Custom rub on transfer stickers

Custom Rub-on transfer stickers, also called action transfers, are stickers or decals that are usually transferred without using water or any solvent.request quote from zigpac

Custom rub on transfer stickers comes as a sheet that has a protective layer on its other side. This delightful sticker is so smooth and seamless that you will think the design was printed directly on the paper. Although it is common in scrapbooks, it also works great on any surface that is smooth, clean, and dry.

Custom rub on stickers is somehow like tattoos that are meant to be applied on paper and not on skin. They are onetime use stickers that are very easy to use and come in numerous designs to choose from. Many online stores, retail stores, and craft stores sell these stickers so that you can get yourself a good stash of them. If you want to know more info about rub on stickers, please click here.

Uses of Rub-On Transfer Stickers

Custom rub on transfer stickers come in different styles, colors, and designs. They could be in the form of letters, pendants, flowers, journal blocks, borders, and so on. These rub on stickers are great for saying whatever you want to say and for also altering most hard surfaces.

There are a lot of places you can use these stickers on. Some of these uses for rub-on transfer stickers are as follows:request quote from zigpac

  • You can get a themed custom rub on stickers for your Christmas, school, birthday, or vacation scrapbook.
  • They can be applied as finishing touches to pages of scrapbooks and cards;
  • These stickers are also used to beautify or add embellishments to pieces of wood, boxes, and many other surfaces;
  • Use these stickers for items that cannot easily be passed through a regular printer.
  • You can get very creative with your custom rub on stickers, especially when preparing scrapbook layouts. You can get a rub on borders with floral, animal, or line themes to beautify the edges of your scrapbook. 

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Application of Rub On Sticker

There are many ways to apply your custom rub-on transfer stickers on your desired surface. Here are two secrets to getting a fantastic result when applying the rub on stickers in a few steps:

Method 1:

  • Get a wooden ice cream stick, a bone folder, or a clean spoon.
  • Place the rub-on on your project, with its smooth side facing downwards. The words and/or images should face the right way, which is how you need them to appear on the project.
  • Tape the acetate down to make sure it does not move when you start to rub it.
  • Use your clean and dry ice cream stick or spoon to apply firm, even pressure on the word or image. Do this by moving the stick or spoon across the image horizontally.request quote from zigpac
  • Continue pressing with the stick or spoon until the image or word leaves the acetate and adheres to the surface.
  • Afterward, very carefully lift a little part of the acetate to check if the words or image have been transferred. If the transfer was not successful, place the acetate back and rub it a little more with the stick or spoon.
  • After transferring the rub-on to the surface, use a tissue or a non-alcohol baby wipe to clean the acetate residues.
  • The acetate is now ready to be used for the next custom-made rub-on transfer.

Method 2:

  • Apply the rub-on on the transfer sheet.
  • Then lift the sheet slowly to check for areas that didn’t stick.
  • Afterward, burnish by placing the cloth on the rub-on you adhered, then smoothen with a popsicle stick.

Note that the application of larger rub-on transfer stickers should start from the center then extend outwards. For a perfect finish, check the image has sealed and without bumps. I love the fact that they have no adhesives but adheres neatly to any dry and smooth surface.

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How to Take Off Rub On Stickers

Rub on transfer stickers can be made cheaply using some transparency sheets used in embellishing items including glass and paper. These stickers have so many advantages, and one of them is that they are easy to remove. You can take them off when they start showing signs of wear or when you just need to change them.

However, the type of surface the sticker is placed on will determine how the sticker will be taken off. Try to be sure that the sticker you use is compatible with whatever surface you plan to use it on. Some custom rub on transfer stickers is not easy to remove from vinyl, paper, or plastic.

Materials Needed

  • Cotton ballrequest quote from zigpac
  • Baby oil or alcohol
  • Tape
  • Water
  • Cloth
  • Plastic knife
  • Nail polish remover
  • Razorblade

To Remove From Skin:

  • Dip a cotton ball in either baby oil or alcohol.
  • Use the cotton ball to soak the area where you applied the rub-on sticker.
  • Wait for 10 to 15 seconds so that the decal will start getting soft.
  • Use a clean cotton ball to rub on the decal in order to soften it. Rub it until it removes.
  • If, however, the sticker proves hard to take off, cover it with tape then pull.
  • Repeat the procedure a couple of times to achieve the desired result.

To Remove From Paper:

  • Dampen a piece of cloth lightly.
  • Use the dampened cloth to moisten the sticker.
  • Damp properly until the sticker starts getting soft.


  • Set a hairdryer on “High” to heat for 30 seconds. Use it to heat the area that the rub-on sticker needs application.request quote from zigpac
  • Use a plastic knife or your fingernail to scrape the sticker off gently.
  • Repeat the procedure a couple of times to achieve the desired result.

To Remove From Hard Surfaces:

  • Dip a cotton ball in a nail polish remover or just water. Use this cotton ball to soak the area that the rub-on sticker needs application.
  • Leave the sticker to soften for about 10 to 15 minutes. The sticker will start to disintegrate.
  • Use a razor blade or your fingernail to scrape off the sticker area.
  • Repeat the procedure a couple of times to achieve the desired result.


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