November 2011

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Guide to Adhesives: Specialties

Adhesive foam: Use this to pop up lightweight items on your page, such as die cuts or different layers or piecings.

 

 

Glue stick: Glue sticks are good all-purpose adhesives that work well with lighter-weight materials. They’re inexpensive and easy to use.

 

 

Glue pads: Glue pads are great for stamping. MAke the impression with the stamp, then cover the area with flock or glitter.

 

 

Decorative tape: This is a simple yet decorative way to stick items on your pages.

 

 

Adhesive sheets: These sheets are a no-fuss way for covering large or narrow surfaces. They’re great for die cuts–cover the cardstock or paper with adhesive before cutting the shape (but don’t take the backing off yet). Or cut a shape from adhesive sheets and apply it to a project, then cover it with flock, glitter, or foil. Adhesive sheets are virtually invisible on most clear or transparent items.

 

 

Glue gun: Though they can be a bit messy, hot glue from glue guns creates a strong bond between many surfaces. The tools come in hot or cool models and can be inexpensive.

 

Adhesive dots: Use this to attach lighter-weight embellishments. They’re strong by less messy than liquid adhesives. When using an adhesive dot, stick the item on the dot while it it still on the roll. Press firmly, then lift the item off the roll. The adhesive should come with the item.

 

 

Sticker maker: This handy tool makes a sticker out of anything you can slide into it, easily covering one side in adhesive.

 

 

Decoupage medium: This glue is formulated to work over large areas. Use this when you’re covering items with paper and to seal a project covered in paper.

 

Read about Double-Stick Tape.

Read about Adhesive Runners.

Read about Liquid Adhesives.

 Read about Crafts Glue.

 

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Guide to Adhesives: Crafts Glue

 

What is it?

These stronger, wet adhesives work well on nonporous surfaces.

 

Use with:

  • large or heavy embellishments
  • metal
  • crafts or decor projects that need a stronger adhesive
But not with:
  • large areas (The moisture of crafts glue can cause paper to rumple if it is used over a large area, and it can be messy.)
  • projects you want to preserve, such as scrapbook pages

 

Read about Double-Stick Tape.

 

Read about Adhesive Runners.

Read about Liquid Adhesives.

 Read about Specialty Adhesives.

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Guide to Adhesives: Liquid Adhesive

 

What is it?

Wet applicators often have a precision tip. These adhesives can be helpful when you need to get glue into a tight space or need a bit stronger hold than that obtained from double-sided tape.

 

Use with:

  • large or heavy embellishments
  • chipboard
  • ribbon
  • thin strips or die cuts (as long as your glue has a precision tip)
  • clear embellishments (if your liquid glue dries clear)
But not with:
  • large areas (Liquid glue can be messy, so it is best saved for attaching embellishments rather than used as your main adhesive. It can also cause paper to rumple because of the moisture.)

 

Read about Adhesive Runner.  

Read about Double-Stick Tape.

Read about Crafts Glue.

 Read about Specialty Adhesives.

 

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Ghostly Fun with Halloween Photos

Halloween 2011 may have come and gone, but Contributing Editor Erica Hernandez has a ghostly effect you can use with those adorable trick-or-treat photos you still have on your camera. Download them, and get started today!

By simply taking a photo of your subject, and then an identical photo of the same location sans subject, you can emulate the look of a transparent figure wafting through the frame.

 

Directions:

1. Layer photo WITH subject over the second photo in your editing program (I use PSE.)

2. Reduce the opacity of the top photo to your liking, aligning the background of the photo to the bottom photo layer.
3. Convert to a gritty black and white and add a subtle texture layer to grunge it up a bit.

4. Scrap and enjoy!

 

 

 

Erica

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Guide to Adhesives: Adhesive Runner

 

What is it?

Contained in an applicator, this double-sided adhesive comes in either continuous strips, dots, or precut tabs.

 

Use with:

  • paper and cardstock
  • lightweight chipboard
  • wider ribbons
  • lightweight embellishments
But not with:
  • narrow items (The item has to be wider than the adhesive to prevent the adhesive from showing.)
Tips:
  • Some types of tape runners are a single continuous strip of adhesive, while others are tightly spaced dots or squares. If you have curves to adhere, the smaller sizes will be easier to manipulate.
  • Conserve adhesive by using only one long strip diagonally across the back of the element to be adhered and two short strips in the remaining corners.
  • Many double-sided tapes and adhesive rollers come in repositionable or permanent varieties. Repositionable adhesives let you move an item after you’ve stuck it to your page. They’re great when you aren’t sure of your design or you want to create a mask you’ll remove later.

 

Read about Double-Stick Tape.

Read about Liquid Adhesive.

 Read about Crafts Glue. 

 Read about Specialty Adhesives.

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Guide to Adhesives: Double-Stick Tape

What is it?

The basic staple of the scrapbooking world has adhesive on both sides. It typically is sold on a roll from which you cut or tear off the needed length. It comes off the toll with only one side of adhesive exposed so you can position it before removing the backing.

 

Use with:

  • paper
  • lightweight embellishments
  • ribbon
  • loose embellishments like glitter and microbeads
But not with:
  • curves (It is hard to manipulate linear tape around curves.)
  • narrow items (The item has to be wider than the adhesive to prevent the adhesive from showing.)

 

Read about Adhesive Runners.

 Read about Liquid Adhesive.

Read about Crafts Glue.

 Read about Specialty Adhesives.

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