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6.24.2009

The Ultimate Rub-on Review


{Reported by Heidi Sonboul}

When I say that I love Rub-ons... it's an understatment! I truly do use them on every layout and just about every card! I have a drawer filled with them, from well know names and from under dog!


Over this past few years I've discovered that not all products work the same and when it comes to rub-ons... there are some that work much better than others! So, to prepare for this article I used 25 different brands and yes, the result were very interesting.


(note: these product were based off of the supplies on hand and some companies are missing)


So, for your best value in a GREAT rub-on The Scrap Review recommends ...

1st place: American Crafts

2nd Place: Pink Paislee

3rd Place: Scenic Route

4th Place:7 Gypsies

5th Place:Making Memories

6th Place: Fancy Pants

7th Place: Scrap Within Reach



How about you?
DO YOU LOVE RUB-ONS??? Do you find yourself using them all the time and what is your favorite brand?


27 comments:

marla said...

I have a bunch of rubons and probably way to many. They are in an organizer and not real easy to reach so I forget about them quite a bit and dont use them like I should!!!

Theresa said...

I have a gazillion rubons, but really only use them infrequently. I have noticed the vast differences in quality between brands, and your review is much appreciated.

However, the long list of brands in no particular order is confusing to my left brain - it would be helpful to have it in a table format with columns for the different facets you measured, with numerical values - it would also make it more "objective" and less "subjective". Just a suggestion!

NanaBeth said...

Thank you-I have attributed my difficulties with rubons to my ineptness. Now I see you have shared the same difficulties I have with particular brands. I have also noticed that the older the rubon the more difficult they are to use. Rubons in warehouse sale mystery packages have given me lots of problems.
I just bought several American Craft mini-marks at Big Lots for $2 a package and indeed they are a dream to use. Plus the little plastic included tool works better the expensive rubon tool I purchased.

Joli said...

I don't use my rub-ons as often as I should, but I love to collect them!

I found that the Basic Grey rub-on tool makes all the difference in the world - seriously, everyone should have one of them!

Erika M. said...

I love rub ons and many of the ones you shared with us today are the brands that I frequently use. I do also love the Maya Road rub-ons as well and I also agree about the Basic Grey rubon tool - it can be a lifesaver.

Heather said...

Thanks for this great list. It's nice to know that sometimes the issues you have with a product are not user error. I'm going to print this out and use it as a cheat sheet so I know what to pass up even if it's on sale.

marisa said...

I love that you shared that! I always wondered about other brands. I do like American Crafts alot and have trouble with BG unfortunately.

kgscrapper said...

I don't use many rub ons. that is mainly due to the fact the first time I bought some they were of the "rub off too easily" catagory. The were a rub on alphabet set and I had letters everywhere. I bought another set and they were from the "RUB CRAZY HARD" catagory and I could see "rub marks" on my card stock...I didn't like it.

So here now is a question that is rub on related. Does the tool you use to rub them make a difference...as in I have a "Rub On Tool" that looks something like a stylus with a much larger "ballthingy" at one end and a sort of elongated scoop thing at the other. Some rub ons come with "popcicle" sticks. Is there a correct tool for different applications? KWIM??

After reading the review, I will certainly give rub ons another try...but this time I will pay attention to the brand I buy.

Heidi said...

I have to agree with your summation of the Heidi Grace rub ons. There have been instances where I could not rub hard enough to get them to transfer and they broke very easily. I was very disappointed as what I liked about the images were the delicate lines.

Ashley Harris said...

So far the absolute best rub ons I have ever used are the Melissa Frances rub ons. They are amazing!! Deja Views is a very close second. Like Buttah Baby! As for a tool that I use. I use the one that comes with the American Crafts rub ons. It is fabulous!

Jenn said...

I love rub ons! I have a lot of cosmo cricket and whatever catches my eye at the store. OHH The Sweet Life by colorbok were some of my fav rub ons. Now I have started using EAD Designs Vinyl rub ons and they are FAB and come in SOOOO many colors and are BIG for scrapbooking.

mustangkayla said...

Great review! I LOVE LOVE LOVE rub-ons and have learned to stay away from a couple brands as I just end up ticked off.

Rebecca said...

I had been on the fence about the Basic Grey rub-on tool--thanks for the info!

I would have ranked Making Memories a little higher; they are my go-to when I need rub-on letters.

I love the Basic Grey rub-ons and Cosmo Cricket; in fact, those are two of my favorite brands in general.

I have stayed away from "bling" rub-ons because I'm not sure if I'd like them. I'd love to see a review and comments about them.

I did buy a summer pack of rub-ons from QVC and they were so horrible I ended up returning them. Lesson learned!

Thanks for a great list!

Aly D said...

wow! thanks heidi for a great review! such good info to know before making a purchase. i have had fabulous results from Black River Designs rub-ons. super easy to apply, and they look fabulous and stay forever. =)

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

I am a rubon collector... I have had problems with many that you have listed as hard to rub on and poor.... the best for me are MM or Basic Grey....the least favorite and seem to always cause me grief are Glitz rubons...just can't seem to get those suckers off the backing to save my life...

Great review!!!

Kristine said...

Love rubons, i would say my favorite is Melissa Frances ... goes on like butter!!!

thanks for the great review Heidi!

Anonymous said...

I pretty much agree with you on your review!! I scrapbooked a long time before I started using rub ons because i was buying the "wrong" brands. American crafts and 7gypies are like butter. I use alot of heidi grace and have never had a problem. Also I do much better now that i spent the money for the Basic Grey rub on tool. It is a must buy in my book!!!!

Theresa said...

Thank you bunches for revising the reviews into a table format - much, much appreciated!

Tricia said...

I love rubons and use them all the time. I have noticed that some are superior to others but hadn't really paid attention to which companies I preferred. Thanks for doing the legwork! One I didn't see on your list is Stampin' Up. They have great rubons.

JoLynn said...

Tricia, I was just going to mention how fabo Stampin' Up! rub-ons are. They are like buttah! I have had some troubles with AC rub-ons, especially the alphabet ones, so I was surprised they were ranked so highly.

I do love rub-ons. They provide a nice, clean look. I love white rub-ons the most, as you can place them on dark backgrounds... better than wasting a bunch of ink trying for the same effect on your printer.

Erica Hettwer said...

Great review! :) I've had some troubles with a pack of SR rubons. They may have been older but they were color and words and they came off the backing! Especially the red ones. Totally weird!

lizacreates said...

Thanks for a good review. I'm a big fan of Maya Rd and Fancy Pants rubons. I've never been disappointed in their quality and ease of use. I also use the Basic Grey rubon tool which is one of my go-to tools (I use rubons all the time!). I like the Basic Grey designs, but have found some of the more intricate ones a bit difficult.

I read in someone's blog that if you rub the rubon with your finger when it's already on your paper before even using a tool, it'll help a lot. Apparently, the heat of your finger "loosens" it up. I do that now and have to say I've not had any problems regardless of which brand I use.

I'll have to try those Melissa Frances ones a couple of people have mentioned.

Dalon said...

oh thank you SOOO much for this review!!! I just started using rub-ons this past year and some I LOVE, but others not so much ... and of course I didn't make notes of which were which - so this list is grrreat!!! :-)

ms.cheryl said...

Melissa Francis has rub obs that go on vEEEEry easily and look wonderful. The Luve ones that I used were great. I took a class at GASC and the owner said they were thier new ones, actually made by a manufacturer that makes car decals so they may be better than the ones you used in the past.They are called "There's the Rub". ms.cheryl

Steffanie S. said...

I love the Making Memories alpha sets. You know, the ones that came in a little plastic case, post-bound, one letter/number per sheet and are years old? They have always been my favorite and I wish I could still find them!

Sonda T said...

awesome review Heidi! BG is by far my fav. thanks.

Jodee said...

I definitely agree with the American Crafts being the best! They always work great and I love their designs! I also really like Basic Grey. I have never had any trouble with them.