What Is “Dimensional Adhesive” Anyway?

Find out why we love dimensional adhesive so much!

We often refer to dimensional adhesive in our posts and it’s one of our favorite tools and certainly one that our design team loves to use. We thought we’d take a moment and share with you why dimensional adhesive is something we can’t live without!

First, we use the term dimensional adhesive to describe any material you can use to adhere two things together and add some space at the same time. You’ve seen examples of the effect this can give in many projects. Like this one from Kittie:

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You can see how her liberal use of small pieces of dimensional adhesive allowed her to build some impressive depth and dimension.

Here’s another project from Annie:

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Here she used dimensional adhesive to add her die cut, inked panel and then again to add her floral elements, creating several layers of shadows.

And when adding frames, this is indispensable for creating depth, as with this card from Lisa:

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And, of course, you can’t make a shaker card without it – like this slimline shaker by Carol:

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Dimensional adhesive comes in lots of different forms – rolls, pre-cut shapes on a sheet and, of course, the handy shapes and sheets we have in our store.

Here are some quick PRO TIPS for using this tool we can’t live without:

– Stack two or three or even FOUR layers of your choice of this handy adhesive together to create varying thicknesses to add realistic dimension to your designs. This tip is especially useful when making projects using our clear layered floral stamps and the coordinating dies.

– While you want to support your elements evenly, placing your adhesive pieces further from the edge of those elements helps keep them hidden from view. If you must put it close to the edge and it shows, try coloring the edge of the foam with a marker to help it blend in to your project.

– If you need to make a part of your adhesive UNsticky, use your anti-static tool or some baby powder to add some “dust” to the part you want to make unsticky.

– Cover one sticky side of your pick of dimensional adhesive with glitter or even sprinkle with embossing powder and heat (use low heat) with a heat tool for interesting pops of bling and texture.

Now when you see us refer to dimensional adhesive you will know what it is, how to use it and why we can’t stamp without it!

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