Getting started with the right tools for papercrafting is necessary to the success of your hobby. Whether you are a paper crafter, rubber stamper, scrapbooker, card maker or altered artist, this thirteen-part series will help take the confusion out of getting started with the right tools. In this article, we’ll focus on the tape runner and liquid glue adhesives. In our next article, we’ll discuss dimensional adhesives and glue pens.
Adhesive – While adhesives are more a category than an item there are four types that are most useful to the beginning paper crafter. Keep in mind that the number of different adhesives on the market for paper crafters alone can be overwhelming and as you progress in your hobby, you may choose to add additional types of adhesives to your tool caddy. However, to get the most out of your papercrafting hobby, you should start with at least these four types of adhesives:
- A tape runner used to adhere thin materials such as paper or photographs to the project.
- A thick liquid adhesive for gluing heavy elements such as buttons or metal embellishments to your project
- Small dimensional adhesive squares or circles (i.e. Pop Dots) for adding dimension to your project.
- Glue pen for adhering small pieces of paper to your project.
When purchasing a tape runner, of which there are endless brands to choose from, keep in mind that the rule of thumb, “You get what you pay for” is typically true with this type of adhesive. If you speak to experienced papercrafters, they will be happy to advise you on their favorites and mostly likely, those will vary greatly. One type of trendy tape runner is currently leading the pack and that is the 1 ¼ inch, big, red, bulky, but economical (after your initial purchase of the gun itself) 3M Adhesive Tape Gun or ATG. Although you will not typically found one in our local Lansing craft stores, they are available online. The cheapest place to purchase is right here for $41.69.. You can also buy the tape refills in bulk right here. The more you buy, the cheaper each individual refill is.
Liquid Glue Adhesives
A thick liquid adhesive (glue guns can also work) for your heavy embellishments like buttons and metals in necessary to the success of your projects that require some heavy-duty staying power. Again, there is a wide variety to choose from and favorites vary among crafters but there is one that they are recommending most often, the Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive. Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts in Lansing sells this brand at both of their stores (it is also available online) for $6.99 (2 ounce bottle).
The next article in this series will help you choose both dimensional adhesives and glue pens. Don’t miss the next article by subscribing to the Lansing Scrapbooking Examiner today.