If you're a crafter, then you know that sometimes things don't always go as planned. Sometimes, you already have the perfect project in your head, but little happy accidents can happen. Random ink splatters on your card, a torn paper piece, or die-cuts that won't stick on the page - these are all sticky situations that most crafters can relate to!
It's a good thing that adhesives are here to save the day! As sticky saviors in the paper crafting world, they can help solve some common paper crafting problems and make projects easier to complete. In this post, we'll give you a few tips on how to use the best adhesives for paper crafting to your advantage and help you get out of tricky situations. So stick around and read on!
Paper Crafting Problems Most Crafters Can Relate To
Most of us have encountered at least one or two problems in our paper crafting journey. Especially for beginners, it can be frustrating to have hours of hard work and expensive materials put to waste by accidents or mistakes.
However, after years of crafting, we've found that adhesives can solve our common pain points. We've laid out the scenarios we face and how we can use paper crafting adhesives (of all kinds) to fix them!
How to Cover up Tears in Paper
Have you ever experienced the frustrating moment when you've almost finished a paper crafting project, only to have tears ruin the entire piece? If you're working with watercolor paper or other paper materials, it can be challenging to cover up the damage without disrupting your design.
However, there are three simple solutions: use glue tape, craft glue, or washi tape to cover up the tear! Glue tape is best for small tears because it's easy to apply in a straight line, making it look indistinguishable from your project. First, flip the card, so you're using the tape on the back, not the front. Then, apply the tape over the tears, and voila! Your paper is as good as new.
Craft glue is also ideal for torn paper - especially for tears in the middle part of the project! Just apply the glue on the back of the paper, and place it between the cracks.
On the other hand, a self-adhesive product such as washi tape can also be a great option. Who knows - this tear is the opportunity to add a unique feature or design to your project! Washi tape comes in various widths and colors, so you can choose a pattern that will complement your project. You can use it as an embellishment to cover up your paper's tear and find a way to incorporate it in your design.
How to Keep Your Dies, Stencils, and Embossing Folders in Place
If you're a paper crafter, chances are you've had the frustrating experience of trying to keep your dies, stencils, and embossing folders in place on your cutting mat, cardstock, or die-cutting plate only to have them shift when you start cutting. It is a huge problem because it is costly and time-consuming - you go through a lot of your paper stash just because the cut needs to come out right!
Fret not! With adhesives for paper crafting, you can do a few things to help keep everything in place. First, ensure your paper crafting mat is clean and debris-free. If there's any residue on the mat, it can cause the dies to slip. Next, use a repositionable adhesive, such as washi tape or low-tack tape, to secure your dies, stencils, and embossing folders to the mat. This will allow you to move them around until they're positioned just right, and then they'll stay put while you're cutting.
If you're using multiple dies or stencils in one project, it can help to tape them together with low-tack masking tape. This will keep them from shifting in different positions as you cut and make it easier to align them perfectly on your card! Avoid very sticky tapes as this can cause tears and rips, making you reencounter the paper crafting problem with ripped paper!
With some planning and the proper adhesives, you can die cut with confidence, knowing that your materials are securely in place.
How to Make Easy Yet Pretty Cards in 30 Minutes or Less
Have you ever experienced making so many batches of cards around the holidays - but forgetting a card for someone on the list? Or there was a last-minute event, and you need to make a beautiful card - FAST?
There's no need to panic - you can make a gorgeous handmade card in no time at all! Just grab some basic supplies like cardstock, adhesives, and embellishments, and you'll be ready to go. Need help figuring out how to get started? Just follow these simple steps:
- First, choose your card base. This can be an A4-sized piece of cardstock or a folded piece that's been scored in the middle.
- Next, select your paper for your card front. Patterned paper is perfect for this, as it instantly adds interest and dimension to your card.
- Cut your paper to size and adhere it to the card base. You can use double-sided adhesive tape, glue, or any other type of adhesive for crafting.
- Now it's time to decorate! You can choose to stamp images or sentiments with dye inks for an easy yet beautiful design. You can also quickly cut your favorite floral dies on colored paper and prop them up on your card with Instant Dimension Foam Tape!
Add any embellishments you like, such as stickers, glitter, enamel dots, ribbons, or sequins. Be creative and have fun with it!
You can also use a self-adhesive paper crafting tool such as washi tape. Use them as accents, borders, or even focal points! Washi tape is really a versatile tool that provides many gorgeous designs and looks for your cards.
- Finally, write a message inside the card. Something short and sweet will do the trick! If you can’t think of anything to put on the spot, try browsing through our Card Messages page!
Use these steps as a guide, but you can experiment further! All it takes is a bit of creativity, and there you have it - a handmade card in 30 minutes or less that's sure to please anyone on your list!
Modern Crafting Problems Require Solutions That Stick!
So the next time you're in a crafting rut, don't forget your adhesives! Whether you need to quickly fix a torn project or want to add some extra wow factor to your cards in less than 30 minutes, these little helpers can get the job done. They truly are an essential part of every paper crafter’s stash!
We hope you enjoyed reading today's blog post! If you want even more paper crafting inspiration, be sure to check out our All About Crafting blog at Altenew. We share new techniques and tutorials every week, so there's always something new for you to try. Have fun sticking with us!