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Quickie Glue Pen vs. MONO Glue Pen by Tombow

Reported by Susan Reidy
I love my Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura. It filled a hole in my adhesive arsenal, specifically it worked great to adhere those teeny tiny die cuts, punches and paper piecings.
But it wasn’t perfect. So my eye started to wander, until it found the MONO Glue Pen by Tombow. Not wanting to chuck my first love, I decided to let them compete for my affections.

I made them jump through crafting hoops that included various mediums (cardstock, chipboard, vellum, glitter, ribbon) that papercrafters commonly adhere to cardstock or patterned paper.
Before I did that, I had to compare their appearance. I know it’s not everything, but hey, a girl wants her glue to look good, right?

Both are shaped like pens, with small pen tip points. The Quickie boasts of a 0.7 mm line width and the Tombow a 1 mm line width. Honestly, I didn’t notice much difference in the size of glue line they each produced. If you squint real hard, you can make out the glue lines in the photo above.

The size and function of these pens is perfect for gluing small things; I don’t use them for adhering cardstock mats, photos or other large items. I particularly like them for Quickutz Squeeze die cuts, which tend to be on the small side. The glue pens make quick work of adhering intricately cut letters, lace cardstock and other delicate items.

You don’t need to squeeze to start the glue flowing; just tap the tip on your paper a few times and out it comes. Then you can write just like you would with a pen.

Because you can be so precise with where you put the glue, you don’t have to worry that excess adhesive will gum up your project.

Speaking of quick, you do need to be speedy when using these pens. By the very nature of them releasing small amounts of wet glue, they dry quickly. This is one reason to reserve these pens for small items (the other being that you would quickly use up your pens on larger items).


Here’s a key difference between the two pens: Quickie glue goes on blue, which makes it easy to see where, and how much, glue you have added. This is especially helpful when you’re dealing with small pieces and tiny amounts of glue. An added bonus is that the glue is permanent when it’s blue, but if you wait for it to dry, it’s repositionable.

Tombow goes on clear, and is strictly permanent. I found it tricky to see how much glue I had put on my pieces.

I also found it difficult to get the glue flowing, and keep it flowing, from the Tombow pen. I had to press the top several times to get it started, and after putting it down for any length of time, it took awhile to get it going again.

The Quickie was ready to go straight out of the shoot, with just one or two presses (maybe that’s why it’s called Quickie?). I this relationship, I do find faster is better. It also flowed much better, giving me a consistent, even line of glue. Remember this point, it will be important later when I talk about glittering.

So how did they do in adhering? Overall, they both did equally well in holding items where I wanted them. In my tests, I let everything dry overnight and tested them by trying to lift the items with my fingernail.

As you can see, they both grabbed onto these little chipboard letters and even metal (Quickie on the left, Tombow on the right). Normally, I wouldn’t use glue pens on metal, but Tombow said it could do it, so I gave it a try.

The hardest part was getting the glue to come out of the Tombow pen onto the slick metal surface. I had to get it started a few times on cardstock first, and found the best method was to push down on the tip and make dots of glue.

Quickie came out easily on the metal, and did a great job of adhering it.

Next up was glitter. Aside from adhering tiny die cuts, this is my favorite way to use glue pens. You can use the pens to write words, highlight certain parts of patterned paper or stamped images or just draw nice straight lines, and then dump on the glitter.

As I mentioned before, you do need to work quickly so the glue doesn’t dry before you can glitter. Finer glitter works better than the chunkier stuff.

The flow problems came into play again with the Tombow pen. Because it doesn’t come out consistently, my word didn’t glitter completely.

I also gave them both a try with ribbon and vellum. I found they worked best with ribbon if you put the glue on your cardstock first, and laid the ribbon on top. When I tried to add the glue directly to the ribbon, it soaked in too fast and wasn’t sticky.

Both did great adhering this skinny ribbon. Again, I let it dry overnight and it was still adhered the next morning. That’s better than some of the other adhesives I’ve tried; many times I find my ribbon sticking up the next day.


As you can see from the photo above, the pens probably aren’t the best for vellum. They may hold it down, but the adhesive shows through.

For this card, I used my Quickie pen to attach the tropical drink Quickutz die cut. That tiny straw and lime wedge would have been tricky to adhere without my trusty glue pen. I also used the pen on my letters, and some glittery bling around my scalloped circle.

On this layout, I used my glue pen to adhere the die cut cardstock. It worked great around all those circles, and didn’t leave any extra glue in the openings. I also drew some shapes inside the circles and added glitter.

Overall, the biggest difference I found in these two pens was how the glue come out and its color. Quickie comes out blue and flows very easily, immediately. Tombow is clear, and it takes a while to get it flowing, and keep it flowing.

For these reasons, I’m going to stick with Quickie. But in a pinch, I’ll pick up Tombow since it adheres just as well, but just needs a little coaxing to perform.

Pros:
  • Small, pen like tips on both glue pens make them ideal for adhering small, intricate items without leaving messy residue.
  • Both adhere a variety of materials very well.
  • The Quickie Glue Pen flows easily, and comes out blue which makes it easy to see.
  • The Quickie Glue Pen can be permanent or repositionable.

Cons:

  • The glue from both dries quickly once applied, so you have to move fast.
  • It’s more difficult to get glue flowing, and to keep it flowing, from the Tombow pen.

Both pens are widely available at major craft stores and online. They retail for about $2.99.

Have you tried the Quickie Glue Pen or Tombow Glue Pen? Which do you prefer? What’s your favorite way to use glue pens?

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Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura

Reported by Katie Renz

Glue. Just a simple four letter word that is an absolute must have in the crafter’s repertoire. It’s something that we all groan and moan about… “which one, how many, is it permanent, will it stick, is it acid-free, is it available, is it expensive,” and the list goes on and on and on. I’m not going to address the general issue of glues and adhesives, but what I am going to do is tell you why I LOVE this particular product. This product is Sakura’s Quickie Glue Pen. No punches pulled here and no guessing as to whether I like it or not. I love it and here’s why.

First and foremost is that it literally glides on. This glue pen is just that, like a pen. There are no clumps, there is no pushing the glue out, and thus far in my experience I haven’t had any issues with it clogging. It has a fine tip that will fill in the finest details and thus far it has worked like a charm every single time I’ve used it.

Here is a very simple and easy way to use it. Just like its name, you can use it as a pen. Doodle yourself a little bit of glitter fun.


Personalize just about anything.

So, let me show you how I’ve put this oh so little power house to use. I wouldn’t consider myself a super huge glitter use, but I do enjoy a sparkle here and there. The Quickie Glue Pen allows for some intricate detail that you wouldn’t be able to create otherwise.

The glue is blue when it is applied and will dry clear. If left alone, the blue glue turns clear and becomes repositional – cool huh?

I worked each small section at a time with the glitter color I wanted and when I was done with a particular color of glitter, I would move on to the next color. You don’t have to wait too long, but make sure that each colored section is dry before moving onto your next color.


And here is my finished card. I don’t have any black glitter so I ended up using some Black Stickles.


And how about fun flock. I thought the pen worked wonders with this too.


And my finished card using the Quickie Glue Pen and the Fun Flock.

(images used are from Clear Dollar Stamps, Martha Stewart glitter, Stampendous Fun Flock)

Another perfect use for the Quickie Glue Pen is for adhering small pieces of cardstock to whatever project you are working. Any of you who use die cuts by Quickutz or any of the fonts out there by various other die cut systems will find the pen perfect.

The only thing I would say is that if you plan to use this glue for repositional purposes especially larger items, I would suggest using a different type of glue. I really like this pen for detail work, not that it wouldn’t work, but I feel like something with a larger glue surface would suit better for larger projects repositional or not.

As you probably figured, I am a huge fan of the Quickie Glue Pen.

Pros:

  • Fits and feels like a pen which provides extra control
  • Glides super smoothly
  • Doesn’t clog or clump
  • Affordable

Cons: (grasping here)

  • It would be nice if Sakura offered the exact same positive qualities in a slightly larger surface

This pen is widely accessible both at craft and office supply stores, but here are several online stores that carry the Quickie Glue Pen.

Retail cost for the Quickie Glue Pen is $2.79 and is worth every penny. I’m sad it took me this long to find it… don’t ask me why, other than the fact that I had other glue pens and that’s just what I used. The pen is super easy to use and I would rate this product a 10 out of 10.

Seriously, I love it! So, I showcased a couple of uses, and we at Craft Critique would love to hear of any other uses that you may have found. If you don’t own this pen, try it out and then let us know what you think.

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Sakura Quickie Glue Pen

Reported by Julie Campbell

Sometimes the simplest tools can pack a big punch! Today, I want to share with you one of my favorite products – the Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura. I love this pen because it allows me to place adhesive with precision in even the tiniest of spaces. The glue glides on smoothly with it’s 0.7 mm tip. It’s the perfect tool to apply small amounts of glitter or flocking, and works great with tiny paper pieced projects. I also love using this product to adhere small gemstones and embellishments to my cards or scrapbook pages.


The Quickie Glue pen can be used for permanent or temporary adhesion. When the glue is first applied, it is tinted light blue. While the glue is this color, it will produce a permanent bond. If you just want a temporary bond, wait a few moments and the glue will turn clear. This will give your projects a light tack and will allow you to reposition your pieces repeatedly.

In the project below, I cut tiny blades of grass that I wanted to adhere to my card front. The glue pen was just the right tool for the job!



I also used the pen to adhere the tiny pink flowers in my tree branch. I love using this tool when paper piecing small areas! To add dimension to the skirt, I applied adhesive with the glue pen to the top of the skirt and added a couple of foam dots to the bottom edge.




I wanted to show you how easy it is to add glitter to tiny spaces using the Glue Pen!


As you can see below, I traced over the stripes of my bird image using the Glue Pen.


While the glue was still wet, I applied glitter over the entire area.




I tapped off the excess glitter and my project was finished!


Pros:

  • Tip is small (0.7 mm) and is the perfect tool to use in small spaces.
  • Glue glides on smoothly and evenly. No need to squeeze or tap pen.
  • Glue can be used for a permanent or temporary bond.
  • Product is inexpensive and lasts a long time.
  • This is a perfect tool to add glitter, flocking, or even small gemstones to projects.

Cons:

  • Does not work as well for large projects.
  • For permanent bond, you must work quickly before glue turns clear.


The Sakura Quickie Glue pen is a great tool that you’ll find yourself reaching for time and time again. The pen retails for around $2.50 and will last a long time. You can find these pens at your local craft store or on any of these online retailers: Eclectic Paperie, All That Scraps, & Gina K Designs (just to name a few).

Have you tried the Quickie Glue pen yet? If so, I’d love to hear about the clever ways you’ve used this product!

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