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I’m back with another Cricut post! This time using the Cricut Easypress 2 alongside the Cricut Explore Air 2! When partnering with Cricut I knew without a doubt that I’d A.) Be Cricut-ing my life away B.) Making all-of-the-shirts. When I found out I would be working with the Easypress 2, I was even more excited because I have this huge heat press down in the basement… still in its box because I don’t know where to put it and well, it’s probably just gon stay down there for when I do bulk projects. For now though, I’m testing out the wonderful Easypress 2 with small projects for my family and friends. Seriously, if you’d like me to make you something, I’m only an email away. :)
In the spirit of the holidays, I created two shirts for Kiki using designs I created two years ago for my store. I’m thinking about offering both designs again (different shirts, colors, and vinyl). For today’s share though, I used Cricut brand vinyl and cotton/poly blend shirts I grabbed at Walmart.
I like to be resourceful as possible, so I was able to fit both designs on one 12 x 12 mat so that I wouldn’t need two sheets of vinyl. In Cricut Design Space, I uploaded the two images I had already designed in Photoshop. Then, I loaded both images onto the same project and flattened them both together so they’d both be cut on the same piece of vinyl.
When working with iron-on vinyl, it’s important to mirror the image by selecting the Mirror button before sending the project to be cut. If you don’t do this, your iron-on design will be backwards. It’s also important to remember to place the vinyl on the mat shiny side down.
The Cricut Everyday Iron-On Vinyl was easy to work with. Removing the excess vinyl away from the design made me a little nervous, but it peeled away clean. I was afraid that I was going to accidentally take some of the design off with the excess, but all was well. Next, was to iron the design on to the shirt using the Cricut Easypress 2!
I set the Easypress to the recommended setting for a cotton/polyester blend shirt and Everyday Iron-On Vinyl. A temperature of 315 F was recommended, along with applying light pressure on top of the iron-on transfer for 30 seconds and 15 seconds on the back of the shirt. I allowed the shirt to cool down a bit and carefully peeled the transfer sheet away from the shirt. All in all, it was a very smooth application and I was THRILLED with the results. I noticed a tiny piece of the deer antler didn’t get enough heat, but that was easily remedied by going back over that little corner.
For the second shirt design, I used the same method. Now, Kiki has two festive shirts to jumpstart the holidays! I’m so excited to continue creating with my Cricut Explore and Easypress machines throughout the holidays and beyond! Now let me go plan my next project and I’ll be back with another post to share how it turned out!
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