Monday, April 26, 2010

Make Your Own Rub-On Tutorial

After posting my hummingbird window ornament using Grafix rub-onsand copic markers, I decided to see how they would work with my Prisma color pencils. As I was making it, I thought it would be fun to a tutorial for those who have not used this rub-on kit before.

Rub on sheets

The kit comes with 2 types of paper. The more transparent sheet is the one you run through your printer. I has a matte side and a shiny side. You print your image on the matte side.

The second sheet is the adhesive sheet that will be used when your image is ready. This sheet also has 2 different sides, one shiny and one opaque white.

Sunflower window ornament step 1The first step is to print your image, of course, LOL. You will want to make sure you print on the MATTE side.

The image I used here is from KLM Designs called Sunflower Windowpane.

Then you color in your image. I found that the prisma markers worked much better for the look I wanted to achieve. While the copic markers came out MUCH softer, the Prismas came out just a tad darker.

Sunflower window ornament mistakeThe first image I tried to color turned out like this. Boy, was I glad I always print 2 in case I mess the first one up.

For this one, I tried using my Prisma blending pencil in the center. The only thing it accomplished was to cause the green to become bluish. Weird.

I don't know how gamsol, baby oil or goo gone would would since all I use with my Prismas is the Prisma blender pencil.

Sunflower window ornament step 2 When you are finished coloring in the image, you will want to cut it out.

Try to cut it as close to the image as possible, other wise the extra adhesive around the edges could leave a shadow around the image after transferring it.

Sunflower window ornament step 3 Sunflower window ornament step 4 
Cut out a piece of the adhesive sheet just a bit larger than your image. Here I cut mine to big. You will want to avoid this as it makes it very difficult to work with. (NOW I know, LOL) With the sheet on your work area, white side up, remove the white liner. The bottom will be VERY sticky so try not to get your finger prints on it. You can see where I did on the edge of mine.

Sunflower window ornament step 4a Sunflower window ornament step 4b Leave the adhesive sheet on your work table with the sticky side up. Place your image, colored side down, onto the adhesive sheet. Turn over and rub well with a craft stick. You will see when the adhesive has transfered. Make sure to get the edges well. I forgot to here and you can see how the adhesive is jagged. 

Sunflower window ornament step 6 
  Place the image, adhesive side down, onto the material you are transferring it onto. I chose to use another microscope 2 x 2" slide.

Again, rub with your craft stick until image is completely transfered. You will definitely know when you are finished. You can see I ran my craft stick in the center really quick and that section is already adhered.  

I also found that the liner kind of pops off when you are finished that area, so you will want to hold it tightly to make sure it does not rip the parts still needing to be transfered. You will see at this point that it will work pretty much like any other rub-on.

Sunflower window ornament step 5
Remove the liner carefully. If you see any air bubbles, just lower the liner back down and rub them to the edge of the image. They should disappear.

Since I was using the microscope slides without anything between the 2 slides they would not fit in the premade frame without jiggling.

My fix for this was to run the memory foil tape around the edges. I forgot to take a photo of it. I wrapped it around all 4 sides. I could have left them like this since that is what the tape is for. I chose, instead, to use the frame so I would not have to glue an "o" ring to the back of the slide. With no paper, it would show to the front and look yucky, LOL

The tape worked like a charm and the slides are nice and secure in the frame.

Sunflower window ornament

HummingbirdOn the right is the ornament colored with the Prisma pencils. You can see that the rubbing caused the colors to blend just enough, so there won't be a need to do it before hand.

The one on the left is colored with copics. There is no blending at all here. The ink stayed to wet and one color only pushed the other away.

I think both are nice. It would depend on your individual taste as to which way you would prefer.

I hope this gives a good idea about how well this product works. I was a bit leary to try it, but am glad I did.

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Hugs, Sandy O


Lisa said...

I love how the bird is peeking the flower. Really beautiful.

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