The 8 most popular Stampin’ Up! adhesives your project’s need so you don’t come unglued trying to figure it all out.
I’ll explain all the adhesives we offer and which ones should be used for what.
All 12 adhesives are listed starting on page 204 in the 2014 – 2015 Annual Catalog and online in my store (see information below). I have included the information supplied by Stampin’ Up! in italic type along with my comments about each one:
The Eight Most Popular Stampin’ Up! Adhesives:
1. Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026) – This is a new dispensing tape adhesive, it’s a cross between the easy to use Snail Permanent Adhesive and the very tacky, Sticky Strip. It takes getting used to as you have to end your tape run with a distinct right angle flick to avoid jamming the roll. But once you’ve done it for awhile, you’ll have no problem remembering. New super-strength adhesive that bonds instantly and neatly. Safe for memory preservation projects. Refill available. Acid free. 13.1 yards.
Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill (129027) – Refill offers 21.9 yards for a great value! Acid free.
2. Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) – It’s a toss up as to whether these or the Glue Dots are more popular for adding, well, dimension to your project. These little hexagons give just the right amount of the loft so are more a specialty than just adhesive. Truly a must have! Just a bit of dimension added by these double-sided foam pieces can make a project really pop! Instant bond. 300 dots; acid free.
3. Glue Dots (103683) – Just a tacky dot of glue to put tiny or finicky embellishments on and you can do it without getting the little dots stuck to your fingers; well most of the time anyway! These strong little dots are ideal for adding buttons, bows, knotted ribbon, and other small embellishments. 300 dots: ea. 3/16″ diameter. Acid-free.
4. Sticky Strip (104294) – This is the only adhesive for projects like tacking the edges of the Gift Box Punch Board (135863) boxes or any project that needs some extra strength hold. It’s much stronger than Fast Fuse but using it is much more controllable. You can also use it to adhere heavy accessories. This super-sticky double-sided tape is a must-have! Extra-tacky double-sided strip. 10 yds. Acid free: 1/4″ wide.
5. 2-Way Glue Pen (100425) – With the small tip, this adhesive is applied much like using a marker. It’s great for fine detailing when adding glitter and the “2-Way” part of it is: …temporary if you let glue dry first; permanent if you immediately adhere. Perfect for small touches of glitter. 1 pen: 0.4 oz. Acid free.
6. Liquid Multipurpose Glue (110755) – It’s an economical choice for making a large number of cards and it works well with the groves of embossed cardstock pieces. I also find it sticks better, once it has dried, than dispenser tape adhesives in the long run. And it’s much better when adding a larger amount of glitter than the 2-Way Glue Pen. Crafters dream glue! Adheres glitter and other embellishments. Strong bond; dries clear. 0.9 oz. Fine tip and broad tip. Acid free.
7. Snail Permanent Adhesive (104332) – This is a popular adhesive tape runner for almost everything but is slowly being replaced by the much tackier Fast Fuse. It’s still quick and easy to use for layering cardstock and Designer Series Papers and a simple adhesive for ribbon and flat banners. Double-sided, permanent adhesive. Dispensed continuously with 13.1 yds. of adhesive. Easy to apply and refill. Instant bond. Acid free. Remove with Adhesive Remover. [because no one’s perfect].
Snail Permanent Adhesive Refill (104331) – 13.1 yds. of adhesive.
8. Stampin Glue Sticks (2) (130654) – The glue stick, another inexpensive adhesive but best used with non-embossed flat card stock or Designer Series Paper where it can fuse with the paper as it dries. It dries quickly, but isn’t quite as strong as Fast Fuse. I’ve had projects come apart if I haven’t used enough or if it hasn’t had time to fuse. Add glue anywhere with new diamond-shaped glue stick—great for reaching those tight corners! Dries quickly. 2 sticks: ea. 0.7 oz.; acid free.
Bonus: Adhesives for special purposes:
1. Crystal Effects (101055) $7.95 – I don’t think I’ve ever really used this as a glue, only in passing if something is really challenging the use of any of the other adhesives. But it does create that glossy wet-look very well. Create a glossy, lacquered look over images, paper, anything. Also works great as an adhesive. 2 oz. bottle; acid free.
2. Jumbo Sticky Rounds (127852) $6.95 – I haven’t used these yet, but people who love to make rosettes and ribbons swirls, swear by these rounds. Strong adhesive for creating rosettes, flowers, and more using paper, ribbon, or fabric. Cut and peel sticky round from sheet; make sure outer layer of ribbon hangs over outer edge of sticky round so no adhesive is visible. No drying time required. Acid-free.
3. Transfer Adhesive Sheets (133722) $8.95 – I’ve only used these with die cut shapes when I needed to basically make a sticker with a die, instead of trying to use glue on the die cut later. And yes, don’t make any mistakes as it really is an: Extremely strong adhesive. Use with die-cut shapes, paper accents, photos, ribbon, buttons, embellishments, etc. Sized especially for This and That. Permanent. 12 sheets: 5-3/4″ x 7-3/4″. Acid free.
4. Shaker Frames (124155) $5.95 – I have to be honest, I would rather have foam tape than circles, so although these have been “around” for awhile and a circle is a common shape for a shaker, I’m hoping Stampin’ Up! will come up with foam tape in the future. Make your own dimensional windows! 1/8″ foam frames with double-sided adhesive. 36 frames: 6 of ea. size (insides of frame: 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″, 1-3/4″). Use with WindowSheets (p. 192) and punches (p. 219-223).
Hopefully this list will keep you from getting stuck wondering how to get it all glued together! If you have any questions or want more details on any of these adhesives, let me know! Comments welcome!
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