Me too. So I decided to try it.
I put rub-ons from two manufacturers (Making Memories and Cosmo Cricket) on shrink plastic from two manufacturers (Grafix and OTC). I made sure the rub-ons were thoroughly adhered to the shrink plastic and had no flaws, then followed the manufacturers' instructions for proper shrinking.
Here are a few of the pieces I made:
I was expecting quite a bit of ripping and distortion. Indeed, some of the rub-ons did rip and/or distort, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was minimal. In both cases the words look pretty good. There didn't seem to be any difference between manufacturers; instead, the heat of the oven (and thus the rate and direction of shrinking) seemed to be what caused the variation. It was also crucial that the rub-on was applied thoroughly. If there was even a tiny bit that wasn't burnished properly, that area ripped.
This was an interesting experiment. I don't know that I'd try it again. It would make a lot more sense to apply a full-size rub-on to an already-shrunk tag or charm. But if I needed to make an existing rub-on smaller, this is the way to do it.
Ever wonder if rub-ons work on Shrinky Dinks?
Cindy deRosier has a masters in Education and taught 4th and 5th grade for 11 years. She uses that experience to blog about crafts and family-friendly educational travel. She spent many years as the Editor of Fun Family Crafts, a website with over 12,000 kid-friendly craft tutorials. Cindy is the co-author of "What Would Jesus Patent?", does freelance writing and designing, loves jigsaw puzzles, is an avid scrapbooker, and has been to all 50 states.