Product Type: Bostik in Homeware
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Get Into a Sticki Situation with Bostik
Member Name: fizzywizzy
Advantages: Cheap; no mess; gives a good basic 3D effect; leave no marks
Disadvantages: Can only stick very light things; fiddly for young kids
These days I find greetings cards expensive and prefer to make my own if I have time. This way I can save money and make cards that are more personal to the intended recipients. This does, of course, require some initial outlay and among the items I would say are essential to a basic kit are these 'Sticki Pads' made by Bostik.
These tiny double sided foam sticky pads are just the thing for creating 3D effects on your cards; they stand only slightly proud of the card but it's enough to create a good effect. It's all very well to stick pretty or interesting things to the front of your card but creating a 3D effect will give some added style to your design and make it look more professional. A number of other uses - such as scrap-booking and model making - are suggested on the packaging but so far I have only used them for card making.
There are 440 of these pads in one packet and this should last the occasional card maker a good while. Each one is just 5mm square and, though they are pure white, their size means that if you position them well and work tidily they aren't visible (unless you make an effort to look for them). For a more enhanced effect you can group them in little clusters or one on top of another to raise the stuck on item even further from the surface of the card.
Using a pad instead of glue eliminates the risk of glue oozing or dripping and looking unslightly, especially on coloured card, but if you are thinking of them as an alternative to glue for young children, you'll probably find that younger children will find them too small to work with.
They come on one easy peel sheet but I think it would be more practical for this product to come in two smaller sheets as it would make it a little easier to peel off single pads. Usually I can just my fingers to transfer the pads to the item I want to stick to the card; this is the easiest method because while you can remove and re-position the pad if you do it quickly enough (and depending on the surface) they aren't really intended to be re-positionable. By applying the pad to the decoupage detail you can hold the item up to your card and move it around to find the right position before sticking it on. For fine, intricate work you may find that using tweezers makes things slightly easier.
The pads are acid free which means you can use them on a variety of card and paper types without a mark appearing on the reverse. Bostik says these pads are not suitable for "absorbent, damp, dusty, delicate or newly decorated surfaces".
I wouldn't recommend them for the sticking on of anything heavier than simple foam, paper or card shapes. I occasionally buy packs of decorations for card making some of which require you to provide the 'stick'; things I have tried like small metal charms are just a bit too heavy for these pads and tend to pull on the card, dragging down the corners and eventually falling off.
This 440 pads pack is currently available (at the time of writing 7th August 2013) from Amazon priced at £1.99 (delivery is free); if you have a branch of the Works nearby you can currently pick them up for just 99 Pence and the offer applies to their website too although the company does impose a delivery charge. Ryman currently charges £1.59 for the same product but members of Topcashback.co.uk can buy them for £1.39 AND get up to 8.4% cashback on purchases.
As an amateur card maker I find these pads simple to use, mess free and just the thing for adding a little style to simple cards. Old hands at card making who have all the specialist tools will probably find them a little basic but for children or beginners they are a good standby item and represent good value for money.
Summary: Useful adhesive option for crafters