Basic Grey Rub-on Roller {C’est Bon} … a tutorial and review

jks-rubon-roller-narrow.jpgWhen I first saw the Basic Grey Rub-on Roller advertised just before it was released…I just knew it would be one of those things I would have to try out. I love using rub-ons in some of my designs and they are great for applying to a variety of surfaces. Depending on the manufacturer…some rub-ons can be more difficult to apply than others. Most companies include a little popsicle sticker to burnish on your rub-on transfer but these can be hard to hold and sometimes, do not rub smoothly. While Basic Grey rub-on transfers are one of my top faves for ease of use and application…I decided to try it out and was so pleased with the results.

On one end of the Basic Grey rub-on roller is a rolling steel ball end. It works fabulously for applying the transfers smoothly and it rolls very well. I had previously tried my Empressor embossing tool but found the rolling ball on that really did not roll well with rub-ons…better than a popsicle stick but still left something to be desired. The Rub-on Roller was easy and comfortable to hold and is of sturdy construction. I love tools that are functional, take up little space, are well made and yes…well-priced. On all four…this rub-on roller takes top marks from me. I’d definitely recommend it if you frequently apply rub-ons.

How to Use It (pics to be edited in shortly)

1. Carefully cut out rub-on transfer and remove backing.

2. Place transfer on desired surface.

3. Roll ball end of of Rub-on Roller over rub-on until transfered.

4. Flip rub-on backing (you didn’t throw that out did you?! ) and place over rub-on. Smooth and burnish gently with flat end of Rub-on Roller for secure application.

Where to Buy…

  • I purchased my Basic Grey Rub-on Roller from Jacksonbelle’s ebay store.
  • You can also purchase it on-line at other stores if you search
  • Your local scrapbook supply store may carry this product.

{heart} U Forever


Actually while I was writing up this design…the sentiment got me thinking. I love your forever…reminds me of a darling childrens’ book that I used to read to my oldest children. I’m going to have to do some digging as I’m sure we still have it. I can’t remember the title but a beautiful rhyme in the story went like this…. I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living …my baby you’ll be. I know this is totally off topic…lol…this valentine is for my hubby. Notice how I tried to take a very pink paper line and make it more masculine by including lots of brown, black rub-ons and very green papers from the line.

This design uses the new Basic Grey Two Scoops 6×6 paper pack. Love those scaled down prints and other Basic Grey papers has that fabulous distinct look. A little distressed, a little fun, a little vintage, a little trendy. My first rub-on was placed along the top of my horizontal panel and is from the Basic Grey rub-ons line. I also purchased the new matching Two Scoops printed chipboard. This chipboard is so fun…already printed you can use as is, just punch, remove backing and adhere to design. No mess, no fuss. I decided to see how the rub-on roller would work for applying rub-ons to chipboard. Fabulous and fun…I added the black heart rub-on to my pink frame chipboard and a little fun flourish to my arrow.

Quick Tip: Don’t forget you can alter your printed chipboard if desired. I sponged this chipboard and applied rub-ons to it. You can also add glitter, bling, punch holes, stamp it, sand it…even cover it with paper if you don’t like the tones.

To finish off my design…some large antique copper brads from Creative Impressions anchor the pink chipboard and a little scrap of black gingham ribbon is tied to the arrow. I love my Dymo Label Maker for a quick sentiment addition…this time I added the word forever.

As rub-on transfer keep gaining in popularity with paper crafters… I know this is a fabulous tool that will be getting lots of use in the future. If you have any questions…feel free to ask them in the comment section and I’ll try my best to answer them by editing the answers into this post. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday!

17 responses to “Basic Grey Rub-on Roller {C’est Bon} … a tutorial and review

  1. I just bought mine on Friday & I love it too! & it was cheapo! Thanks for the write up.

  2. I know exactly what book you are talking about! My mom loves that book! She would read it to us when we were young. When my sister had the 1st grandchild in the family we couldn’t find the book anywhere. We tried without success to find and buy it somewhere. Now that granchild will soon be 11yrs old and my mom works in a bookstore. Just last week she came across a copy and it is in our lives again, just like an old friend.

    Her favorit part of the book is when the son is holding the elderly mother in his lap, just like she did for him.

    Oh, I guess I should also comment about the rub-on tool, that also looks interesting. I don’t use many rub-ons but it looks like it might also be good for smoothing paper when adhering paper to wood.

    Thanks for sharing! ~~sorry this post is so long!

  3. The book is “Love you Forever” by Robert Munsch

    From his website:
    “Love You Forever started as a song.

    “I’ll love you forever,
    I’ll like you for always,
    as long as I’m living
    my baby you’ll be.”

    I made that up after my wife and I had two babies born dead. The song was my song to my dead babies. For a long time I had it in my head and I couldn’t even sing it because every time I tried to sing it I cried. It was very strange having a song in my head that I couldn’t sing. ”

    And he eventually wrote it into a book that has been as popular in retirement communities as it has been with kids 🙂

  4. p.s. The card is beautiful as always!
    I think my 2 must-have tools are this and Tim Holtz’s new design ruler

  5. I love that book too Julia! My daughter and I sing it to each other! When they were little and I would read it…I couldn’t get through it with out crying! Love your card too!

  6. Your card is excellent! I really like how you made it more masculine looking with the various elements. I’ve been looking at this tool and trying to decide if it would be a good buy, so I appreciate your take on it. Thanks Julia!

  7. Hmm… I’ve got to stop reading your blog. I buy everything you feature. LOL! 😉 I love your card! It has such a romantic feel to it. I love that book too. I’m usually not an ’emotional’ person, but after having children, I can’t read through this without crying!

  8. Great card! I like the look of that new tool. And what a wonderful story that is! I see someone else has provided the title and author. Robert Munsch has another book out now that is also very poignant, called The Lighthouse. Both those books leave me with a lump in my throat and very damp eyes. I sing Love You Forever to my girls at bedtime to the tune of Away In a Manger and they love it too.

  9. Julia – I’ve just got a new batch of Basic Grey rub-ons so I guess I NEED that tool!!!

  10. I haven’t ever seen this tool I’ll be looking for it now! Sounds great Julia! Thanks for your wonderful knowledge!

  11. Julia, this card is fabulous as always 🙂 I too am a great fan of Basic Grey, is this tool something else i ‘must’ have!! I Just received my ‘Two Scoops’ on Friday, we are usually slower to get things in store here in the U.K. :), but i’ve used some already!
    Carol x

  12. Great design, J! Love those patterns!

  13. Love the big arrow and all the rub ons, the paper works great and love that chipboard with the heart, neat design!

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