How To Apply Your Custom Dry Rub On Transfers

Cut out 1 example with the backing sheet in place. Visually centering, aligning and placing the Rub On Transfer straight will be easier and quicker to do so accurately if the transfer is cut out straight and square.

Once the transfer is in the position you want, lightly push down on the image. If the space allows and/or the transfer image has a large area, hold the top corner of the sheet from moving and lightly run your finger over the entire transfer image area. Start at the top left side and in a diagonal motion, move from the top to the bottom right. The top left to bottom right diagonal movement is typically the most natural and comfortable movement and along with the use of your finger, should ensure that no pockets of air are created or formed.

With a burnisher, or a similar tool described in the Suggested Tools page, apply a light pressure, approximately like that of writing with a ball point pen, use the top to bottom diagonal motion while slightly overlapping the strokes as if you were painting or coloring. Random scribbling can produce visible lines, marks, or air bubbles.

The transfer image color will ghost or frost indicating that the image is releasing from the transfer sheet. Ghost as much of the image as possible. Pay particular attention to small details if there are any, such as small text. A ballpoint burnish is ideal for retracing small details that a larger surface spoon burnish may skim over. Increased pressure is not needed for small details. While using the ballpoint burnish, you should be able to feel the raised contour of the details as you pass over the image edge. Feeling the edges and contours is a good indication that the pressure is sufficient and ideal.

A knife or something with a pointy tip can be used to pick up and place the cutout transfer image and/or a burnisher can be used to push or move the cutout transfer image into position.

To peel the transfer film from the rub on image, hold, if possible, the bottom right corner of the transfer, then slowly lift the top left corner of the transfer sheet and verify that the image is releasing and is adhering to the intended surface.

If the image is not sticking or releasing from the sheet, stop lifting the translucent film and re-burnish (rub) the area that is not adhering.

Once the translucent sheet has been completely removed, place a piece of the backing sheet on top of the image and re-burnish the applied Rub On Transfer to ensure that the image has adhered across the entire transfer image surface.