The Sublimation Skinny Tumbler isn’t as scary as you may think. Actually, it’s especially easy with the Cricut Mug Press. A full wrap Sublimation Skinny Tumbler is a great professional-looking gift that anyone will love.
When the Cricut Mug Press was released, it was supposed to only be used for mugs. The stainless steel 20 oz skinny tumblers weren’t something I thought we could use for sublimation in the Cricut Heat Press For Mugs, for example.
What Is The Cricut Mug Press?
You can not just use any mug, you have to use mugs and cups that are either Cricut Mug Blanks or another compatible mug.
For help setting up your Cricut Mug Press you can read my Cricut Mug Press Set Up guide and follow along with the video.
With this press, you have a beautiful, professional quality mug in minutes. Its no secret that Cricut products help you to turn your projects into something spectacular.
I needed to do some testing however to see if I could sublimate a 20oz tumbler in my Mug Press. I went on the hunt for 30 and 20oz skinny tumblers, shrink wrap sleeves and some other cups that I thought would do well.
What Do I Need to Sublimation Skinny Tumbler?
- A tumbler for sublimation, I chose the 20 OZ straight skinny tumbler.
- 20 oz skinny tumbler template or digital design. You can also use a tumbler template SVG or cut file.
- Shrink wrap sleeves.
- A design for the tumbler. You can make your own or even order heat transfers for this part.
More About The Cricut Mug Press
The Cricut Mug press has a patent-pending heat plate. This is what helpes me to come up with my little hack for pressing the skinny tumbler. The plate is what gets hot then the heat distributes to the part that closes around the mug.
Because people often use a convection oven for this type of sublimation, it made sense to me that I would only need heat, which comes from the heat plate, and pressure, which comes from the shrink wrap.
There is an easy 1 touch setting, no need to adjust time or temp. This press does it for you. And, it has a safety-conscious design that shuts off after 13 minutes of inactivity.
Can I Sublimate On Any Tumbler?
Using the Cricut Mug Press and Sublimation on a Skinny Tumbler. You are limited to sizes that will fit in the press. I haven’t done any tapered tumblers yet. That is definitely something that I am planning to try after I fine-tune this method.
Also, the tumbler you choose has to be made especially for sublimation. Sublimation materials have a special coating on them. That to allow the design to infuse into the material that you are subbing on. It gives a finish that last the life of the material.
Can you sublimate a tumbler twice?
You can, however, chances are you won’t get the end result that you are looking for. Once you remove your transfer sheet, it’s highly impossible to place the design back in the correct position that it was before.
So when you use the Cricut Mug Press to Sublimation Skinny Tumbler it is important to get your image placed right, and fully pressed the first time.