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Vendor Spotlight: American Crafts "this to that" Adhesive

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.

Double-Sided Tape
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.

Pros:

  • 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



Cons:

  • 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

GIVEAWAY!

Our friends at American Crafts have provided a prize pack for one of our lucky readers! Just leave a comment on this post answering the following questions to be entered:

Have you tried any of the this to that adhesives from American Crafts? What do you look for in an adhesive?

One comment per person, per American Crafts’ article, please. Contest will end on Saturday, August 13, 2011.

Scrapbook Adhesive E-Z Runners

Reported by Samantha Piette


Today I am reviewing three different types of adhesive made by 3L – Scrapbook Adhesives, the Permanent E-Z Runner, the Temporary E-Z Dots, and the Permanent E-Z Vellum Runner.

These adhesives are affordable and easy to find. I recently purchased a few different varieties to test out at my local scrapbooking store as I had heard from a few people that they really liked them. I was especially interested in testing out the vellum adhesive.
One thing I noticed right away that I really like about the 3L – Scrapbook Adhesives brand is that a portion ($0.04) of your purchase of the adhesive is donated to the Make A Wish Foundation.

Permanent E-Z Runner
I’ve provided both the front and back view of the packaging for each of the different products in order for you to be able to get all the information possible about the different types of adhesives.

The permanent adhesive is pretty straight forward as far as an adhesive runner goes. There is 33 feet of adhesive per package, which is less than the other types of runners I am reviewing.

Just hold down the runner to the paper and pull back. You may need to adjust the angle of your wrist at first until you get the hang of it, but it’s very easy once you have tried it once or twice.

The permanent adhesive comes out in small white strips and is easy to maneuver around corners or in arcs. The adhesive is also very tacky and difficult to pull back up after it is applied. It is definitely permanent and does a good job at adhering heavy cardstock or small pieces of chipboard.

Temporary E-Z Dots

The temporary adhesive runner comes in 49 feet of small dots and is actually removable in two different ways. First, the dots are tacky, but you are able to easily adhere elements to your page and then pull them up again and move them around. Second, if you apply adhesive somewhere you do not want it, you can just rub the dots right off the paper.

Applying the adhesive to cardstock. (The dots are clear so it’s a little difficult to see in the photo. compared to the permanent adhesive which is white.)

Rubbing off the dots worked like a charm. It was really simple and the adhesive came off the cardstock without leaving a mark at all. I’m very pleased with these results and, all you need is your finger to rub them off.

Permanent E-Z Vellum Runner

The vellum adhesive also comes in a 49 foot length and, like the red E-Z Runner, is permanent. The package includes application tips for vellum, which I found very helpful. They recommend that when you are finished applying the adhesive, that you slowly pull the applicator away from the vellum. If you pull it away too quickly it can cause the adhesive to become stringy and glob at the end.

Here I applied the adhesive a few different times to the vellum to test whether or not it made a difference when pulling the applicator away. It definitely made a difference and is a really good trick to make it more difficult to see the adhesive through the vellum.

I then flipped the vellum over and applied a good amount of pressure to the vellum to stick it to the cardstock. It was actually pretty hard to see the adhesive through the vellum, though, not impossible. This photo represents how much the adhesive shows through very well.

Using all of these adhesives I made this scrapbook page about a trip my husband and I took to Washington D.C.

The vellum die cuts (the flourish and the parentheses) are both adhered with vellum adhesive. The photos and photo mats are applied with temporary adhesive. And the chipboard letters and flowers are adhered with the permanent adhesive.

The only issue I found with this is that the permanent adhesive didn’t work well on the small flowers because the strips were a little too wide and the flowers a little too small.

The vellum adhesive actually worked better than I had hoped and I can’t tell where I put the adhesive down on the die cuts at all now that they elements are all on the page. I’m very pleased with these results and think this may be my new primary vellum adhesive.

Pros:

  • Affordable price ($5.99 each)
  • Different types of adhesive are color coded (permanent = red, temporary = green, vellum = purple)
  • Vellum adhesive really works and it is hard to see through the vellum embellishments
  • A portion of every product price is donated to the Make a Wish Foundation

Cons:

  • Adhesive runners are not refillable
  • If you accidentally try to use the runner upside down you could pull the tape in the wrong direction which causes it to be loose and there is no way to advance the tape in order to fix it
  • Some patience required when using the vellum adhesive since pulling away too fast can cause the adhesive to become stringy at the end

Have you ever tried Scrapbook Adhesive’s Tape Runners? Do you have a different vellum adhesive you would recommend?

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Vendor Spotlight: Glue Arts: Ribbon Adhesive, Adhesive Squares, Glue Rings & GIVEAWAY

Reported by Beth Silaika

In my eternal quest for the best in adhesive, aka the sticky stuff, I was fortunate enough to be selected to review the Glue Arts products: Ribbon Adhesive, Adhesive Squares, and Glue Rings. I received a box of the items and immediately tore into them to use on my latest card.

I started with the Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive. It is always challenging to make the *perfect* bow. Sometimes I enjoy making “cheater bows” on my cards (putting down a layer of ribbon and then creating a perfect bow/knot and adhering it to the ribbon strip with adhesive). This Ribbon Adhesive product appeared to be a good way of creating those “cheater bows.”

I gathered up my stamps, paper and the new adhesives to test drive! I quickly stamped the images on the card and set aside the main image.

The Ribbon Adhesive comes on a cardboard spool covered with a thin green plastic starter sheet. I carefully peeled away the green sheet to reveal a clear sheet of plastic with a fine strip of adhesive. The roll states that Ribbon Adhesive is “40 feet of continuous 1/8 inch wide line of Adhesive.” It claims that the ribbon will “lay perfectly flat, permanently!”

I rolled out the desired amount. The adhesive is *VERY* sticky and you can see the clear adhesive on the transparent plastic film.

I grabbed a width of some ribbon to go with the project I was creating. I placed the back of the ribbon upright on my work surface.

Next, I place the clear film with the sticky portion atop of the ribbon and press it in place with my fingers.

I use my Scor-Pal tool to “burnish” the adhesive into place.

I carefully lifted the plastic film off the ribbon.

The adhesive has successfully adhered to the back of the ribbon! The coverage was not even, but there seemed to be enough adhesive to do the job.

I slowly placed the ribbon on the location where I want to put it on the card. I press down with my fingers to secure it in place.

I flipped the card over and folded the remaining edges of the ribbon over the back of the card. I put a little pressure and the ribbon was securely placed where I wanted it to be.

Now that the ribbon strip was done, I was ready to add the “cheater bow” portion to the card.

I decided to try the Mini Adhesive Squares to adhere the bow to the strip of ribbon.

The Mini Adhesive Squares are permanent, double-sided adhesive squares. It claims to bond “most any” item to “most any” surface. There are 350 3/16″ clear, permanent bonding adhesive squares on each roll. Again, the roll comes on cardboard and comes covered in thin green plastic starter film. I peeled away the green starter film to reveal the small adhesive squares.

The small pieces of adhesive are visible on the roll and you can easily tear away the desired length of the roll for your project. I needed only one piece of adhesive for the back of my bow, so I didn’t tear away the paper.

I tied a small piece of ribbon in a knot, then trim the edges in a V-cut. On the backside of the knot, I placed that little adhesive by putting the knot right on the roll of Mini Adhesive Squares.

With some firm pressure, I placed the knot right on the ribbon strip! It quickly stuck to the ribbon. There is no problem with even coverage of the Mini Adhesive Squares. They are small enough to go on your ribbon knots, buttons and other small items (such as dew drops, gems or other embellishments). Be careful as the roll can unwind and the adhesive can get on your work surface or crafting tools.

Those Mini Adhesive Squares worked so well on the ribbon knot, I decided to give them a whirl with my buttons for the project. It is always challenging to find something with enough strength to hold a button in place on my projects. I also don’t want to wait a long time for something like liquid glue to dry. I was able to use these small adhesive squares on the back of the button and the bonus feature of being clear allowed me to easily use the adhesive without fear of anything showing through the button holes. You would be able to use these squares on clear buttons without fear of the adhesive showing a big gloppy mess!


The buttons went on easily and stayed in place with just a little firm pressure.

I lined up the buttons on the project by pressing the back of the button right on the Mini Adhesive Squares. It was very quick and there was no waiting time for the glue to dry! I am very impatient, so this was a big selling feature for me!

If the Mini Adhesive Squares worked this well, I needed to try out the larger Adhesive Squares and the Glue Rings to put the remainder of the card together.

I started with the Glue Rings, which is a roll of 25 feet of continuous adhesive. The adhesive comes on a thin strip of shiny paper with multiple sticky dots. According to the package, the Glue Ring “seals itself and will not unwind”. The instructions explain to press it directly to your card stock or paper, peel it and then stick it to anything.

I decided to use the Glue Ring to adhere the black layer of card stock to my white card base. I unrolled the Glue Ring and placed it directly on the black card stock. It didn’t unroll, which was wonderful.


I pressed down and then peeled back the white paper roll to reveal the adhesive. There was still some on the paper, so I placed it on another section of the card stock and then peeled away to remove the remainder of the adhesive. I hated to waste good adhesive! I had to do this repeatedly because I could not seem to get all the adhesive off, even with several attempts.

After using a couple of strips of the adhesive, I pressed the black card stock to my white card base. It stuck very well. I was pleased with the firm hold!

Next I turned to the larger Adhesive Squares. This cardboard roll has 300 half inch clear adhesive squares on the roll. It is double-sided adhesive with permanent, instant bonding.

It was labeled as “super-sticky.” That sounded like a challenge!

I peeled away the green protective starter film to reveal the first clear one inch square. I ended up getting more adhesive on my fingers than I got on the card, and nearly stuck my finger to the card. There is no dispenser, so while unwinding the roll, my finger rolled over some of the clear adhesive; my fingers were soon covered with rolled-up adhesive squares. Instead of wasting them, I put them in random locations on the back of the card layer.


I used several squares on the back of the card layer to ensure even coverage. This was strong stuff! It was a little messy without a dispenser.

Now that I had ample coverage, I was ready to flip it over and carefully place it atop the card base. I didn’t want to press down prior to making sure it was lined up precisely because the bond was permanent. When I was sure it was exactly where I wanted it to be, I gave the layer a firm press with my sticky fingers and the card was complete!

I wanted to give the “cheater bow” one last test — I held the card by the bow and gave it a firm shake. The bow was strong and held well. The buttons didn’t drop off the card either!

The card withstood the shake test without any problems! The adhesive was very strong and I was impressed with the stickiness!

Pros:
  • The adhesive is sticky. It has a strong bond with even a small amount of adhesive.
  • the items are inexpensive, which is a great value for the money.
  • there is not a lot of excess packaging, which makes the items “green” and good for the enviornment
  • the items are acid-free, and that is wonderful for scrapbooking and paper crafting
  • the bonding is permanent and strong
  • the Mini Adhesive Squares are very strong and you can use them on many surfaces. They apply to your surface quickly and they bond instantly, which is great if you are in a hurry
Cons:
  • the lack of dispenser on the Ribbon Adhesive and (Mini and Large) Adhesive Squares is a problem for keeping the items neat. The rolls unwind and the adhesive gets on your fingers, work surface and crafting supplies
  • there is not even coverage. The Glue Rings seems to waste a lot of adhesive because it does not all come off the roll
  • The large Adhesive Squares are VERY sticky, difficult to evenly place and when you hold the packaging they get stuck to your hands
  • the Ribbon Adhesive is a great way of placing ribbon on your paper creations, but the coverage is not even. Luckily, the bond is extremely strong.

Have you tried these products? 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 what you are currently using as your favorite adhesive and what you love (or hate) about it. 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.


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