Reported by Cassandra Darwin
I first heard about the this to that adhesives about a year ago when they were creating a buzz at CHA and on the blogs. Since I am a known adhesive collector/buyer/hoarder… I knew that I had to get my hands on these new products! I finally got my chance and am happy to go over all the ins and out of three different types of adhesives from American Crafts. I’ll start with a quick video intro (click below to watch via the Craft Critique YouTube channel), then we can get into the product details and some project photos.
3 Pack Adhesive Runners
This multi-pack includes three different types of adhesive: solid, strip, and dot. All three have permanent, acid-free adhesive and feature refillable cartridges. These three runners pretty much cover 90% of my adhesive needs. The runners are comfortable to hold and have a cap to keep them covered for storage. However, I have to mention that the cap is clear and doesn’t stay on very well, so there is a good chance it will get lost.
I liked using the dot runner to apply to curves or on small pieces where a “strip” would hang off the edge. The strip runner is great for doing short adhesive strips on square pieces for cards and scrapbooking. And the solid runner is like the hybrid that you can use on almost any project. The strip runner is a bit different from the other two, because it is not clear when it is applied (more like white paper) and it contains 16 feet of adhesive (where the other two runners have 32 feet) – you can see this in the video.
Foam Dots + Foam Tabs
To get some dimension, use the Tab (square) or Dot (circle) foam adhesive. Both come in a variety of sizes so you shouldn’t have to do any cutting – just peel and stick. This is so much easier than foam tape that you have to roll out and cut. Both packages that I reviewed were 3 mm thick, giving just the right amount of dimension, but not so much that you couldn’t mail a card or get a scrapbook page into a page protector. Foam Dots contain 275 foam circles and Foam Tabs contain 272 foam squares.
This is the one I was most excited about – a double-sided tape that doesn’t require a bulky dispenser or scissors. You can tear it right off the roll! The first thing I wanted to do was lay down a strip and apply glitter (see the video above for that). It comes in a variety of widths, but I am specifically reviewing the 1/4 inch roll, which is 11 yards long.
|I made this card using American Crafts cardstock (including the butterflies), Thickers, and This to That adhesives. Smaller butterflies each have two Foam Dots, and the Strip Runner was used to piece the rest together.|
|I used the Double-Sided Tape with glitter here, and this card was pieced together using the Solid Runner. A rubber cement eraser was used to get extra adhesive out of the holes in the red border.|
- All three types of adhesive are permanent, archival, and acid free
- Ease of use! No scissors or special tools necessary
- Prices seem to be right in line with other adhesives in the same categories
- I had a hard time finding these in my local stores, and I know that the big chain stores in my area do not carry them
- Caps do not stay on the adhesive runners
- “Strip” runner has less adhesive and is not clear when applied
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Have you tried any of the this to that adhesives from American Crafts? What do you look for in an adhesive?
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