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Vendor Spotlight: Imaginisce i-bond Cordless Glue Gun and Garden Party

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I’m the blogger behind Mod Podge Rocks. I was born from creative genes, so I’m carrying on the tradition. I have been knitting for 18 years, sewing for longer and decoupaging for just a few. I do all of these things on a daily basis, or at least as much as I can. In addition to Mod Podge, I love the color blue, dogs, reading, cold weather, funny movies, road rallies, yogurt, garden gnomes, sock monkeys, running, tattoos, being outdoors, buttons, snuggling and apparently blogging. Who knew I would love it this much?


Reported by Amy Anderson

I am more than pleased to review Imaginisce’s i-bond cordless glue gun.  I’m old enough to remember when everything, including phones, had a cord.  Even when the first phone went cordless, it was like talking on a brick.  Life was so inconvenient back then!  It’s really handy that the i-bond is cordless, especially since most of us like to have a glue gun in our crafty arsenal.  I decided the best way to test this tool was on a project, and as you would expect, I did something with Mod Podge.  My scrapbook paper and embellishment line of choice was Imaginisce’s new Garden Party:

It’s such a pretty paper stack, don’t you think?  This line comes with coordinating die cuts, brads, stickers, ribbons and paper flowers in soft shades.  I’m going to walk you through the frame tutorial as I review the product.

Gather These Supplies

Wood frame
Mod Podge Gloss
Imaginisce Garden Party paper and embellishments
Imaginisce i-bond cordless glue gun
FolkArt paint – Graffiti Pink (or coordinating color)
Scissors or craft knife and mat
Paintbrush
Ruler
Pencil or pen

Start with a standard issue wood frame.

 Measure and cut your papers – I went for the patchwork look, so I cut four separate sheets of paper (coordinating).  Imaginisce’s paper comes in 12″ x 12″ sheets and is nice and thick.  If you have issues with Mod Podging wrinkles, you won’t with this paper.

Basecoat your frame with a few coats and allow to dry.

Spread a medium layer of Mod Podge onto the frame and then place your paper down.  The paper went on nicely.  Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.

Smooth the paper out with your fingers or brayer.  I have to say, this paper is very vibrant and I like it.  It also didn’t tear when I rolled over it with the brayer.  Yay!  Apply a top coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry.

Time for the glue gun!  This is where I get really excited – this glue gun is SUPER cool.  The i-bond operates on batteries (included) and warms up quickly.  It also has a headlight.  I didn’t understand why at first.  I’d never used a glue gun with a nozzle light before.

I started hot gluing on flower embellishments to test my gun.  I totally understood the headlight after gluing the first flower down.  It truly makes it easier to see where the glue is going.  I LOVE this feature.

I glued ribbon down on the back for a hanger.  The glue came out of the gun smoothly and with little stringing.  I don’t know what causes glue gun stringing, but I didn’t have many problems with the i-bond.  I was able to bead a thin line of glue quite easily.

The gun is lightweight and has an ergonomic grip, so it was easy to maneuver.  It fit in my hand quite nicely and didn’t cramp my wrist.  I think I’m in love.

The finished frame – Mod Podged and hot glued to perfection.  You’ll notice the vibrant colors of the Garden Party line.  It’s truly a gorgeous paper collection.  This might be a great Mother’s Day gift!

I know as crafters that we all have a lot of choices in tools and papers – and sometimes it’s difficult to discern good from poor quality.  From my experience with Imaginisce’s i-bond cordless glue gun and papers, I’m definitely going to be a repeat buyer.

Pros:

  • i-bond glue gun is lightweight and ergonomical
  • Nozzle light makes placement of glue easy
  • Pink color is delightful
  • Papers are bright and colorful and tear-resistant
  • Cute embellishments in a variety of types

Cons:

  • None, except distribution.  I can’t find these in my local big box craft stores but you can buy the
  • I-Bond Cordless Hot Glue Gun from Amazon.com.





What do you love or hate about the glue gun you are currently using?  What would you make with this glue gun?

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Vendor Spotlight: Glue Arts GlueGlider Pro & GIVEAWAY

Reported by Heather Fuentes

The GlueGlider Pro from GlueArts is a continuous adhesive applicator gun that I’ve been excited to try out for quite a while. I love dry adhesive tape runners best, and wanted to see how this one compared to both the smaller hand-held runners like the Tombow MonoAdhesives and the 3M ATG Gun.


The GlueGlider Pro has a quick-release cartridge system that is super simple to use, so you can switch between different formulations of the adhesive without any hassle.


As you can see, it is considerably smaller than my ATG 700 gun. Having been a fan of smaller handheld adhesive runners, this is the perfect in-between size, and the refills are not quite as hard to find as those for the ATG.


It doesn’t require a large amount of pressure to dispense the adhesive, and there is even a built-in wheel catch (manual advance wheel) you can use to apply small amounts of adhesive at a time. You press the wheel in toward the cartridge with your thumb, and it keeps the cartridge from advancing, only applying the amount of adhesive right at the tip of your cartridge to your project.


The gun comes with a 40 foot PermaTac 1/4″ wide rectangular patterned adhesive cartridge. I received the following additional formulations: 2000+ count 1/8″ Re-positionable rectangular adhesive, 725 count 1/4″ PermaSquares adhesive and 45 feet of 3/8″ wide Removable WallArt mounting adhesive.


All of these adhesives come on color-coded exchangeable cartridges so that you can easily tell which cartridge is which once removed from their packaging. The cartridges are also labeled at the neck so that you can see it clearly when it’s in your gun.


With many dry adhesives of this type, you often find that when you are trying to end the adhesive section, it either pulls up slightly or overshoots what you are trying to adhere. The rectangular cut patterns of the PermaTac adhesive mostly prevent that from happening because it’s not technically a continuous tape. With a shaped item, I did have to trim away the excess adhesive before adhering the piece to my page as none of these adhesives easily rubbed away once adhered. With the PermaSquares, I found I had to be a bit more precise, as it doesn’t easily cut away like the PermaTac.


The image below shows both the PermaTac and PermaSquares adhesives.


The PermaTac adhesive is said to be able to instantly bond any item to any surface. To test that statement, I adhered several different things to this piece of kraft cardstock including papers, fabric, felt and ribbon.


It really did adhere the fabric and felt quite nicely, which I was surprised by. Now if only it had a flip cover for the end to protect the exposed adhesive when it’s installed in the gun. I hate when things stick to my tape gun during travel! Where did that Skittle come from? And that big hunk of pink plastic that is the cartridge casing gets tossed, which isn’t the greenest option out there.

Pros:

  • Great value for the gun and initial cartridge.
  • Very lightweight and portable, great for crops.
  • Easy to refill.
  • Many different types of adhesive work with just one gun.
  • Doesn’t need a ton of pressure to work and gun lifts away with minimal tape lifting.
  • Works with many different projects – even felt and fabric!

Cons:

  • Excess adhesive was not easily rubbed away.
  • No cap or cover for end of adhesive when installed in gun.
  • Lots of plastic waste with used cartridges.
  • The refills are a bit pricey when compared to the ATG.

Overall, I was pleased with the GlueGlider Pro and will definitely add it to my tape runner arsenal.

The gun itself retails for $14.99 and includes a cartridge. Refills retail for about $8.99 each.
Have you tried this adhesive gun yet? What do you think?

GIVEWAY!
Glue Arts is giving one lucky reader a giant prize basket of over $70 in their products! To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling us if you have ever tried Glue Arts adhesives and what you think about them. One comment per person, per Vendor Spotlight: Glue Arts article, please. You have until Friday, April 30th 6pm CST to enter to win this awesome prize basket.


And Glue Arts is offering all Craft Critique Readers 15% off all their products! Just enter code CRCTQ-15 at check out and don’t forget to take advantage of their Free Shipping for orders over $40.

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CHA Tools: Hot Glue Gun Helpers

One of the most exciting and innovative products to come out of CHA are the Hot Glue Gun Helpers by Plaid. Designed by superstar crafter and Creative Juice co-stars Cathie Filan and Steve Piacenza, the Hot Glue Gun Helpers are silicone tools with a spark of genius!

These tools, rated up to 600 degrees, are for use with the glue gun you already have. If you are like me you have burned your fingers multiple times using hot glue – pressing a ribbon into place or gluing a small object on a project. Just dripping a splotch of glue onto your workspace can be a big headache!

The Glue Gun Helpers change all that. Listen to Cathie as she gives us her Glue Gun Helper pitch… personally, I can’t wait to try it out for myself! And did you hear the price? All for under $20?! I think the Mat alone is worth that! Cool right?


Visit Cathie’s blog to see more about these amazing tools!

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