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Custom Rub-On Transfers:

Have you ever wondered how to create your own rub on transfers?  Well, now you can!  The following article by Kathy Williams provides step by step instructions for creating your very own customized rub on transfers.  Have fun with this neat technique!

Scrapbooking And Rubber Stamping Rub On Transfers From Stuff Around The House!
By Kathy Williams

Get ready to have a blast making custom rub on transfers. We spent hours researching the best way to make smudge free, rub on transfers that could be used in scrapbooking and rubber stamping craft projects. We had a wonderful time using computer fonts to create titles for scrapbook pages as well as unique rub on embellishments for our homemade cards. This fast, inexpensive technique can be used to make some incredibly wonderful designs for your next project!


1 Rub On Transfer Film
Fine Mist Hair Gel (LA Works Mega Hold)
Hair Dryer
Ink Jet Printer


Step 1: Spray the fine mist hair gel on the transfer film. Holding the film a few inches from a mirror allows you to see if you have a good even coverage over the film. Only spray enough to cover the film completely. You don’t want the gel to “run” down the page, yet you need enough gel to cover all areas of the film

Step 2: Using the hair dryer, dry the gel to the film. It should only take between 20-45 seconds if you placed the correct amount of gel on the film.

Step 3: Prepare your artwork using any number of design or word processing programs. You can also stamp the images on the film with dye or pigment based inks. *Important: The design or image will need to be reversed. You can flip the image in your desired program or complete the image mirror in the printing step.

Step 4: Set your printer to the “T-shirt Transfer” mode or select “Mirror Image” in your printer options. (Refer to the manual that came with your printer for assistance.) If you already flipped the image in your design software or word processor, you can skip this step.

Step 5: Print your image on a normal print setting. This should provide enough ink to make a wonderful transfer while making sure the ink does not run. You may need to experiment a few times to get the right setting. *NOTE: Only print exactly what you desire to rub-on and not excess images. You will be able to use the film many times.

Step 6: Allow the ink to dry in place. You can speed the drying process with a hair dryer, but be careful not to blow the ink out of place. Place your image flat on a surface and spray with a light coat of hairspray. Using the hair dryer, dry the hairspray in place.

Step 7: Gently lay the rub-on onto the artwork. (Practice first!) Using a spoon, rub the image in place. Make sure to rub the entire area thoroughly to release the image. Gently peel away.

Kathy Williams writes about rubber stamping and rubber stamps and loves to use them for card making, scrapbooking, and other paper craft projects.

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More resources:

  • Rub-on Transfer Paper available at -Simply search for Rub On Transfer Paper
  • Picture my Stamp: Custom rubberstamps from your artwork, photos or logos.  Or check out our catalog of available rubberstamps for purchase.
  • You too can become a rubberstamp artist!

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