Comparing Infusible Ink: Markers and Sheets
So many of us crafters are in love with Cricut’s infusible ink transfer sheets – the colors are vibrant, the quality is long-lasting, and it’s easy to use once you get the hang of it. The same can be said for the infusible ink markers, although they do require a little bit of extra work in preparation, and the colors sometimes can slightly change in tone depending on your blank.
Extra prep work aside, infusible ink markers allow you to create some designs that are on a more personal level. This, sometimes, can be a little more challenging to achieve when using transfer sheets alone; such as children’s artwork or colorings. But one of the things that many crafters are not aware of is that there are some lesser-known blanks that can be used with infusible ink; eliminating the need to stick to only Cricut blanks!
Today we are going to look at a few of these less common materials that you can use infusible ink with, such as faux leather, acrylic, and wood. We’ll take a look at how well they transfer and a side-by-side color comparison of both the sheets and the markers on these materials so that you can decide which one will best suit your project needs.
Infusible ink on clear acrylic blanks creates a gorgeous semi-transparent finish on your project, resulting in a painted glass effect! This is amazing if you want to create your own mandala displays – it really creates an eye-catching work of art! The drawback, however, is that the markers do not work at all with acrylic – as the paper simply melts onto it during the transfer. I decided to test this out so that we could see how bad the marker transfer was in comparison to the sheet transfer!
While my transfer was only for testing purposes, I wasn’t worried about how much heat-resistant tape I was using (save the tape for more creative projects!) so it did create a little bit of ghosting. But ghosting aside, the answer is very clear that using markers on acrylic blanks is a big no! As expected, the copy paper melted to the acrylic, and no amount of water would take it off!
If you decide to try the sheets on acrylic, be sure to check the temperature and time for your blank’s thickness and size – you definitely don’t want your art to melt!
Transferring onto faux leather can be a bit of a tricky one – but it is doable! Oftentimes the transfer will just not work depending on the type of faux leather you have – and I have heard that sometimes it will appear to transfer, but then after a day or so it will fade dramatically, and not in an artsy kind of way! So what’s great about using infusible ink on faux leather? Well, more often than not you CAN infuse on the back of it, which is actually perfect for creating a lovely design for the backs of your custom-made faux leather bookmarks, earrings, pendants, and other jewelry items!
I feel like both transferred fairly well – it really depends on what kind of look you are going for on your project. The sheet is more vibrant, but the marker still transfers quite nicely – which could be great to decorate the backs of your faux leather projects or to even create your signature. I wouldn’t recommend attempting to transfer either onto the front – unless you use white HTV first, then the world is your oyster! Again, remember to check on the appropriate temperature and time!
I love the way infusible ink transfers onto wood blanks. In fact, it’s one of my favorite materials to use both the markers and sheets on besides the Cricut approved blanks! Depending on how you apply it and the colors that you select, it can give a lovely weathered effect or a nice rich-toned color.
You can truly make some beautiful decorative projects when using infusible ink on wood, and once you seal it for outdoor use with an appropriate sealant, you can make porch signs and welcome signs as well! It’s important to note that the effects will vary if your wood is slightly warped or unlevel – so keep that in mind when you are planning your project.
Cricut Cosmetic Bag
I know that this material is not in the least bit uncommon, but I wanted to compare the color change of the marker versus the sheet against a Cricut branded blank. This is important because both the markers and sheets use the same temperature and time when applying to the cosmetic bag, making this perfect for a true color comparison.
The sheet transferred much more vibrant than the marker – and a lot more even as well, though this could have been a user error when I transferred both at the same time.
Ultimately, both the sheets and markers are a fantastic tool and they both have their pros and cons. The markers can allow you to create more unique and personal designs, while the sheets seem to give a more consistent transfer which can be necessary for more in-depth artistic projects. The ease of the transfer sheets by far outweigh the extra steps of the markers – unless of course, you don’t mind spending the extra time needed for coloring in some of your designs. That said, the markers are much easier to use when dealing with outlines or writing alone, not to mention time-saving!
Overall, I think it’s fair to say that both Cricut’s markers and sheets are a must for your crafting supplies, and whichever form you decide to use on your next project, you can now add a few more base materials to your infusible ink toolbox!
Keep on Crafting!