The Quilting Company

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Printing with Infusible Ink

 It all starts with Art and Stitch digitizing software!  Always wanting to get more out of my software and crafting equipment, I have been recently wandering into the infusible ink printing arena.

This time I used Art and Stitch to create a design.  I started making an embroidery design, but quickly thought, "This would make an awesome T-shirt design!"  I exported said artwork design as a FCM file.  That's the native format for Brother Scan N Cut machines and Canvas software.

Since the Brother Scan N Cut (SDX-225) has a fill feature, I filled the portions of my design with a crosshatch fill (set to .075).

Grabbing those Cricut Infusible Markers and the Brother Universal Pen Holder, I drew the mirrored image to HP Laser Printer paper.  It needs to be Laser Printer paper and use your Low-Tack Adhesive Mat.

Did you clean out your closets earlier this year while #StayHome orders were in place?  I did.  I held back a few t-shirts to experiment on when I got around to playing with this feature.  This t-shirt had seen better days, but would work perfectly for my experiments!  

This is a cotton t-shirt and every thing I have read on the subject said to use polyester ONLY!  I seldom follow ALL the rules! LOL!  And if it were my final draft, I would most likely have selected a white (or lighter color) t-shirt.  You may want to print this on a tote bag, too.

Apply the design to your t-shirt or bag using a firm surface, such as the Cricut EasyPress mat, and the Cricut Easy Press set at 385 degrees for 48 seconds.  Be sure to place the printed design face down to your t-shirt.  Place card stock or a couple pieces of paper between your t-shirt and the mat as well as on top of the laser paper.  This prevents bleed through to your mat or your iron.  The infusible ink actually "melts" into your project fabric and will make an awful mess on the surface of your mat or iron.  Be safe and protect your surfaces!

But WO-HOO!  It worked!

Having fun with my Quilting / Crafting toys!  What are you creating today?

Dream Big!


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