Saturday, May 10, 2008

Make your own rub-ons

This technique was posted on the cricut message board. I can't find the orignal post but when I do, I'll give credit to the poster.

To create your own rub-ons you will need:

Note: This is done using an inkjet printer.
  • 1 LAZER JET transparency sheet. These can be purchased at most office supply stores. I got mine for 65 cents at OfficeMax.
  • Using your word processing software (I use Microsoft Word) type in the text, or picture, you want to use. You can use any font available on your computer.
  • Print your document - but with a on the print button just like you would normally but before you hit OK go to PRINTER PROPERTIES. Change the paper type to Transparency. Then go to FEATURES and turn on MIRROR IMAGE. Now click OK and start the print.
  • After the transparency has been printed set it aside. DO NOT immediately try to transfer it to your project. Wait for a minimum of 2 minutes. You might need to wait 5 or 6 minutes. The wait time will depend on your individual printer and how much ink it places on the transparency. If you do not allow this wait time the ink will smear between the letters.
  • Apply the rub-on like you normally would. (I use a popsicle stick)
  • When you are done, wipe off the transparency with a baby wipe or wet paper towel. The transparency can be used over and over!

This is a terrific technique and is a very thrifty way to save money on stamps. Now you can create your own sentiments for every occasion!


  1. wow, that is so cool!! I am so glad you posted the instructions for this. I followed your link from the cricut messageboard about the 8 year old's birthday card. Great job!

  2. I must try this technique! I bought transparencies to print on and use as SB accents. But this is great! I must try!


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