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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The skinny on rub-on crafting stickers


















For those that asked...
Rub-on stickers, they're not just for crafting. They make an excellent alternative to nail stickers/decals. I actually prefer them to what's available specifically for nails. Rub-ons are cheap, easy to work with and have better staying power than nail stickers, which are notorious for lifting after applying a top coat. Another great thing about rub-ons....there are so many to choose from!

Rub-ons are mounted on clear plastic cards and are packed with a stick resistant, glossy/waxy protection card. It's important to keep the backing card behind the images, especially when cutting, or you run the risk of your image sticking to things you wish it hadn't. The popsicle stick you see is included with rub-ons to help with transfering/rubbing, however, you won't need it to get the image on your nails.

I use tweezers to hold the image,( slide the backing away), and place the image on my nail. To avoid wrinkles and broken lines/images, it's really important to keep it stationary. If the rub-ons you chose are gel like, the transfer will be almost instantaneous the second it touches your nail. Some rub-ons are paperish or a little stiffer, such as the silver snowflakes I used on my last mani, and will require some rubbing. I just use a fingernail to gently scratch over the image.

26 comments:

nihrida said...

Oooooh, that's how it works! I haven't seen these rub-ons in stores, but I wasn't looking. Thank you so much for this post!

P.S.: I sent you an email from my Flickr account. I couldn't find your email address on my hotmail account. Did you get it? *concerned*

thriszha said...

wow!! thanks for sharing this idea...

EvilAngel said...

You are so creative and resourcful! :*

ainos2 said...

You're welcome!
Yes, I got your email... :) .

ainos2 said...

You're welcome!

ainos2 said...

Thanks Lady!

Anonymous said...

OMfreakingG! this is BRILLIANT! why did I never think of this!  I HATE nail stickers cause they lift.  This is pure genius! THank you!

L said...

Thanks for this. I never would have thought of it.

makeupgirl21 said...

:) That's great to know.  I'll have to look thru my stickers sometime.

kelsealaurel said...

What a fantastic idea!  I've never seen this before, thank you for the great tip =)

ainos2 said...

The window of opportunity for good sticker adhesion is short, and I always have some that lift. Once it lifts- it's fair "pickable" game. I have ruined many many manis because I picked off lifted stickers.
I love sharing and hope this post inspires other bloggers.

ainos2 said...

Your welcome!

ainos2 said...

Rub-ons are so easy, and the results are nothing less than impressive!

ainos2 said...

You're very welcome!

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