Friday 17 May 2013

Tutorial for Rub-on Resist Technique By Carol Fox

Hello, Carol here with my blog post for this month.

I have been having a little play with the new Remnant rub-ons available as part of the Idea-ology range. I have always love rub-ons, but I must admit I have in the past sometimes had problems getting some of them to work properly so I had always stuck to the 7Gypsies range. But I have to say the new Idea-ology rub-ons are easy to use and the images come out really well.

I have a sample to share that is based upon the resist technique that Tim Holtz has used on his blog recently. I have gone with a Steampunk theme for my tag.
Step 1

I applied my rub-ons to a size 8 tag, bear in mind that these will resist the ink you apply in the next stage so I tried to think where I would stamp my images before I applied my rub-ons as I wanted to my tag to look quite structured. I found the best way to do this was to lay it out on one tag and then apply the rub-ons to another tag as I removed them.

Step 2

I applied Distress Stain to my craft mat and swooshed my tag through it until I was happy with the coverage. I also coloured a short length of crinkle ribbon with the remains of the colour on the mat to use on my tag.

Step 3

I dried my tag and ribbon with my heat gun and as you can see the colours are a lot more muted now they are dry. You can also see how the rub-ons have resisted the distress stain background.

Step 4

I added some Vintage Photo Distress Stain to the tag by picking the colour up of my craft mat and flicking it onto my tag. I then spritzed with a mini mister, blotted it and heat set. I edged my tag with a black paint dabber and hand drew lines round the edges using a pen and ink.

Step 5

I did all my stamping using black archival ink. I removed the ink from the rub-ons after stamping, by using a very small spot of alcohol blending solution on a piece of kitchen roll and very gently rubbing over the rub-on image. Then I added the various embellishments as shown in the main photo.

I do really like this technique and I can see myself using it a lot, adding in extra elements like stencilling and gesso.

I used the following items on my tag, If you want to see stockists for these please see the post on my own blog where I have a full list.

Rubber Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Time Travelers
Distress Stains: Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Vintage Photo
Remnant Rubs: Elements, Numbers
Crinkle Ribbon
Alcohol Blending Solution
Film Strip Ribbon
Metal Number 6

Thank you for visiting the Craft Stamper blog and enjoy the rest of your day, Carol x


  1. Great colors and wonderful tag, love the technique !! thank you for sharing. Coco x

  2. Love your project, although I don't usually use Rub-ons but I could be tempted to try them now.

  3. Great tag, Caro, would never have thought of using rub ons as a resist! Thanks for the tips.
    Lynn x

  4. Might have to give this a try - got a slew of alpha rub-ons I never think to use. Amazing colors you achieved with the stains.

    1. I blogged one yesterday using some old alpa rub-ons, I can see me using up old stash with this technique, so long as it doesn't lead to me buying new stash !!!! Carol x