Over the last 10 years, I’ve tried a ton of different paper crafting products. Some have been really great and stood the test of time, while others have been unreliable and ended up in the trash. In today’s post, I wanted to share my 5 favorite card making adhesives with you.
These adhesives are in no particular order. I listed the current prices of each product as of today’s posting date, but they may be subject to change in the future. If there’s an adhesive you really like that I didn’t include, please leave a comment below letting me know what your favorites are!
My 5 Favorite Card Making Adhesives:
1. 3L Repositionable Permanent Mounting Squares
I really enjoy using the 3L Repositionable Permanent Mounting Squares. I use these little mounting squares most often, on just about every project. They are easy to use and pretty versatile. If I need them to be smaller, I can just cut them in half. They’re repositionable, so if I make a mistake when I’m trying to align my design, it’s no big deal. I do have to pull the cardstock apart carefully, but taking a second try is no problem. For this reason, these mounting squares are great for new crafters.
Some repositionable tape will lose its adhesion after a while, but I haven’t experienced that with these 3L mounting squares. They come in half-inch white squares. I also don’t feel like I’m wasting adhesive covering the entire back of the card, since they are precut.
2. Forever in Time 3D Pop Dots Square Dual-Adhesive
Another one of my favorite adhesives is the Forever in Time 3D Pop Dots Square Dual-Adhesive.
I like these pop-dots for many of the same reasons that drew me to the 3L mounting squares. They are also precut in 1/2 or 1/4th squares. I own both sizes and usually mix and match.
These are foam adhesive squares, so they will quite literally “pop” your image a few millimeters off of the page and add some dimension to your card. Unlike the 3L mounting squares these are more difficult to reposition if I mess up my placement (but not impossible), so I do tend to handle this adhesive with more care when positioning them.
Lastly I like that these pop-dots are pretty reasonably priced. For under $5.00 I can make several cards with just one package.
3. Scor-Pal Scor-Tape
The 1/8th inch Scor-Pal Scor-Tape makes my favorites list because it is so perfect for many projects. I would consider this adhesive to be permanent, but if you’re working on a project that requires an extra firm hold, it’s perfect.
I originally bought it for placing ribbon on cards, but I’ve also had a lot of success using it tape down watercolor designs. Watercolors can slightly warp paper, so normal repositonable tape don’t hold these designs down well. The Scor-Pal tape, however, holds them firmly in place and makes it nearly impossible to notice any warped material. It is also great for lining a card with a border.
The 1/8 inch size is my favorite. I can always double up on the tape if I need to cover a wider surface area, but this tape is so sticky that it would be really difficult to cut a single strand down the middle. I highly recommend the 1/8 inch size.
4. EK Success Zig 2-Way Carded Glue Pen
The Zig 2-way glue pens are my favorite liquid adhesive right now. The fine tip marker is perfect for working with small or intricate accents on a card. When wet (white) the adhesive will be permanent, but if I need repositonable adhesive, I’ll let it dry for a bit, then apply it once it’s clear! It’s ability to be versatile means there’s one less product I have to buy.
I use the jumbo pen for larger designs as well. Fun tip, you can also apply the jumbo glue pen to over the entire surface area of a Cricut mat, to give extend the life span and usefulness of an old mat. Mats can be expensive, so doing this has saved me a lot of money!
5. Duck Clean Release Blue Painter’s Tape
While I don’t directly use this Clean Release Painter’s Tape directly on the front of greetings cards, it’s an intricate part of my watercolor practice. Painters tape is great if you’re new to watercolors, and you may have a tenancy to use too much water on your design. they are also great, if you’re making a galaxy background.
I do use it to cover up certain areas I want to keep clean, but I also use it to tape the paper down to a flat smooth surface. doing this will keep the paper from warping while it dries. I also like this particular brand because it’s inexpensive, and I don’t ever seem to ever have problems tearing the tape off of the paper without ripping it.
Craft Specialties Double Sided White Foam Tape
This is a less expensive option compared to the 3L mounting foam roll that is very popular on YouTube, and is listed on many blogs. I chose this tape because I really wanted to make some shaker cards and needed a continuous line of tape to keep the sequins from spilling out of it.
It is permanent adhesive, so you only get one shot at laying it down, but it’s a great option for those on a budget. I really like this adhesive, but I didn’t rate it in my top 5 because I don’t use it that often. I tend to go back to my precut foam squares, due to the time savings I get from them.
I Want to Try:
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue Carded
This is one adhesive that I’ll admit I haven’t tried yet, but it’s on my list of products to keep an eye on. I’ve seen it on several card making videos, and lots of people who I follow really seem to like the product. it’s not supersize because 470 people gave it 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon. I’ll have to keep you guys and gals posted after I do try it!