Mandala Puzzle Coasters with Cricut Infusible Ink & 3rd Party Blanks with Sublimation Tiles Project!
Updated: Sep 25, 2020
As I continue to experiment with the new Infusible Inks and their compatibility with 3rd Party blanks I found this Mandala Pattern, divided it into four pieces then cropped a small section for the far corners in Cricut Design Space and applied it to Sublimation Tiles! It's not just a set of Coasters, it's also pretty Decor! Check out the pictures and tips below! The only downside is that it can't be used as a trivet but hey, a clear piece of glass solves that doesn't it?
Project Time: about 30 minutes
Supplies: (click here to purchase
Cricut with Access membership, Easy Press2 (Infusible Inks do not work with the first Easy Press machine as it does not get hot enough).
Heat Press Mat (Cricut or another brand works just fine, this mat is the same material as your ironing board cover only thicker)
Sublimation Tiles or Cricut Infusible Ink Tiles
Infusible Ink Pens .4 mm (you. can use the larger 1.0 pens if you want to color in faster after printing the outline): Basic Black.
Butcher Paper & Microfiber type cloth
Laser Photo Copier Paper 8.5x11 & White Card Stock
High Temperature Heat Resistant Tape for us with Sublimation or Cricut Heat Resistant Tape
Cork Peel N Stick Backing optional
This Cricut Design is ready to make, just double check your Tile size and adjust as needed, click here & select customize.
Steps & Pro Tips: Following Cricut's basic instructions you will need to:
Log into Cricut Design Space and click here to locate the design.
Measure your tile, if it is a different size click each design to adjust the size & Save!
Click Make It, on the pop up click Mirror!
You should move the design so that 2 are on one page by clicking one of the designs and selecting the ... symbol, then select Move to another mat, in the pop up click the + symbol to add another mat and place two on it, Center each pair so that they cut towards the middle of the mat area for 8.5x11 paper. (fig 1.)
Using the Blue Light Mat place your Copier paper on it. Be sure to use a mat that has some sticky all around so that the paper doesn't tear when it cuts the outer square edges.
Follow the prompts on your computer or iPad screen to add the pens as needed during the cutting process.
Peel the mat off of the paper by turning it over and holding the paper down to reduce paper curling.
If you want to color in any part of the design on the copier paper do so now, be sure to put the white card stock or other paper below your copier paper incase it bleeds through. Tip: you only need one layer of ink to get vibrant color!
Follow the Cricut Heat Setting Guide to warm up your EasyPress2 here.
While you're machine is warming up wipe your tiles with the microfiber cloth to remove dust.
Using the heat tape, tape your image ink side towards the tile face so that it transfers.
Place your White Card Stock onto your Heat Press Mat.
Place your tiles face side down onto your Heat Press Mat. If you have the largest Easy Press2 you can heat transfer all four tiles at the same time too.
Place your Butcher paper on top of the tiles (this protects the surface of the Easy Press2 from any Ink getting on it).
Once your Easy Press C light turns green you can place it on top of the butcher paper and press the C button to start the process, do not press down on it for Tiles. Pro Tip: Do NOT move your Easy Press2 at all, not one tiny bit, just leave it and let it do the work for you!
When it beeps carefully lift up the Easy Press2 and place it in it's holding tray. Do Not touch your project until it fully cools, hard I know, but it is very hot and until it has cooled any movement could move the ink around and destroy all of your hard work!
Once Cooled completely turn over the tiles and remove the Heat Resistant Tape to peel off and reveal your wonderful creation!
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