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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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?