LEARN HOW TO CREATE A FUN AND EASY GIFT FOR ANY COFFEE LOVER WITH THE CRICUT MUG PRESS
I am so excited about the Cricut Mug Press! I have wanted to get into sublimation for some time but always have been VERY intimidated. Not anymore!
In this article, I will go over the new machine and how to use it. I put together a bundle of 11 designs for you to try out on this new machine. They range from the cute to funny to naughty. I will be showing you how to use one of these designs a bit later in this post!
Due to the Mug Press being a standalone machine, it can be used with any of your Cricut cutting machines. The Cricut Joy is great for cutting mug press designs!
LET THE MACHINE DO THE WORK!
There is no guessing with the Cricut Mug Press! It takes the temperature of your room and mug then presses it for as long as necessary in order to create flawless results!
Cricut has come out with a line of infusible ink that is “sized appropriately” for the Mug Press. While I can see this as convenient, I don't know if it is necessary to have a box of ink just for the press. They also, at the time of writing this, only have a small selection of colors and patterns.
I would recommend the regular Infusible Ink boxes and even the Infusible Ink made for the Cricut Joy. In the tutorial below, I use a box of ink I bought for my Joy machine. The smaller size means less cutting!
You can also use the Infusible Ink markers and pens! You can draw designs or have your cutting machine draw out an image for you to press! So freakin' cool!
Another material you can use is sublimation paper and designs made with a sublimation printer. Seriously, the possibilities are endless!
It is recommended that Cricut Mug Press be used in conjunction with any mug suitable for sublimation.
EASE OF USE
After you have applied your design to your mug, you just carefully place the mug into the Mug Press cavity, lower the handle, and that's it! Wait for the machine to beep, lift up the lid, and remove your mug. It is that easy!
MY TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE CRICUT MUG PRESS
- I would recommend using a custom pressure setting if you run into problems weeding your infusible ink. I show you this process in the tutorial below.
- If you end up with little spots on your mug after you pressed your design, you probably had dirt or debris on the mug or carrier sheet. Always wipe your mug with alcohol. Once dry, run a lint roller over the surface to make sure you have it squeaky clean!
- Just like with all infusible ink, make sure your hands are clean and free of any perfume or lotion!
- I would always recommend using heat resistant tape to help prevent any ghosting of your design.
- MIRROR! MIRROR! MIRROR!
LET'S PRESS A MUG!
In this tutorial, I’ll give you my step by step instructions and tell you what materials I think work best when making this project.
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COFFEE BAR MUG – MATERIALS LIST
- I am using my Cricut Maker. You could also use your Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Explore 3, Cricut Maker 3, or Cricut Joy!!
- Cricut Mug Press
- Cricut EasyPress Mat
- Cricut Mug in 12 ounce or 15 ounce
- Cricut StandardGrip Cutting Mat (green)
- Cricut Infusible Ink in your choice of color
- Cricut Brayer
- Lint Roller
- Cricut Heat Resistant Tape
I just love how the mug press works beautifully with the infusible ink to give a flawless finish. It is so cool!
I can see myself making family and friends all kinds of mugs in the future! I hope you try this out!
Post a photo in the comment section or tag your projects on social media @thebeardedhousewife using the hashtag #beardedhousewife! I’d love to see how yours turn out!!