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A few months ago, if you’d asked me anything about Cricut cutting machines or the Cricut Easy Press, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you anything helpful.
After having owned my Cricut Explore Air 2 and my Cricut Easy Press for a few weeks now, I can’t imagine the fun that I was missing!
How You Can Use The Cricut EasyPress
Halloween just passed us by, but I was able to make a cheap Cosplay version of Amethyst from Steven Universe for my daughter. I also made this one for to celebrate the AMAZING fall weather – and you can make it, too! I have the tutorial below.
Imagine the money you’ll save creating costumes, family vacation shirts, throw pillows, personalized kitchen towels, canvases, and more!
The possibilities definitely go beyond Halloween. Make personalized Christmas gifts, customized holiday decorations, or even ornaments for the tree.
I also use it to iron on a few Girl Scout badges at one time. Saves me a ton of time ironing on each one to my daughter’s vest.
Why Is EasyPress Better Than an Iron?
In a pinch, or with a very limited budget, you can certainly use an iron. But, there are many benefits to owning a Cricut EasyPress.
First, Cricut offers 4 different sizes; 6-in x 7-in, 9-in x 9-in and 12-in x 10-in.
I prefer the 9×9 because it works for many of the projects that I’ve created so far. If you like to do a ton of personalized t-shirts, the 12×12 might be the best for you.
Iron on transfers, whether they’re vinyl or Infusible Ink, require heat that is a certain temperature according to the fabric to which you are adhering.
Using Cricut’s easy-to-use Heat Guide, you can set a precise temperature on the EasyPress dials.
Where the Cricut EasyPress makes the biggest difference vs. an iron is having two heating elements instead of one. This allows for edge-to-edge heating and a flawless transfer of heat.
A Simple Heat Transfer Cricut EasyPress Project
If you’re just learning to use your Cricut cutting machine and your EasyPress, or if you’re just curious what the EasyPress can do, here’s a simple project.
First, open Cricut Design Space. There are ton of free Cricut projects from which you can gather ideas or begin creating. For this one, I just used two a few different fonts I liked. You can access the actual design here!
When Design Space is open, click “Template” on the left side. Then, choose “Classic t-shirts” and select the type and size you’re using from the top.
Using a template for your project allows a live preview as it will look on the finished product. From here, you can select ‘Projects’ to get ideas, ‘Images’ to find designs to create your own project, as well as ‘Text’ and ‘Shapes’ to create your own text and add basic shapes.
When you find the design or image you want to put onto your t-shirt, select ‘Insert Images’ at the bottom and arrange it where you’d like it.
Once I have my design how and where I want it, I select ‘Make it’ from the top.
For Cricut Infusible Ink, place it on your mat design side UP/liner side down. Make sure to mirror the image and set your dial to ‘Custom.’ It will let you choose your media from the computer screen; choose Infusible Ink and click ‘Finish’ if you’re ready to cut.
Most mats with Cricut are 12″x12″ so if your design is too large for the mat, it will tell you at the top of the screen.
Just go back to the design screen and resize it until the message disappears.
Once your image is mirrored, click ‘Continue.’
Make sure your Cricut Explore Air 2 or Maker is connected, place your vinyl or Infusible Ink sheet on the mat, and insert into the machine.
The machine guides you through the rest!
I do notice that weeding Infusible Ink sheets is slightly more difficult than weeding vinyl, so be patient. The payoff is amazing once you’re done, but it’s a thicker media.
When you place it on the shirt, it will just look like white, thick letters. DON’T WORRY. You’ll iron them on, peel them off, and the design will stay on the shirt.
What do you think?