheet to completely cool before removing because it is going to be radiating heat and may cause colors to shift to other parts of the blank.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cricut Infusible Ink Blanks
Can you add multiple layers to blanks with infusible ink?
Yes, you can layer infusible ink, but make sure that you have awareness of how the colors combine and merge together with another.
What is a blank?
A blank is a material that you can use infusible ink on.
Can you use Cricut infusible ink on everything?
No, Cricut recommends using only infusible ink on their approved blanks, as it is the only way they can guarantee results. Generally, blanks should have at least 80% polyester or polymer material. Do not use cotton.
Summary for Cricut Infusible Ink Blanks
Cricut has an amazing line of infusible ink blanks, and their product line continues to grow. Infusible ink blanks are the next best trend among Cricut and Silhouette enthusiasts. Being able to create beautiful designs that have a professional touch is a great way to use infusible ink.
Other Posts About Cricut Infusible Ink
Below are links to posts about Cricut Infusible Ink that I've written that you might also love to learn more about how awesome infusible ink can be as part of your crafting arsenal.
- Cricut Infusible Ink (with Silhouette)
- How to Make Drink Coasters with Cricut Infusible Ink
- How Do Cricut Infusible Ink Pens Work
- Reasons to Get a Cricut Machine
- All About the Cricut Joy Machine
- Learn How to Cut Chipboard with Cricut Machine