Wedding Invitations and Stationery Australia How To: Construction - Adhesives
This is an interesting article written for wedding invitation construction, looking particularly at adhesives.
There are many different types of adhesives you can use in the construction of your wedding invitation. Here are a few examples:
Double sided tape
Double sided adhesive dots
Clear craft glue
Foam tape or 3D spots
Many of the adhesive tapes come on a dispenser making them very easy to use. Also depending on the brand you buy, many are refillable. If you prefer to use acid free products, be sure to check the labeling on the adhesive you choose, as not all are acid free.
The type and suitability of adhesive you use in the construction of your wedding invitation depends on:
Your paper selection
The design of your invitation
If acid free is important in the construction of your wedding invitation
What product you find the easiest to use or handle
Here are some useful tips when considering what sort of adhesive is appropriate:
Try to use acid free tapes and glue wherever possible, you just don't know who will want to preserve your wedding invitation.
Try and use double sided tape whenever possible as it doesn't wet your paper. Some glues, even glue sticks can dampen or wet your paper, which can lead to colour bleeding and disfiguration.
Double sided tape is great in the construction of your wedding invitation as you can cut it to size for those small fiddly jobs. You can use it to stick ribbon, paper to paper and some lighter embellishments with stunning success. Double sided tape can also come pre-cut in the shape of: dots, squares, strips or triangles. When using double sided tape without a dispenser, always remember to have clean hands, sharp scissors and stick it down and then pull the backing off.
Some manufacturers market an adhesive called vellum tape. It usually comes in a dispenser and claims that you cannot see it when using it to stick vellum (transparent) paper. It is recommended that you always test your choice of adhesive before constructing all of your wedding invitations and discovering that it doesn't work.
Jack paper usually comes in an A4 sheet size. It is a sheet of adhesive with backing on both sides. For example, if you would like to use Jack paper to stick your wedding invitation wording to your backing board: peel the backing from one side of the Jack paper, stick it to the back of your wedding invitation wording (this makes it like a sticker), peel the backing from the Jack paper that is stuck to your wedding invitation wording and stick it to your backing board.
Glue sticks are useful in some situations in the construction of your wedding invitation, for example: sticking paper to paper. It is not recommended to stick ribbon or heavier embellishments to your wedding invitation. In this instance it is recommended you use clear craft glue, it dries clear and sets fast. Only use small amount of craft glue, as stated before, it is wet and can cause colour bleeding and paper disfiguration. Furthermore, the adhesion isn't instant, you will have to wait for it to dry.
Double sided foam tape will create depth to your wedding invitation. For example, if you have an embellishment you would like to create depth with on your wedding invitation, use double sided foam tape. This type of tape is sometimes used in paper toile projects. This tape also comes pre-cut, usually in the shape of a dot.
Alternatives to adhesives and their possible use in the construction of your wedding invitation are explored in the article, Wedding Invitations and Stationery Australia: Interesting ways to Construct My Wedding Invitation.
April 9, 2008