Monday, August 19, 2013

Making Your Own Rub Ons

Bet you never thought it was possible right?  Well, I have great news for you!  Utilising the wonderful printable items from Marion's collections, you can absolutely make your very own custom rub ons!  Let me tell you how....

You will need the following items:

Then, follow these steps:

  1. Open PDF file in Acrobat
  2. Insert a sheet of Safmat paper into printer tray.  Be sure to place it the correct way up, the shiny side is what needs to be printed on.  The other side is just the backing sheet.
  3. Under Print options, properties, Advanced - select Reverse Print.
  4. Print file and allow to dry for a few seconds.
  5. Cut around image and remove backing sheet - burnish on surface as you would with a rub on!
  6. If you are using an inkjet printer, you may want to lightly spray the finished image with a fixative (or hairspray works just as well!).

Here is a picture of a rub on I made from the Scarlet collection.  I burnished it on to a sheet of old French text paper.  Because the Safmat is translucent, the text paper shows through slightly.  I love that!

And here I have burnished a butterfly on to a photo - I think it looks perfect!

I really hope you give this technique a go!  It's a great way to get more mileage out of your Marion Smith Printables!


Maggie Armstrong


  1. Just brilliant Maggie..I am going to try this technique out too...thanks for sharing this with us : )

  2. Maggie that was a great Idea . can't wait to try it.

  3. This is so amazing! Now to check if my local craft store carries the safmat paper! Thanks for an awesome tute Maggie! :)

  4. great tut' thanks for sharing the deets, proudly displaying the blinkie on my blog

  5. LOVE THIS!! Marion, is there anyplace that I can buy safmat in the US?

  6. opps, sorry.... I mean, Maggie :)