I tested Infusible Ink on a wine tumbler to make a birthday gift for my sister. I posted a teaser on Instagram a while back and afterwards wondered how many of my married girlfriends thought I was calling them a Diva. Oops! My sister is going to become Mrs. Diva this year so I added a “future” in vinyl so she can peel it off when it’s official. 🙂 Let’s dive into how to sublimate with infusible ink!
Infusible Ink and Sublimation Blanks
The sheets of infusible ink are rolled very tightly so make sure you stick them very well to your cutting mat. Each box comes with two 12×12″ sheets. They may look dull, but they will become more vibrant after being heated under pressure. You can only use infusible ink on sublimation blanks. These blanks have a poly coating on them which will allow the infusible ink to transfer from the transfer sheets into the poly coating. This blank is a poly coated sublimation wine tumbler.
Infusible Ink Cut Settings in Silhouette Studio
I had to try a couple of settings, as well as increasing the thickness of the lines. Here are my final settings:
Depth of 5
You can save this as a custom cut setting in Silhouette Studio for next time. **Make sure you mirror your design!**
Infusible Ink Application to Wine Tumbler
After weeding the excess, position it, and stick it to the wine tumbler just like HTV. Add heat resistant tape to ensure it will not relocate itself.
Infusible Ink Convection Oven Baking Info
Since I don’t have a mug press (yet), I’m using a silicone sleeve to apply pressure while it’s in the oven. This same sleeve works for mugs. For sublimation to work, it needs pressure and heat. Also, be sure to put a layer of the included white butcher paper. The paper will absorb any extra ink. Preheat a convection oven to 400F. As an extra precaution, I also placed the whole thing in an oven bag in case there was any outgassing. I baked it for 15 minutes. A better, safer option is to use a dedicated convection toaster oven.
After baking, pull off the silicone sleeve, paper, and peel back the transfer tape just a little bit. If your design isn’t fully transferred, carefully line it back up so you don’t get design ghosting. The white paper can also cause ghosting so be careful. Bake another 15 min or more until all of the ink has transferred.
Final Notes: Infusible Ink on a Wine Tumbler
This method worked great and it’s a fraction of the mug press price. This would be a perfect solution for doing a mug here and there for yourself or as gifts. The great thing with infusible ink and sublimation is that it’s completely dishwasher safe. Vinyl will wash off and peel off, but this method is 100% permanent. The design is completely flush with the blank and it looks very professional!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for adding infusible ink to a wine tumbler! Let your imagination run wild and have fun creating these as special gifts!
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