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Tool Review: Basic Grey Rub-on Roller Stylus

{Reported by Ashley Harris}

Alright you all know that rub-ons come with various applicators right? There is the every package popsicle stick. I personally NEVER use that thing. Well I will tell you what I do use. Here we go.

American Crafts includes in their mini marks rub on packs an plastic applicator shown here:

I have used this for years. It was the best thing out there. Sometimes I found that if I rubbed too hard then my rub on would tear, but I adjusted my pressure and moved on. Still, the best thing out there.

That is until I met this beauty. Meet the Basic Grey Rub-on Roller Stylus:

This is my rub on applying best friend. Seriously. It is the best tool ever for this! No over or under pressure. It has a rolling ball point so it just glides over your rub on and it comes out wonderfully. The joy that has been mine in finding this tool is exquisite!

Construction: Extremely durable. I don't foresee replacing this ever, unless of course I lost it!

Cost Effectiveness: Hands down the best purchase I have made. With the prices as they are right now, you cannot go wrong.

What I like:
-My rub-ons go on smoothly and effortlessly.
-There is a flat edge so I can burnish the image as well.

What I don't like:


What I made:

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Blossom; Patterned Paper: Echo Park Paper; Pearls: Kaiser Craft; Rub-on: Pebbles, Inc.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper: October Afternoon; Rub-on: Deja Views; Buttons and Hemp: Misc

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper: American Crafts; Rub-on: Pebbles, Inc.; Doiley Flower: Prima; Pearls: Melissa Frances; Butterfly Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts; Ribbon: Misc

Where and How Much:
Product: Basic Grey Rub on Roller Stylus
Manufacturer: Basic Grey
MSRP: $14:00
Available Online: JoAnn Fabric*,,

Bottom line is: I would definitely go buy a Basic Grey Rub-on Roller Stylus. It will be your bestest friend when it comes to applying rub-ons. I promise!

What do you think? Do you have one? If not, what are your thoughts? Let us know!


Gabrielle Watson said...

I don't have one yet, but when I get a coupon next I will be buying one. I simply love using these things. They are so easy, and the roller ball just glides you across the rubon and really you don't even have to apply a ton of pressure. It is simply lovely!

ArlaMo said...

Definitely one of my favorite tools!

Patchi said...

I got one a while back on one of those impulse buys. I LOVE it! Now I only use popsicle sticks as embellishments!

Natalie said...

I've used the BG roller applicator from fellow scrappers at crops and liked it, but there were times that it didn't work so great for me(probably the brand of rubons was the real factor). I do know that I want one! :)

Hannie C said...

I don't know if I'll use it, but I've scraplifted one of your card. Thank you!

Dianna said...

I've had one for quite a while and I love it!

Theresa said...

I've had one of these for a couple of years. I don't use a lot of rubons, but this thing does do the job nicely!

cbk said...

Love mine, makes detailed rub ons a breeze!

Victoria S. said...

Looks intriguing! Will have to check it out!

Hannie C said...

Ashley, my lift on your card is here:

Vicki Morris said...

I have had mine for quite awhile now. I LOVE IT! It works great. Wouldn't use anything else.

Joni Parker said...

I was thinking this was just a waste of money since you can rub-on with just about anything (i use an embossing stylus).... I may have to rethink my logic after reading your review!!

Lisa Cutler said...

I completely agree. I took a class with Kelly Goree and she raved so I went and bought one. Definitely can't go wrong with it. I hated the AC tool, the Popsicle tools, all of them. I could never get things to go on right, esp. on textured cardstock.