Hey there! Has it been a while since you’ve used rub-ons on a scrapbook layout? Now is a great time to fall in love with this versatile, easy-to-use supply all over again. For some great ideas on how to use rub-ons on your pages, check out our “CK Shows You How” column on page 23 of the May/June 2010 issue for three rub-on techniques to get you started. In the meantime, here are five more terrific ways to use rub-ons:
1. Layer a design over other elements. You’ll love how great rub-ons look layered over other elements. Notice how you can see portions of the photos peeking through the butterfly rub-on on Maggie Holmes’s layout. It’s a smooth, seamless look without adhesive marks or hard edges around the butterfly design.
2. Fake stitching in a flash. There’s no need to haul out your sewing machine when it’s so fast and easy to create the look of stitching with a border rub-on. Take a look at the scallop “stitches” along bottom-right edge of Elizabeth Kartchner’s layout.
3. Craft cute journaling lines. Give your journaling a little more love with decorative journaling lines made from border rub-ons, like Jennifer McGuire did on this cute tag.
4. Dress up plain ribbon. Or plain chipboard. Or metal, or plastic, or cardstock. You get the picture—you can use rub-ons to embellish all kinds of surfaces. Here’s how Wendy Sue Anderson used rub-ons on ribbon on her layout.
5. Make cute accents. Transform plain chipboard shapes or die-cut cardstock into darling glossy accents in three easy steps like Sara Winnick did on her layout. Just paint your shape, add a rub-on to the center, then seal it with a clear coat of glaze.
Leave us a comment and tell us your favorite way to use rub-ons, or show us what you’ve created with them by uploading your pages to our gallery on Club CK.
–Lori Fairbanks, editor