CK Shows You How To Use Rub-Ons

by Lori Fairbanks

You can use rub-ons as-is to spell out titles or add decorative illustrations to your scrapbook layouts, or, you can embellish them to create charming, crafty accents. This technique is easy to do and yields appealing results. In this article, we're sharing a quick how-to on how to create a dimensional accent with a rub-on, tips for success when using rub-ons, and an informative rub-ons FAQ. Gather your materials and follow along with us!

scrapbook layout

Shakespeare in the Park by Kelly Purkey, as seen Creating Keepsakes' May/June 2010 issue.


Scrapbooker Kelly Purkey applied a large, green tree rub-on to kraft cardstock. She cut it out, adhered it to her scrapbook layout with foam squares and accented it with bird and flower embellishments.


How-to: Create an dimensional accent with rub-ons and cardstock

Using rub-ons with cardstock and foam squares is simple--it only takes three steps!

1. Cut design from sheet and position on cardstock, tacky-side down. Rub image with stylus.

scrapbook step-by-step


2. Carefully lift the release sheet, ensuring image has transferred. Re-rub image as needed.

scrapbook step-by-step


3. Cut design from cardstock, leaving a thin margin. Adhere to layout with foam squares.

scrapbook step-by-step

- see more tips for applying rub-ons on page 2 -

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Is anyone else having trouble with making Jennifer McGuire's flower on page 90 of the May/June 2010 issue? The purple flower on the left side of the page. I am having trouble getting the whole flower to glue together on step 3. What's with that? Thanks. Lin
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