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Dry Adhesives

Adhesive Tape Runners:

Easy to apply; simply run the roller across the spot where you want adhesive. Look for refillable styles like Herma Dotto so you’re only investing in the dispenser one time. Adhesive tape runners are perfect and compact to take to any crop or scrapbooking event.

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Double Sided Scrapbook Tapes:

Scrapbook tape lacks some of the convenience of runners, but adds value. Generally you will get more adhesive out of a roll of tape than a runner. Look for double sided photo safe tape starts out repositionable to allow you the time to get your project exactly the way you want it, and then becomes permanent when you let your project set. If you are using vellum, also look for tapes specifically designed to disappear behind this translucent material.

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Double-Sided Photo Safe Tape Squares:

Adhesive tabs are perfect for any scrapbook or card project. Simply put a tab in each corner of a photo and stick! These are also available in refillable dispensers for added convenience and portability.

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Foam Adhesive:

A necessity for any dimensional project. Foam adhesive, like our 3D Dots is available in circles, squares and strips. If you are using foam circles, don’t throw away the sheet once you’ve popped all of your circles out! Use the remaining sheet to adhere a large item to your project, or trim it down for smaller embellishments.

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Dry Adhesive Sheets:

These are perfect for adhering small punches, chipboard accents or ribbons. Like scrapbook tape, look for dry adhesive sheets that are repositionable while you are working and then become permanent.

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Wet Adhesives

All Purpose Craft Glue:

If you only want to invest in one or two glues, then this is one you must include! Craft glue bottles have applicator tips to make using them easy, like our Zig two way glue pens. This adhesive dries fast and cleans up with soap and water. You can use it to glue paper products, glitter, metal, sequins, yarns, fabrics and more. Look for white glue that dries clear and is non toxic, acid free and photo safe.

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All Purpose Gel Adhesive:

This type of wet adhesive is perfect for adding ribbon or small embellishments to any craft project. A gel adhesive won’t run when you apply it. Perfect for any mixed media or paper crafting project.

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Decoupage Glue and Sealer:

Look for decoupage glue and sealer that comes in a bottle with an applicator brush attached. Use it to glue down papers to practically any surface, and then add a top coat as a great sealer. Good for decorative papers, cards, tickets, tissue paper and so much more. A great choice for any project that needs to be sealed.

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Glittering Glue:

Glittering glue is good for any tiny embellishment such as glitter or beads. Glitter glue comes in smaller bottles with fine tip applicators and larger bottles with brush applicators attached to the cover. Look for glittering glue that dries clear and is non-toxic. Glue Stick: Glue sticks are perfect for making trading cards, collages, cards or even on your scrapbook pages if you use acid free varieties. Look for a glue stick that goes on blue and dries clear, which helps you see where you’ve applied glue already.

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Glue Pens:

If there ever was miracle glue, this has to be it! Think of glue dispensed through a ballpoint pen, all the control is at your fingertips, and with our Zig Fine Tip Ball Point Glue Pen, there’s no mess. No fuss. This application is perfect for tiny punches pieces and intricate projects. As with glue sticks, look for glue pens that go on blue and dry clear.

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Other Adhesives

Hot Glue Gun:

A hot glue gun works for floral, fabric and wood projects, plus many paper projects as well. To use simply plug in the electrical cord and insert the glue stick in the back chamber. Squeeze the trigger to dispense the glue from the nozzle. Not suitable for children as the glue and nozzle get extremely hot and can cause severe burns.

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Cement Craft Adhesive:

This adhesive is a great for many projects. It can be used on glass, metal, sequins, beads, fabric, wood and more. Because this is a solvent based adhesive be sure to use it only in a well ventilated area and allow at least 10 minutes of drying time.

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Spray Adhesive:

Spray adhesive is good for many of your projects that use paper and/or photographs. The best way to use a spray adhesive is to cut a piece of corrugated cardboard quite a bit larger than your project. Fold it in half to make a spray hood to protect your work space and the surrounding items. Be sure to use it in a well ventilated area. Spray adhesive is not safe for children.

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Punches

Sharpening a punch:

If your punch is not punching through any longer, you may just need to sharpen the punch. This is easily done by punching through a piece of aluminum foil

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Lubricating a punch:

If you find that your punch is “sticking”, then you may need to lubricate your punch. This is done by simply punching a piece of wax paper. You may find when punching the wax paper that the shape does not punch out perfectly, don’t worry, it is still lubricating your punch. Repeat the process two or three times or until you find the punch is no longer sticking when punching paper.

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Edger Punches:

An edge punch allows you to create a continuous patterned border, by using the spacing guide printed on the tool. Maximize your creativity by using the positive punched pieces from the border punch in your project.

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Nesting Punches:

These punches come in graduating sizes and are perfect for creating borders, windows, frames and geometric patterns. Mix and match sizes and shapes to create innovative punched designs for your projects.

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Buckle Punches:

These punches create a shape with slots for easy threading of ribbon, fibers or paper strips.

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Double Punch:

Are two punches in one. Each double punch produces a shape with die-cut details.

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Corner Punch:

These punches can shape and add a decorative die-cut design to the corners of pages or mats or create a decorative slot for attaching photos and vellum pieces to projects.

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Technique for Expanding the Usefulness of a Punch:

Even non-edger punches can be used to create a simple edge! Open your punch and turn it upside down. Measure the width of the cutting edge. Cut a piece of cardstock to that width x the desired length. You will NOT be inserting the cardstock in the punch in the usual way, Instead, insert one end of the cardstock directly into the narrow space of the cutting die as shown below until the cardstock extends just past the cutting edge. Punch. Repeat for the other end if desired.

Punch Technique

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Punch Storage and Inventory:

Make sure to store punches in a clean, dry location to prevent dust accumulation and rusting. A great tip for keeping track of the punches you own is to create and keep an inventory notebook. As you add new punches to your collection, simply punch a piece of cardstock and adhere the positive-punched piece into your notebook. You can organize your punch notebook by size, type or theme. Be sure to note name and item number and take the notebook with you when you go shopping for new punches to avoid buying duplicates.

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Pens & Markers

Photo Safe Pens:

NEVER use a ball point pen to mark your photos. The writing mechanism the pen will break the emulsion of the photograph and eventually the ink will bleed through to the front of the photograph. Use a quick dry, photo safe option like the Zig Photo Signature pen.

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Scissors

Precision tip:

Paper crafting calls for sharp scissors with a precision tip for slicing through papers and making minute, tricky cuts. Every crafter’s toolbox should hold a pair of good, comfortable, and easy-to-maneuver scissors like the Cutter Bee.

  • Teflon-coated – Teflon coating, like that found on the Honey Bee, makes snipping adhesives and stickers smooth and easy work
  • Titanium blades – These super strong scissors, like the Color Bee, are perfect for cutting thick cardstock, specialty papers, and foils.
  • Spring-action – These scissors are outfitted with a spring that decreases the effort your hand has to make while cutting. Perfect for those who experience hand fatigue, these scissors are great for multi-purpose use. Spring action scissors can handle paper, cloth, yarn, thin cardboard, plastic, wire, rope, and they come with an adjustable blade screw that you can use to customize the cutting tension as needed.
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Decorative:

These scissors are available in a variety of decorative edges for fun.

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Fabric:

Fabric scissors, come with ultra-sharp blades. To keep them cutting through fabric like butter, never use them to cut paper (except for the tissue-weight paper found in pattern sheets).

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Utility:

These multi-purpose, steel-blade scissors are great for general crafting projects where you don’t want nor need to use your specialty tools.

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Children’s:

These scissors, like the Cutter Bee Kids, are perfect for crafty children to use, keeping them away from Mom’s pricier investments while still giving them a quality tool of their very own. Children’s scissors are small, lightweight, and the finger loops are comfortable for little hands.

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Tools

Tweezer Bee:

These craft tweezers are great for picking up stickers, adhering punched pieces or any small detailed job.

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Powder Tool:

This tool is a perfect no-mess alternative for preventing sticker adhesive from adhering to projects. Powder is dispensed through the brush for less mess. This a great tool to use when wanting to add dimension to a flat sticker. To do so, you just need to follow these few easy steps:

  1. Remove a sticker from the sticker sheet
  2. Apply 3D Dots® Adhesive to the back of the sticker, but do not peel off the paper backing on the other side of the 3D Dots foam adhesive
  3. Powder the back of the sticker to neutralize the adhesive
  4. Peel off the paper backing of the 3D Dots Foam Adhesive and place the sticker in the desired position on your craft
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Centering Ruler:

Use this ruler to find the exact center of any object. Flexible material allows for centering on flat and dimensional surfaces.

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Glass Mat:

A protective glass work and cutting surface. Place it on your table-top and use with all cutting tools

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Paper Trimmer:

The right tool for achieving a straight line. The Cutterpede has a retractable blade, a lift-up cutting bar for easy placement of paper and a magnetic catch to hold the bar firmly in place. A paper trimmer will have you cutting straight lines in no time. A great tool to use for trimming photos, creating mats and so much more.

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