Saturday, April 4, 2009

All About Adhesives


With so many adhesives available, how do you know which ones to choose? It depends. There isn’t one product that works for everything.

Do you prefer a dry or wet adhesive? The advantage of dry adhesives is that they are usually easier to apply without making a mess. The advantage of wet adhesives is that they can be more versatile.

Both the 2 way glue pen and Mono Multi can be used as permanent or removable adhesives. If you attach your items when the glue is still wet, it will be permanent. If you let the glue dry first, it becomes a removable adhesive.

You can make a dry adhesive like SNAIL removable. Put the SNAIL down on your first piece of paper. Then stick it on your clothing multiple times to pick up a little lint. When you attach it to your object, you'll find that it is removable thanks to the lint.

Here's a summary that I created with more information about my favorite uses for different Stampin' Up! adhesives.

Crystal Effects
Type: Wet
Permanent
Can be used to attach metal to paper
May discolor ribbon if used to attach ribbon to paper
My personal fav for adding glossy decorative effects, can be dyed with reinkers, you can use it with Dazzling Diamonds to make your own Stickles

Dimensionals
Type: Dry
Permanent*
Not recommended for attaching metal to paper
Not recommended for attaching ribbon to paper
My personal fav for giving extra dimension to a project

Glue Stick
Type: Wet
Permanent
Not recommended for attaching metal to paper
Not recommended for attaching ribbon to paper
My personal fav for attaching paper to chipboard, it covers the best and gives the smoothest finish

Mini Glue Dots
Type: Dry
Permanent
Can be used to attach metal to paper
Can be used to attach ribbon to paper
My personal fav for attaching ribbons, adhering small metal objects to paper

Mono Multi
Type: Wet
Permanent/Removable**
Can be used to attach metal to paper
May discolor ribbon if used to attach ribbon to paper
My personal fav for attaching little things

SNAIL
Type: Dry
Permanent*
Not recommended for attaching metal to paper
Can be used to attach ribbon to paper
My personal fav for a quick, easy adhesive, doesn't work well in humid climates.

Sticky Strip
Type: Dry
Permanent
Can be used to attach metal to paper
Can be used to attach ribbon to paper
Covers more area than a mini glue dot, can be a little difficult to remove the red plastic covering

Two-Way Glue Pen
Type: Wet
Permanent/Removable**
Not recommended for attaching metal to paper
May discolor ribbon if used to attach ribbon to paper
My personal fav for adding glitter and attaching little things

*While these products are sold as permanent adhesives, they can be removed carefully with an adhesive remover
**If you attach the paper when the glue is wet, it is permanent. If you wait until the glue dries, before attaching the paper, it is removable.

1 comment:

Rhonda Langley said...

This is awesome! Thanks for the list!