How to Layer Infusible Ink Designs

If you’ve been practicing with Cricut’s Infusible Ink you might be keen to try creating some more complex designs. Perhaps you’ve mastered basic ink transfers but are keen to try layering different Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet designs to create one incredibly beautiful project. In this post I’m going to explain the basics of layering with Infusible Ink.

Note: If you’re new to Infusible Ink give this post a read before you continue: An Introduction to Cricut Infusible Ink

Why is layering Infusible Ink different to layering heat transfer vinyl?

Infusible Ink designs are created by ink infusing into a material. This is completely different to vinyl projects where a design is attached to an item using a strong adhesive. If you're interested in learning more about iron on vinyl, check out this Introduction to Heat Transfer Vinyl post!

Unlike iron on vinyl projects, Infusible Ink projects should only be pressed once to prevent damage being caused to the design or material. This means that the usual process for layering vinyl, where designs are built up by repeatedly adding and pressing the different layers, won’t work. Instead, Infusible Ink layering needs to be done before any heat is applied.

In this example I’m going to show you how you can combine two different Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets to create a layered design on a t-shirt.

The Layering Process

First, you need to cut your designs from the two transfer sheets. This is done as you usually would with Infusible Ink. Make sure the sheets are colourful side up and that the mirror setting is turned on.

Cut away the excess transfer sheet from your design and weed them as normal. Make sure when you cut around your project you leave enough space for the layered design to be added.

Preparing the Infusible Ink designs

Once you have your weeded design, you need to remove the layering portion of your design from it’s backing sheet and transfer it across onto the backing sheet of the main design. You can use your weeder tool to help with this. Make sure it is stuck in place colourful side up.

Arranging the Infusible Ink designs

Once you are happy with your layered design you can press it as normal in accordance with the guidelines of your heat press and material. If you’re unsure about what settings are best to use then it would be worth checking out Cricut’s handy Heat Guide.

Pressing the Infusible Ink design with a heat press

For the final step, peel away the backing paper to reveal your amazing Infusible Ink layered design!

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