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May 26, 2015

Product Review: Glue Pad - Success or Craft Fail?

Product Review: Glue Pad
Hi crafters, Shirley Pando here for another inspiring way to use your crafty stash. During the month of May we are talking about "sticky stuff". This week is...well, take a look!

I was so excited, several years ago, when I heard there was such a thing as a glue pad! Think ink pad but with glue rather than ink. I purchased The Essential Glue Pad by Tsukineko for about $9 at that time. There are other similar products available including the Hampton Art Glue Pad Set and Martha Stewart Crafts Glue Pad Refill Kit.

When you purchase a brand new craft item, it's always best to do a few experiments using different mediums, papers, tools, etc. so you know how the product works with the other supplies you already own. So I decided to do a product review of this interesting item. But would it be a success or a major CRAFT FAIL?

The Product
The Essential Glue Pad by Tsukineko comes in a package similar to the photo below. In the package is a stamp pad case with a foam pad and a little bottle of glue.

The Essential Glue Pad

Yes, you have to add the glue to the foam pad yourself, but it's OK...it's not hard. I know you can do it! ;-) The instructions are on a card on the back of the packaging (see below). This is a good thing so you can check out all of the details before you even purchase said item!

Glue Pad Instructions

My first thoughts for The Essential Glue Pad was to use it for glitter, but I had never even thought about some of the other mediums I could use it for. Right on the package it says it's good for "rubber stamping, stenciling, and direct-to-paper applications...for use with ultra-fine glitter, chalk, powdered pigments, gold leafing and more!" Oh my, how my heart raced!

But, horror of horrors, the glue pad sat in a drawer for quite some time before I ever used it! UGH! I know I used it before, but I cannot for the life of me remember what I created with it, so, I had to do these experiments as though this was the first time I was trying it. :-)

I used the glue pad on a rubber stamp along with Perfect Pearls by Ranger, Stampin' Pastels (Chalk) by Stampin' Up!, Sugar Coating Glitter by Doodlebug and Art Institute Ultrafine Glitter, and Doodlebug Crushed Velvet Flock. I stamped several times on manila card with the glue and added the different mediums.

The Results
I was very impressed with the results using the Perfect Pearls... 

...and the chalk. 

But the glitter and flock...not so much. I mean it works, but.... I'm not much of a glitter girl, but when I use glitter I'd much rather use Stickles Glitter Glue by Ranger. No mess or hassle.

Doodlebug Glitter (below)

Art Institute Glitter (below) 

Doodlebug Flock (below)

So what did I really think about this? In a nutshell, I think for certain applications, I like it. But I don't think I would purchase it if I didn't have it already. Like I said, I'm not much of a glitter girl. Or flocking girl for that matter. My thoughts might be different if I was. Check out my video, linked below, for a view into my process during the experiments. See how this product worked with the various mediums immediately upon placement, after a few hours, and after using a fixative. The results might surprise you. :-)

There's a Video? You Bet Ya!

Subscribe to our newsletter below and we will send you this week's product review video.  Find out exactly what Shirley thought of this product as she tests and experiments with The Essential Glue Pad using various mediums.  There's a few little tidbits and hints included, too! And the best part....it will come right to your inbox. :)

Your Turn
Have you tried using other types of mediums or techniques with your glue pad? What brand do you have? Please share your experience and thoughts and enlighten be on your success or failure! 

Happy Crafting!

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  1. Haven't received my newsletter yet so I hope it comes soon - looking forward to the video. By the way, a few of my other email subscriptions haven't been coming either so maybe there's a problem.

    1. Hi Kitty,
      Sometimes the newsletter may end up in your spam folder, so check there. We do know they have been sent.
      HTH :-)

    2. The newsletter will be coming out shortly. Let me know if you don't receive it by later today. Thanks!

    3. I received my newsletter this afternoon - thank you! Great video by Shirley! I have a question. How does the glue pad compare to the Versamark pad - what would be the difference? Also, do you know if there are any fixatives that don't have a toxic chemical odor? I'm sensitive to strong chemicals and scents. I really enjoy your videos and I learn so much - thank you!

    4. Kitty,
      Glad you received the newsletter. :-)

      If I were to only purchase one I would definitely get the Versamark. Although it doesn't "glue" anything to its surface, for me, I prefer it. As I've said, I'm not a glitter girl, so gluing glitter is not important to me. But with a Versamark, you can do so much more than the glue pad.

      I do know that there are some "low odor" fixatives. Do an internet search for "non toxic fixatives". I see there are some, but I haven't tried them. May be the next thing in my list!


  2. I have a Palette Stamp and Stick pad which I would not recommend. It has to be heat activated to become sticky. However, I found it only works with super fine glitter. Also I could not heat activate with my heat gun for foiling. It did work with stamping and then running through my laminator Since I have it I'll use it for that but otherwise I would not buy one. My embossing pad works great for Perfect Pearls and Chalk so I'll stick with that.

    1. Hi Myoriah,
      Seems like that Palette pad you have has too many steps and too many requirements. :-( Thanks for letting us know.