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Sublimation On A Skinny Tumbler With Cricut Mug Press

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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.

So, 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.

20 oz sublimation skinny tumbler next to cricut mug press

What Is The Cricut Mug Press?

Simply put, the Cricut Mug Press is an EasyPress for mugs. The Cricut Mug Press was made to be used with Cricut Infusible Ink Transfers and Markers in mind.

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. It’s 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.

20 oz skinny tumbler next to cricut mug press

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.
close up top view 20 oz skinny tumbler next to cricut mug press

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.

top view of 20 oz sublimated  skinny tumbler next to cricut mug press

Can I Sublimate On Any Skinny Tumbler?

Using the Cricut Mug Press and Sublimation on a Skinny Tumbler. Unfortunately, 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.

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 lasts the life of the material.

The tumblers I use whether I am using the Cricut Mug Press or Toaster Oven for sublimation are stainless steel tumbler that is double wall vacuum sealed.

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.

Tumblers make great holiday gifts and a full color full wrap skinny sublimation tumblers are even better with personalization. These tumblers are great for everyday use and are top rack dishwasher safe. The finished tumbler is of great quality, the best part is that it can be used for hot or cold beverages!

Most of them come with a clear lid and matching straw.

If mine comes with a plastic straw I switch mine out for the stainless steel straw.

More Fun Sublimation Info

20 oz skinny tumbler next to cricut mug press
Yield: 1 20 oz Skinny Tumbler

Cricut Mug Press Sublimation Skinny Tumbler

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate


  1. Print the design out using your template for the size tumbler you're using. Mine is 20 oz straight.sublimation paper with a green design with a name sitting on top of a cricut self healing mat with hands in the image
  2. Cut at least 1 side flush to the design.hands using a rose gold Cricut brand ruler on sublimation paper
  3. Clean your tumbler off to remove any dust or smudges, then wrap the paper tightly around the tumbler, overlapping the ends.hands rolling a skinny tumbler in sublimation paper with heat tape next to it
  4. Tape with heat tape.20 oz skinny tumbler rolled in sublimation paper taped with heat tape
  5. Slide the tumbler into the shrink-wrap sleeve. hand sliding a skinny tumbler in shrink wrap
  6. And use the heat gun to shrink it down.using a heat gun to shrink wrap onto a skinny tumbler
  7. Place your "heat conductor" onto the side you are going to press view of the cricut mug press and next to it are hands working with a skinny tumbler
  8. Place the tumbler into your preheated Cricut Mug Press.hand pulling skinny tumbler out of a cricut mug press
  9. Close the lever. and once it beeps, carefully remove the "conductor" and apply to the opposite end, and press view of a cricut mug press with a skinny tumbler in it
  10. Once it's done, carefully remove the shrink wrap.hands peeling shrinkwrap off skinny tumbler
  11. Now take the heat tape from your paper, and remove the paper. taking sublimation paper off of a tumbler

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Friday 21st of January 2022

When you flip and do the top of the tumbler, does the opening just fit around the raised heat plate?

Jamela P

Wednesday 30th of March 2022



Sunday 26th of December 2021

what is the "heat conductor"?

Jamela P

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

Just a polyester makeup bag that I cut.

Regine L

Saturday 20th of November 2021

Hi. Thank you for the instructions. When you use the "conductor" does it make the mug press close snugly or is there wiggle room? I've been using odd things to jam into the left side and end up having to turn the tumbler 3 or 4 times so that all parts are tight against the wall of the press


Thursday 11th of November 2021

can you tell me the name of the font you used on this tumbler?

Jamela P

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Here it is, this is my affiliate link


Tuesday 12th of October 2021

Hello! This is awesome. What are you doing to close the hole at the top near the end of the video?

Jamela P

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Close the hole?

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