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Scor-Tape vs. Redline adhesive

Reported by Susan Reidy

Typically, when I needed something to really stick, I reached for my redline adhesive. It did the trick, but it had some annoying habits (like the red liner sticking to my hands, my face, my cats, my kids, etc.).A few weeks ago, I was super excited to score some Scor-Tape. Now this isn’t a new product, and it’s widely available online, but I had just been too lazy to make an order.

Since I happened to have a roll of redline laying around, I thought I’d compare the two to see how they stood up in stickiness, price and convenience.

First up, when I say redline adhesive, I mean any of the super sticky double-sided adhesive that has a red backing paper. It’s sold under a few different brand names, like Terifically Tacky by ProvoCraft and Sticky Strip by Stampin’ Up. I’ve used both, and can’t say I’ve noticed a difference in the products.

Scor-Tape is distributed by Scor-Pal, the same people that brought us the wonderful scoring boards.

Both Scor-Tape and redline adhesive are double-sided, acid free, heat resistant, and are suited for embossing, glitter, microbeads, paper, foils, ribbon, metal and more.

These tapes are the serious workhorses of crafting. They are what I turn to when I’m making 3-D items, like goodie boxes, altering items, covering chipboard with fabric or paper, making pockets or envelopes, and when I want a nice clean, crisp line of glitter.

Redline adhesive is available in a variety of widths including 1/8, 1/4, 1 1/16 inches wide and 6×8 sheets. There may be more sizes out there, but those were the ones that came up most often in a Google search. Generally the rolls are five yards (15 feet) long.

Stampin’ Up’s Sticky Strip is a 10-yard roll that is 1/4 inches wide.

Scor-Tape is available in 27 yard rolls in 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1 1/2, 2, and 2 1/2 inch widths, as well as 6×6 and 8.5×11 sheets.

At first glance, you might think the prices for the two are comparable. Redline is about $3.25 for a 1/4 inch roll while Scor-Tape is $5 for a same width roll. But, the redline roll is only five yards, meaning cost per yard is 65 cents (or 69 cents per yard from Stampin’ Up). In comparison, the Scor-Tape roll is 27 yards, for a cost of 18 cents per yard. Big difference, especially if you’re using a lot of tape.

Here you can see the difference in how much tape is on a fresh roll of each. Scor-Tape is the white roll on the left.

Yea for cheaper prices and more tape on the roll (which means less trips to the store, or fewer online orders).For my comparison, I used a 1/4-inch wide roll of each.

First thing I noticed when adhering a piece of tape to my sample sheet was how easy it was to trim off a piece of Scor-Tape. In fact, there was no trimming involved; I could TEAR it.

Oh my word, this made me happier than tape should ever make a person. But I’ve had an ongoing struggle with cutting redline adhesive. Anybody else find themselves juggling a project, a roll of tape and a pair of scissors?

Scor-Tape is backed with paper, hence why you can tear it. Redline is backed with a plastic, film-like substance. There’s no tearing that stuff.

Next little thing that made me ridiculously happy–the Scor-Tape backing didn’t stick to me; I could get it straight into the garbage can without looking like a gesticulating fool. Thanks to good old static cling, the backing from redline adhesive is like a second skin.

I also found it was slightly easier to remove the backing from the Scor-Tape, once I had the tape in place, although it had its moments of frustration.

But how about performance, you know, does it stick? First up, I tried ribbon and embossing powder. Once I’d burnished the ribbon down, there was no moving it (at least not without damage to my paper and ribbon) with both the Scor-Tape and redline adhesive.

The embossing had some slightly difference results. I found that Scor-Tape had a smoother finish the more I heated it. No matter how I heated the redline adhesive, it never really lost the bumpy texture.

In the close-up below, you can see the difference better. I did hold the heat gun purposefully on the bottom section of both for about 15 seconds, seeing if I could damage the tape. My paper scorched, but neither tape melted or lost its shape.

I did notice when I picked up the paper, that both lines of tape cracked.

I then tried some gold leafing and glitter. Both tapes grabbed on well. I love using glitter with these tapes — it sticks really well and makes for a nice clean line of glitter.

One of may favorite uses for Scor-Tape is constructing fun 3-D items. Here I made a quick 2x2x2 little favor box. They’re so simple–start with a 6-inch square of cardstock; score at 2 and 4 inches.

Cut four slits, two on each side, up to your score mark.

Add Scor-Tape to the flaps like so:

Adhere the sides of your favor box. So cute and small.

Use Scor-Tape to add a handle, and add some decorations. You’re done! And with Scor-Tape, there’s no worry your favor boxes will come undone in the middle of your dinner party/birthday/wedding.

Next up, I made a card, putting in to use some fun glitter strips made with Scor-Tape. One think I learned while making this card — do your brightest colors of glitter first. I had some red seep into my yellow. But no worries, I layered another strip of Scor-Tape over the first yellow/red-glittered one, and added more yellow glitter. I was doubtful it would stick over the glitter, but it did great.

I also love my Scor-Tape for altering items. I had this mini MDF board clipboard in my stash. I thought it would be perfect to hold my menu planner in my kitchen, but it needed to be beautified.

When I use Scor-Tape to cover something with paper or fabric, I always make sure to put the tape right on the edges, so the paper or fabric won’t lift up. Here’s my clipboard with Scor-Tape in place.

And here’s my finished project, ready for this week’s menu:

Overall, I didn’t notice too much difference in the adhering properties of Scor-Tape and redline. The redline did have a bumpier texture when embossing powder was added and heated. But if that’s the look you want, great. I also only used one layer of powder, so it may smooth out with more layers.

It was really the little things like the ability to tear it and no backing static cling, not to mention value, that for me puts Scor-Tape at the top of the list.The only downside is that it’s harder for me to find Scor-Tape in my area; redline is readily available in the Big Box craft stores. But, Scor-Tape is easily found online through Scor-Pal and also Amazon.com.

Pros:

  • Both tapes are super sticky, double-sided and acid free.
  • Both can be used on a variety of surfaces.
  • Scor-Tape comes in more widths, a bigger roll and is cheaper.
  • Scor-Tape can be torn and the backing paper doesn’t stick to your hands.

Cons:

  • Scor-Tape can be tricky to find in a brick and mortar store, but it is readily available online.
  • Redline is more expensive, and comes in smaller rolls.
  • Redline cannot be torn, and thanks to static cling, the backing paper sticks to everything.

Which super-sticky double-sided adhesive do you prefer? Leave a comment and let us know!