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EK Success Rub-On Tool Kit

Reported by Carolyn King

I am not too much of a rub-on girl–I have lots of them but seem to have a deep rooted rub-on phobia! So, when I saw this kit….I thought—THIS might be the answer for me. The EK Success Rub-On Tool Kit comes with one rub on tool that has a broad tip and a detail tip, one adhesive remover (in the photo it looks like a crayon), and six rub-ons. I purchased this kit at Hobby Lobby for $4.99!

The rub-on tool is made of a hard plastic. There is a nice softer area in the middle where you hold it. The adhesive remover is a shaped like a fat pencil to help with detail work. It is bendable and it feels like rubber.

I tested out the rub-on tool on buttons, glass and paper and found that the detailed side really does a good job at getting those tiny parts of the rub-on to transfer. The broad side is pretty comparable to the good ol’ Popsicle stick that is included with most rub-on packages. It has a soft comfort grip in the center, which makes it particularly useful if you were working on a large project.

But, what really impressed me was the adhesive remover. I really thought this was awesome. Since I tend to be lazy when using rub-ons, I often will not cut out the rub-on before transferring it. The remover takes off any mistakes without damaging the paper.

For this demonstration, I used Stampin’ Up! whisper white cardstock and transferred a portion of a rub-on design:


After using the adhesive remover, this is what was left:


It removed all of the rub-on without damaging the paper at all! And even better—it was simple to remove. The design came right off with minimal effort.

Here is a card I created using the rub-on tool from the kit:

Although this kit is great, I am not sure this kit is worth purchasing for those who do not use a lot of rub-ons. For occasional use, I still think the Popsicle stick works fine. Also, I think it would be great if the kit included another tool that had an even smaller edge for very detailed work.

However, I do feel that the EK Success Rub-On Tool Kit is a great deal. You get the tool, adhesive remover and rub-ons for just $4.99. I my opinion, the adhesive remover is worth it alone, but it is nice to have a cute tool to add to my collection. I think my rub-ons might be getting a lot more love from now on!

As I said before, I purchased my kit at Hobby Lobby but you can also find the EK Success Rub-On Tool Kit online at: EK Success, KraftyatKrafts, Scrapbooking Supplies Online

Let me know what you think of this review and if you have this kit, I would love to hear what you think of it!
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7 Responses to EK Success Rub-On Tool Kit

  1. Amy April 29, 2008 at 4:07 am #

    I picked up the EK Success adhesive remover a month or two ago and love it. I just wanted to mention that you can buy it separately from the rub on kit, as well, usually for less than $2:

    http://www.google.com/products?q=ek+success+adhesive+remover

  2. Anonymous April 29, 2008 at 6:40 am #

    I have both and love the adhesive remover. I also love the rub-on thingy but recently the handle seem to be “disolving” as it keeps producing a oily layer to it even after cleaning it. Not sure whether it is due to the local weather – I am living in Singapore.

  3. scrappin{jewlz} April 29, 2008 at 11:33 am #

    I bought the tool separately but don’t use it anymore.

    If you want a good cheap option, get a package of American Crafts rubons – they come with a plastic stylus that works great.

    Course, I have used a pencil when in a pinch. LOL

  4. karenstamps@hotmail.com April 30, 2008 at 11:32 pm #

    I have the Basic Grey rub-on tool and I wish it would have come with one of those adhesive removers. Your review has sold me on gettin’ one of those so I will have to find one!

  5. Viv (VivLyn) May 1, 2008 at 5:42 am #

    I might just have to purchase one for the eraser itself. I have tried scratching those rub-ons that didn’t go on straight and ruining my card. I had no idea how to get those dang things off. I do LOVE to use rub-ons though and have a lot. Great review! Thanks!

  6. Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas May 1, 2008 at 9:58 am #

    Fantastic Review. I have rub-ons, but have not ventured there lately. Last time I did, I broke my rub on…You make it sound easy, so I might have to give it a try!! (especially knowing it can removed easily) chris

  7. Juanita B May 2, 2008 at 2:23 pm #

    This seems like a very helpful thing that makes a difficult task easy. No cardmaker wants to throw away paper, lol. The price is right and I will be gettng one. Anything that can help with a task that can cause you to pull your hair out is woth having on hand.
    Great review and TFS.