How is Infusible Ink different from heat-transfer vinyl or iron-on? + BONUS TIPS

Cricut Infusible Ink will change your life! For all of you Cricut fans out there, this is something that blew my mind! I love this new option for use with my Cricut craft projects and am excited to tell you everything you need to know about this option.

What is infusible ink made of?
Cricut infusible ink is essentially an iron-on ink. The process is much similar to iron-on vinyl, but the infusible ink is transferred into the fabric, not onto the fabric. With the name infusible ink, one would assume that it’s infused into the fabric, and that is very true. The infusible ink for your Cricut projects will essential dye the material that you’re working with. This process occurs when the heat is placed over the infusible ink design that you’ve created using Cricut Design Space.

What can I use Cricut infusible ink on?
You’ll notice that the infusible ink comes on sheets of solid ink. These sheets of infusible ink include solid colors or pattern options to use for your next Cricut creation. You’ll notice that your Cricut infusible ink sheets look like iron-on vinyl, but the sheets are a little thicker overall. Infusible inks will work with any compatible material, it’s best to read the package to make certain you’re purchasing the right Cricut infusible ink options for your Cricut crafts.

What do I need to get started with Infusible Ink?
If you’re thinking about using Cricut infusible ink for the first time then continue reading to learn what you’ll need to get started with infusible ink Cricut crafts.

Infusible Ink Sheets

You’ll first need to purchase your choice of Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets. While these sheets will look lighter in color to you, don’t worry! The infusible ink will darken or become brighter during transfer.

Cricut Infusible Ink Markers and Pens

Next, you’ll want to make sure you have some Cricut infusible ink markers and pens on hand. These are perfect to use with Design Space in your Cricut machine or draw your own design by hand. You can draw on laser paper and easily transfer your Cricut infusible ink markers and pens design onto a compatible infusible ink blank. More on ink blanks below.

Cricut Infusible Ink Compatible Blanks

Cricut is slowly rolling out new infusible ink compatible blanks but for now, you can choose from the following options:

  • Men or Women T-Shirt
  • Baby Bodysuit
  • Tote Bag
  • Square Cork Coasters and Ceramic Round Coasters

You’ll simply want to look at your Cricut blank for the Infusible Link logo to ensure the Cricut blanks will be compatible with your infusible ink.

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Get Compatible Cricut Machine

You can use the Cricut Explore Machine or Cricut Maker as both are compatible options to cut the Infusible ink cartridges. Make sure you have a heat press or the EasyPress 2. Both are viable options to transfer your infusible ink onto your material.

Now that you know all there is about using the new Infusible Ink from Cricut, it’s time to take a peek at some of the Cricut crafts I’ve featured and start working on a new Cricut craft project today!

Don’t forget to buy your Cricut Explore Machine and EasyPress 2, if you don’t already have these two products to start creating beautiful Infusible Ink projects today.


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  • Claire

    I have to really have a word with myself when it comes to the cricut …

    I really want one but have no need for it or time to use it but you’ve really made me want one again.

    Sounds like a lot of fun x

  • Anna

    Oh, I had NO IDEA that there are infusible inks for the Cricut! I’m looking to upgrade my old cutting machine, because mine is almost 7 years old and it’s been heavily used during that time. It looks like the Cricut would be my best option! I wonder how much of a learning curve it is to go from a Silhouette to a Cricut machine?

  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    Hhhhhmmmm….this makes quite the distinction! Any ink that is iron-on, is my favourite ink. I love my clothing properly ironed.

  • Samantha Donnelly

    I never knew infusable ink was a thing, I found this really interesting and something to think of as have a business idea for my daughter at some stage

  • Bill Sweeney

    Having a cricut, and using infusible ink would be perfect for our family vacations, when we would like to have our own identifying features on our bags or clothing. I think this would be cool to have.

  • Maartje van Sandwijk

    Never heard of infusible ink before – so interesting that there are so many different types of ink 🙂

  • Fatima Torres

    This is such a great idea. I didn’t know cricut did this. Awesome way to add color to your wardrobe.

  • angelina

    I had no idea about the differences! Thanks so much for sharing this information, so helpful!

  • Matt Taylor

    I still haven’t gotten into the Cricut craft game. The infusible ink looks like it would be awesome to use.

  • Joanna

    This sounds like a much better method of creating your own tshirts. I don’t like the vinyl method, the texture is not great and after a few washes it starts to crack.

  • Celebrate Woman Today

    Beautiful and colorful. So many cute and cool projects you can do with cricut!

  • GiGi Eats

    I had legit no idea what any of this was! Thanks for opening my eyes to something completely out of the norm for me!

  • Valerie

    I’ve never heard of infusible ink before. Ink in the fabric should look, last and wash much better as compared to ink on the fabric.

  • tweenselmom

    I like infusible ink better than stickons. I think the colors are much brighter and the fabric will be easier to wash than when you use stickons.

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams

    I didn’t know the differences between the two. Thanks for breaking it down in this post!

  • Bella

    So interesting, I love my cricut but i have a very old one I dont no the infused ink!! ill have to check it out.

  • Sara |

    The colours look gorgeous! I can only imagine the gorgeous creations people will come up with. I hope you share some of yours with us!

  • Monica

    My daughters would love these items! They would come up with quite a few fun projects!

  • Rose Ann Sales

    Oh wow! That sounds so fantastic! I can imagine how many designs I could make and to actually put it in my shirt? That would be so fun..!

  • Jhentea Guzman

    Cricut sounds really fun, I hope to have one this month,thanks for sharing about this.

  • Emman Damian

    I love the INFUSIBLE INK SHEETS! It’s so cool! I hope to have my own CRICUT soon!

  • Yaya

    I love reading your posts on Cricut, I have been wanting one for a while now and it’s good to know how everything actually works before I dive in!

  • Charli

    The ink sounds really impressive. It would make for such a fun crafting activity too!
    C x

  • Kara Guppy

    This machine looks awesome, I really need to get one

  • Rhian Westbury

    What a lovely way to get crafty, sounds like a great alternative to making your own customisable tshirts and clothing items x

  • Kacie Morgan

    I haven’t heard about infusable ink until reading this post, but it’s interesting to hear about what it is and what it can be used for too.

  • Myrah Duque

    I’ve heard so many great and creative things about the CRICUT MACHINE! I never knew you could do so many things. I am fascinated.

  • Kira

    I wouldn’t have a clue on the difference of these : I am a complete novice but it was definitely something new to learn for sure

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    I think infusible ink would be better over vinyl iron on designs because it would last longer. I really should get a Cricut. I will check on the price and see if it would fit my budget for this month.

  • Jess Howliston

    I have never heard of Cricut Infusible ink before but it sounds like a great product and really versatile in getting creative with too, the colours look really vibrant!

  • Mtm

    Cricuts are amazing, I can’t believe all the things they can do and this infusable ink looks fabulous. Mich x

  • Kathy Kenny Ngo

    I didn’t even know these things existed. I’ learned so much. It’s funny coz I should know about it since we have a silkscreen printing business.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    I think infusible ink is way better. My good friend has a Cricut machine and I would love to get one myself. I know I have some creative streak in me and this machine would fulfill my passion.

  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    This sounds like a wonderful product to ensure that Cricut projects are looking the best they possibly can

  • Elicit Folio

    Super great article that will help me with my future arts and crafts projects! Saving this pin!