Fantastic Rub-On Transfers From Stuff Around The
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 Copier Transparency
Fine Mist Hair Gel (LA Works Mega Hold)
Ink Jet Printer
Step 1: Spray the fine mist hair gel on the
transparency. 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
Step 2: Using the hair dryer, dry the gel to the
transparency. 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 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 transparency
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.