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Glue Arts Winner

Congratulations to the winner of the prize basket from Glue Arts

Spicey Cat Chick said…
I’ve been using Tombow’s mono adhesive primarily as it’s the easiest to find, small in size, easy to refill and relatively decent priced (I buy in bulk on Ebay). However, it really doesn’t meet the main need – adhesiveness! I use a lot of textured cardstock, and it’s not strong enough for a permanent bond. It’s quite embarassing to have your card fall apart when the recipient reads it! I also don’t like it’s coverage. I can never get a clean solid line and am always ‘de-gumming’ the applicator. My search for the perfect adhesive continues. I like the SUPER STICKY feature of this product.


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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.


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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Vendor Spotlight: Glue Arts – Wall Art Decor Adhesive & GlueGlider Pro & GIVEAWAY

Reported by Erika Martin

People that know me know that I love my Big Shot die cutting machine, so when I saw that GlueArts had products that could turn my die cuts into wall art, I got very excited! This is something I’ve been wanting to do with my Big Shot for a while.

GlueArts sent me their 12″ x 12″ WallArt Decor Adhesive sheets, along with their 5″ x 5″ sheets. They also sent along a GlueGlider Pro and adhesive refill.

The 12″ x 12″ adhesive sheets come 4 to a pack, and I was so glad to see that they were a true 12″ x 12″. I do a lot of 12″ x 12″ scrapbook pages, so these are perfect for getting some of those pages out of the album and onto the wall to showcase them. The 5″ x 5″ sheets come 10 to a pack, and these are great for smaller works of art.

To be completely honest, I didn’t know how to start with using these sheets. The pictures on the package show amazing projects being put on the wall, but it was unclear exactly how they worked other than stating on the package that it was a double sided adhesive film. The only instructions on the package were to “cut and transfer and a small amount of adhesive around edges on each side of the back of the artwork. Peel clear liner and place artwork on any clean surface.” I don’t consider myself an ignorant crafter by any means but I guess I’m more used to having instructions or pictures showing a little more detail on how a product works that I was having a major brain block. Once it sunk in that it was a double-sided adhesive film (which I looked over more than a few times on the package), a bell went off in my head. I cut a small piece of the film, pulled the backing off, placed it on a piece of cardstock and pulled the liner away and AHA! It worked. My mind was stuck on seeing the picture on the package of pulling the plastic and backing away that I wasn’t understanding anything beyond just that one picture.

Before we moved into our new house almost 2 years ago, we lived in an apartment for 8 1/2 years and ALL the walls were white. We weren’t allowed to paint them, so I was always starving for something creative to put on my walls. I wish this product was out way back then, as it would have been wonderful to liven up my walls. Now that we own our own house, I can do what I want with my walls.

I started with my bedroom wall; it’s one of the only two rooms in the house that still has white walls which will some day be remedied when we have the time. But for now, I can liven up my wall without too much work. It was great to have the assurance on the package that the adhesive was not only removable, but also the pieces that I put the adhesive on would be reusable! You can’t do this with all wall art, as once it’s been put on the wall, you can still get it off, but there’s no way to re-use it.

Eventually my bedroom wall will be a rust color so I chose to make butterflies using rust colored patterned paper to match our comforter. Here’s a quick video I put together showing how to use the WallArt Decor Adhesive and how I cut out my butterflies with the Big Shot die cutting machine:

The Big Shot really is ideal for cutting out all sorts of shapes and designs to use on your wall. At one point, I was putting through 4 pieces of adhesive lined papers at once to make for quick cutting.

I cut different size butterflies and also cut small embossed butterflies and took the whole pile of them into my bedroom and peeled the clear liner off and started adhering them to my wall. One of the great things about this adhesive is that it’s repositionable. If I didn’t like the way flow of the butterflies was going, I just pulled them off the wall and adjusted them.

Something I noticed about the adhesive is that if you REALLY want it to stick to the wall well, you need to rub on the die cuts really hard to get it to stay. Otherwise, you’ll have corners peeling up and will have to reset them. Use a brayer to roll over your die cuts or use a Pampered Chef stone scraper (or Stampin’ Up! Decor Elements transfer tool) to set your die cuts securely on the wall.
I coated a sheet of cardstock and cut strips to run through my Big Shot with letter dies so that I could spell out a quote to put above my butterflies on the wall. I used a ruler to keep my letters lined up.

I was able to give my wall a quick maker-over in just an hour. It was easy and the best thing is that if I want to change it, I can pull the pieces off without any residue being left behind and without paint peeling off.

(NOTE – It’s important to let paint cure for 14 days on a freshly painted wall before applying images with WallArt Decor Adhesive.)

I’m always looking for ways to add art to my walls in my studio. I used the 5″ x 5″ sheets to do this, since they were the ideal size for my scalloped square Big Shot die.


While I had no trouble removing the film from the backing on the 12 x 12 sheets, I found that I had to go VERY slowly with the 5″ x 5″ sheets or the adhesive would tear off the film.

I wanted to create 3-dimensional art for my walls so I cut out all the pieces using my Big Shot machine. I chose the Scalloped Square as my base piece and lined my patterned paper with the WallArt adhesive first and then ran it through the die cut machine. Then I started adding the other pieces to my scalloped squares to create the 3-D art.

I used the GlueGlider Pro to adhere the bottom flower to each of the squares. It’s really easy to use and glides on easily, though there was a bit of a learning curve to it, only because I’m used to using smaller adhesive applicators and this was much bigger. The double sided adhesive can be put on projects in long strips but you can also put smaller amounts as it can come out in small pieces like shown in the photo.


Because the applicator is so large, the learning curve was tricky for me, especially around small areas like the ends of the flower petals. I was able to remedy this by turning the adhesive the hung over the edges over onto the petals. I tried on 5 more flowers and went back to using my regular small applicator adhesive to get adhesive on the small edges. Until I can get past that learning curve of using the GlueGlider Pro applicator, from my experience, it’s much better suited for me to applying adhesive in long lines and on straight edges.


With the help of a ruler, I placed my finished 3-D squares onto my wall in my studio. Because they were 3-D, I had to be careful with around the edges first with my fingers and then used a Pampered Chef stone scraper to go over them.

The beauty of the WallArt adhesive is that if you don’t like where you put your art or you want to change things up a bit, you can pull it right off the wall without a problem and put it somewhere else. I put the same scalloped square 3-D pieces over the molding of the open doorway in my studio.



So, would I use the WallArt Decor Adhesive again? Absolutely. Now that I know how to use it and know the tricks I learned along the way, I would definitely use it again. It’s a wonderful way to add art to your wall without making it permanent, and I love the ease of removable and also the fact that the pieces are reusable.

The price point for these products are $8.99 for 4 sheets of 12″ x 12″ adhesive and $6.99 for 10 sheets of 5 x 5 adhesive.

The GlueArts website has a design team that shows different projects on so if you’re in need of some inspiration and want to try something new, you can check it all out HERE.

Pros:

  • Very affordable price points
  • Images are easily removed from walls without leaving residue behind or damaging the paint on your walls
  • Images can be reused after removing
  • GlueGlider Pro adhesive tape sticks really well, has a good bond
  • GlueGlider Pro adhesive can be applied in long sections or in small bits
  • GlueGlider Pro refills are easy to slip in
  • GlueGlider Pro refills cartridges are recyclable so when you’re done with it, just put in your recycling bin and you can feel good about not filling up the land fills

Cons:

  • I would have liked a little more in the way of written directions or perhaps some pictures to go along with the directions to make it easier to figure out exactly how to use the product
  • One thing that directions don’t tell you is that you need to make sure the images are rubbed onto the wall with a lot of pressure to keep from curling on the edges.
  • GlueGlider Pro adhesive has a bit of a learning curve, especially when applying adhesive to smaller and tight areas

Now it’s your turn….Have you ever used WallArt Decor Adhesive Sheets? What have you created with them? What’s your favorite thing about the GlueGlider Pro adhesive gun? Are there any tricks you’ve found while using these projects? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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 you ever used WallArt Decor Adhesive Sheets? What have you created with them? What’s your favorite thing about the GlueGlider Pro adhesive gun? Are there any tricks you’ve found while using these projects? 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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