If you’ve never tried engraving gifts with the Cricut Maker, this tutorial may be the push you need to give it a try. Using a simple shape template (more on that later) we can engrave through infusible ink, making the engraving stand out clearly against a vivid, colorful backdrop. To make the image even more visible, I have four free designs that have line fill already added so your text and shapes look solid (not just outlined) giving you the engraved look you’d hoped for. That makes these coasters the PERFECT first engraving project if you just received your Maker for Christmas and can’t wait to jump right in!
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How to Engrave Infusible Ink Coasters
Tools and Materials
- Free Christmas Coffee Filled Engraving Design Bundle (Free Library)
- Cricut Maker, or Cricut Maker 3 with Engraving Tool
- Standard Grip Mat (usually I recommend the strong grip but the cork can come off the edges of the coasters)
- Blue Painter’s Tape
- Cricut Infusible Ink Coasters
- Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet (I’m using Xinpocut’s Christmas Plaids, a third-party brand from Amazon) but you can use the Cricut Infusible Ink transfer sheet, or sublimate your own plaid design
- Heat-Resistant Tape
- Easy Press 2, or Easy Press OR an auto press like the HTVRont Heat Press
- Easy Press Mat or Ironing Blanket (a folded towel works too)
- Piece of Cardstock
- Unwaxed Butcher Paper
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Directions for How to Engrave Infusible Ink Coasters with a Cricut
Step One: Get the Free Downloads!
You can find these four free designs in a zip file that you can download from my Free Library. It’s linked under the Engraving Designs section.
Step Two: Create a Stack for the Infusible Ink
First, pre-heat your heat press or Easy Press with the times/temps given in the Cricut Heat Guide.
We’re using the Cricut Infusible Ink Coaster Blanks for this project. Because they are white they give us a super vivid transfer. I’m also using infusible ink sheets by Xinpocut because they have more patterns than Cricut has.
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. From Top to bottom…
- Easy Press
- Butcher Paper
- Transfer sheet (ink side down)
- Aluminum Sheet (coated side up)
- Easy Press Mat (or ironing blanket)
Place the coasters on your card stock. Then, use the Cricut heat-resistant tape to tape down the transfer sheet onto the cardstock on all four sides. This helps the coasters stay in place and avoid shifting.
Step Three: Press the Coasters
Once you’ve assembled everything, carefully place the Easy Press on top of your stack (and avoid moving it).
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. You can see how much of the ink was removed from the paper in the picture below. If yours still seems to have a lot of ink on it, and the blank looks faded or not as bright, you’ll need to heat it again. Go ahead and do another 40 seconds- they won’t burn.
Set aside and let them cool, then remove the transfer sheet and tape. You’re ready to engrave!
Step Four: Create a New Canvas in Cricut Design Space + Upload Engraving Designs
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. Repeat for all four engraving designs.
Click on ONE of the designs in your Image Uploads to select it and then click on the Add to Canvas button in the lower right corner of your screen to insert it into your canvas.
Step Five: Make a Simple Shape Template and Size the Design
Note: A template will help you align your design on your blank once you get to the Mat Preview Page. After you use it to align your design you’ll hide it. It’s a quick step that really helps you align your design correctly on your blank!
Click the Shapes icon on the left side toolbar and select a rounded rectangle to add it to the screen.
In the Size in the top toolbar, change the height to 3.75″. If your lock is on, that should automagically change the width too.
Next, drag your design into the square and use the anchors to drag it to the size you want.
Once you’re happy, select both the square and the design and in the top toolbar, click on the Align icon. In the drop-down menu choose Center Align. Then Attach both.
Finally, in the top toolbar under Operations, choose Pen and change the color in the box next to it to a red. You’ve got your Simple Shape Template!
Step Six: Duplicate the Design and Change Operation to Engrave
Next, in the Layers Panel click on the design to select it, then click the Duplicate icon at the top of the Layers Panel.
Click on the duplicated design to select it and then in the Operations menu choose Engrave. And you’re ready to go!
Step Seven: Save the Design + Make it!
Next, you can save the project in the top toolbar and then click the Make it! button in the top right toolbar.
Step Eight: Align the Design, Prep Your Mat and Hide the Template
You’re now on the Mat Preview Page where you can drag the template to the position on the mat that you want to place your blank, I like to position mine towards the middle of the mat.
On your cutting mat, place your coaster blank in the same position as it’s shown on the Mat Preview Page. I like to align mine to the bottom left corner and have it at the 4″ and 7″ grid lines.
Tip: Make the screen bigger by clicking on the zoom percentage in the lower left corner of the canvas. This helps you be precise with your alignment.
Use the blue painter’s tape to tape all four edges.
Then, in Cricut Design Space drag the engraving design OVER the template. This should cover up the red. Then, click on the three dots for the template and “hide” the template.
To finish, click Continue.
Step Nine- Prep to Engrave and Engrave!
The next screen will ask you to choose your Material Setting. Select Aluminum Sheets and then follow the directions to load your mat and press the “go” arrow button on your Cricut to start engraving!
Note: If you’re using my Christmas Coffee Engraving Designs they actually each take a little over 2 hours to engrave. I set it up, set a timer, and walk away for 2 hours.
Step Ten- Finish Engrave the Infusible Ink Coasters
Once the engraving is finished, unload the mat. Then, remove the tape and use it to pick up the debris on the surface of your coaster.
Set aside and repeat with the other three designs and coasters!
Get ALL the Filled Engraving Designs in the Free Library
Filled designs show up best when you engrave, and my Free Library has dozens of pre-filled engraving designs for you to play with!
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