When you come to assemble your beautiful work the last thing you want to do is spoil the effect by choosing the wrong glue or give yourself hours of work.
With wedding stationery in mind here are some scenarios where you need glue but need the right glue to get the best and most secure results! With a bit of advice you can really save time, and money!
When making decorative flatboard invitations, mounting printed card onto pocketfolds (inside and out) and lining envelopes the right glue is essential.
For smooth, matt or pearlescent card, double sided tape is brilliant and cost effective. Easy to cut or tear and with differing strengths of adhesive you might look no further. However, if time is pressing or you have a lot of invitations to make, seriously consider investing in an ATG gun. Once purchased you will only have to buy refills and it works like a dream, time after time at the press of a button, no cutting, peeling or mess.
Always test your tapes first, especially if you are attaching card or paper to textured boardstock or envelopes, and time yourself making some samples then decide if you need to upgrade to an ATG gun for this and any future jobs.
When it comes to attaching card to glitter card, after exhaustive tests we found Zip Dry to be the outright winner of our trials*
Double sided tape for short runs or when time is on your side
Time poor? Volume work? ATG will be your best friend
'Zip Dry' Our trial winner* for sticking card onto glitter.
For this job you need to feel confident you are using the right glue. ATG tape and Fantastak SuperRoller permanent transfer tape is great for matt and pearlescent cardstock but we would still recommend stacking the unembellished, freshly assembled pocketfolds, wallets etc. and placing a weight (e.g. a couple of chunky books) on top for an hour or so or overnight as freshly creased card will, initially, try to unfold itself.
When it comes to glitter card pocketfolds, pocket cards and wallets it’s Zip Dry every time. It requires drying time but the bond will not fail.
Fantastak SuperRoller - a speedy gluing solution
'Super Sticky' tape is known for it's strong bond
Glitter pocketcards require a specialist glue. Ours is 'Zip Dry'
ATG tape or double-sided tape is ideal, unlike many ‘wet’ or ‘stick’ glues the moisture in them can cause the delicate paper to crinkle which cannot be reversed.
Almost invisible to the eye Micro Dots are a delicate glue solution
One of several glue rollers we sell on wowvow
Some roller glue dispensers can be reused with handy refills
A hot glue gun is a wise investment as you can find yourself faced with springy organza bows or slightly domed, heavier embellishments which, with patience, can be attached successfully with Gem-tac but for speed and reassurance a hot glue gun is brilliant. Gem-tac is our ‘go-to’ glue for most flat-backed embellishments, satin bows and gems.
Always do a test, if using different types of glue than those we recommend, as some adhesives can cause an opaque, white 'bloom' on metal based embellishments which cannot be removed.
A brilliant tool for tricky gluing jobs
A favourite of ours - Gem Tac, a multi-purpose glue
When running a strip of ribbon or lace across an invitation then trapping the ends between two layers of card ATG tape is great but apply it to the card, not the ribbon.
If the ribbon or lace is quite thick or textured you may need to add a small dab or two of Fabri-Tac to where the ribbon or lace disappears between the card to stop it pulling away from the card.
When you want a complete loop around an invitation there are several options. For ribbons we found ATG or strong double-sided tape is best. If you carefully measure the ribbon you can heat-seal one end with a flame or use ‘Fray Check’ then secure the other end on the card and wrap round the ribbon so the sealed edge is taped in place at the extreme edge of the invitation.
We have also found Fabri-Tac works very well with most ribbons and lace and, unlike tape you can add spots of glue where appropriate so no adhesive is seen between the gaps of the lace. A ‘stick’ glue also works well with lace for the same reason.
Fabri-Tac - a quick drying solution when using ribbon
To keep cut ribbon looking pristine on your stationery
Stick glues are so versatile and very cost effective
For reliable, repeated use, Velcro discs are an excellent choice; discreet and invisible DuoDiscs are brilliant but will get slightly less effective over repeated use, removable glue dots are bulkier and, again, will get slightly less effective over repeated use. If the thickness of the invitation (i.e letter/large letter) is an issue the duo-dots are the better solution.
A strong pocketfold closure that works time after time!
A super thin and resealable closure option for pocketfolds
A quick and easy way to hold a pocketfold closed
You can purchase many different makes of glue and tape on our website. We have discussed just a few in our blog but on wowvow we have carefully described the best use for each and every type of adhesive
When it comes to glue we all have our 'old favourites' for different jobs so, before buying a new glue, just make sure you test any existing glues you have as many are multi-purpose and it's interesting to try them under different circumstances!