Monday, November 10, 2008

Stampin' Up! Rub-Ons are 20% Off until 30 November 2008

Yes, that's right, Stampin' Up! have two promotions running this month: Individual Markers and 20% off Rub-Ons.

"What is a Rub-On?" I can hear some of you asking. They aren't stickers, they are more like transfers that you apply to your card stock by rubbing them with a "Paddle Pop" stick. They are very popular with scrapbookers who might not have discovered the joy of stamping (yet).

You may be wondering what Rub-Ons are useful for, especially if you're a passionate stamper. In short, why Rub when you can Stamp? Well, Rub-Ons can be applied to many surfaces, such as glass, ceramics, ribbons and textured cardstock. Please forgive me for the quality of the picture but here's a Piggy Bank decorated with a Rub-On:

And here is an example of a Rub-On applied to satin ribbon:

(With thanks to Cassandra Grambau for image and Kendall Joyce for card design)

Notice how the Rub-On above is white? Well Rub-Ons are a quick and easy way to get a solid white image. Much faster than first stamping in Versamark and then embossing with white embossing powder.

Rub-Ons are a good way to get started with paper-craft. With some card stock, Designer Series Paper and rub-ons, you can create a card or scrapbook layout. No stamps or ink pads needed!

Rub-Ons are also very easy to position on the page or card. Because you can see exactly where the Rub-On will be applied, it is easy to create titles from alphabet rub-ons. No need for a stamp positioner. Anyway, better stop there before I convince you not to buy stamps ever again :(

So what's good about Stampin' Up!'s Rub-Ons? Firstly, they co-ordinate with SU! stamp sets and papers but they are also of a high quality. In my experience, SU! Rub-Ons are better than other brands of Rub-Ons for several reasons. For starters, they actually transfer on with ease. With some brands of Rub-Ons, no matter how much you rub the image, some parts of it won't transfer. But SU! Rub-Ons are also less likely to accidentally transfer onto backing/other unintended paper and to crack in storage as well. Price wise, they are 2/3 the price of other premium brands such as Basic Grey (on a per square cm basis).

Anyway, if I've got you interested, there are 5 sets of rub-ons to choose from; each has two sheets of images, one black and one white. Please check out the details of the promotion here. Purchasers will also receive my tips to help you get the most from Rub-Ons.

And so ends the lesson in Rub-Ons. Writing this post has actually inspired me to get my Rub-Ons out and make a Stampless creation. I'll let you know how I get on.

Thanks for reading,

Love from Crafty Kim

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