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Adhesives: Pros vs. Cons (& Uses)

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Card Making ~ Adhesives & Glue

  I would have to say the cost of adhesives is the biggest expense I have in my card making business.  There are a lot of types of adhesives for card making, from sticks, runners, dots, squares, sprays and home-made.  Following I will summarize each of these substances and give examples of where and when I use them (pros vs. cons).Glue Sticks: 

Excellent for
Down Falls
Permanent
Removable
Description
Gross Cost
Applicator
Cost per Unit
Edges & small cut- outs(lasts a long time)
Can make a card brittle/crack
Yes
Yes
1.27 Ounce Glue Stick
$2.92
None
2.29/oz

Glue Runners:

Excellent for
Down Falls
Permanent
Removable
Description
Gross Cost
Applicator
Cost per Unit
Everything on your cards
May not be cost- effective
Yes
Yes
1/3″ X 118 Total Ft. Mono Adhesive Refill Permanent Value Pack 3/Pkg
$11.38
$5.31
$.09/ft + original applicator cost

Glue Foamies (3D): 

Excellent for
Down Falls
Permanent
Removable
Description
Gross Cost
Applicator
Cost per Unit
Making an item “stand out”
Adds bulk to your card (use sparingly)
Yes
No
White, .5″X.5″ 3D Permanent Foam Squares 126/Pkg
$3.66
 None
$.02/foamie

 Tacky Glue: 

Excellent for
Down Falls
Permanent
Removable
Description
Gross Cost
Applicator
Cost per Unit
embellishments (dries clear; lasts a long time)
dry time
yes
no
4 Ounces Aleene’s Acid-Free “Tacky” Glue
$5.22
 None
$1.30/oz

   ATG 714 Adhesive Gun: 

Excellent for
Down Falls
Permanent
Removable
Description
Gross Cost
Applicator
Cost per Unit
everything on your cards
NONE
yes
no
908 Acid Free 3M Scotch ATG double-sided tape 1/4″ (36 yrs x 12)
$63.00
$63.00
$.04/ft + original applicator

 Glue Dots: 

Excellent for
Down Falls
Permanent
Removable
Description
Gross Cost
Applicator
Cost per Unit
missed spots, curled edges & embellishments
can be somewhat bulky
yes
no
200 Clear Dots Glue Dots 1/2″ Removable Dot Roll
$4.64
 None
$.02/dot

  Adhesive Mounting Squares: 

Excellent for
Down Falls
Permanent
Removable
Description
Gross Cost
Applicator
Cost per Unit
spot gluing
 
yes
no
Clear, .5″X.5″ Click ‘n Stick Permanent Mounting Squares 1000/Pkg
$6.84
 None
$.007/square

 Adhesive Spray: 

Excellent for
Down Falls
Permanent
Removable
Description
Gross Cost
Applicator
Cost per Unit
covering whole pages (scrapbooking albums)
can be messy (scrapbook cards)
yes
no
4 Ounces Elmer’s Craft Bond Extra Strength Spray Adhesive
$6.84
 None
$1.71/oz

Home-Made Adhesive / Glue:

Excellent for
Down Falls
big projects
Storage issues

 

 

Supplies Needed:
1 small pack of gelatin
300 ml of white vinegar
air-tight container
 
Instructions:
1. Boil the vinegar.
2. Add the package of gelatin.
3. Stir until gelatin dissolved.
4. Cool down and pour into the air-tight container.
5. Use a brush to apply to the flaps of envelopes or whole sheet of homemade stickers, etc.
6. Put aside to dry.
7. Store them and when you need to use the envelopes or stickers, just moisten with a damp cloth.

  Tips: Add your favorite fruit flavor just for the fun of it!

 This glue can be kept in an air-tight container for a few weeks.

 

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Craft Site Directory…a great link!

Here is a great link I found when surfing “Card Making” on the internet:

http://www.craftsitedirectory.com/

What will you find in the Craft Site Directory?

Our categories contain a variety of quality arts and crafts web sites. You will find instructional and tutorial sites on the various crafting subjects. Free craft projects and free patterns can be found in nearly every category. You can purchase craft supplies that you are unable to find locally and all of your other craft supply and equipment needs without leaving your home. Individual craft shops and art galleries with secure online ordering are also abundant here. You will find a huge variety of talented crafters and artists. Many of them even offer custom work and personalized gifts. Craft and gift shop owners can shop for finished wholesale crafts.Search or browse over 100 categories and sub-categories and many quality arts and crafts related listings.  There are currently over 5000 quality listings.

From purchasing handmade soaps to locating free arts and crafts projects for kids of all ages, craftsitedirectory.com will help you find it!

Only a Dad can love a face like this…

Echos from Dad…

Paper: Sizes, Types & Weights

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 Card Making ~ Paper: Sizes, Types & Weights

 Paper weights can be very confusing and difficult to translate.  With that in mind, I will try to give you a very general understanding of paper weights, according to my interpretation.  There are two (2) general TYPES of paper; Text Paper and Cardstock Paper.

  Weight Text Paper Cardstock Paper(also called “cover”)  
  20# Most often used in copy machines    
  24# Most often used in office printers, as business letterhead or as stationary    
  28# Good for brochures, presentations or 2-sided printing (w/minimal show-though)    
  32# Perfect for brochures & presentations.  Excellent for 2-sided printing    
  57#   Mass Mailing Postcards  
  65# Great for postcards, menus and posters Light Weight Business Cards and lightweight note cards  
  67# Great for self mailers with a “Soft feel” quick drying surface    
  80# Slightly heavier than Letterhead Paper Typically used for Business Cards  
  90#   Typically weight of Post cards  
  92#   Great for small note cards  
  105#   Great for Business Cards  
  100#   Mostly used for flat cards or invitations.  
  110#   Index Cards and Greeting Cards  
         

 Hopefully, this chart will help you in purchasing the correct type of paper for your project. 

**A VERY IMPORTANT fact you need to remember is that 80 lb Text paper is entirely different that 80 lb Cardstock paper. 

 Not all paper types are available in all weights.  Paper weight is very important for many reasons.  Thickness represents a nice quality project with high durability, but can also add to the weight of your mailing, which may incur additional postage costs.  It is important to determine the purpose of your project and the potential effects you desire vs. your cost of the completed mailing, when choosing you paper type.

**Also, when purchasing paper for projects, always make sure it is Acid Free, to prevent that nasty “yellowing”.

       
  Name Paper Size  
  A (Letter Size) 8 1/2 x 11  
  B (Ledger Size) 11 x 17  
  C 17 x 22  
  D 22 x 34  
  E 34 x 44  
  F 28 x 40  
  G 11 x (22 1/2 to 90)  
  H 28 x (44 to 143)  
  J 34 x (55 to 176)  
  K 40 x (55 to 143)  
       

The most common paper size you can probably guess; Letter Size (A) 8 ½ x 11.  Ledger Size (B), the 11 x 17 paper is most times utilized within the legal system; rental contracts, lawyer’s summons and loan agreements, are a few examples.

I recently completed a wedding invitation order, in which I used paper size C (17 x 22).  Because of the length of the paper, I was able to implement a “wrapped” style for the invitation, WITHOUT having to piece together any papers; one continuous “wrap”. 

 And of course, the larger size papers are wonderful for posters, banners and signs.

 Paper Glossary

Acid Free Paper

Paper manufactured to a neutral pH reading (7).  Used for fine art prints, limited edition printing, scrapbooking.

Antique Finish

Random surface quality created by “felts” in the manufacturing process.

Basis Weight

The basis weight of a paper is the designated fixed weight of 500 sheets, measured in pounds, in that paper’s basic sheet size.  It is important to note that the “basic sheet size” is not the same for all types of paper.

Brightness

Light reflecting property of paper when measured under a specially calibrated blue light.

Bond Paper

Uncoated “plain” paper, free from impurities.  Also referred to as “free sheet.” (i.e.: writing papers, including ledger, that accept ink readily and can be erased)

Bristol’s

Solid or laminated heavy-weight printing paper made to a thickness of .006″ or higher. Bristol’s are often used for printed items that require repeated handling.

Bulk

The thickness of paper when compared to its weight. A high bulk paper is thicker but less compact than a low-bulk paper of the same weight and size.

Calendaring

Part of the paper manufacturing process where the paper “web” passes between polished metal rolls. This increases the paper’s smoothness and provides a uniform thickness (caliper).

Caliper

Caliper refers to the thickness of a sheet of paper expressed in thousandth of an inch. This measurement is taken with a micro meter.  Normally, paper caliper should not have more than a + or – 5% variance within a sheet. Caliper is generally, the relation between caliper and basis weight; the greater the caliper (the thicker the paper), the greater the paper weight.

Coated Paper

Book paper with a clay coating ensuring smoothness (i.e.: dull, satin, gloss, matte).

Cover Paper

Paper coated and uncoated; used for book covers, brochures, etc.

Digital Paper

 Paper for copiers, ink-jet and laser printers, as well as high-end digital presses like Xeikon and Indigo.

Equivalent Weight

While different paper types have different basic sizes, papers can still be compared by using equivalent weight.

Groundwood Paper

A low-cost paper that contains unprocessed wood fibers. 

Mill Bristol Paper

A board grade paper receptive to folding, embossing, and stamping.

Newsprint Paper

Paper used for printing newspapers; highly acidic, degrades quickly.

Offset Paper

Uncoated book paper treated with sizing to resist moisture.

Opaque Paper

Uncoated book paper treated to be less transparent.

Recycled Paper

Paper manufactured from the waste paper stream.  All Micro Format recycled products contain a minimum of 100% recycled material including 40% post consumer waste.

Tag Paper

 Water resistant and foldable paper, used for tags.

Text Paper

Uncoated book paper (often of an interesting color) used for announcements and the like.

Thermal Paper

A paper coated with special chemicals that produce an image when heat is applied.

   

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For all you Sauk-Prairie..ian’s, check out this spot; it’s great!

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Father’s Day Cards

Sitting at a coffee shop…

It’s Monday afternoon and we are observing the Wisconsin River from the famous Blue Spoon Creamery Cafe for some good personal time and excellent coffee.

Something about being at a coffee shop makes me feel more intellectual and very reflective.  Seated upstairs of the Creamery, on the river side window deck, sun shinning down on us, river flowing smoothly and elevator music in the background, sets the perfect mood for another blog on JillCards, LLC.

It’s been 2-weeks since the wedding, and even though there’s definitely more time and less deadlines, I find myself with not enough time in a day.  I love summers because of the later sunsets and unlimited time constraints.  I’m almost finished with our Thank-You cards, so they will be out in the mail soon.

Father’s day is June 20th this year, and I’m in desperate need to get HIS day listed on the website.  I know it’s getting late for all you purchasers, but the cards will be listed by the end of this week, for sure. 

I keep telling myself that this first year on the www is the hardest, because each Holiday and Occasion, are the first.  When I start going into the second year, it should not be nearly as laboring.  However; regardless of laboring or not, I am having the time of my life with this endeavor!

I am having a good time re-connecting with old friends and making new acquaintances.  I am loving the feedback and have implemented some suggestions received.  I was pondering over adding a DIY page to the JillCards, LLC website regarding projects and information. 

Please give me more; dig deep into yourself, ask other, find the courage, and post a question/idea/topic/notion/thought/impression.  Please offer additional suggestions on what you, my fans,  LIKE and DISLIKE; what topics you would like to see covered, and any new ideas you may have. 

I’ll be waiting for the flood of comments I receive…..

I am soon to be a mother-in-law…

My Coleman has moved back home from Arizona, to be with the love of his life. When I say home, I mean within the state of Wisconsin. Anytime you can travel a couple of hours to see your kids, “they are home”.

Upon arriving back, the first thing this child did, was get down on one knee and propose to his college sweetheart. Now, I guess that means that sometime (no date yet) down the road I will be a “mother-in-law”, since she said YES.

How fortunate I am to have Heather be part of our family! And I’m hoping she feels the same.
I love you both; Coleman -n- Heather!

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