Cricut Infusible Ink WATERCOLOR with Pens & Markers!

Cricut Infusible Ink WATERCOLOR with Pens & Markers!


– Hello everybody, my
name is Jennifer Maker. Tonight, I am gonna show
you a really cool Cricut infusible ink trick that
makes these pens or markers look like watercolor techniques on the Great Maker Show and Tell. (acoustic music) SO one of the really cool
things I’ve discovered is that we can do extra things
with the ink in these markers and pens, for example, I
made a coaster yesterday and I wanna show you. So this here is a coaster that I made with the Cricut infusible ink pens. So I didn’t just draw them on. I actually used watercolor brushes and I used these to create
this really cool effect and I think it turned
out really really neat. It’s actually even more
vibrant than you can see here because I have a lot of light in the room so we can see everything, but it’s actually really quite vibrant, even more so than when
I first transferred it and I want to show you
how to do this technique because if you want to play
with these infusible ink pens, or markers, you can do either
one, either the markers or the pens for this, it’s really cool and you get this lovely
watercolor technique, okay? What’s also cool about this
is you don’t actually need a Cricut to do this, you just
need your markers or pens and a paintbrush and
your laser copier paper that we’re gonna put our design on and a heat press or an
Easy Press to transfer it to a coaster or a tote bag or whatever it is that you want, okay? So these are gonna be
cool, so let’s head on over to the work area and let
me show you how this works. All right, awesome, so this
is what I made yesterday and as you can see, it’s basically some watercolor flowers and little flowers around the outside, now
I gotta tell you guys, I am not a watercolor artist. I don’t really consider
myself an artist at all. I think of myself as a
designer, but somehow I still managed to do this,
so don’t be intimidated by using a paintbrush ’cause
watercolors are actually pretty forgiving and I noticed
that even though there were some imperfections on my original design when I transferred it to the
coaster, it looked better, it looked better than what
I originally had, okay? So let me show you how this works. So we’re gonna start with our
piece of laser copy paper. Let me move these things over here, so again, I am using this Hammermill premium laser print paper, all right, so you can
use any type of paper so long as it’s laser and it’s
white like copy paper, okay? Not inkjet paper, not watercolor paper because as cool as that would be, you need a paper where your infusible ink is going to sit on the surface
and not want to soak in, okay, so that is important. All right, and I am going
to be putting this on my last coaster, ’cause
see, I’ve done three of the four coasters that Cricut sent me. So this’ll be our last one, okay. So what I recommend that
you do is make yourself a template, you could of
course cut out a circle on your Cricut if you wanted,
but we’re just gonna do it the old fashioned way, take out a marker and we’re just going
to draw a circle around our coasters so we know what size because you don’t want to
just sort of freehand it and hope that you’re getting it, it’s gonna be roughly where you need it because that will not work. You actually want to know
the size of your coaster and then we’re gonna cut this out so we know where to put our design so that we’re not going outside of it. And when we cut this,
we want to cut inside the lines like this. So that, because when we
drew this template, right, there was plenty of space around the edge so we wanna make sure we’re
coming in, oh, I don’t know, like maybe somewhere between
an 1/8th and a quarter of an inch and then we
know that our design is going to fit inside this coaster. Of course, if you wanna go to the edge, that would be different but
we don’t want that today. All right, so here is our template and this is what we’re
going to do watercolor with our markers, okay? And if you guys have any
questions while I’m doing this, just ask, I can see your comments and I’m always happy to answer questions about how anything that we’re doing works. So again, I am using the Cricut
infusible ink basic pen set because this is what I have,
but you could use the markers, and you can use the other colors, the other color set that
Cricut has right now is the neon set and that’s got more, that’s got a like, that’s got another pink
and it’s got yellow and it’s got like a light blue, it’s got like brighter colors in it. All right, so, we’re
going to start by using the empty box that our
coasters came in, okay? So this, I’ve used all my coasters, right, and so all we have left
is this plastic tray which is perfect for what
we’re going to do tonight, all right, so we’re going
to start by just taking off the cap and we’re going to
actually put some ink in here by literally just scribbling,
okay, so I’m just, it’s like I’m writing on the
inside of this plastic dish, essentially is what it’s like. Basically we’re using this as our palette, palette bowl, palette plate, I
don’t know what the technical word for that is, but yeah, so I’m just putting a bunch
of the green infusible ink in here, like that, okay? And then we’re gonna take a, this is a watercolor brush,
I got this really cool pack of them, what did I do with them? Oh, here they are, I got these on Amazon. They were not expensive and
it was like a whole range of brushes, but you can also just use, just as long as, you’re
going to want a good brush that’s going to, not
probably not too broad, like a round tip brush is
gonna work better for this. But I have these two because I think that, this is the two sizes that will work best for our project and
then we need some water ’cause this is watercolor
technique, right, so we’re just getting
a little bit of water, not a lot, just a little bit. Just kinda brush it off on the side and then we put the water, the wet brush into our ink like this and you can see, right,
that we now have essentially watercolor ink, (laughs), is what we have. We have added just a little
bit of water to this ink and I know there’s not a lot here, guys, but I will show you how you
can get more, all right, so, let’s move this here and
then we have our design so I am just gonna draw the stem of a flower. There, right, isn’t that
cool, so that’s not something that the point of our pens or
our brushes are gonna make, right, this is so cool
so we can have these cool brush effects so let me do another stem and then I will show you
how we can get some more ink out of our pen, okay, so. So I’m gonna actually
show you how you can get the ink cartridge out so you
can get a little more ink if you wanna do this, okay? So we’re gonna use a craft
knife, so always be careful when you use a knife and I am
gonna just kind of press it into the tip there, so you
see I pressed it into there and I’m gonna wiggle it
like this until it basically just pops off like this, let’s
get a little bit more, there. Okay. End of this just pops right off, okay? And then inside is, there we go, this is the ink cartridge, I’ve always wanted to see it,
this is what it looks like, so pretty standard, as far as I know, I guess I don’t really look at this often, but this looks like
other markers I’ve seen, so what we can do is go back
to our little makeshift palette and we can put, we can
squeeze a little bit out so that we have more so
hopefully you can see me do this and my fingers aren’t in the
way, kinda do it like this. You guys see that, here
we go, this is better, so I’m gonna squeeze a
little bit of the ink out, there we go, that was
actually quite a bit, so we have lots of more
ink now so you could do a much bigger design with this and you can put the cap right back on. It doesn’t hurt the pen, your
pen will continue to work. I know it’s hard to see,
but there’s definitely still green ink coming out
there, you guys kinda see that? So it’s kinda hard ’cause
this is a green mat too, so now we have all of this lovely ink. You’re gonna want more water
for this much ink, right? In fact, let’s just switch
to the bigger brush, so I am dipping my brush in water and that’s actually a lot
of ink, I’m gonna kinda bring some over to the side like this, so we have a little bit, there we go, that looks really good to me. You can make some really
amazing designs with this. All right, so again, I am
not a watercolor artist, guys, I’m sure many of you are
or are more talented at this than I am, I am just having fun with this. So let’s see, we could, I don’t
know, this is really thick. Let’s test it, let’s test it
first and see how it looks, so let’s try making a leaf. That looks fine, let’s make a leaf, then. So there’s one leaf. And there’s another. That looks nice, doesn’t it,
and of course, when I did this I just kind of like smeared some of the ink across the bottom like this ’cause I real
that kind of, like, cool gradiated watercolor
look, I think it’s very pretty. That’s all I did, that was it, okay. So that’s green so let me
show you a couple other colors and so Debbie asks, can
you combine the colors to get more colors,
yeah, you absolutely can because when I did this one, so I combined, can you
see this pink one here? So this is a combination
of the purple and the pink and then it was really light so it’s like a different color pink, and this one down here is
a combination of the purple and the green. The problem, of course,
is that I am limited to pink and purple and green
and we’re not gonna mix brown with anything, guys,
that’s just gonna turn into dirt color, so. That’s fine if you want to,
but yeah, it doesn’t really work all that well, so
let’s get out a pink color and make a flower, but you
definitely can mix the colors because I was able to do that before, so I’m just gonna go ahead
and put this pink in here. The pink shows up a lot better on our little makeshift palette and it’s totally sufficient
for the little project we’re doing, you can of
course get more ink out if you want, but I don’t
think we need that right now, so let me get some water on this. Wash off my brush, so there we go. You guys see that? So now we have pink
watercolor infusible ink, set that there, go back to our picture and I will attempt to make a tulip, so. Here is one petal and here is another, so clearly that was a little tulip. We can also make, we can
switch to the other brush because it’s really quite a bit bigger, it’s probably twice as
big, in fact, I’d say, don’t want to add any more water, so, and we could make more like a daisy. Like this. Again, I’m not a watercolor
artist guys, so. (laughs) But the cool thing is that
it still turned out great even though I’m not, right? And watercolors are often
just casual like this, so. It’s not like that big of a deal. Okay, how ’bout some purple,
let’s do some purple now. Do you guys have any questions? Is this an interesting technique? I’m not sure if I’m seeing
everyone’s comments. It looks like maybe
they’re stuck or something. The last comment I see is from Sarah that’s saying that’s a
great question, Debbie, so I’m not sure if you guys
are just really quiet tonight or if the comments aren’t
coming through, okay, so say something, let me
know how you’re doing tonight so I can see if our comments are working. So I’m gonna put in some purple and I’ll put it in here next to the pink because I’ll try combining them. I mean, pink and purple are kinda close, so I’m not gonna see a
major difference, but you might see a little bit of one, okay, so there’s some purple. I like just like writing
them out with this because we’re doing such a small project. It works totally fine for that, all right, so let me get my smaller brush, just a little bit of water on it. So you guys can see that,
just a little bit of water mixing it in with the
ink that’s on the plastic because the plastic is
nonsoluble, so the ink can’t soak into it and
the water helps it stay wet enough for us to play with. Okay, so let’s put a little center in our daisy. Remember, it’s watercolor, so
if you have too much water, you’re gonna get like a
lot on your little paper that you might not want. And let’s do, let’s see,
we need another flower, what would be a good flower? Could be a rose, can tell
you’re making a rose. So make the top of the
rose and then the petals so I’m just gonna make it
a little swirly shape here and then coming down
here to do this shape. It’s kind of a rose, it kinda
looks like a rose, right? All right, so then we just
need some more green, I think. So I think I’m not seeing
comments because people would have definitely
said hi, so I don’t know, maybe you could try
closing that comment window and opening it, maybe it’ll refresh it. Okay, so let’s do another stem. And I’m gonna get, remember,
we already have ink in this green so we don’t
need to put a lot of water into it again, because if
you add more water to it, it’s just gonna get really runny. You know, you might
definitely wanna practice before you start making your masterpiece which is what I did, I practiced first and then we’ll add a stem to this rose and let’s see, what are rose leaves like, they’re kind of like this, I think. There we go. And I’m gonna fill that
one a little darker since I want it to match, make the grass here just a little darker. Maybe give the leaves a
little line on them, there. Doesn’t that look cool, guys? All right, so. Now remember, if you were to put words or anything on this, they
would need to be backwards, right, because when we go
to put this on our coaster, we’re gonna flip it over,
so don’t forget that. Any infusible ink project you
do has to be done in mirror. Now I’m not very good at
signing my name backwards so I’m not gonna attempt it,
but maybe you’re good at it. Let’s see, and I could also
do like the little vines around the edges too, why not, we have tons of green here, right? So just, it was just kind of
like something like this around the edges. I actually did the flowers
first but it took a while so I’m not gonna bore
you guys with all of my little various flowers, I think
that you get the idea here of what we’re trying to do. Hey Greg, can you check
Slack to see if there’s any people have questions
that I need to answer? ‘Cause Sarah could put
them into Slack for us and then I could still answer
them because we can’t see the comments, sorry, guys, I’m sorry, I can’t see your comments
for whatever reason. Let’s add some leaves to
this, skinny little leaves, so it’ll just be kind of
a vine around the edge. So I mean, really you can
do whatever you want here, you know, I mean, what’s really cool is that’s a very delicate, fun effect and when you put it onto
your coaster or your t-shirt or your tote bag or whatever
you’re planning to do with this it’s going to be permanent,
so even though it looks so delicate and like you
could just wash it away, you’re not going to be able to,
which I think is really cool I think it is awesome, all
right, so a few more leaves, this is hardly my best work, guys, but I know that you’re getting the idea of what I’m trying to do here. And of course, for those
of you who are watching, we’re recording this on June 19th, yeah, today’s June 19th, and the infusible ink
products actually come out into Michaels stores on Friday, June 21st, so we will be there in the morning so that we can go get some
more goodies to play with. I did place an order on Michaels online because you can already order there, but I don’t think my order
is gonna arrive until after the store has some, so. So I want to go to the store and see what they have there. All right, there we go, so
there is our watercolor design. Hopefully you could see that
we could of course do more than this, there’s all sorts
of things that you could do, again, I’m not really an artist, so. I just thought the little
flowers would look good on the coasters and then
this one is basically made to match this one so I have a set. All right, so yeah, so I guess that
we should go ahead and create a… Okay, so I was just looking
at a message from someone, so Sarah and Grandi, if you can hear me, we can’t see comments at all, so if you could put them into Slack, then we could try to answer them and we can bring Slack
up on this computer, so give me just a second, guys, so I can see what we’re doing, I’m gonna use the controls
for a second, Greg. And then I can see if you guys have questions
and I can answer them, so. And I will put them into social media, we will
have them in social media. Okay, there we go. (laughs) All right, just talking
to my awesome team, so I’m not, I see Grandi
here and I see Sarah here. Maybe Miranda is here as well
so these guys are awesome and then we have Greg, who
is sitting right over here. He’s controlling everything
about the video to make sure that it’s all working right
and everything like that. Oh yes, comments might be working again. Debbie says, could you write your name or trace something on the other side to see it through the paper
to write it backwards. Yeah, you totally could. I’m not gonna do it though,
because I think this might still be a tiny bit wet. I don’t want to smudge anything, but yeah, that is a great idea, Debbie, you could write something on the back. You probably would want
to put it in pencil, not any ink, because
anything, any kind of ink could transfer to your project, right? Or you could maybe put it
onto another piece of paper, like this, and let’s see here. Is this a .4 tip, yes, so I
could put, you know, Jennifer like this, I don’t know if
this is gonna be dark enough for us to see, but maybe, so, and then we could put it,
I’m gonna get another piece of paper, I don’t want to mess up my mat. I’m always messing up
my mat and having to get another mat, so. So if you, like, it’s
kinda faint, I don’t know that I could see it, I can kinda see it, but not very well, so you
might wanna use a lightbox. You could totally use a lightbox. I don’t think my lightbox is plugged in, but if you’ve got like a bright pad, you
could put it underneath, you could see your name
and then you could trace it so that is a great idea, Debbie, it’d be very cool. Someone suggested that I add a butterfly. That’s a good idea,
forgive me if the butterfly doesn’t come out great,
we’ll give it a try. A butterfly profile, maybe, okay, so I’m gonna get some
purple and let’s see. Let’s see, what does
a butterfly look like? I guess it has like a
little body. (laughs) And then it has a big wing, right, and then it has a little wing. Yeah, this is maybe
not the best butterfly. Hopefully you guys know
what that is, though. Maybe if it was bigger,
it would look better, but there, there’s a butterfly, we’ll put one on the other
side so that they kind of like are balanced, so wings. I think I might need a
little bit more water, maybe. More ink, let’s see, so put
a wing here and a wing here. And then two little bits at the bottom. You guys get the idea. And then give it a little head, there. That looks like a butterfly, right, you guys get the idea, okay. So would you like to see
me put this onto a coaster? I’ve got one coaster left,
we can totally do that. I’ve got everything I need here. I have my Easy Press right here. So let me double check my
directions for coasters. I wanna make sure I get
the temperature correct, so I’m gonna just look
at my, so Cricut has a heat press guide which
will always tell you what you need for the Cricut Easy Press that you
have and for the material that you’re using, so I’m
using the Cricut Easy Press 2, and we’re using the infusible pen marker and we’re using the
ceramic coaster, all right. So it says to do it for 400
degrees for 240 seconds, all right, so let’s turn
this on, 400 degrees for 240 seconds, so. That looks perfect ’cause
I did one yesterday so it’s already set, so
let’s let that warm up and I will check to see if
there’s any more questions. Okay, so I see a question
here, can you use a heat press other than Cricut for
this process, if so how? So yes, you can use heat presses
so long as the heat press can get to 400 degrees Fahrenheit,
you could totally do that I don’t have a heat
press so I can’t show you how that works but it’s
the same way that you would normally use a heat press. You’d do, you know, if it’s 400 degrees like this Easy Press is, it’s gonna be for 240 seconds as well, so it’s the same deal, yeah. And I’m looking to see if
there’s any more questions that have come through here. Elizabeth says, can we
use any ceramic coaster? You know, I’m not sure,
Elizabeth, if we can or not because I only have these to test with and I’m not testing with anything but what Cricut sent me now. Next week I’m going to do a video where we try different things so I will try to get a hold of some other ceramic coasters to
see what happens, okay, so we can test those. Alexandria says, can you
use an iron to make them? So I haven’t tested an
iron but Cricut says no. Cricut says they don’t get hot enough or stay consistently hot enough. Also, there’s a problem
with the surface of the iron has like little holes in it usually for steam, that can cause an issue. You might have a design
with little holes on it and also the base plate of the iron is only about this big,
so that might be okay for some projects, but
it’s not gonna be okay for like a big t-shirt, ’cause
you can’t move it around. You need to put, you know,
your design has to be on the whole thing, all right. So this is heated up, so we need our mat. And let me, okay, so we’ve got, we’re gonna move these things
around, so this is our design. Okay, so we’ve got our mat. We need to clean our coaster with a lint free cloth, so I’m
just gonna use my lens cloth for my camera to clean that
’cause that is a lint free cloth All right, and then we
need to tape our design to the coaster, okay, so we’re just gonna put
that on here just like this and it fits because we used
our coaster as a template. I’m gonna get some tape,
so this is the Cricut heat resistant tape that they sell for doing the infusible ink projects and they sent me a roll in my little kit that I got last week. So I have found that we
really only need to tape it in two spots, just right
across from each other and that works fine, so I’m just gonna put my piece of tape right here. Now make sure that your design is face down on the shiny
side of the coaster, okay? So we’ve got it there, and
then we want to pull this so it’s tight across your
coaster and tape the other side so that it does not move, we
don’t want it to move, okay? So the design is on there
and it’s not going anywhere. Okay, so next we need a piece of cardstock to protect our mat. Otherwise, we might end up
transferring some of the design to the mat and that would be a bummer. I have done that with a t-shirt before, okay, so this is 80 pound white cardstock. Use white because you don’t
want any colors transferring to your project and then we
put our coaster facedown, okay, facedown so that we
can see the unglazed part on the back and then we cover
the back with butcher paper. It’s kind of the scrap paper here. Okay, so the butcher paper
should be the same size as your Easy Press, that’s
important when you do that. Let me just double check my directions to make sure I’m not missing anything. So 400 degrees for 240 seconds and we have our mat and
then we have our paper and then our design and our
coaster and our butcher paper and then our Easy Press,
so we’re gonna do this for 240 seconds, okay? So I’m gonna go ahead and
just place it straight down on the coaster just like this. Press the start button
and it’s gonna go down and this is no pressure. You should not be holding
it down or pressing it down or anything like that, okay. So let me answer some
questions while we’re waiting. So Elizabeth says, how about trying, oops, I missed that one, I scrolled up, but I think she said, how
’bout trying some ceramic, I need to go find that, how
about trying ceramic tiles along with other coasters,
so Genie said Cricut said no to tiles, so I haven’t tried anything but what Cricut sent me, guys. Except for I did try the back of a t-shirt just because I only had one t-shirt to try and that worked fine. So I don’t know the answer,
without trying it myself but tiles are different, so I don’t know if we’re going to be able
to use anything other than Cricut’s ceramic blanks. They have round ones and
they have square ones. But I am happy to experiment. You guys know that I love that. I love to experiment to find
out, the thing is, though, I think that you’re going to
have a lot of variable results when you start using non Cricut blanks, so sometimes it might
work great and sometimes it might not work great and that’s why Cricut is saying that
they’re guaranteeing results with their products ’cause
they’ve tested these extensively. So you’re go have to, this
is gonna be at your own risk, okay, so just keep that in mind and if it doesn’t work, it’s
not because infusible ink is a problem, it’s
because there’s an issue with the material itself. For example, I know that
t-shirts are made differently and they’re woven differently
and the way that they’re woven will make a difference when you transfer the infusible ink. Rhonda says, can we use the heat tape or does it have to be infusible heat? Oh, can we use other heat tape? I don’t know, Rhonda, I’d have to try but there’s a lot on here,
so I don’t see any issue with just using what Cricut is providing. Chances are you could, but
again, I haven’t tried, so I don’t know. But it’s a good question. Let’s see, looking to see if
there’s any other questions, how about, Nancy asked
about pressure, no pressure for the coasters, when you do
the t-shirts and tote bags, you have light pressure
which means one hand, that’s it, so other than
that, there’s no pressure for the coasters, you
just let it sit there which is good ’cause
that’s like, you know, four minutes. (laughs) Okay, scrolling up to see
if there’s more questions that I missed from before,
awesome, I do see Miranda here. Thank you so much, Grandi
and Sarah and Miranda, for helping me, everybody
please thank them, they are amazing and I am
so grateful to have them on my team, Greg too, but
he’s sitting in the room, so hopefully he knows how
much I appreciate him already. He waved at me, he smiled at me. (laughs) Okay, so let’s see. Debbie asks, is butcher
paper the same as parchment? I thought butcher paper had
more of a waterproof finish on one side, so butcher
paper is not the same as parchment paper, so you
do want to use butcher paper. You can get a huge roll
of this off of Amazon for very little money,
I have a link to that in my post about what do you
really need to get started with Cricut infusible
ink, so if you get that, you’ll be set for a really long time and it doesn’t cost much,
so you never nee to worry about it again, so don’t
use something else. Use what they suggest,
unless you’re willing to experiment and don’t mind mistakes, in which case, do whatever
you want, then. (laughs) Okay, let’s see, so if you
guys have more questions, let me know, this is,
oops, I just moved my cord. Hopefully I didn’t mess it up. I guess we’ll find out if I messed it up. My chair bumped the cord just now. Okay, so, we’re gonna take
this off when it beeps and we’re gonna let it cool so remember, just lift up straight like this and then we can go ahead
and remove the butcher paper right away. So I have my handy dandy
infrared thermometer that we used last time that we did this so that we can keep an
eye on when it cools down. In my experience at this point, we can, so right now it is at 357. In the center and 320 at the edges. The edges will cool much
faster than the center. In my experience, when it gets
to like 180 in the center, it’s fine, so that’s
what I did this one for, this other watercolor one and obviously that turned out great so we’ll wait until it’s cooled off. So the reason why it’s
really important to wait for it to cool off is because when we heat the infusible
inks, they turn to gas and they infuse themselves
into the coaster, okay, so they become a gas
and they move into the coaster or into the fabric of what you’re doing and as they cool off they solidify, so we need to wait
until they’ve cooled off and they’ve solidified
before we start touching and moving things, otherwise we could get like weird ghosting things
or weird, kinda like what might look like
smears or not as vibrant of an effect that we’re looking for. So that’s why it’s important. Now a couple people asked me could you just stick this
into the refrigerator or the freezer and I wouldn’t
want to move this right now. We want to keep this totally
stationary while it is cooling down, so I would not do that. You are of course welcome
to try it if you want, but I won’t be because I’m pretty sure that will result in a problem. This needs to stay perfectly
still while it’s cooling off. Okay, so looks like
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video is working okay tonight. We’re not seeing any issues
on our end with bandwidth. So hopefully that’s okay, we
can see where we’re at, 303, but if you have questions, let me know and members of my team can put them into Slack so I can check over there,
I’ll just pop over there right now to see. If there’s any questions. Let’s see. Okay, so I think I answered all of
those that I see up there, yes, I think I see, but I’m
watching for new questions and I’m really eager to get
some of the square coasters just ’cause these are just so cool. They’re so smooth, I mean, this is not like anything
that we’ve normally done with our Cricuts before, right? Where we normally have
to cut something out and then apply it to a surface and there’s always
gonna be an edge, right, with that, something like that, but with this, it’s like it was, like in this case because it’s ceramic, it’s almost like it was painted and then glazed over it or something and I mean, I’m no expert in ceramics, I wish my mom was here, my mom
is both a watercolor artist and a potter, so she
could tell me all of this. I should have had her come
in here, I should have thought of that, Sarah asks, oh, there’s a question here, sorry. So does it matter which side
of the butcher paper you used? Nope, there’s no difference,
they’re the same. They’re not different on
one side or the other. It’s just the same, so
that does not matter what side of the paper you use and there’s another question here, which is whether I will have a tutorial on the website later, so
I will put this video, I will edit it, edit
out the parts that are me talking too much, (laughs) or us waiting for this to cool down ’cause we don’t have to wait so long, we’re at 268 right now,
and I will put this up onto YouTube and this will be the tutorial and then if you want I can
certainly write the directions up if you want, let me
know, if you like to see the directions written up, I will but like last week, when I did our video, I just put it up in
YouTube so we’d always have a permanent record of this,
there’s always a replay of these videos, always,
okay, very carefully, I don’t want to
accidentally move anything. Okay, so we are at 261, so I’m gonna wait til we get to 180. And like typically, like
last time I think it took about five minutes, I’d say, for this to cool down enough, yeah and so for those who are just joining us and wondering what the heck we’re doing, I am actually taking Cricut
infusible ink pens and markers, I only have pens but you can
do this with the markers too, and I am creating
watercolors from the inks and then I used a watercolor brush,
this one right here which is a little wet, a watercolor brush to paint a design like this on and so right now, the
design is on the coaster and it’s cooling off. We’ve applied it with our Easy Press, so it’s solidifying right
now and cooling down and when it gets to 180, we’re at 240 right now, when it gets to 180, I will take it off and we can see how it works, okay? And it was pretty light,
so if anyone remembers, the design looks lighter than this, right? When we watercolor onto the paper, so. Yeah, so and I’m just using
the empty coaster box, so my Cricut coasters came in this and I’ve used all four of them now so I’m just using this to mix my paints and so all we’re doing is just putting a little bit of the ink in there so in most of the cases,
I just used the pen and I just drew it in there and then I put just a little bit of water. In this case, where you
can see all of this green, we actually took the end
off the green marker, this marker, and I showed
how to do it in the video and we squeezed some of the ink there, so now we have lots of ink if we wanted to do a bigger project. When you’re doing a small
project like the coaster, you don’t need to do that,
you can literally just take the pen and draw in it to release the ink into the bottom of this and then use a little bit of water
to make it watercolor, so that’s how that works
for anyone who is curious and it’s really cool. I mean, I think it’s really fun to do new and different things with
the tools that we have and I’m really excited about
the Cricut infusible ink because the way it
transfers is just amazing. It’s just so cool how it infuses
into the coaster like this. And yeah, Miranda says, can
you reuse the pens afterwards? Yeah, what do you mean reuse the pens? So you mean like if you took some ink out, would the pen still work? If that’s the question, then yes, I’ve taken ink out of all these pens and they still work, you
just stick the little ink cartridge back in and
you put the cap back on and that’s it, there’s
nothing more to it than that. It’s not anything complicated and if you want to see how I did
that, just watch the replay, so I don’t want to mess
anything up on this right now but I just took this cap off
and popped out the cartridge and squeezed a little bit
of the ink into the tray right here and then used
the paintbrush to paint it. And the more water you add,
the more it’s going to like be diluted, right, so you get
to choose how much you want. And of course, you don’t
have to do it this way. You can literally just draw
on your laser copy paper with a pen and let me show you. So last week, was it last week, yeah. We did these two coasters,
so last Wednesday night, so we used the Cricut to draw this mandala and then I colored it in and then we transferred it to the coaster. Isn’t that awesome, guys,
look at that, isn’t that cool? So that is using the
Cricut to draw something and then color it in by hand and then this one we just
made by hand just drawing so I had to put the summer
in, I had to draw the summer backwards, but that was fine,
it wasn’t that big of a deal and it turned out really cute, right, so you can do all sorts of
things that if you want. And of course, you could
also use the transfer sheets and just cut out designs for
using the transfer sheets. I haven’t done that yet,
I only had four coasters, so this is what we’ve done so far. But I have tutorials on how to use the transfer sheets to make the cool t-shirt. So hopefully you’ve seen that
or someone could put a link in for us, and I am, today, yesterday and today I made a
tote bag using the markers, or, sorry, using the pens
and then colored it all in by hand and it’s really
awesome and I am just editing the video now so that will go
onto YouTube when it’s ready. So let’s check the temperature of this. We’re at 190, so we’re
really close to 180. I mean, I don’t know, it’s probably okay. We’ll just give it a few more seconds. I’m gonna check to see if
there’s any questions, yeah, so, can this be used on glass
or any other surface? I don’t know, I don’t
think glass is gonna be, I don’t think glass
would work, I’m not sure but I feel like, I mean, I haven’t tried it,
I’m gonna turn that off. But I feel like that would
be, like I wouldn’t be able to infuse into the surface of the glass the way that it can ceramic or, ’cause this is still a
porous surface, right? Or it can, like, fabric, so I suspect it
won’t work with glass. And there’s another question,
if the ink gets on your hand or clothes, how indelible is it? Well, I am not gonna test that one guys. However, I’m sure I’m going
to accidentally test that so I will let you know and I will add that to my frequently asked questions. I don’t want to put ink
on my hands right now. I don’t know, I don’t know
whether it would stain your fingers or not, but I mean, I guess, yeah,
whatever, I’m not gonna try it because then it’ll be stuck on my fingers and I’ll have to wait until it wears off to do it in a tutorial
because everyone will be like, why is her finger green? (laughs) Okay, any more questions? I don’t think so, I think
I got everything, okay, so let’s check this. Okay good, I think it’s time
for us to take this off. So awesome, so just make sure that it’s
cool enough for me to touch, you don’t want to burn our fingers, right? Still feels warm, but it’s not hot, so I want to note right
now that see how our design is on this white paper? And if we hadn’t put this white paper on, you know where our design would be? On our mat, right? So that’s why we’re using
the paper, so let’s go ahead and remove this, so we’re
just gonna take the tape off the back here. All right. And we’re gonna flip it over. That’s awesome, look
at that, see, it’s hot. It’s hot, so you need to be careful, so you wouldn’t just hang on to this. So this, at least on my
screen, this actually looks a little bit more vibrant in person than it does on the screen,
especially the pinks, but it’s really very cool and the more ink you use,
the darker it’s gonna be but isn’t that cool? Isn’t it cool that we can do this? This is better, I spent
more time on this one, but hopefully you can see how cool this is and how you could make different effects and if you had more colors
of the markers and the pens, which I don’t tonight, you
could blend more colors and make more colors than
just pink, purple and green, ’cause while that’s cute, you know. However, these coasters will
go together, so that’s cool, and by the way, these are
supposed to be butterflies even though they kind of
look like weird flowers. They’re supposed to be
butterflies, you guys see that? I’m trying to get it to focus,
there we go, so butterflies is what they’re supposed
to be, so there we go. And I hope that this was
cool and gave you some ideas on what you can do with the
Cricut infusible ink markers for different effects, so
again, this was drawn on the Cricut, this was drawn by hand and these were done using
our watercolor technique using our watercolor brush,
or really just any paintbrush, doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Thank you all for joining me tonight. I really appreciate you guys
being so much fun to show you how to do these projects. I really really enjoy it and remember, we are having a giveaway
contest right now. We’re having a summer maker giveaway, we are giving away Cricut
maker and the Easy Press 2 and a bundle of infusible ink products. And some Cricut coach playbooks. And the way that you enter is
to go over to my website and it says summer maker giveaway, right? Hopefully a member of my
team will drop the link in here for us as well and
there’s lots of different ways to enter, you can actually
enter every day by doing various things and one of the
ways that you could enter is to use, to type in the word of the day, which I say in a video. And so today’s word of
the day is, can you guess, can you guess, it’s watercolor,
so today’s word of the day is watercolor, okay, so if you go on over to jennifermaker.com and look
for the summer maker giveaway, you could enter to win the
contest and the word of the day is watercolor, and there’s
lots of other ways too like liking and sharing and
commenting on my videos, subscribing to me on YouTube,
following me on Facebook, all of those sorts of things, all right, well, I think that this
was awesome and fun. If you have questions when you’re watching the replay later on or if you think of things,
just let me know what it is. You can leave your
comment here on the video or you can come to our Facebook group at jennifermaker.com/cricutcrafters. It is an awesome group
full of really really creative people who are
learning their Cricuts or already know and are
willing to help other people make really cool things. All right, I think that’s it. Thank you for joining me. Next week’s video is going
to be on Tuesday night instead of Wednesday night
because I have somewhere to go on Wednesday night,
but we’re planning to do this every week for the foreseeable
future during the week because normally I put
my big tutorial videos out on the weekends and
then we wanted to have some live videos during the
week to sort of bridge the gap and do fun things like
this and I think our plan for next week is to try different blanks for infusible ink because
Cricut doesn’t make all of the blanks that we want, right, so I’ve ordered a bunch
of things on Amazon and we’re just gonna try
with our haul. (laughs) We’re gonna go to
Michaels on Friday morning two days from now and get like
everything for infusible ink. Greg was just talking to
me about it, he’s like, he told me, are you looking
forward to going to Michaels and buying all the infusible ink stuff? I’m like yeah, just fill up that cart. Yeah, so we’re gonna
show you, we’re gonna try different things, and I
can tell you right now, some will be awesome and
some probably will fail and that’s okay, that’s why
we test and experiment things. Okay, thank you for joining me tonight, it’s always a pleasure
to share things with you. I hope that you have a lovely evening and I will talk to you next week, bye! (acoustic music)

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