Harry Potter Infusible Ink Tote Bag

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Make this Harry Potter infusible ink tote and take it to the bookstore to fill it with books from your summer reading list! 

Harry Potter Tote Bag made with Cricut's Rainbow colored Infusible Ink

Have you wondered whether or not you can use Cricut‘s Infusible Ink with the Silhouette Cameo?

Well, I definitely wanted to try it so I decided to make a Harry Potter Infusible Ink tote bag.

For the most part it worked well, though I do have some thoughts on what I could have done differently and how I feel overall about infusible ink.

Harry Potter Tote Bag made with Cricut's Rainbow colored Infusible Ink

Cricut came out with their own line of infusible ink, which is like sublimation but you have to use their products for your projects.

We used sublimation on this Fall sweatshirt and after doing both traditional sublimation and infusible ink…I prefer traditional sublimation.

Infusible ink is fun and a great way to test out sublimation before investing more into it. I highly suggest trying it once. And you can download this Book Nerd svg to use on your own infusible ink project!

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    Tips for using Cricut’s Infusible Ink for a project!

    What settings should you use for Infusible Ink with a Silhouette Machine?

    I’ve had success with…

    • Blade 5,
    • Speed 5,
    • Force 26 and
    • Pass 1.

    This doesn’t always mean you’ll get a clean cut though so you may have to play around with the settings on your own machine. Try doing a small design first so you can test the settings and see if they work. 

    What designs work best with Infusible ink?

    I could not, for the life of me, get intricate designs to work with the Infusible ink. My machine wouldn’t cut the design all the way through or small pieces of the paper would get left behind when I weeded the design.

    The type of designs I had the most success with was anything big and simple. If you’re having trouble try fatter letters and a more simple design!

    Harry Potter Tote Bag made with Cricut's Rainbow colored Infusible Ink

    Where can you buy Infusible Ink?

    Michaels and Amazon are where I like to buy it!

    What can you put Infusible Ink on?

    Cricut has their own line of blanks for Infusible Ink but you do not have to use their (expensive) materials. Infusible Ink is basically sublimation so you can use ANY blanks that work with sublimation.

    Any shirt or canvas/tote needs to be at least 50% polyester for the Infusible Ink to work and you should always use light colors. Darker colors do not pick up the Infusible Ink well.

    Harry Potter Tote Bag made with Cricut's Rainbow colored Infusible Ink

    Faq’s about Infusible Ink

    Do you need a heat press for the Infusible Ink?

    Yes. You need heat of at least 400 degrees for 60 seconds for the Infusible Ink to transfer to your blanks. If you do not want a big heat press the Cricut EasyPress 2 heats up to 400 degrees and can be used with Infusible Ink!

    (full disclosure: I used my original Cricut EasyPress for the Infusible Ink and it only goes up to 360 degrees. I pressed for 75 seconds and it worked fine! But you should follow Cricut’s instructions and use a heat press or Cricut EasyPress 2 that can heat up to 400 degrees.)

    Why are there lines in my infusible ink after using a heat press?

    Lines happen when your design is larger than your heat press.

    This typically isn’t a problem when you’re using a traditional heat press, but I used the original Cricut EasyPress that was 9×9 and my design was bigger. The line you see on the ‘K’ and ‘D’ is where the edge of the heat press sat. I had to press twice to get the entire design onto the bag.

    So, if you’re using a smaller Cricut EasyPress, make sure your design will fit entirely under it so you don’t get lines in your design!

    Harry Potter Tote Bag made with Cricut's Rainbow colored Infusible Ink

    MORE HARRY POTTER CRAFT PROJECTS!

    Harry Potter Tote Bag made with Cricut's Rainbow colored Infusible Ink

    Harry Potter Infusible Ink Tote

    Yield: 1
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Active Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes
    Difficulty: Medium
    Estimated Cost: $20
    Make this Harry Potter infusible ink tote and take it to the library to fill it with books from your summer reading list! 

    Materials

    Instructions

    1. Place the Infusible Ink on your cutting mat and smooth it down with your vinyl application tool.
    2. Download the BOOK NERD file and open it in your software.
    3. Adjust the cut settings on your Silhouette: BLADE 5, SPEED 5, FORCE 26 and PASS 1. Make sure you MIRROR the design before hitting cut.
    4. Carefully weed your design and make sure you remove and leftover pieces of paper before pressing the design onto the tote bag.
    5. Heat up your Cricut EasyPress 2 to 385 degrees.
    6. Follow the heat guide instructions on the Cricut website.

    Notes

    1. Make sure that your design is not bigger than the Cricut EasyPress 2. If you cannot press your entire design in one go then you'll get a nice line down your design (like mine).

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