I recently had a chance to try out some different adhesives from Glue Arts – the 12″ x 12″ Wall Art Decor Adhesive (four sheets per package), the 5″ x 5″ Wall Art Decor Adhesive (ten sheets per package), and the Repositionable Refill/Disposable cartridge.
Glue Arts states that these wall adhesives can be put through “most die cut machines” and “can be removed with no damage to your walls.” The packaging also notes that when the adhesive is repositioned it will not leave residue. Well, my adorable four-year-old daughter recently moved into a larger room and I have not painted it yet – she has taken awhile to settle on just the right shade of pink! I decided her still-white walls would be the perfect testing ground for these adhesives, and we could use my Cricut and Cuttlebug to see how well they worked in different die cutting machines.
We sat down together, along with the die cutting machines, adhesives, and Prismacolor markers to start our project. She got to pick all of the bugs and flowers and color most of them herself. Arts and crafts time with kids is so fun! Whatever she didn’t color herself she picked the colors for.
I’ll admit that I went about cutting the adhesive incorrectly to begin with. I tried just putting a 6″ x 12″ sheet in the Cricut and cutting out a background, to adhere to an already cut out flower. However, it didn’t work at all. Although my mat was very tacky, the backing for the adhesive is slick and it slid all over the place. Then the lightbulb went off, and it occurred to me that I should apply the adhesive to my 6″ x 12″ piece of cardstock and then cut out my shapes. Happily, things worked like a dream after that revelation! The only drawback, in my opinion, is that with a sheet that large I had a hard time laying down the adhesive without creating bubbles and wrinkles. They smoothed out fairly easily, though.
Overall I was quite happy with the way that the Cricut cut through the adhesive and cardstock (note: the cardstock I used to cut in the Cricut was Georgia Pacific White, available at Wal Mart). The machine still cut smooth edges on large shapes (like the caterpillar). I did have some spots on more intricate images, like the hydrangea shown above, where the adhesive did not cut through cleanly. Since it is clear it really doesn’t show up on her white walls, but I can see that it might on colored walls. I don’t think it shows up well in the image above but I tried to highlight it with an arrow.
Next I tried the 5″ x 5″ adhesive sheet in the Cuttlebug, with Nestablities. I ran the adhesive through first, and it cut out perfectly. I adhered it to the back of a piece of Stampin’ Up cardstock. I had some extra uncut Georgia Pacific cardstock with adhesive already on the back, so I tested some punches out, too — with mild success. My Marvy Uchida Giga Scalloped punch worked like a dream. A Martha Stewart punch did relatively well (after 5 flowers, it started to have trouble); EK Success and Stampin Up! punches did not (which makes sense – SU punches are make by EK Success). The latter two would not cut through the paper/adhesive well, and when I tried to remove the semi punched paper it was quite the mess.
Once it was all colored the way my daughter wanted it, we adhered it all together and put it on the wall. We tested the repositionable feature by initially placing it higher than she wanted. When I tried to peel it off to lower it, I ran into a bit of trouble. It stuck so well I really had to pick at the cardstock, which left a noticeable wrinkle in the edge. I peeled it off slowly and was disappointed to find that the adhesive did leave residue that I have as yet been unable to remove from the wall. But the label did adhere again in a new spot quite well.
The last thing we tried was the repositionable disposable cartridge. I applied it to the back of some of the flowers and found this product to be wonderful. It works like any other tape dispenser – just roll it along the area where adhesive is needed. If you go over the edge it is easy to fold the adhesive back on itself so none of it is visible. It has held the flowers onto the wall every bit as well as the larger sheets of adhesive. Additionally I used this product to make a few cards, and they have held up well also. The only drawback I have found is that the repositionable cartridge does not seem to hold ribbon in place well at all — but I don’t know that ribbon was an intended use for it.
Here is my summary:
- good buy for the money
- adhesive is available in large or small sheets, as well as a small tape roller
- provides opportunity for a wide variety of craft projects
- does leave residue on walls
- may not cut cleanly when used in some die cutting machines
- hard to apply large sheets of adhesive all at once
I do think that this product is a great buy for the price, and works really well. I am slightly hesitant about the residue on the walls, but as far as it’s use as a general adhesive it is terrific. Have you tried it? What are your thoughts?
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