Back again for the second part of my blog series called "Beginning Card Making: What I've learned so far". The first part in the series gave you some background on how I started with card making. It also detailed the various tools you will need to get started (scissors, bone folder, paper trimmer) as well as some items that you can save up for as you develop your techniques (die cut machine, heat embossing gun).
Here is the next area that I've learned a lot about:
#2. Various adhesives for your various needs!
If you search for paper crafting adhesives you come up with a lot of results. From my experience there are three types of adhesives: (1) wet, (2) dry, (3) dimensional.
Wet: Just as the name describes, this is liquid glue.
Dry: For me, this includes tape runners (hand side), adhesive guns (had a handle!), glue sticks (just like school memories), double sided tape (comes in various sizes) and larger double sided adhesive sheets.
Dimensional: This usually has tape on both sides and comes in various sizes and types. Some of this includes glue dots, foam adhesives in squares, circles or foam tape in a “big mama roll” that you can cut into stripes (do not be alarmed, yes, you can find SMALLER rolls and various widths).
Just like your tools, there is a high and low price point for all these adhesives. In terms of your craft budget, this is an item you will need to replenish frequently (liquid and tape runners), double sided and dimensional can last a little longer.
When I craft, it is not uncommon for me to use all three types of adhesive on the card I just made. My go-to is both the liquid glue and tape runner, but for dimension I will often reach for foam tape.
Liquid glue gives you just a little bit of “wiggle room” when putting paper together. Tape runners, double sided tape, and foam tape are less forgiving. A con to using the tape runner and liquid glue is that you will probably get some on your hands and your craft space. Tape runners can gum up over time, or the tape gets jammed up in the spool (ask me how I know!) But without some type of adhesive, your paper won’t stick!
I have not personally used the adhesive guns – they seem so big to me. If you are considering it in your craft room, check out Amy Rysavy’s review on the ATG brand or her review on the Xyron Mega Runner (but check out review/recommendations from others too!).
See you in the next installment.
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