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I've been having a ton of fun creating all types of things with the Cricut Maker and EasyPress 2. Most of the things I've been making have been pretty basic so I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and do something a little more complicated.
After toying with a design in Design Space that was going to be one thing, I decided to take it to a new level. The original idea was to cut any of the four Christmas characters and iron them onto a shirt pocket.
Well, when I saw all four of the iconic characters together I had to put them all in one place at least once. That's how this The Usual Suspects T-shirt came to be.
I started with Infusible Ink; something I've been wanting to use for a while. This was the base for the entire design since no lineup is complete without the characteristic lines and numbers for the suspects.
Cricut's heat guide makes it easy to use any compatible materials. It gives you temperatures, times, and complete directions for using Infusible Ink, Iron-on Vinyl, and more materials. It's definitely worth the bookmark.
Once the Infusible Ink was transferred it was time to start layering on the other pieces to the puzzle that would become this shirt. I made it easier by grouping and attaching like colors, with the exception of a few parts (mainly the eyes.) This made it so after I weeded the vinyl all I had to do was lay the cut parts where they would be ironed on.
I did cut and weed everything beforehand to make the creation process easier and quicker. The first couple of pieces were their own colors so I had to be careful where I placed them. In hindsight, I should have used the antler cut piece as a guide since that would have made lining everything up flawless. Nonetheless, I got everything to work without too much hassle.
I used the Design Space design as a guide for what layer to apply when. I also cut the press times by about 5 seconds each since there was a lot of layering. This kept the vinyl from warping and I didn't have any problems with any parts not sticking. You can use any colors you want for the T-Shirt.
I tried to stick with the colors I used in Design Space, adding glitter in a few pieces, and a fuzzy HTV for the red. I love how it all came out with mixed textures. Even though this was a bit more work than the other Cricut projects I've done, the outcome was far superior.
I absolutely love the T-Shirt and have gotten a lot of positive feedback, including several people asking me to make them one. That puts this DIY in the win column for me! I can't wait to make and share my next project!
What are you working on with your Cricut now?
- 1 t-shirt ( Infusible Ink compatible)
- 1 Sheet of Infusible Ink
- 10 different colors of Iron-On Vinyl
- Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker (or another cutting machine)
- Butcher paper
- Weeding tool
- EasyPress 2
- EasyPress Mat
- Cut, weed, and separate all 11 layers of vinyl.
- Starting with the Infusible Ink layer, use the instructions found in the Heat Guide to transfer the lines and numbers to the T-Shirt with the EasyPress 2.
- Next, transfer the reindeer body, use the appropriate settings for the material you're using to apply the Iron-On vinyl.
Use butcher paper to protect the previously applied vinyl from the heat of the EasyPress 2.
- Next, align the antlers to fit on the reindeer head and follow the heat guide directions for the material.
- Continue adding layers, using the Design Space image as a guide.