Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Essential Glue Pad Review and Using My Hoard: Flock

Some of you were eager to hear my report on the Essential Glue Pad when you saw it pictured in my recent order. This is my second pad...the first dried up and became unusable.

The fact I bought another indicates that I think they are worth having...conditionally.

The EGP won't hold loose glitter very well, at least in my experience. Rubbing with fingers is enough to pull most of the glitter off, even after the glue is completely dry. But I don't have loose glitter anymore because I mailed it to Christine, who mailed me her stash of Stickles.

We are both happier! I actually used some of the Stickles she sent me on tomorrow's cards. Yay!! Thanks for the trade, Christine!

Truth be told, I bought a second EGP for flock and only for flock. I like the stuff, and the EGP holds it fairly well. Of course the flock won't stand up to vigorous rubbing, but it's good enough for everyday use on a card.

Here's how to use it.

1. Coat the Essential Glue Pad with the glue. I add a bit every time I use it, but the first application is the thickest. Don't overload the pad. It isn't necessary.

2. Press the stamp into the pad until it's well coated. It should look thickly applied on the stamp, not smooth and even like ink. Then press the stamp onto the paper.

3. Sprinkle the flock all over the stamped image. Use your fingers to press the flock firmly into the glue.

4. Shake the excess flock off the paper. Don't worry if a few stragglers are hanging off the edge of the image, as on the descender of the "g" below. If you touch the flock while the glue is still wet, you'll really mess it up. Ask me how I know this. *sigh*

5. Set the paper aside until fully dry...I give it at least a few hours. You may then gently rub off any stragglers. If you shake the excess flock onto a scrap of copy paper, you can then return it to the bottle.

Sorry the lighting on the photo is so uneven. I'm experimenting with my make-shift light box (boy, is it a primitive affair!) and though I have two Ott light table lamps shining down on this, one lamp gives more light than the other. Weird, as they have the exact same bulbs.

Anywho, I like flock, and I particularly like it with this stamp...a warm, fuzzy hug for someone I love!

stamps: Papertrey Big Hugs
ink: none
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: Essential glue pad, flock (Doodlebug), scrap paper for collecting the excess flock


  1. Thanks for this information, I love flock too and have been wondering about the best way to affix it. Love the hot pink sentiment, cathy x

  2. Thanks for this, I bought a glue pad to use with foils and am not having much success with it, but I have a stash of never-used flock so I'll try using it with that.

  3. Sending you a big, warm hug, Susan! Your flocked card is very striking. Hmmm, wondered when crafters used a glue I know.

  4. Cute card idea. A fuzzy hug! Have you tried the stuff that SU sells (sorry, can't think of the name at the moment) that is like an embossing powder that adheres to a Versmark stamped image? You heat it with the heat gun to get it gooey then adhere your glitter, or flocking. If I remember correctly, you give it another quick shot with the heat gun to set it, but there's no need to wait for it to dry. It's pretty much instant. Good stuff!

    1. Just remembered, it's called Heat & Stick Powder!

    2. No, I haven't tried it. Does it hold glitter? Readers might like to know!

    3. Yes, it holds glitter very well.

  5. Thanks for the review. I have Heat and Stick powder and it holds glitter amazingly well. BUT! For one layer CAS cards, heat embossing can be a sticky wicket. If you have advice on how to heat emboss without warping the card stock, this reader would love to hear it.

    1. Sorry, but it always warps for me, too. I've heard that holding the heat gun far away and very slowly melting the powder works, but the paper's just warped slower when I've tried. ;-)


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