Learn how to layer infusible ink on a mug. This cute Christmas mug is perfect for leaving out for Santa with cookies.
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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.
How to Layer Infusible Ink on a Mug
- Infusible Ink Sheets (green and red)
- Heat transfer tape
- Cricut (I use a Cricut Maker 3)
- Cricut Mugs
- Mug Press
- Easy Press Mat
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.
- Upload the design as usual. Be sure to attach the design to keep it together.
- Mirror the design.
- Cut as usual. The ink side faces up on the Cricut mat.
- Weed the infusible ink sheets. Don’t use tools because they can damage the ink. Use your fingers instead.
- Cut apart the designs to make them fit better. I kept “Santa” together and applied each holly leaf set separately.
- Add the 2nd color to the first color’s transfer backing sheet. In this case, you will be adding the berries to the leaves.
- Use heat transfer tape to place the designs onto the mug.
- Place the mug in the Mug Press when it’s ready.
- Press the start button and let the mug press run. It takes about 6 minutes.
- Remove the mug and let it cool on the Easy Press mat.
- After the mug cools, remove the transfer sheet.
Download a Santa Mug SVG
This design has already been cut apart.
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