Saturday, August 21, 2010

DIY - Rub-Ons

One of most favorite things to craft with is rub-ons. Versatile and impressionable, these little embellishments add the finishing touch to projects because they can overlay several layers of paper. Unlike stickers, they don't leave white around the edges. They almost seem to "float."
The problem with rub-ons is that they can get kind of pricey, especially because they can only be used once. You can either keep buying more as needed or become a little more creative...

Make Your Own Rub-ons
You will need:
A computer printer
Transparency sheets
A popsicle stick

Choose a subject matter. Search for graphics online or create your own. Here are some rub-ons that I hand-drew. You are welcome to use them for your personal use.P.S. If you are using text, make sure that you horizontally flip it so that the images will come out the right way once they are printed! :)

Print your text/images on the wrong side of the transparency paper. This will allow you to transfer them off. Let the rub-on dry for about 10 minutes so that it will not smear as easily. Then, carefully cut around the image you want to use, lay it over your area of choice, and firmly rub with the popsicle stick. Remove the transparency. Ta-da!

If you want, you can leave the transparency in-tact and simply wipe off the excess ink. It can then be reused again and again.

Here are some examples of what I did with the rub-ons I created:

Enjoy! :)

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