I might be a little biased ;), but I'm writing this review because I know alot of people think they dont need a specific tool for rub-ons. Really you do! What's different about this tool as compared to a stylus or popsicle stick is the NON-friction application. The rub-on roller's ball bearing is hanging from a suspension spring so that the ball moves over the paper easily and effortlessly (alot like a ball point pen), without dragging or getting caught on the paper backing. What this means especially, is that the paper doesn't skip or move on you causing those rub-ons to break or crack. It doesn't take alot of pressure and it's tip is narrow enough to allow for precision application of those tightly packed and delicate/fine rub-ons.
I love, *LOVE* this rub-on tool! It has a large, smooth rolling ball point similiar to a ball point pen that makes intricate, small, or crunched together rub-ons easy to apply. It has a nice solid feel about it too, and a comfort grip. The paddle end is also awesome. Not only is it a great way to go over your rub-on again to make sure it adheres well, but I've also used it as a "spatual" to lift up cardstock, paper, and other embellishments when I didn't like the initial placement. This helps keep those items from crinkling when doing that. All in all, a great tool.
I must say that I was a little skeptical when I saw this. But I used it for the first time this past weekend, and I was delighted!! I purposely tried it for the first time on some of my rub-on alphas that I knew were pretty difficult. But with the Basic Grey Rub-on tool, it was smooth and easy!! I was like a little kid playing with their favorite toy - giddy and excited!
If you use alot of rub-ons on your projects...run, run right now to the sb.com superstore and put this tool in your cart immediately!! I'm here to tell you, that you will not regret it!!
If you like cracked rub ons and missing pieces, don't get this tool!
If you like taking forever to apply large rub ons, don't get this tool!
If you like working for hours on a LO only to have it look less than stellar because the rub on didn't lay down smoothly, don't get this tool!
If working with popsicle sticks instead of a quality tool is your idea of the way things should be, don't get this tool!
Me . . . I LOVE this tool! And have given it as gifts to all of my rub-on lovin' friends! So worth it!