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DIY Makeup Bag Using Cricut Infusible Ink

Create this cool personalized makeup bag using Cricut infusible ink! Here's a step-by-step walk-through on how to create cool watercolor designs.
Keyword cricut crafts, diy
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Angie Holden

Equipment

  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut EasyPress
  • EasyPress mat

What You Will Need

  • Zipper pouch sublimation blanks NOTE: A sublimation blank or polyester bag is required for this tutorial. Cricut Infusible Ink requires a chemical reaction and that cannot happen on plain cotton bags for example.
  • Cricut Infusible Ink markers and pens
  • Laser copy paper
  • Cricut cut file
  • White cardstock
  • Butcher paper
  • Lint roller
  • Heat resistant tape
  • Stiff bristled brush
  • Plastic bag
  • Scissors

Instructions

Step 1: Create the Watercolor Effect on Paper

  • Start with regular copy paper that is rated for use in a laser printer. Cut it to the size of the front of your zipper pouch. You want it to be slightly smaller on all sides.
  • Put the cut piece of copy paper down on a scrap piece to protect your work surface.
  • Then start coloring with the Cricut Infusible Ink markers on a plastic bag.
  • Pick up the ink from the plastic bag with a stiff bristle brush. You will want to make sure to clean this brush in between bags if you switch colors.
  • Then rub the ink across your laser copy paper piece.
  • Continue with this method until you are happy with the watercolor effect you have on your paper. Remember that Infusible Ink will brighten once pressed.
  • Once complete, clean your brush by rubbing it well on a scrap piece of paper. You can use these small pieces for smaller projects later if you would like.

Step 2: Cut the Design for Your DIY Makeup Bag

  • The ink basically dries immediately so it is ready to cut. Place it with the watercolor side up on a mat.
  • Then cut using your Cricut machine and be sure to mirror your design. Remove the piece from your mat once cut.

Step 3: Press Your Design onto Your DIY Makeup Bag

  • Now you can add it to a DIY makeup bag! Put the EasyPress mat inside your bag.
  • Add a piece of white cardstock over the mat to protect it from any ink.
  • Then lint roll the entire surface to clean up any debris.
  • Cover this with butcher paper and press with your EasyPress for about 15 seconds to remove any moisture.
  • Remove the EasyPress and then let cool completely.
  • Add your design to the front of the zipper pouch. Make sure it is where you want it to be. Then use heat resistant tape to secure in place.
  • Add the butcher paper back over the top and put your EasyPress on your project for the full amount of time. Be sure that the EasyPress is NOT resting on the zipper as this could cause your design to not transfer properly.
  • Be sure to keep the EasyPress really still. Once pressing is complete, lift straight up and allow to cool completely. Then lift away your design to reveal the watercolor magic! NOTE: Ink may transfer to your butcher paper or white cardstock. Discard any that has ink residue as this can ruin other projects if used.
  • You can also draw on top of your watercolor paper with the pens instead of cutting out a design. I did one of those versions for you below and it worked great!