The Rub on Rub-ons

I had my first chance to really play with the Stampin’ Up! rub-ons this weekend, and, well, I kind of got carried away. But, then, maybe not as much as Julie did when she started playing with them. Check out Julie’s beauty secret with rub-ons  . . . here. I found this mug at World Market for $1 and added a rub-on from the Love & Happiness set (from Sale-a-bration). It was easy breezy using the tips below.


At first It seemed kind of strange to me that Stampin’ Up! is carrying rub-ons. I stopped using rub-ons when I realized that stamps could be used over and over again. How many of us have a bunch of rub-on alphabets we can’t use because we ran out of vowels? But, I’m learning that rub-ons are super fun for altering non-paper items, like this mug.

Since this is new territory for us demonstrators, Stampin’ Up! published some tips. Welcome to Rub-ons 101.
  • All brands of rub-ons are different. Even if you’ve used another brand before, you might want to test our rub-ons on a sheet of scratch paper.
  • Always cut your image from the main sheet (including the backing) before applying it to your project. This will save you from accidentally rubbing on an extra image.
  • When you’re applying bold images, rub your finger over the transfer sheet before using the wooden stick to transfer the image. That will help the image adhere to your project and keep the transfer sheet in place while you fully transfer the image.
  • When applying more intricate or large designs, use a stencil or blue painter’s tape to keep your rub-ons steady during the image transfer. This is especially helpful if you’re transferring your image to an object that’s not flat – like this mug.
  • Use the included wooden stick that comes in the package to transfer the image rather than your bone folder. It’s easy to apply too much pressure using bone folders, but the wooden stick will snap before you can ruin your image. Some people use their stylus, but remember, we also use a stylus to do dry embossing – so you may accidentally leave an impression on your object if you use a stylus.
  • When you want to apply rub-ons to stamped images, stamp the image using craft ink and allow the image to dry first (you may want to use the heat tool). Rub-ons work great on the slightly textured surface of pigment ink.
  • You’ll know your rub-on image has transferred when the image becomes lighter on the transfer sheet. Pull up slowly on the transfer sheet, being careful not to slide it. If you haven’t quite got all the image transferred, just lay the sheet back down and try again.
  • You can remove rub-ons with our adhesive remover if you make a mistake.
  • Always store your rub-ons with the paper backing or your images will come off where you don’t want them.

That’s the rub . . . more rub-on projects on the way.


Sweet Comments

  1. super cute mug!
    here’s my question: what happens when the mug gets wet? (i.e. you use it and need to wash it?) will the rub on’s come off? inquiring minds want to know!
    dawn =)

  2. this is too adorable and wanted to do this for awhile but i have the same question like Dawn…when you use rub-on, would they rub-off? Teeheee =) happy monday!

  3. Inquiring minds want to know – so I’ll have to experiement. I’ll get back to you. My guess is that it would not tolerate washing very well – so it’s mostly for decoration. I’ll put it to the test and let you know.

  4. I didn’t have much use for rub ons either until I started playing with the SAB ones from SU! and I also just LOVE them – they work so much better than any other brands that I have used – cute mug! :)

  5. Okay – got some answers. There’s a thread at Splitcoast Stampers with some great ideas for rub-ons. Ladies there have tried washing by machine and hand, and the rub-ons completely disolve. Demonstrator Support told one lady who called that they can’t be sealed. Here’s the thread:

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