The New Cricut EasyPress 2…and a few other gadgets

We just love our graphic tees around our house.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of the new Cricut EasyPress 2’s, and the new EasyPress Mat.  Think of the old EasyPress, but somehow better!

It gets hotter than the old EasyPress (up to 400 degrees now), and does so faster than the older version.  It now comes in 3 different sizes (6×7, 9×9, and 12×10).  The old EasyPress only came in the one 9×9 size.  The heating plate is thicker for more even heating.  This new EasyPress also has a USB port so you can update any firmware, as needed.  The best part is, it’s EASY!!!

I used it this week to add some iron-on vinyl to some shirts for both Inara and myself.  I added a cute saying to one of her shirts and used the Cricut iron-on Lite and the Glitter iron-on.  I was easily able to cut the vinyl on my Cricut Maker and then layer the vinyl by pressing each color on.  cep19

I’m going to take you step by step and show you how I got this cute shirt completed.  I used a cut file from Cricut Design space that I had found.  I got all of my vinyl cut on my Cricut Maker and used my BrightPad to weed the vinyl. cep3cep5

Once all of my vinyl was cut, I set up my EasyPress using the settings found here for the shirt fabric that I had.  My shirt was a cotton/poly blend, so I did 315 degrees for 30 seconds.  The EasyPress instructions have you place the shirt on top of the EasyPress Mat and heat the shirt for 5 seconds to iron the shirt and remove any water that might be present.  cep13

After heating the shirt initially, I placed my vinyl exactly where I wanted it to be.  I used the Iron-on Lite in Teal for the outer circle.  I always use a disappearing ink pen to make sure my design will be on straight once it’s applied.  Press for 30 seconds.  I then flipped the shirt over and pressed on the back side of the vinyl for 15 seconds before removing the plastic transfer sheet. cep14

After my initial ring was placed, I then lined up the subsequent vinyl pieces and repeated the 30 seconds and 15 seconds for each color.cep15cep16cep17

I used a pressing cloth in between to ensure that I didn’t accidentally cause any issues with the vinyl that had already been added, although there is a teflon coating on the EasyPress heat plate. cep18

I used the same process and made a shirt for myself with the cut file found here.  Since the shirt was bigger and my EasyPress is the 9×9 size, I had to move the EasyPress and press the vinyl in several different spots.  It worked out perfectly though!cep6

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