Pen to Paper :: A Sticky Situation

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Confession time…I’m a glue snob.  Every time I get an invitation in the mail or see samples sent out from the mass market invitation websites, I inspect the way they glue their layers of stock together.  Why?  Because my BIGGEST pet peeve is when the layers are NOT glued all the way around and to the corners.  Your wedding invitation is one of the most important pieces of paper you will ever put into the mail.  It should not peel apart, fall apart, and you shouldn’t be able to bend it and see in between the layers of cardstock.

So, I’m a big fan of the tape gun (aka Adhesive Transfer Tape Dispenser)…I have 6 of them.  I wish I had six arms some days, so I could get my work done that much faster, but alas, I have to deal with one at a time.  There is a bit of a learning curve with this gun — learning to press the trigger, roll, stop, let go of the trigger and pull to break. But, with practice it becomes second nature and you can glue all four sides of a piece of cardstock in seconds and be layering in no time.  The gun loads quickly — again, once you get the hang of it — we used to have a diagram at the studio for interns — and the adhesive is strong and permanent.

Don’t be fooled — the scrapbooking hand held adhesive dispensers — are NOT the same thing as the tape gun.  They might have less of an initial investment, but when you are rocking out a hundred invitations with two layers of cardstock, you are going to want something more substantial.  And, glue dots, well, they have their use, but it’s not for this application.  Please don’t put one glue dot in each corner of the cardstock and think that is a quality job.  And, never use a hot glue gun to layer cardstock…just don’t…trust me!

Now, I feel so much better that we have cleared up this sticky situation!

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