Every Papercrafter Needs GLUE!

There are so many different types of adhesive available for papercrafting but which is the best craft glue for your make? We give you an overview of all the different types of glue and what kind of papercraft project they are best for.

Are you overwhelmed by all the different glues on the market? Or have you seen or heard of a glue or tape and wondered what it should be used for? In this video I will guide you through just a few of the most used adhesives in paper crafting, with the pros and cons of each to help you choose which are best for you. Lou Collins x

What is the best glue to use and when?

At www.craftstash.co.uk, your go-to online shop for all your craft products there are over 350 types of glue and adhesives available to buy!

White Wet Glue

Usually a white glue that dries clear, the glue remains wet for around 10 minutes allowing you to move and adjust the pieces you are sticking together. Often named PVA Glue but could also be called 'white' glue or 'acrylic' glue.

White Wet Glue - A multi-purpose Glue

Some wet glues are more tacky than others, they will usually say on the packaging whether they are more tacky and quicker drying. This is a multiple use glue, however most often used for adhering cardstock together when matting or layering. Wet glue is not recommended for sticking heavier embellishments but is perfect for glitter and gems, small lightweight embellishments.

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Glue Pen - Helps control the amount of glue and very portable!

You'll need to be careful that you don't use too much wet glue on cardstock as it can warp and give you an unprofessional finish. Using a glue pen can really help with this and again there are many pens available.

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PVA glue can also be used on surfaces to give a shiny finish, sealing a project, however this is more often used in decoupage or kids crafts - think 'Art Attack' where they're always covering papier maché projects with PVA.

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Mod podge - great for sealing projects

Often people dilute PVA with water to achieve this effect as you don't need it full strength but you can buy ready made, you have probably heard of Mod Podge, a craft favourite!


'Glossy Accents'

Glossy Glue! Add Shine 

For cardmaking there are now many other products available that give a better shine or 'glossy accent' for small areas. They also act as an adhesive. Find out more about Glossy Accents

Glue Bottles

An economic and environmentally friendly way to buy glue is to buy large amounts and then decant them into smaller glue bottles. You can buy some really great reusable bottle with great nozzles. Some that include a pin in the lid to keep the glue from setting in the nozzle.