Avoid Wrinkly, Lumpy Pocket Invitations – Use the Right Glue for Job!
If you are making your own pocket invitations, you want them to have a polished, professional look – a look that says “I spent hours on these and thank you, they do look fantastic” – not a look that says, “I spent hours on these, but oops, I used the wrong glue and now my invitations are lumpy. darn.”
We’ve all been there – we’ve all used the wrong glue, we’ve all experienced that “oh darn” feeling, and we want to help you avoid it! To find out which adhesive is best for polished, professional, wrinkle free pocket invitations, we put four different adhesives to the test:
- Standard Glue Stick
- Double Sided Tape DOTS
- Glue Marker
- ZipDry Paper Glue
We tested each adhesive by adhering an 80 lb ecru card to a Curious Galvanised pocket, weighing the pros and cons of each, focusing closely on the following areas:
- Drying time
- Ease and convenience of use
- Presence (wrinkles & bumps) after drying
We found that all four adhesives held quite strong (and no one will peel your invitation card from your pocket to prove us wrong, we promise). Below, find out how they performed in the other areas, and which one we deemed “best overall pocket adhesive”!
1. Standard Glue Stick
Your average glue stick – you know the one. You pop off the cap, twist the bottom to get the glue out, spread it across the back of the paper. You’ve been using them since kindergarten. They’re sold everywhere – yeah, that one.
To test, we ran the glue stick along the outer edge of the invitation panel and made an “X” in the center. We then left it to fully dry. Here’s what happened:
Overall, not so hot. Though glue sticks are readily available and convenient to use, they are probably better for adhering colorful macaroni to construction paper than for making professional pocket invitations.
- Available everywhere from craft stores to supermarkets
- Easy, smooth, non-runny application
- Easy to peel and re-stick misplaced cards before dry
- Fair amount of drying time
- Glue curls paper and pocket even in small amounts
- Glue presence to the eye and touch after drying (bumps, wrinkles, and air pockets beneath card)
DOTS are clear, thin 3/4″ round pieces of double sided tape. To use DOTS, peel them off their base sheet, place them on paper, and press firmly. To expose the other adhesive side of the DOT, remove the top layer by pulling the peel-away tab. Once your paper is covered with the desired amount of DOTS, press it firmly on the surface you wish to adhere it to.
5 DOTS were placed on the center panel of the pocket – 1 in each corner and 1 in the center.
Thumbs up in all categories!
- Clean – no sticky glue in sight!
- Easy – just peel and stick
- Instantly dry!
- Lies completely flat – no adhesive presence or wrinkles whatsoever!
- A bit cumbersome to peel all those tabs, especially if you have short fingernails
- No drying time = permanent placement – if you misplace your card, you can not move it without ripping the card
3. Glue Marker
A glue marker is best described as your classic white liquid school glue in a marker format. To use, just press the marker tip on the paper until glue appears, then spread around.
To test, we spread glue around the edge of the center panel and made an “X” in the center as well.
The results? Not too shabby!
- Easy to apply (like writing with a marker)
- Quick drying time
- Can peel and move the card if misplaced
- Very little glue presence to the touch after drying
- Doesn’t wrinkle paper
- Glue is a bit runny, problematic if placed too close to the edge of the card
- Very slight glue presence to the touch (though we were looking for flaws)
You can find lots of information on this great adhesive in our ZipDry product review, but in a nutshell, zip dry is a paper glue specifically designed not to wrinkle paper and to dry super fast (hence the “zip”). It’s a clear, thick glue that is squeezed out of a thin applicator.
You know the drill – we traced the perimeter of the panel with glue, and threw an “X” in the middle for good measure.
Being a “paper glue” and all, we were not surprised to find the results were great!
- Quick (zippy) drying
- Can pick up and move the card (if you do it fast) if misplaced
- Doesn’t wrinkle paper!
- No glue presence to the eye or touch
- Can get a little hard to squeeze after a while
- A little smelly
- Glue is a bit stringy and runny (don’t get too close to the edge of the card)
And the Winner of Best Overall Pocket Adhesive Is. . .
This was a tough decision! ZipDry and DOTS were neck and neck, but in the end, DOTS took the prize for Best Overall Pocket Adhesive. Though both adhesives dry flat, strong, and with no lumps, bumps, and wrinkles whatsoever, we feel DOTS are the best choice for making professional pocket invitations for the following reasons:
- Not a liquid, they’re not sticky, runny, or messy
- No drying time
- No worries about them drying out like glue
- No worries about using too much double sided tape, or tape running off the sides of the card like glue
But as we listed above above, DOTS have a couple cons of their own. Take our recommendation with a grain of salt and always keep your own personal preferences and invitations in mind. ZipDry and Glue Markers are great products too, and if you find they work better for you, by all means, use them!
For more tips of assembling great pocket invitations, view the following article!
Designer Secrets to Professional Pocket Invitations
Great Picks For Adhesives
|Double Sided Tape
$5.50per 1 Sheet = 50
|Zip Dry Adhesive
$8.49per 1 Bottle
$5.50per 1 Pen
|Glue Stick - Elmers X-Treme
$3.25per 1 Stick