Current Host Code: ZFN4J932– Earn a Stamp Set When You Shop Online With Jackie (click for details)

Best Adhesives for Card Making

What is the best adhesive for card making & scrapbooking (and other paper crafts)? As with everyone, I have my favorites and I want to share with you why I love the ones that I use. There are four different basic adhesives that I feel every card maker (and paper crafter) needs. These are the ones that I use all the time, often all of them on the same project!

If all the adhesive choices out there make your head spin you are not alone. What’s the best glue for card making? What are glue dots? Dimensionals, what do they do? Where do I start? What do I really need? Yes – it can be quite overwhelming and I am here to help!

Hopefully this article will take the mystery and overwhelm out of the sticky madness and help you decide what is the best adhesive for you. To be honest, some of it is truly personal preference!

Best Adhesive for Card Making: The 4 Must-Have’s + 10 Specialty Ones


Bottom line–NO, you do not need them all!  But I highly recommend that you have these 4 adhesives in your “stamping tool kit.”  They are my “must haves” and the best adhesives that I use all the time:

  • Dimensionals (both regular size and mini)
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue (I love to call this one “green glue”)

Now, for full disclosure, I think many crafters have a love-hate relationship with “green glue.” You either LOVE IT, or HATE IT. And that is OK. Just because it is my personal preference, it does not have to be yours. But, besides the Dimensionals and Mini Glue Dots, you will need to have some sort of all-purpose adhesive. In the video I share with you some of the other options. You truly need to figure out what works the best for you and what you feel most confident using.


These 4 adhesives are pretty much all I use. Unless it is some super specialty project then I might use one of the others. But again – you decide what you like the best!

Which of These Best Adhesives Do You Really Need?

In the video I talk about all the different adhesives that are available from Stampin’ Up! and what they are primarily used for.

Remember your “main” all purpose adhesive is really a personal choice as to what you like the best.  For me, it’s the “Green Glue!” You may prefer the Stampin’ Seal or other adhesive. In many of my tutorials, I will list the adhesive as “adhesive of your choice.”


In the video I created the card shown above as a way to teach you how to use several of the adhesives. Unfortunately the stamps used are no longer available, but the video is filled with great information about adhesives.

So Many Adhesives – You Decide What Works Best For You

In the video I chatted about most of the adhesives that Stampin’ Up! currently has available. Remember, it’s a personal choice and what works best for you, IS the right adhesive for you. Especially when starting out, the ones I know you will want and use the most are:

  • Dimensionals (regular size and mini)
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • All purpose adhesive of your choice – for me, it’s the Multipurpose Liquid (Green Glue)

These are the ones I use all the time!

Click the button below to see all the different adhesives. If you’d like to order any of them, or save for a future order, just click to add to your cart.

Learn More About the Basics of Card Making

Here are a few more posts that will help you learn all about card making, what you need, and how to get started.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you were inspired and enjoyed the project. If you have any questions about today’s post or project, make sure to leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you.


If you would like to place a Stampin’ Up! order, I would be thrilled if you selected me to be your demonstrator.

If you liked this post/project, make sure to check out these things……

Want more card making inspiration? Follow me on all my social channels. Just click the icons below to go to MY Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or YouTube. Then, if you’d like to share this post to YOUR social channel, or PIN to YOUR Pinterest, click on 2nd set of icons.



6 thoughts on “Best Adhesives for Card Making”

  1. Jackie, thanks for explaining the new adhesives and how to use them. It sure helped me decide what I do and don’t need. And thanks also for the entire series for beginners. I have been stamping for a very long time but always pick up a new tip or i’m reminded of an old trick I forgot over the years!!!

  2. Hi Jackie. I’ve been creating cards for about 5 years now and I’ve always struggled with adhesives. Thank you so much for including this subject in you card making for beginners series because now I know what, how, and when to use a particular type of adhesive.

  3. Another reason to love, Love, LOVE the Tombow Multi adhesive is that when sponged evenly on VELLUM when adhering to cardstock, it does not show through!!! Not even tape runners FOR vellum do that well! Try it for yourself!


Leave a Comment

Item added to cart.
0 items - $0.00

Want FUN Card Making Ideas Every Week via Email + a FREE CARD SKETCH TUTORIAL?

I love to share quick & easy card making ideas with you, as well as keep you updated on everything happening at the Klompen Stampers!

YES! Send Me Tutorials!

Your email is safe with me and I promise to not share or sell it.  I just want to share fun card making ideas with you!