How to do Sublimation with Cricut
Sublimating the crafts using Cricut is the same as the crafts that have been sublimated by conventional heat transfer equipment. Here you will learn how to do Sublimation with Cricut and Cricut’s easy press working process is the same as other heat presses rather it’s easy to use as well. Circut easy press helps you in adding iron on the craft to your created image or design, it’s actually a thermal tool. Apart from the easy use of the Cricut easy press, it is a bucks-friendly, small size, and works sharper than the other heat presses.
Another beauty of the Cricut press is that you get a Cricut design space as well for creating customizing designs with much flexibility. But you can’t find it better especially when it comes to using the Cricut easy press for larger projects because it’s good for small businesses. And can get you the best results too if you take the work accordingly.
Table of Contents
- How to do Sublimation with Cricut EasyPress
- Sublimation with Cricut – Step by Step Guide
- Final Words – How to do Sublimation with Cricut
How to do Sublimation with Cricut EasyPress
The Cricut easy press can sublimate multiple crafts or materials such as Cotton Fabric, Cotton canvas, Felt and faux leather, Chipboard, T-shirts, Shoes, Bags, Mugs, pillows, etc. We will be sublimating T-shirts by using the Cricut easy press. And you will see the result that how efficiently Cricut sublimates the t-shirt with ease. Now talk about the materials that you will be required to start the process.
Necessary items required for the Cricut sublimation process
- Sublimation Printer
- Sublimation Blank (T-Shirt)
- Sublimation Ink & Paper
- Cricut Easy Press
- Butcher Paper
- Heat Resistant Tape
- Lint Roller
I hope that all the mentioned necessary items would be known to all of you. If you don’t, let me tell you. The sublimation printer assists you in printing the design and the sublimation blank is sued for sublimating the design. The sublimation ink spread onto the sublimation paper in the form of design and different colors. The paper retains and then transfers the ink onto the craft that you want to sublimate.
I have described above the Cricut easy press that presses the sublimation material. The butcher paper is used to prevent the Cricut easy press and the T-shirt. The heat-resistant tape will help in fixing the sublimation paper properly to transfer the full design onto the craft.
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Sublimation with Cricut – Step by Step Guide
The sublimation done by the heat presses is common. But let us ask the question how to do Sublimation with Cricut and can you do sublimation with Cricut? The answer is yes. You can do sublimation with Cricut which earns you fruitful results but keep it for the smaller projects. Taking Cricut easy press for the bigger projects and businesses wouldn’t be a wise decision. Now let’s go towards the process of how to do sublimation of t-shirts with Cricut maker without wasting any time.
Step #1 – Creating an Alluring Design
The first-ever step is the presence of the design when you are going through the sublimation process. You can create captivating and customized designs by using Cricut design space. As it has multiple ready-made templates for creating awful designs within minutes if you have some designing sense.
And you are not limited to Cricut design software, there are more flexible designing software like Adobe Photoshop, illustrator, canva, etc. But make sure the design must be according to the cricut press and the material as well.
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Step #2 – Understanding the T-shirt
We are going to sublimate the polyester material T-shirt. And you should also use the sublimation blank otherwise you’ll need to prepare that craft. If you wanna good results, then at least the 65% polyester material should be there. But this percentage can’t bring as quality results as the 100% polyester brings. So, try to buy 100% polyester t-shirts.
Step #3 – Printing the created design
For this step, you must have the sublimation printer because the regular printers can’t give the expected results. And these are not suitable for the sublimation as well. You can find the best sublimation printer by analyzing these features of piezo printing technology, must be using multiple times in a month, and replaceable ink cartridges.
Some printers don’t come with sublimation ink. Hence you may have needed to buy the sublimation ink separately and it’s important. Because the regular ink doesn’t work for the sublimation. On the other hand, make sure you have selected the sublimation paper for the sublimation process. If the paper won’t have quality for sublimation, transferring would be uncleared or faded.
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Step #4 – Preparing the T-shirt for transferring process
Once the printing is done, move towards the preparation of material for the last step. Before doing this step, make sure you have the heat-resistant tape and the butcher paper. Now place the sublimation printed paper onto the sublimation side of the t-shirt and fix it with heat-resistant tape. Using heat-resistant tape will prevent the design from ghosting. As the design may have sublimated ghosted in case of not fixing it.
And place the butcher paper onto the sublimation paper and place another butcher paper inside of the t-shirt. The butcher paper will prevent the Cricut easypress and the back side of the t-shirt to transfer the ink onto the back side. Have a look on below given video;
Step #5 – Using Cricut EasyPress
The last step of how to do Sublimation with Cricut, before going for the transferring process, use the lint roller to clean the moisture or the dust from the t-shirt. Then turn on the Cricut easypress at the 400 F temperature and place the prepared t-shirt onto the table. And press the t-shirt with the Cricut easypress for 60 seconds at medium pressure for a complete transfer.
Once the time gets up, be careful to remove the accessories as these can be hot to touch. You can use some safety gloves to remove the resistant tape and the sublimation paper. One thing that needs to be remembered is maybe your material requires less temperature and time. In this case, you’ll have the burned sublimated design or can turn yellowish.
This is the best way of sublimating t-shirts using the Cricut easypress and can be done within a few minutes. You can sublimate the Mugs as well by using the Cricut mug press at the temperature of 400 F. All the processes will be the same for the mugs that have been followed in sublimating the t-shirt.
Final Words – How to do Sublimation with Cricut
We have concluded that you can absolutely use the Cricut easypress for the sublimation process and we’ve done it too within some minutes. And all the materials are also mentioned that can be sublimated by the Cricut mug press. But if you are planning to take the Cricut easypress for long terms and for a large number of projects, it won’t work for you. You’ll have to move towards the conventional heat presses as they have got the ability to rise the temperature up to 700 F and more indeed.
So if you are intending to start a small sublimation business, Cricut EasyPress as transfer equipment will be recommended. And all the mentioned crafts can be sublimated by the given process. But there can be some temperature fluctuations when it comes to sublimating any craft.