Now that you have your stamps, paper, and ink and you have your cut your paper into card bases, layers, and shapes, you’ll want to stick them together. Stampin’ Up! has several options. You may want to select one, but I use all of them. They each have their purposes and strengths. There is a chart on page 201 in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. The chart shows suggested uses for the various adhesives.

The Multipurpose Liquid Glue is strong and allows a bit of time to wiggle a layer to just the right place. You just need a tiny bit. It can squeeze out and while it dries clear, it remains sticky. (If this happens, wait for the glue to dry and then use the Adhesive Eraser.) I always keep my bottles tip down in a little jar so the glue is where I need it. Otherwise, I would need to wait for the glue to move slowly. It’s tempting to squeeze and shake to get it to move quickly. Then when it finally does start to come out, it comes out too quickly and sometimes keeps coming out. What a mess!

SNAIL Adhesive is pretty easy to use. It is basically a double-stick tape without the tape part. The case holds the roll of tape and as you roll it on the paper, the adhesive is laid down along the trail while the tape part rolls back onto another wheel in the case. I used to use it almost exclusively (except for 3-D projects) because it is so quick and easy. Some people find it does not stick well over time. I suspect it depends on the local climate and weather. You can get SNAIL Refills. I still use SNAIL often. I even use it when wrapping gifts.

Tear & Tape is a strong adhesive that comes on a roll of paper. It’s about 1/4″ wide, so it’s very convenient. We used to sell another product that used red plastic instead of the paper. I loved the strength of the adhesive but really hated that red strip!!! It was always full of static. You had to work to pull the strip off the project and then work again to get the static to release it into the trash. I literally cheered out loud when we started carrying Tear & Tape. It works like the “red line” tape but you can just tear off what you need and easily remove the paper strip. I call it TNT because it’s dynamite!

The Fine Tip Glue is a thin adhesive kind of like Super Glue. It is not particularly sticky, so you will need to allow at least of few seconds to dry before your small embellishments and detailed paper cut-outs will stick. You can also apply the glue to the paper and allow to dry for a glossy look to your card stock. Looks great to create glass jars, shiny candy, or dew drops on flowers. Be absolutely sure to cap it tightly as soon as you’re done using this glue. You do not want the glue to dry in the tiny tube tip! There is a wire in the cap that will go into the tube to keep it open. Place this wire against your finger and then use your finger to guide the wire into the tube.

Specialized Adhesives

Stampin’ Dimensionals raise elements up a bit. It’s a rare project that I don’t use Dimensionals somewhere on it. You get 300 in a pack, and that’s not counting the edges which are very useful. They are a very easy and inexpensive way to add a lot to your projects. And now we also carry Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. We used to have to cut up the regular ones for those small and/or skinny additions and now we don’t have to!
Foam Adhesive Strips came out in the 2016-17 catalog and what a life saver they are for shaker cards! I have bought carpet tape in the past. I had to cut it into narrower strips and it’s not really tall enough. The Foam Adhesive Strips solve all that, plus it’s narrow enough and flexible enough to make curves. It’s very easy to make shaker cards without the confetti escaping! And here’s a tip. Apply the adhesive strips to the Window Sheet, then before adding the confetti, dust your project with the Embossing Buddy. It will reduce static on your Window Sheet and it will also block any adhesive from capturing your confetti. Then finally pull off the strip and adhere the other layer.
Mini Glue Dots work great when you need a tiny instant adhesive. They work great for holding down corners of card stock, larger embellishments, a tag, a bow, or whatever. You can roll them up into a ball to hide behind even a Baker’s Twine bow.
Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets can make it easy to adhere those detailed shapes you cut with your Big Shot and dies. Peel back one side of the backing. Cut the card stock to about the size you need. Stick the card stock to the adhesive sheet, then cut your shape in the Big Shot. Then just remove the backing and it’s like a custom sticker.

Other Tools for Adhesives

Silicone Craft Sheet is helpful when you are sticking tiny strips or other little things. It will keep your work surface clean. The adhesives don’t stick to the Silicone. It’s especially great when using a hot glue gun. If adhesive does stick, just wait for it to dry and flick it off. Or if you have lots of little bits of adhesive, cover the Silicone Craft Sheet with packing tape. When you remove the tape, the Silicone Sheet will be all clean.
Heat Tool What? This isn’t an adhesive! But it does help when you have stuck a paper layer in the wrong place and you can’t gently wiggle it up. Use the Heat Tool to warm whatever adhesive you used. And here’s another helpful tool. I don’t often send my customers to craft stores, but here’s an exception. Go to a craft store and find the section where they sell electronic cutting machines. Look for what they call a spatula. Here’s one on Amazon. Warmed adhesive and a spatula can help you remove the most stubborn oopsies without messing up your card stock. You can also use dental floss to separate that softened adhesive.

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