The Types of Adhesives Every Paper Crafter Needs

One thing every paper crafter needs is adhesive of some sorts and Close To My Heart offer a large variety of adhesives and it can be overwhelming to know what ones they are and when and HOW to use each one!

So today I am breaking this down for you to make it easy & hopefully informative for when you need to choose an adhesive for your next project.

Tape Runners

Tape runners are the most popular type of adhesive in paper crafting.  Tape runners are great to use for photos, card stock and scrapbooking. They are portable, convenient and give you excellent control over where and how much adhesive to use. Close to My Heart have three different types of tape runners depending on the your needs.

3L® E-Z Dots® Adhesive 3L® E-Z Dots® Adhesive
This tape runner device is refillable/reloadable, and the 3L® E-Z Dots® Adhesive Refills snap in easily. It is a permanent adhesive on dot runner and had 16 yards/15m in length of adhesive. While this is a permanent adhesive, I found if you do not press hard, you can reposition the cardstock. The dots seem to make it tacky enough to allow this but only for a little while.
Duck® Easy Stick™ Adhesive Duck® Easy Stick™ Adhesive
This tape runners comes in a set of 4. They are a disposable permanent adhesive runners. The length of each is 7 yards/6.5m. These are handy for on the go projects.
Tombow® Permanent Adhesive Tombow® Permanent Adhesive
This tape runner is an instant start quick-grab permanent adhesive that is 39 ft (12 m) in length. It applies in a straight line of adhesive unlike the E-Z Dots® Adhesive & has a strong bond. This device is refillable/reloadable, and the Tombow® Permanent Adhesive Refills snap in easily.

 

Glue Pens

Glue pens are an excellent choice for small die cut pieces, such as letters or thin words or use the larger applicator pen to cover larger areas of cardstock.  These pens work just as a normal marker or pen would: Simply run it along your piece of card stock or paper, and adhesive will flow out. Close to My Heart have two different types of glue pens depending on tthe size of the applicator you need.

Bonding Memories™ Glue Pen Bonding Memories™ Glue Pen
This all-purpose glue pen with small-tipped applicator is perfect for safely bonding photographs, artwork, and more. Creates both permanent and temporary bonds. Acid free. (See label for instructions.)
Bonding Memories™ Glue Bonding Memories™ Glue
This all-purpose glue stick has a large foam applicator and is perfect for safely bonding photographs, artwork, and more. Creates both permanent and temporary bonds. Acid free. (See label for instructions.)

 

Glue Dots™

Glue Dots™ are pressure sensitive patterns of adhesive that can be applied almost anywhere. Close To My Heart have different sized dots on a roll.

Micro Glue Dots™ Micro Glue Dots™”
Quickly and easily add ribbon and other 3-D embellishments to your cards and artwork with Glue Dots™.  These Micro Glue Dots™ come in a roll of 1/8″ or 3mm in a pack of 325 adhesive circles.
Memory Book Glue Dots™ Memory Book Glue Dots™
Quickly and easily add ribbon and other 3-D embellishments to your cards and artwork with Glue Dots™. These are Acid free so are great for scrapbooking. These ultra-thin Glue Dots™ come in a roll of 3/8″ or 1cm in a pack of 300 adhesive circles
Memory Book Mini Glue Dots™ Memory Book Mini Glue Dots™
Quickly and easily add tiny embellishments to your cards and artwork with Mini Glue Dots™.  This mini size offers the same great grab for the tiniest of embellishments and are Acid free. These Mini Dots come in a roll of 3/16″ or 5mm in a pack of 300 adhesive circles.

 

3D Foam Tape

Adding dimension to paper crafts can produce stunning results. 3D Foam adhesive is the best way to quickly add dimension to any project.

3-D Foam Tape 3-D Foam Tape
Double-sided adhesive foam tape firmly holds your embellishments in place. Cut as much as you need from the roll. (2 rolls per package, 3/8″ and 1/4″ widths, 77 inches per roll)
Thin 3-D Foam Tape Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Double-sided foam tape, 1mm tall; 2 rolls per package, 3/8” and ¼” widths, 75″ per roll.

 

Liquid Glass

This is a clear, three-dimensional gloss medium. Use to accent, brighten, add dimension, giving a resin look. But you can also place under embellishments to make them stick. Liquid Glass can be used in many other crafts including jewellery.

Liquid Glass Liquid Glass
The fine-tip applicator lets you apply it precisely where you want for a glossy, glaze-like look. (2 oz.) You can use a mounded drop under your piece to help create a three dimensional look on small pieces that are too hard to use the 3D foam tape.

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out the variety of adhesives that Close To My Heart have to offer and I hope now that you all have a better understanding of what our adhesives do & how you can use them in your crafting needs. If there are any products that you like to know more about let me know & I will try to blog about them too for you…see you soon.
Maz

Spray Pens: Product Review

One of my favourite products from Close to My Heart is the spray pen. This product is pure “magic” when it comes to filling in a little blank space & adding a bit of extra wow.

You can use the Spray Pen to ‘mist’ your projects and create visually interesting techniques with ink, paint, colour washes, alcohol, or other liquid media.  Or, if you just need a handy alternate dispenser, you can even fill the Spray Pen with stamp cleaner – although you have to admit, that’s not very exciting & CTMH stamp cleaner already comes in a nifty spray bottle.

CTMH Spray Pen: There are measurement lines on the side of the bottle

 

 

 

Ok so you are looking at this image & thinking ‘boring’ & what is so great about this product?

Well it is a nice large container which means you can mix more media, and that’s definitely a good thing when your working on a larger project.

You may have noticed measurement lines – a very handy feature. With the measurement lines clearly marked on the barrel, you can more ‘scientifically’ mix your media (think 2 drops re-inker to 6 parts water). This also means that it will be much easier to duplicate a mixture. No more guess work.

The twistable section of the CTMH spray pen is textured in order to give you better grip.

 

 

 

 

Take a closer look at the cap/nozzle area – the ‘twistable’ section of the spray pen is textured, in order to give you better grip. This textured finish is particularly helpful if your hands are damp.

And see that ‘pocket clip’ on the lid – well that thing really helps stopping the Pen, when capped (speaking from experience) from rolling off the table & disappearing into the bin (like some of my things – oops) and well you could also use it to clip it to a bag.

Use the CTMH Marker Roll-up for storing CTMH spray pens

 

But this has to be my favourite way to store spray pens!

The CTMH Marker Roll-Up was designed to hold up to 25 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers with interior elastic loops.

It Rolls up and secures with snap closure and includes hanging loop for easy vertical storage and guess what perfect for the CTMH spray pens!

 

The CTMH Spray pens ‘pumps’ easily and I have NOT experienced ‘clogging’ as I have with other spray type pens but that could also do with the type of product that I have mixed in it in the past – mostly ink & water.

Pros:

  • Convenient, portable size makes it good for travel or crops
  • Value-priced, so you can keep several on hand for multiple projects
  • 10 mL barrel (allowing you to mix more media)
  • measurement markings on the side of barrel
  • textured ‘twist’ for better grip
  • the cap is substantial, should resist accidental damage
  • holes in cap for safety and ease of use
  • pocket clip on cap to prevent pen rolling & to secure in bags
  • Fit perfectly in the CTMH Marker Roll-Up – perfect storage for LOTS of spray pens.

Cons:

  • if you make a lots of different mixtures you have no label to know what it is or what mix you used – but that can be overcome with a sticky label on the bottle
  • sold only in packages of 3 – well not so much as a con more of an FYI in case you needed some weird amount of spray pens! and well as I have a list of pros – I should find one other con at least 😉

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Thanks so much for taking the time to check out this product review on Spray Pens…see you soon.

Maz