How to Layer Infusible Ink on a Mug

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Learn how to layer infusible ink on a mug. This cute Christmas mug is perfect for leaving out for Santa with cookies.

If you’re new to Cricut, be sure to check out these Cricut tutorials for beginners.

santa mug with red striped linens

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When I made this cookie plate for Santa, I knew I also needed to make Santa a mug.

I love how this set came out. The infusible ink creates a long-lasting mug without worrying about vinyl falling off when it’s washed.

This design features an element where the colors are layered. I learned a lot during this process, so I’m sharing it with you.

mug that says "Santa" with holly leaves

How to Layer Infusible Ink on a Mug

Supplies Needed:

supplies for infusible ink mug

Things to Know About Infusible Ink

  • Infusible ink is transparent, so colors can blend where they overlap. The shapes need to be cut apart. Alternatively, dark colors can be layered over lighter colors.
  • Make several copies of the design before you cut them apart.
  • Use the combine option to cut designs apart. Use the slice option in Cricut Design Space. (The design below has already been cut apart.)
  • You can transfer the designs separately or place the second color onto the first color’s transfer backing.
  • You can also layer designs if the colors don’t touch. I did this with these mushroom coasters.
  • Infusible ink is sensitive to oils and lotions, so make sure that your hands are clean.


If you’ve never used a mug press before, be sure to check out this in-depth mug press tutorial first.

  1. Upload the design as usual. Be sure to attach the design to keep it together.
  2. Mirror the design.
  3. Cut as usual. The ink side faces up on the Cricut mat.
  4. Weed the infusible ink sheets. Don’t use tools because they can damage the ink. Use your fingers instead.
  5. Cut apart the designs to make them fit better. I kept “Santa” together and applied each holly leaf set separately.
  6. Add the 2nd color to the first color’s transfer backing sheet. In this case, you will be adding the berries to the leaves. layering infusible ink colors for holly leaf design
  7. Use heat transfer tape to place the designs onto the mug. infusible ink sheets taped to mug
  8. Place the mug in the Mug Press when it’s ready. mug in Cricut mug press
  9. Press the start button and let the mug press run. It takes about 6 minutes.
  10. Remove the mug and let it cool on the Easy Press mat.
  11. After the mug cools, remove the transfer sheet. Santa mug with cricut mug press in background
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Download a Santa Mug SVG

This design has already been cut apart.

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