How much do you love using heat transfer vinyl/iron-on vinyl? It’s one of my favorite crafting supplies – I have whipped out throw pillows, graphic tees, monograms, accented bags, and the list goes on. Heat transfer vinyl is so much fun to use in conjunction with my Cricut cutting machines. And NOW, Cricut has come out with yet another product to make things even easier! Today I’m going to give you 8 more reasons why I (and you!) love iron-on vinyl with the Cricut EasyPress.
If you’ve used iron-on vinyl for projects in the past, you may have stumbled on my least favorite part of the process – the actual ironing on of the product. Particularly since we now have a variety of vinyl types to use – glitter, foil, standard lite, etc., it can be tricky knowing just how high to heat our iron and just how long to wiggle it around all over the project. After all the design work, the last thing I want is to mess up my cut images during the transfer process OR not iron them on securely and have them peel off later. Enter the EasyPress!
The EasyPress is a nifty little machine that has a flat, even surface for pressing heat transfer vinyl. It sits in a handy little caddy, and you simply plug it in. Adjust the settings to the temperature needed for your particular product and surface you’re adhering to. The machine makes a beep when it’s hot and ready to use – and it only takes a few seconds to heat.
Gather your supplies and cut out your designs. I cut two different designs – each with four layers of heat transfer vinyl – and I used a variety of vinyl types to get a sense for how the EasyPress adjusts. After you’ve cut all your design layers and weeded out the negative space, it’s time to iron them on!
This step couldn’t be easier. Work on a hard surface (I used my desktop) and lay down a fluffy towel beneath your project. I was ironing my designs onto some pre-made 100% cotton tote bags for my girls. Give the surface a little swipe with the heat press to warm up the foundation layer. Then lie the first design in place. Set the clock to the number of seconds indicated on the settings chart and place the heat press over the design. Press down (not too hard, just lean on the handle a little) and hit the go button to start the clock. When the time is up, the EasyPress beeps and you can move on to the next section. This feature – just the clock alone – makes this little tool amazing! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost track of counting while I’m trying to transfer an iron-on. Not anymore!
Then, you just keep stacking your layers. Adjust any settings in between. I had to adjust the temperature and time for switches between standard/foil/glitter vinyls. The machine adjust quickly and the transfer worked perfectly every single time. What’s not to love??
8 REASONS TO LOVE CRICUT EASYPRESS:
- Cute, sleek design – it looks good in my craft room and stores easily.
- Heat-safe caddy – No need to worry about burning my work surface – the caddy it sits in provides heat resistant protection and a secure nesting place.
- Digital temperature dial – Easily adjust temperature for products being used. Heats up extremely quick and evenly.
- Digital clock – the clock is adjustable and it counts down for you! Never miscount or worry about getting distracted!
- Surface area – the large square surface area heats evenly and covers larger portions of my projects than a standard iron.
- Recommended Settings reference chart – it comes with a handy chart that tells you the temperature and time settings for all materials and if you misplace it, you can find the settings chart online, here.
- Affordable – The EasyPress is priced right for a crafter – it seems safer, affordable, and easier to use than a professional heat press.
- Professional Results – no more guessing how long or how hot to use your household iron. Get professional, lasting results with the EasyPress!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.