Because, you know, if you're going to have an arsenal of tools, I'd much rather it be an arsenal of Cricut tools than something like hammers and screwdrivers. Those are nice and all, but you can't glam up a shirt with that...
All About The EasyPress Mini
You might be thinking that you can get away with not ever having an EasyPress Mini. I mean, maybe you have an EasyPress or you've been using an iron. But either way, you're going to be so impressed with the Easy Press Mini--and not just because of its size.
What Is the EasyPress Mini?
The EasyPress Mini is a heat plate that has a ceramic-coated surface for applying heat to craft projects. It’s a lightweight and portable accessory that can apply iron-on within 60 seconds or less--plus its infusible ink compatibility cannot be beaten. It is fast, efficient, and offers top-quality heat-press-action (although there's really not much action--because it's a handheld device).
The heating element heats to 400 degrees, which means that the Easy Press Mini is compatible with Infusible Ink projects also and has 3 heat settings, low medium, and high, and still features an insulated base and an auto-shutoff feature as an added safety feature.
You will have to use a separate timer for when you're doing projects, but that's ok because it's so fast that you can usually count it down yourself in your head, even when you're doing infusible inks.
If you're new to infusible inks, be sure to check out my quick walk-through of everything you need to know about Cricut Infusible Inks because that's where it's at right now--I love infusible inks!
What Size is the EasyPress Mini?
The Easypress Mini is about 3.25 x 1.92 inches. It's got a good size handle on top for getting even pressure and it looks like tiny iron on the bottom. And, being so small, it makes this an easy-to-store tool--just put it with your Infusible Ink Pens and Markers and you're golden.
It's really tiny--I have even used it in a pocket of a shirt. This compact size is ideal for tiny spaces like that pocket or any kind of thing that's a tight squeeze. Basically, anything like this:
- Cake toppers
- Stuffed animals
- Applique patches
- Doll clothes
- Luggage tags
- AND. SO. MUCH. MORE.
What You Need to Use the Cricut Easy Press Mini With Infusible Inks
- Heat Resistant Tape
- Cricut Blanks (any heat-resistant base material will work)
- Butcher paper
- Cardstock (80 lb), White (or 4 layers of butcher paper)
- Lint roller
- Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker Machine, basically any Cricut Machine
- Cricut EasyPress Mini
- EasyPress Mat
- Standard Mat
How to Use the Cricut EasyPress Mini With Infusible Inks
- Download whatever file you're using and upload it to design space or another program.
- Put your vinyl or Infusible Ink transfer sheet onto your mat.
- Load and cut with the settings for the material you're using (make sure you have mirrored your image, you can waste so much material by not doing this step and that's sad days).
- Heat your EasyPress Mini to the settings you need for your material while your machine is cutting.
- Crack and peel to reveal your design on the infusible ink sheet or weed your vinyl.
- Use the lint roller to remove any lint from the shirt.
- Place the card stock inside the shirt blank.
- Lay the infusible ink sheet or vinyl face down onto your Infusible Ink t-shirt blank.
- Cover with butcher paper.
- Make sure you are pressing with the EasyPress Mat.
- Press with light pressure, per the instructions for your material.
- Remove the transfer using tweezers.
And you're done. It's that simple. And the results are STUNNING!
BENEFITS OF USING A HEAT PLATE OVER AN IRON
The heat plate offers a uniform temperature from edge to edge, and with the pressure, you get a cleaner and more professional finish. With an iron, you won’t get that even consistency over the project.
And, with the EasyPress Mini, you can get in all those tight and tiny crevasses and spots that you just can't with a bigger machine.
Plus the temperature is a lot higher with a heat plate like the EasyPress Mini, so it takes a shorter time and helps to seal the items into the product better.
Basically, a heat plate is magic.
What Materials Can You Use the EasyPress Mini On?
There are so many projects you can use the EasyPress Mini for. But what it comes down to, really is the materials. The materials are going to matter more than what the design is, trust me. So, here are the materials I like to use my EasyPress Mini for:
- Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Infusible Ink Products
- Foil Iron-On
So, as you can tell, I love the EasyPress Mini. It's seriously my go-to for so many projects. If you love this and appreciate the info, help me grow my site by pinning this to your favorite Cricut crafts board on Pinterest. I'd sincerely appreciate it.
Fun Cricut Projects You Can Use the Cricut EasyPress Mini to Make
- Infusible Ink Teacher's Tote Bag
- Hocus Pocus T-Shirt with Infusible Ink
- Reverse Canvas Project with HTV