Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Rubbed the right way, maybe...

This weekend, I ended up playing a bunch with different ways I could use those rub-ons that have appeared to have "gone bad". On this atc above, I had some success rubbing them onto acetate. I had some acetate sheets (transparency sheets) from back when I first got into rubber stamping, so I pulled some out and cut out some atc-sized rectangles.

This atc, "Lovey Dovey Danger", has an entire sheet of acetate on top of the atc. (you can see the glue dots at the corners if you look real close.) Onto the print-wrapped base, I rubbed on the 'Lovey Dovey' text, as well as the 'guaranteed' oval at the bottom. Then, onto the acetate, I rubbed the boy skeleton, the 'danger' text and the skull hand bones.

I could see right off that a nonporous and slightly sticky-feeling surface is one that rub-ons like best. Porous paper and vellum, not the best for a dying rub-on. So, that was good to know. Then, I played even more by brushing Diamond Glaze onto the back of the rub-on sheet itself, letting it dry, then cutting out a shape. Here's an atc I made using that trick: What I discovered when I did that, was that if I cut the shape out leaving an thin outline around it, the top layer of the rub-on sheet came off and I was left with a very thin but sturdy rub-on that I could peel away from its sheet and apply to my project.

So, I'd say that is the secret to salvaging "bad" rub-ons, if one wanted to. Brush a layer of Diamond Glaze onto the back of the rub-on sheet, let dry, then cut around the rub-on shape you want to use, and then let the top separate off to get a very thin sticker of your rub-on. You'll still need to brush on a top layer of Diamond Glaze once you have applied the rub-on, but this worked great. No breaks in the rub-on this way.

Well, now that I've solved this, what's next, world peace? LOL

Linda tagged me the other day and I need to do that tag quiz. So, here it is:

A: The rules of the game are posted at the beginning.
B: Each player answers the questions about themselves.
C: At the end of the post, the player then tag 3 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

10 years ago: I was 11 years married, Missy was 10, I was treasurer of the PTO at Missy's elementary school and a board member of her softball league, I had a bustling and growing tax and accounting biz, and we would be moving into a new home later in the summer while fixing up the old one..

Things on my to-do list today: I only keep 3 things on that list (and a long "When I Get to it" list on the side). Today's 3 things are: 1.shower 2.post office 3.bank deposit

What I would do if I were suddenly made a billionaire: provide Missy her dream college career, let Hubs retire immediately & travel to determine where we want to relocate to (based on our conversation yesterday, it may not be America).

3 of my bad habits:

3 places I have lived: Arkansas, Texas, Texas

5 jobs that I have had: library aide, accountant, teacher

5 Things people don't know about me: geez, I don't know that there are 5 things left LOL... 1. I almost drowned in a church camp swimming pool when I was 3; 2. My throat closes up when I eat shrimp, but I still eat it; 3. I like brussel sprouts; 4. I don't like corned beef; 5. I prefer the taste of diet coke to coke now.

I'm going to tag: Lida, Kim L, and KimKT.


Kim Langston said...

NO! I refuse. You know what I am talking about. YOU ARE DOING THIS ON PURPOSE! Pure evil!

jill said...

Great tip! I haven't found any run ons gone bad (yet) but now I know what to do if and when I do :)

csimmers said...

I love the ATCs you've made. I also love the tip with the dying rub-ons. There are some rub-ons that just never seem to work right.

Lida said...

Those ATC´s are so cool, I have that kit and have only used one sheet of paper to alter a can, have to use it cause is way cool.
I was tagged by Karensue with the same tag so already done there!!
Have a great day!

Linda said...

Love the ATC's I have those stickers or rubons and I should use them. Good tips too, I may need them.

Thanks for playing along. I enjoyed reading your answers.

Theresa said...

Aren't you the clever one for coming up with the Diamond Glaze trick. I will remember that because I have quite a few rub-ons that won't work now either. Won't be buying them up while they're on sale anymore, lesson learned, they go bad to quickly.

Lynn said...

What a great salvage idea. I know I would never think to do anything like that. Great tip.

Love your ATCs they are wonderful.

Reading your tag answers is wonderful.... but I did notice you apparently don't have any bad habits, lol.

Kim said...

Love your rubon tips!!! I am rubon challenged anyway!
Now, why did you tag me when you know I don't have that many friends to tag?!?!?? All right, I'll play along anyhow.

Lesli said...

Very interesting ATC - I like it when someone steps outside the box!