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How To Design A Color Changing Mug Using Cricut Infusible Inks

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I am excited to show how to design a color changing mug with Cricut Infusible Inks. Do you want to learn how to put your own design on a color changing mug using Cricut Infusible Inks? Well, you have come to the right place! Yes, you can use Infusible Inks to decorate ceramic items like a coffee mug but you will need to heat treat the mug in the oven. Make sure the ceramic item can be used for heat sublimation.

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I will take you through the step by step process on how to design your own color-changing coffee mugs. First of all, what is Cricut Infusible Ink and how do you use it? Cricut Infusible Ink is a new way of creating your own professional graphic designs by doing ink transfers onto a T-shirt, tote bags, coasters, and more.

Using the compatible Cricut Infusible Ink transfer sheet with your Cricut machine you can create your design with Infusible Ink pens and markers. You can either design and cut with plain white copy paper or cut your design uses one of the patterns Infusible Ink transfer sheet.



Supplies you will need to design a color changing mug using Cricut Infusible Inks

Here are the items you will need to do an Infusible Ink design on your color-changing coffee mug. I have included all the links to where you can get your supplies by just clicking on the items:

Cricut Machine – If you don’t have a Check out this Cricut Machine post!
Infusible Ink Pattern Transfer Sheet or Plain white copy paper
Cricut cutting mat
Bucher paper
Cricut Heat Resistant Tape or other Heat Resistant Tape
Rubbing alcohol
Desk Fan
Oven thermometer
(The oven has to be at an exact temp to transfer the design.)
Mug Wrap (This applies pressure to the transfer paper so the design will show up on the mug!)
11oz. Black & Blue mugs

Here are 11 oz. black and blue mugs you can select from to put your designs on. Then you can sell or give the mugs as gifts! When these mugs are heated they will turn white and design will be seen.

If you want to do this project with a white mug that doesn’t change colors then you will want to check out this Infusible Inks mug post for those instructions!



Step by step how to design a color changing mug using Cricut Infusible Inks

Steps:

1) Using your Cricut Design Space software select or create your design for your mug.

2) Measure your mug to make sure your design will fit.

Tip: Make sure to leave 1/4 inch of space for the top, bottom, and mug handle all round the edge of your design. Very important if you want your design to look even on the mug.

3) Place a piece of plain white copy paper or Infusible Ink pattern transfer sheet on your Cricut cutting mat.

4) On Cricut Design Space click the Make It” button. Load your cutting mat into your Cricut machine.

5) Following the Cricut Design Space instructions.

Note: If you are using the Infusible Pens or Markers for your design, load it in the Cricut machine per the Cricut Design Space instructions. Load each Pen or Marker color when prompted, if you are using multiple colors.

Cricut BrightPad



6) Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and place your oven thermometer in the oven.

7) When your design is finished unload load your Cricut mat.

8) Wipe the mug surface with rubbing alcohol and allow it to dry.

9) Trim your design keeping the 1/4 inch of space and place you design on the mug.

10) Secure your design to the mug using heat resistant tape.

11) Put your Mug Wrap flat on the table and trim the butcher paper and place on top of the
Mug Wrap.

12) Lay your mug on top of the Mug Wrap with the mug handle pointing up.

13) Check the oven thermometer, it will need to be at 400 degrees for this process to work
correctly. If the oven is not at 400 degrees wait until it is.

Tip: The oven temp is very important for this process, 400 degrees is your magic temp.

Cricut BrightPad



14) Secure the Mug Wrap to the mug and put the mug upside down in the oven. Set your oven timer for 12 minutes.

Note: Heat always rises! Putting the mug upside down in the oven helps the image transfer better to the mug because of the airflow.

15) When your mug is done curing in the oven, remove it, and place it on a heat-safe surface.

Warning: The mug will be very hot!!

16) Remove the Mug Wrap and papers.

17) Place your mug in front of your desk fan to cool down. Using a fan will protect your mug from getting hairline cracks during the cool-down process. Don’t submerge the mug in water while hot!

Once your mug has cooled, it will turn back to its original color and the design will be hidden. Enjoy your new custom-designed mug, it is ready to use, sell, or give away as a gift!

Want to get Cricut Infusible Ink product? Get Cricut Infusible Ink here!

Want to learn more about Cricut? Check out my other Cricut posts!

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What is a Cricut BrightPad?
What Is Cricut Access?

Which Cricut Machine Is Right For You?
Cricut Pen Adaptor Hack

What is Cricut Infusible Ink and how to use it?
10 Cricut Infusible Ink Hacks
How to Design a Mug with Cricut Infusible Inks

How To Design A Color Changing Mug Using Cricut Infusible Inks

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2 thoughts on “How To Design A Color Changing Mug Using Cricut Infusible Inks”

  1. This article is one of the best articles I have ever read on how to use those new Cricut pens. Congratulations to the author for being so creative, I distributed the article to my friends.

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