Stick It! (Perfect Edge-to-Edge Adhesive)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

If you're a papercrafter, you've got an arsenal of adhesives. Dots, strips, runners, foam, single and double sided, brush-on, squirt-on, rub-on. Choosing the perfect adhesive for the job means the difference between a well done project and something that is, um.... not so well done.

Today I'd like to share my secret for success when covering chipboard, or whenever you want a strong, edge-to-edge adhesive.

What's edge-to-edge mean, and why do you want it? When you are creating an item that will be handled quite a bit, like a mini album, and you are covering the item with paper or cardstock, the adhesive needs to be applied all the way to the edges of your paper/cardstock. This is especially true of the base layer - the paper that attaches to the chipboard. And even more so when the paper/cardstock is cut exactly to size on the chipboard. This prevents lifting of your base layer, which can happen by accident when the viewer is handling your project.

For edge-to-edge application, I recommend a liquid adhesive such as Bonding Memories glue by CTMH, or a brush-on glue such as Mod Podge. You can also use a strong holding glue stick (do not use school glue, it is a weak bond).
Do you ever get glue onto the front of your paper when you're trying to apply it to the back? Here's a GREAT tip, and it's "green" too. Recycle those old magazines and sales catalogs by using them as a working surface for your gluing projects.

Use a clean page every time you have a new item to glue. Work from front to back (or back to front) of your magazine, turning a new page over each time you get glue onto a page. This gives you a fresh, clean working surface for each piece, and when you've used the entire magazine you can toss it in the recycle bin. It will be one big glued together magazine, but it will have served you well.

Start by brushing your glue onto the center of your paper. You'll want to work quickly, so the glue doesn't dry. By brushing onto the center first, you'll leave the outside edges for the last, so you're guaranteed those important edges stay nice and wet until you stick them down.
Brush out any streaks until you have a smooth, even layer. See the brushstrokes in the photo above? That's bad.
Now that's better. Nice and smooth, and still shiny because it's wet. Work quickly people! If I can do it with a brush in one hand and a camera in the other, you can too.
Next, go around all the outer edges of the paper. By saving the edges for last, the glue will be fresh and guaranteed to stick with no dry spots. This applies for all liquid or stick glues. Quickly pick up your paper and position it onto your project, sealing by rubbing with your hands to make good contact with the chipboard. Give extra attention to the edges.

Now my magazine has glue on the left side page (above), I use the right side page for the next items that I want to glue. Continue on, just flipping the page when you need a fresh workspace.

Clean, tidy project, and by gosh it's going to stick!


Connie Babe said...

AH!!! You are brilliant!!! Thank you for sharing that tip!

peggylee said...

I feel the same way great tips you are so creative and great for sharing.

Cindy said...

Oh mercy! You ARE fabulously artsy! So simple I don't know why I didn't think of that. That has always bugged me when I glue and then it gets on the next paper I have to glue. LOVE IT!! Thank you soooo much.

Paula said...

Thanks for the great tips Tresa! :)

Romaine said...

GREAT tips! Never thought to start in the middle and the magazine idea is brilliant! I have sears catalogues that will be perfect!

Heather said...

seriously wishing I had READ this article BEFORE making your tree! HA HA! Hope it has not fallen apart! LOL

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