In this post, I'll quote the SU Demo publication Stampin Success for tips on how to master rub-ons, but first I gots ta rave about Kimmy and collaborative card-making:
I had the most fun today in my friend Kim's Dungeon making this card :0). We designed and made it together. It is not only really fun to do that, but it also makes you do fresh things. Some of my favourite elements that Kim thought of for this card: the great little flower background on the main card and the dots of Sakura glitter pen. She also picked all the papers, and the world's most luscious copper stickles. Kim is hyper modest, but man does that chick have an eye for things that go together! Fun to get out of my colour rut--and raid her stash of d.p. and other stuff! :0)
So, you want to get your rub-on? muhahaha! Here are tips straight from the S.U. artists's mouths. They sound complex(ish) but it's really easy & fun. With a little practice, you'll be a pro in no time!
2. Peel the backing off of your image, and place it on your project where you want the image to be.
3. Rub evenly and thoroughly over the entire image, making sure that the image adheres completely before you lift off the remaining transfer sheet."
(I would add a tip Kim came up with that kept it from shifting: press down on the rub-on before rubbing image and it keeps it in place more. Worked for us anyhow...they sort of suggest it below, but it seems important enough to be a basic step.)
Stampin Up! suggests the following to Master The Rub-On Technique:
"Our Artists have put together a few suggestions for making your rub on experience simply sublime:
--When applying bold images, rub your finger over the transfer sheet before using the wooden stick to transfer the image. [We used a bone-folder.] This will help the image adhere to your project and keep the transfer sheet in place while you fully transfer the image.
--You'll know that your rub-on image has transfered to the surface when the image becomes lighter on the transfer sheet. Pull up slowly on the transfer sheet, being careful not to slide it [and leaving one corner down until you know it's transfered.] If you haven't quite got the image transfered, just lay the sheet back down and try it again.
--Tape your image n place, especially on surfaces like glass and when applying larger or more detailed images. [I'd add that you should use low tack tape if you're taping on paper.]
--You can remove rub-ons with our adhesive remover if you make a mistake. [I'd just try to cover it up with a flower or sumthin' (right Kim!)] ;0)
--Always store rub-ons with the paper backing or your images will come of where you don't want them to!"
"Here are Just a Few Ways to get You Going:
--Colour the white rub-on images using markers or pastels
--Add white details to black rub-on images using a white signo gel pen [OR silver & gold with zigpainty OR glitter pens...]
--Layer black & white rub-on images to create a shadow effect [the s.a.b. rub-ons have green and brown too!]
--Add texture using a Two-Way glue pen & Stampin' Glitter or Stampin' Emboss powder. [I've gotta try that with my Sakura quickie glue pen!]"
Of course, you can rub them over stamping. You can also rub them onto:
textured cardstock, patterned paper, buttons, build a brads, chip board, punched out shapes, cut out images, and over embossing. I haven't tried acetate, but I'm sure the printable variety (with a little texture to it) works exceptionally well...aluminum tape would be a nifty surface too!
Happy rubbing! :0)
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