A glossary of different adhesives that are helpful for creating
*Some adhesives require a curing time and some should only be used in a well ventilated area.
*Always read the directions on how to properly use each companies adhesive.
*My pictures are only a few examples of each type of adhesive. There are many types on the market and you should
do your own research on which adhesive is right for your needs.
- An all-in-one glue, sealer and finish used to attach paper and fabric to various surfaces.
- A pressure-sensitive tape that has been coated with adhesive on both sides.
- It’s designed to stick two surfaces together, creating a strong bond.
- Great for adding heavy embellishments, textured materials, ribbons, glitter or small beads to a project.
- Available in various widths.
- A soft,”cushiony” dimensional double stick tape that creates a strong bond between two surfaces.
- It elevates photos or embellishments for added dimension to your project.
- Available in pre-cut squares, circles and rolls of different lengths and widths.
- Pressure-sensitive adhesive dots, used in various applications and needs no drying time.
- Glue Dots have an instant and strong bond adhering a variety of materials like photos, paper, plastic, wood, metal, fabric and much more.
- They are mess free and a great alternative to hot glue guns.
- Available in a number of sizes and thicknesses.
- A solid adhesives in twist-up tube.
- This is a “dry adhesive” so, it is great for adhering photos or papers to your project without the worry of buckling or the mess of a liquid glue.
- A light, thin layer is all that is needed.
- Available in permanent and re-positional
- A fluid adhesive packages in a bottle, tube or pen for precision gluing.
- Liquid glue can range in strengths from a simple white school glue to an industrial strength glue.
- Be sure to use the one that is right for your needs.
- Liquid glue can be opaque or transparent.
- Paste is used for long lasting archival mounting with almost all artist papers.
- Because it can be thinned with warm water, paste is also excellent for decoupage and collage work.
- It can also be used with tin, cloth, leather, metal and on primed surfaces.
- Paste is a great adhesive for book binding and journal making.
- Because it’s a “dry adhesive,” you don’t have to worry about your papers curling or buckling.
- It is applied with a palette knife or paint brush that is dedicated to adhesives ONLY!!
- Thin layers are all that is needed to provide a secure bond.
- Triangular tabs with “pockets” made from paper in a variety of pre-made sizes, colors and designs.
- They either have a sticky adhesive on the back or an adhesive you wet to activate the glue.
- Paper corners allow you to attach a photo to a project with the option to remove the photo later without damaging the picture.
- Double sided pre-cut adhesive squares.
- Tabs can be purchased on a dispenser roll, boxes or as a sheet.
- Some tabs have protective backs that you will need to remove before adhering to your project.
- They provide a very secure mount for photos or paper embellishments.
- Rubber cement is used in applications where easy, damage-free removal of adhesive is desired.
- It easily peels or rubs off leaving no trace of adhesive behind.
- Comes in an aerosol spray can that provides a quick, even coverage.
- It’s great for larger projects or sheer material that you don’t want to see visible adhesives.
- Spray adhesives have toxic fumes and must be used in a well-ventilated space.
- There are spray adhesives that are specially formulated for photos, fabric and foam.
Be sure to use the one that is right for your project.
- An easy to use dispenser containing glue tape with refillable cartridges.
- Tape runners come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from the small pocket size to the larger guns.
- You can choose from a re-positional or a permanent adhesive.