Cardstock is usually sturdier and stiffer than regular paper hence suitable for making cards and paper crafting. It can be a thin or thick cardstock depending on the amount of fiber and fillers used on the individual sheet during the manufacturing process.
To fuse two or multiple layers of cardstock together, you need some good-quality cardstock glue for a clean and neat output.
What is Cardstock Glue?
It can be defined as an adhesive applicable for making cardstocks. Any polyvinyl acetate (PVA) craft glue is suitable for cardstock crafts. If you wonder why PVA, here is the reason: it contains special additives with thermoplastic properties, which makes it effective in gluing two card pieces together. Yellow and white forms of PVA are common.
Cardstock glue that goes on clear and dries without running does not change the pH of materials that it contacts, does not turn yellow over time, and has a neat output.
How to Glue Cardstock Together
- Trim Your Pieces: Ensure the cardstock is cut into the desired sizes and gather all the elements of your cardstock project, for instance, cardstock invitations. If you are adding photos or other designs to your cardstock, it is essential to cut out the pieces neatly first and ensure the size matches that of the sheet to be glued upon.
- Apply Glue: You can choose glue packaged with a special glue tip for smaller cardstock. Tap the adhesive down to the top and smear it sparingly and evenly on the cardstock. Start from the center of the piece and make fast, small, and nice circles.
- Apply at 45°: Ensure the glue bottle is held at about 45° for easy application.
- Mount Pieces: Lift the card gently and line it up properly with the piece you wish to glue onto.
- Press Pieces: Gently rub the pieces together using your hands for a bit of a body heat effect. The cardstock should get glued without any puckering or wrinkles, provided your choice of glue was right.
- Use Brush: Use a clean paintbrush to evenly spread the glue on the cardstock for slightly larger ones. Dry adhesives are preferred for larger pieces to ensure they don’t wrinkle or ripple.
- Clean off: Finally, remove the unwanted glue with a damp cloth or rubbing alcohol.
How to Glue Multiple Layers of Cardstock Together
- For a neat stack of cardstocks, you have to be particular when aligning them.
- Apply Tombow Mono liquid glue or snail glue generously on the back of one sheet of the cardstock and position it appropriately on the other sheet/s. Allow it to dry for a bit.
- Repeat the process for the subsequent layers. Too much glue might cause warping.
- You can also use decoupage glue and apply it on one side, then let it dry for about 30 minutes and repeat for the opposite side. Since the layer is thick, you may need to compress them between hard objects for about 24 hours to ensure it does not wrinkle.
How Do You Glue Cardstock Together to Make a Super Thick Business Card
You can make an ultra-thick business card by gluing two thick sheets of cardstock together. Here are the steps:
- Apply glue to the back of the first card. You can use an adhesive roller for uniform application or spray the adhesive on the card surface.
- Place the second sheet on top. You may need to place a slip sheet to prevent sticking.
- Position the cards as desired and gently burnish the two layers and proceed to make a thick layer by repeating the process.
- Place an averagely heavy object on top of the now thick card to straighten it out.
How Do You Glue Cardstock Without Warping
- Avoid using excess glue.
- Try using non-wrinkling glue and apply evenly using a flat surface.
- Consider the direction of the grain on the cardstock.
- Avoid a long drying period; you can try using a fan for a humid area.
- Use glue with less moisture, such as a glue stick, as opposed to liquid glue.
Cardstocks that are embossed have some texture on them, and therefore using glue that requires applying pressure may flatten out and ruin the embossing. In that case, liquid glue is, therefore, a better choice.
Depending on the thickness required, you can always choose a dry or a wet adhesive. You can try ironing warped areas using a low to medium setting to relax the fibers and straighten them out. Gluing cardstock together doesn’t have to be stressful; you only need to pick the suitable glue and the correct gluing procedure.