Learn how to make professional-looking ceramic coasters with your Cricut. Here’s the detailed tutorial and tips for making Cricut Infusible Ink Coasters.
Cricut infusible ink is like magic!
I love the professional look you get on everything you use it on.
I have made t-shirts, bags, mugs, and caps!
I am really excited to try making coasters with them.
We need some personalized coasters in our house to keep track of the water cups. Even though we each use a cup throughout the day, they have been getting mixed up.
The solution – personalized coasters.
What better way to make them than to use the Cricut Infusible Ink coasters?
Of course, these make the perfect personalized gift for any occasion as well!
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- Cricut Cutting Machine. I am using the Cricut Maker 3 but any machine will work.
- StandardGrip Cricut Mat
- Fine Point Blade
- Cricut Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet of your choice. I am using
- Cricut Infusible Ink Ceramic Coasters
- Heat-resistant transfer tape
- EasyPress 3 (EasyPress 2 will work as well)
- EasyPress Mat
- White cardstock
- Butcher Paper (comes with the Infusible Ink transfer sheet but can be bought separately as well.)
How to make Infusible Ink Coastes
Step 1: Design the coasters
- Create your design for your coaster in Design Space. Read my full guide to the Design Space here.
- You can use existing designs by searching for “coasters”, or
- You can make your own designs as I did. The coasters are 3.5″ x 3.5″ so be sure to draw a circle and use that as a template to fit your design into.
To make my coaster design:
- I used the monogram maker for the designs since I was going for personalized coasters with initials.
- I centered the monogram within each circle
- Changed the colors for each coaster to be unique – so they are made on their own separate transfer sheets. You can skip this if you are using the same sheet for all the coasters.
- “Attach” each circle to the monogram.
Step 2: Cut the design
- Hit “Make it” on the top right corner of Design Space.
- On the prepare screen, TURN ON MIRROR – very important.
- Set material to “Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet
- Make sure to install the Fine Point blade in Clamp B.
- Load the StandardGrip mat with the infusible ink transfer sheet. The ink side should be up and the pattern visible.
Use a brayer to smooth the sheet onto the mat.
Insert into the Cricut machine and let it do its thing and cut the design!
Step 3: Weed the design
- Carefully remove the negative space from the backing.
Note: Try your best to weed the design using your fingers. To do this, bend the paper and peel off the little pieces.
If you do end up having to use a weeding tool for really tiny pieces, be very careful to not damage the transfer sheet.
Step 4: Clean the Coasters
I am using the round ceramic coasters. These have two sides –
- the beige rough side
- the shiny white side.
The shiny white side is the top where you want to transfer the design.
If you are using the square coasters, one side has a cork backing.
Clean the coasters with rubbing alcohol and wipe down with a lint-free cloth to get all the oils and residues from touching the coasters off. This helps in getting the best transfers.
Step 5: Set up for the transfer
If you are using the EasyPress 3 like me, you can easily pick your materials in the Cricut Heat app and the machine will set it up for you.
- Attach the transfer sheet to the coaster using heat-resistant tape. Be sure to have the ink side facing down and center the design.
Set up the material in the following order:
- EasyPress mat. This is highly recommended – in fact it is mandatory. The mat holds heat and helps in making it possible to get a good quality transfer.
- White cardstock. This protects the EasyPress mat from the ink that may leak through.
- Coaster with transfer sheet attached face down. That’s right… it needs to be face down.
- Butcher paper.
Step 6: Apply the transfer.
Once the EasyPress machine is ready, go ahead and place it onto your stack of material and hit “play”.
Once the countdown timer finishes, move the EasyPress off.
Do not touch the coaster with your bare fingers. It is going to be extremely hot.
Allow for the coaster to completely cool down. You can slide off the EasyPress mat from under it slowly to help it cool faster because the EasyPress mat holds heat. However, make sure that you have a heat-resistant surface underneath.
If you need to make multiple projects, you can use oven mitts to move the coasters. but remember, they are HOT!
Since I am using 12×12 EasyPress 3, I was able to fit 2 coasters at a time under it.
Once cool, slowly peel back the transfer sheet, and DONE!
The vibrant colors and the beautiful gloss give them the perfect professional finish.
Every time I use infusible ink in a project, I am absolutely blown away by the finish. I mean, I know what is going to happen but I still fall in love with it every time!
I made one coaster for each member of the family. Here’s to hoping that will get the water cup situation under control.
If you are making them as a gift, you can easily pack them with a ribbon, and you are done!