As a professional crafter, I go through miles of double-sided tape each year. While there are a multitude of brands and types on the market, there are very few that I keep in my toolkit. My go-to adhesive for bulk paper craft projects like invites and programs is the Glue Glider Pro from GlueArts.
You all know the tape dispensers used for packing tape, right? This operates in a similar way but it’s designed for crafting and not packaging.
Here’s how it works: You pop in a cartridge of adhesive [Glue Arts offers 4 types of varying tac (stickiness) from repositionable to "this thing'll never move again"] and use the applicator gun to roll the 1/4″ wide adhesive wherever you want it. Simple, right?
There are other tape guns on the market but I like this one because it’s lightweight and compact – 2 things you’ll really be thankful for after putting together 300 pieces of layered cardstock, I tell ya! At $14.99 for the dispenser this is a steal. The replacement cartridges are around $9.00 for 58 feet of adhesive. The replacement cartridges can be found online or in many big box craft stores. I am delighted to report that the adhesives from GlueArts are absolutely fantastic. In thousands of pieces I’ve put together NONE have failed (re: come unglued). Besides my beloved red line tape, I don’t think I’ve ever been able to say that about any double-sided tape I’ve ever used. 5 out of 5 stars!
Be sure to check out GlueArts’ Specials page for product discounts on bulk purchases.
AC Moore has a great demo of the Glue Glider Pro on YouTube: