Example of how to engrave cricut Infusible inks with a Cricut Maker's Engraving tool

How to Engrave Cricut Infusible Ink Sheets on Cricut Aluminum

If you love color and want a way to make your engraving designs easier to see, then this technique is one you’re guaranteed to love. I first saw the potential in engraving through Infusible Ink when Karen L., one of the crafty and creative gals in my Engraving Metals Facebook group, started to play around with the technique a few weeks ago. Her results were nothing short of AH-MAZING. I totally had to figure it out! So in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to engrave Cricut Infusible Ink into Cricut Aluminum Sheets for a vibrant effect. You’ll see the best tip you NEED to know to make this work, a great technique for positioning your engravings, and I’ll give you a free design to use so you, too, will get out-of-this-world* engraving results. 

(*Too much? It’s not quite punny. But I used the Galactic Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets 🌎 💫.)

How to Engrave Cricut Infusible Ink Sheets on Cricut Aluminum

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What you need to engrave Infusible Ink Sheets on Cricut Aluminum

Tools and Materials

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Directions

Step One: Check the Heat Guide

Step one is the best tip/step that you’ll be SO glad you know. When you go to Cricut’s online Heat Guide, you get not only the heat settings for the Infusible Ink, but you also get the instructions for how to use it with different types of blanks. It’s the best cheat sheet ever.

Cricut Heat Guide Recommendations for Using the Easy Press with Infusible Ink
Cricut Heat Guide for the Easy Press Gives Temps for Different Models and Materials

For the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets and Cricut Aluminum, you’ll want to set your Easy Press 2 at 385 degrees for 40 sec. If you’re using an Easy Press, you’ll want to set it at 360 for 120 sec. If you’re using a heat press then set the temp for 385 degrees.

Step Two: Prep Your Materials

Cricut Easy Press Temperature and Timer Controls | How to Set the Temp on a Cricut Easy Press

To cover your entire Aluminum sheet with the Infusible Ink, you’ll want to cut a transfer sheet slightly larger than you need it. I cut mine at 9″ x 8″ because my sheet is 8″ x 8″, and I planned to tape it on just two sides. Take off the plastic sheets on both sides of your aluminum blank. Warm up the Easy Press or your heat press.

Roll the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets to “crack” the paper surface that the ink is on. This will allow the ink to release and infuse more easily.

What to look for when you use infusible ink sheets | How to prep the Infusible Ink transfer Sheets Before You Apply Heat | Prepping Cricut Infusible Ink transfer Sheets

Step Three: Infuse the Cricut Aluminum with the Infusible Ink

The Cricut Heat Guide instructs us on how to create a “stack” that will give us the best results when using the Infusible Ink on Aluminum.

How to Create a Stack to Use Infusible Ink on Cricut Aluminum | Engraving on Cricut Aluminum
I printed off my own cheat sheet (the directions I found on the Cricut Heat Guide Page) and you can too!

The stack is from top to bottom is as follows-

  1. Easy Press
  2. Butcher Paper
  3. Transfer sheet (ink side down)
  4. Aluminum Sheet (coated side up)
  5. Cardstock 
  6. Easy Press Mat (or ironing blanket)

Use the Cricut heat resistant tape to tape down the transfer sheet onto the cardstock on the sides that we cut larger for this. Once you’ve assembled everything, place the Easy Press on top of your stack (and avoid moving it).

How to use the Cricut Easy Press to make infusible link transfers on aluminum
For the Easy Press 2 I set the temp for 385 degrees and 40 sec.

Start the timer. When done, pick up the Easy Press and set it in its cradle.

Check the transfer. If it didn’t transfer all the way, or go ahead and apply the Easy Press again, just be careful not to move anything or your transfer will be off.

How to Heat Set Cricut Infusible Ink on Cricut Aluminum | What to look for When Applying Cricut Infusible Ink on Cricut Aluminum to Engrave With
Not enough heat
Cricut Infusible Ink on Cricut Aluminum| Applying Heat a Second Time to Get a Clearer Infusible Ink Transfer
After I applied more heat
How to Prep An Aluminum Sheet with Cricut Infusible Ink for Engraving | Cricut Infusible Ink on Cricut Aluminum
Three tries the charm!

Note: This caution over placement matters the most if you’re using a patterned infusible ink transfer sheet.

Let cool, then lift off the sheet to reveal your vibrant ink infused aluminum! All done, now set that aside and let’s get into Design Space.

Step Four: Upload and Insert Your Design

Download my FREE engraving design from my Free Creative Resource Library to your desktop or use your own design. Open a new canvas in Cricut Design Space and click on the Upload icon on the left side toolbar. Hit browse and grab your design. Click on the design in your Image Uploads and then on the Insert Images button in the lower right corner to add it to your canvas. 

How to find the engraving design in the Free Resource Library
Click on the Free Library link and then download to your ❤️’s content

Step Five: Create a Simple Shape Template

On the left side toolbar, choose the Shapes icon. Select the square. Size to 8″ x 8″ (or the size of the sheet you’re using.) Change the Line Type to Draw. Use the shape to measure your design to fit. You can unlock the lock to adjust the constraints if it suits your aluminum blank better.

Create a Simple Shape Template and Align Center

Select both shapes, Align Center, and Attach. In Line Type, change the design to Draw and change the color of both to red.

How to Make a Simple Shape Template for Engraving through Infusible Ink Sheets on Cricut Aluminum

Then Duplicate just the design and change that to Engrave.

Note: Make sure that all the layers on the engraving image is Attached.

Change the Line Type to Engrave and Make it

Choose Make It.

Step Six: Prep Your Mat

Place your aluminum sheet image side up on a Cricut Strong Grip Mat and tape down the sheet. I like to position mine towards the middle of the mat. 

Step Seven: Double-Check Your Placement

Back in Cricut Design Space’s Mat Preview page, move your image to Mat One by clicking on the three dots in the corner of the selection square, and choose Move Object. On Mat One, click and move your template to match your aluminum sheet’s position on the Strong Grip Mat.

Engrave through Infusible Ink Sheets Move the Design to Mat 1

I suggest making the image bigger (use the zoom feature) so that you can be more precise. Then, move your engraving design over the template so that you can’t see red behind it. Select the template, and under the three dots in the upper left corner choose, Hide Selected.

Hide the template before you engrave

Load your mat and double-check your placement one more time before you click Continue. 

Step Eight: Prepare to Engrave and Press Go

This action takes you to the Material Settings Page. Choose Aluminum Sheet as your material, make sure your engraving tool is in Carriage B, and your star wheels are all the way to the right side of the roller bar. Then, hit the Cricut Go button on your machine.

How to Prep Your Cricut Strong Grip Mat before you Engrave Cricut Aluminum
Oops- I didn’t move ALL the star wheels all the way to the right- but this works just fine.

Step Nine: Finish Your Engraving

If it looks good then go ahead and unload your mat.

Engraving project from how to engrave through Infusible Ink on Cricut Aluminum
Finished Engraving on Infusible Ink Sheets

Note: IF you’d like to have it do a second pass, you CAN press Go a second time and have it repeat the engrave action. You can not do this if you have already unloaded the mat.

After you’ve unloaded the mat, use the tape you peel off the sides to pick up any debris from the top of the aluminum sheet.

Display Ideas: Use a hole punch to add a hanger, glue a hanger to the back, or mount your engraving to a wood cradle canvas. FUN!

Watch the YouTube Tutorial ▶️ on How to Engrave Cricut Infusible Ink Sheets

If you’re someone who’d rather see it than read it, be sure to check out my YouTube tutorial below. I go through all the same steps as this tutorial, but you can watch the magic as it happens.✨ Interested? It’s pretty cool- just click play!

Looking for More Cricut Engraving Ideas?

I have over EIGHT tutorials on my blog now that show you how to do all kinds of Cricut engraving projects. This summer I also literally wrote the book on Engraving Metals with your Cricut Maker. This 100+ page book helps you solve the problems and expand the possibilities of what’s possible with the Cricut Engraving Tool. 

Join the Community that Makes Engraving with Your Cricut an Adventure

You can also join my Engraving Metals Facebook Group and show us your stuff, ask questions, or troll for inspiration. It’s a wonderful group that is mostly adventurous beginners who are willing to try anything. It’s pretty awesome!

❤️ Thanks again to Karen L. who started me down this path of engraving on Cricut Aluminum. My NEXT engraving tutorial will be How to Engrave with Infusible Ink Markers!

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If you found this tutorial helpful, I would LOVE to have you share it on Pinterest, Facebook, or another social media platform! It really does make a HUGE difference.❤️

Thank you.

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5 comments

  1. Lisa

    I loved the infusible ink on the alluminum and was enjoying as the engraving was happening, but my maker died trying to complete the engraving. Fingers crossed it will come back to like with some help from support. Has that happened on any big engraving projects for you?

    Reply

    1. Jeremy Swift

      Hi Lisa! Did it start up again? I did have that happen but I was using Bluetooth instead of a USB and figured out that was the problem.

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      1. Lisa

        Thanks I just got it to write a word but it is dragging the fine point blade, so something is off, but hopefully it’s fixable. It’s amazing how much I love this machine

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        1. Jennifer Swift

          The fine point blade? So “write a word” are you using the infusible markers? And then cutting with the fine point blade in the same action? Just curious. I know- it’s nuts but I left my cricut at my folks one weekend and couldn’t handle it.

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          1. Lisa

            I actually just tried to use the black pen to just write hello on printer paper without cutting. The b clamp is dropped down and doesn’t go back up at all. I’m pretty nervous because I’m just past a year/warranty 😔 not sure what they will say. Fingers crossed. Thanks for talking my thru this a bit. It’s nice to know someone cares 🙂

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