If you want to learn how to use scrapbooking rub ons within your scrapbooking, then you are in luck. In this article, we will look at scrapbook rub ons and how you can use them within your layouts.
Scrapbooking rub ons and transfers have come into the scrapbooking and paper crafting industry in a huge way, as they provide a glue-free way of attaching pictures, motifs, and words to most types of surfaces.
Rub-on transfers have a smooth quality when placed on properly and will have no raised edges or messy glue smudges. If applied well they almost look like tattoos.
Best of all, when you use scrapbook rub ons you can even use them on curved surfaces. When you use scrapbook rub ons they remain durable, as long as you follow the on-pack instructions.
Most scrapbook rub ons are acid-free which make them ideal for your scrapbooking projects. Because most of them are totally opaque, you will be able to use them on any colored background.
The most popular form of scrapbook rub ons are lettering and messages. These are available in numerous types of faces and sizes, as well as upper and lower case lettering. It’s easy to align the lettering neatly using the guides on the sheet, or you can cut the letters out and arrange them freely on your layout.
Alternatively, you could go for a whole sheet of instant messaging that is already embellished with sentiments. You should find something for every occasion from Christmas to Christenings to Birthdays.
I have a stash of different scrapbook rub ons in my scrapbooking drawer, as I always find somewhere that I can use them, and not even only on scrapbooking projects.
Where Else Can Scrapbooking Rub Ons Be Used?
Here are a few extra ideas:
- Labeling for school books.
- Labeling for filing systems.
- As tattoos.
- As frames around photos.
- Rub ons stick to both wood and metal.
- Card Making.
- Decorating items in your house.
- Covering up cracks or disguising flaws.
- School projects.
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You will also find loads of illustrations that can be used to feature in your work. Floral designs are fairly popular and rub ons can also be used for your card making projects.
You will easily find themed sheets for Xmas or any other special occasion you wish to use.
Decorative embellishments are also popular in rub ons. You can add rich and elegant flourishes with beautiful borders and corner designs that are inspired by graphics from the decorative art nouveau era. You can choose from plain black to bronze, silver or even gold for an opulent touch.
Scrapbook rub ons are even available in foil transfers, and you can embellish your work with immaculate and gleaming mirror finished wording and decorations with that slightly embossed effect.
When you transfer the foil, it will be sticky and tacky on top and you can then apply embossing powder or glitter for an extra special finishing.
How To Use Rub Ons for your Scrapbooking
Some will find this mundane, but a lot of people are not sure how to use rub ons.
First, you will need to remove the protective backing sheet from the scrapbooking rub on and decide on what you want to use. Carefully cut out the image and then replace the backing sheet onto the unused portion of the backing sheet to use another day.
Position your transfer onto your layout where you want it and gently rub over the top with a burnishing tool or blunt pencil to release the design from the sheet and transfer it to the surface of your project. Very carefully lift off the sheet, then place the backing sheet over the transfer and gently rub over it again for a durable finish.
You will see when the transfer goes through, as it softens and greys through the sheet. When you lift the transfer, make sure to do it slowly and if some parts of the transfer still stick replace and rub that section again.
Here is an example of a scrapbooking layout on which I used scrapbook rub ons. I love using the rub ons for lettering more and this lettering also had some cute footprints to go with it.
Here is another example of how to use scrapbook rub ons. I did it with Tinkerbell and the flower motifs at the sides of the photo and at the side of the layout. I like letting some of the rub ons overlap onto the photographs.
I hope I have inspired you with this post on how to use scrapbook rub ons, and you will grow to new heights in your scrapbooking.