I used to use SNAIL as my “GoTo” adhesive. Now I use Fast Fuse or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
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!
The Fast Fuse has a learning curve to use. Often people press too hard, but really it will work best if you just gently roll the tape where you want it. Then the strong adhesive needs to be broken before you lift the roller. I find a little twist works very well. Stampin’ Up! says use a check mark move. If you press too hard and then make this check, the tape can be pulled off to the side. If you do not break the adhesive, you’ll get a string of “spaghetti” and then there won’t be any adhesive at the tip next time. If you get spaghetti, just press the adhesive into place and keep rolling. If there’s no adhesive on the tip, just use your finger to roll it until the adhesive is in place.
If you don’t like the Fast Fuse or the liquid glue, use Tear & Tape when you need a strong adhesive for 3-D projects and SNAIL for those quick and easy projects.
Fine Tip Glue Pen
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.
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.
Foam Adhesive Strips
came out in the 2016-17 catalog and what a live 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.
Other Tools for Adhesives
works great for erasing anything sticky. It will also remove those fuzzy edges you get when it’s time to change your cutting blade.
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. If adhesive does stick, just wait for it to dry and flick it off. It’s especially great when using a hot glue gun.
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.