Adhesives: A Review with Shari Carroll

Hello everyone!! It’s Shari Carroll here to give you some helpful information about adhesives. I’m sure it’s super challenging to know what glues or tapes work best for cards and projects. I hope to give you some tips on which ones you’ll need for the right job!

Dry Adhesives Dry adhesives don’t require a drying time and most of them are permanent. They are perfect for sticking paper to paper as they don’t contain water so there is no warping to your paper. Tape Runners, Adhesives, Tape, Shari Carroll

Tape and Tape Runners

Kokuyo Dot Liner, Kokuyo Dot Liner refills, These are my most used adhesives, it is long lasting with 36m or dot tape. Plus Vellum Glue Tape, A great tape runner for tacking down vellum.

Be Creative Tape 9.5 mm Score Pal 1/4″ Crafting Tape, These tapes are super handy for adhering paper to paper and to add Fun Foam to a panel for dimension.

Adding dimension with Foam Dots and Foam Tape

Foam Dots, Foam Tape, Adhesives, Shari Carroll If you like adding dimension to your cards, I have a few types that I like to work with. I lift everything up, it just looks better to me!

3M Foam Tape Roll: Cut the lengths needed for projects, this tape is great for creating shaker cards and lifting larger panels.

Foam Squares 1cm, Foam Squares .05cm: These are quick and easy to apply for smaller pieces.

Glue Sticks Glue Sticks, Adhesives, Shari Carroll I like glue sticks for a few reasons. I use them for collaging papers together. They are dryer than fluid glues so there is less warping. I also like to use them for applying foil to my projects.

Ranger Mini Collage Glue Stick: Small size great for small areas.

Tonic Funky Glue Stick: This starts out purple and dries clear. It’s easy to see where you’ve applied your glue.

Glue Pens glue pens, adhesives, Shari Carroll Glue pens are very handy to for glue down lightweight items. They are fluid but are used in small amounts. I use these for adhering die cuts and chipboards. These are also great for kids!

Zig 2 Way Glue Pen: This is a ball point pen tip that is great for applying glue to very detailed piece such as die cut words.

Tonic Medium Nuvo Glue Pen: This is a soft chisel tip pen that delivers glue as you draw.

Tonic Large Nuvo Glue Pen: Also a chisel tip but larger for bigger areas.

Fluid and Liquid Glues Glues, adhesives, Shari Carroll I use fluid and liquid glues for basic gluing and when I want to adhere embellishments. I consider glues for heavier items and a permanent hold.

Simon Craft Tacky Glue: This is a great all purpose glue. Use it for your sequins, beads, metal pieces and more. It has a fine tip point which can be trimmed down to suit your needs. The finish is between matte and glossy

Funky Glue Pen: This is a white craft glue which also has a fine tip for dispensing the glue. This had a finish between matte and glossy.

Tonic Deluxe Nuvo Glue: This is also a white glue with a fine detail applicator tip and dries to a clear finish.

Multi Matte Medium: This is a strong hold acrylic adhesive that dries to a nice matte finish. This can be used for image transfers and mixed medium projects.

Glossy Accents: A strong hold with a shiny glossy finish. You can use this to create a shine on your projects.

I have filmed a video showing some of these items. You can view it below or on our YouTube Channel HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a fantastic weekend!!

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Tonic FUNKY STICK Glue 424e
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  1. Thank yo for explaining the different uses between wet and dry adhesives. What a great blog post and video explaining the differences between wet and dry and dry adhesives. Thank you so much for going back going back to the basics and teaching us about all of the different adhesives us on the market since there are so many. Thank you for sharing!!

  2. Thanks for all the information about different ways to stick things to things! There is such an overwhelming range out there, it’s good to have some idea of what is good for what.

  3. Such a great review. Good adhesives are so important for a good result. (Ask me how I know! LOL) I have most of these in my stash and I love them all. TFS, Shari.

  4. Great overview with some new brands I wasn’t aware of. I am curious about your thoughts and recommendations of a larger glue gun. I have the Scotch ATG714 but it’s so huge to handle. The small adhesive runners just don’t last very long when you’re making cards almost on a daily basis.

  5. Thanks for the great overview of the different types of adhesives! Very helpful, especially for vellum – I nev know what to use.

  6. Thanks for the informative post of adhesives! We sure cannot have too many of them, can we? I have a bag designated just to keep all my adhesives organized and at a fingertips reach! Thanks for the opportunity to win blog candy!

  7. That was a great summary and thanks for the examples and recommendations. I have seen some of these but have not tried them all.

  8. Thank you for sharing this information, I am a rookte when it comes to glue, so this is wonderful.
    Now I know what to put in my list!

  9. It’s always nice to have review of the various products. We tend to be creatures of habit and use the same things, but these reviews remind us of options that might work better for us in some instances. Thanks!

  10. Thank you for the great review! I use some of these, plus a few more. Everyone has their favourite adhesives, the tried and true.

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