A few weeks ago I shared some of my favorite tools - those Stampin' Up! products that are always on my table helping create my projects. Today I want to talk about another behind-the-scenes tool - Adhesive. What do you prefer to use when assembling cards, 3D projects or scrapbook pages? When I started stamping years ago I tried several different kinds and brands of adhesive that my friends were using or that different stamp instructors were using. I ended up primarily using Scotch Double Sided Tape as my Adhesive of Choice.
When Stampin' Up! started carrying the Tombo Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue (the little green bottle) I gave it a try and fell in love! Tombow Mono Multi is my go-to adhesive for most of my cards and projects. It has a bit of a learning curve as far as how much or how little to use - often much less than you think! It's a strong little glue and will hold your layers together well and for a long time. I like that it has a 'slide factor' when I first put my pieces together. That gives me just a few seconds to be sure my layers are aligned evenly the way I want them. Then a quick rub and they are stuck together permanently! Mono Multi is a temporary OR permament adhesive - to use it as a temporary adhesive allow it to dry before adhering. To use it as a permanent adhesive, adhere while still wet. And to remove any messy glue residue, if you have some liquid that squeezes out between your layers, lift the excess with a Paper Piercer or scrap of cardstock, allow the remainder to dry and then remove it with the Adhesive Remover. I used to use a lot of Sticky Strip when I was working with 3D projects and boxes, however I've found that Tombow Mono Multi holds these together very well and I'll use Tombow first on those items.
And I can RARELY create a stamped card or scrapbook page without some Stampin' Dimensionals! These beauties are double-sided adhesive foam mounts that add height and create beautiful layers and dimension on your projects. I like their thickness, but occasionally I will stack two on top of each other to give something a little EXTRA lift. The hexagon shapes are just the right size for most projects and I even like to use the straight edges of the border strips, too.
As much as I love these Adhesives, especially my Tombow Mono Multi, I know that adhesives are a personal choice and you've got to try several to find just the right one for you and your projects!
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Mary Rindal is an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Greenwood Village, Colorado.