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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Posted on June 25, 2010, in Card Making, Crafts, Greeting Cards, Scrapbooking and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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