When it comes to card making and scrapbooking, the only thing you want to have on hand is cardstock. It is an excellent craft material that fills crafters’ needs in ways that paper and cardboard cannot. They also come in various colors and thicknesses.
Glue is always a vital part of your cardstock jobs, whether you need to attach cardstock to cardstock or other material. However, while working with cardstock glue, the adhesives might fall over the cardstock here and there. And you need to remove the unwanted glue for a clean appearance.
Sometimes, you may have to extract glued cardstock too. In this article, we will address both issues in easy ways.
What Kind of Glue is Best for Cardstock
Any regular papercraft glue works best for cardstock. PVA craft glue also attaches the cardstock together. But make sure the adhesive dries clear.
You can also use permanent roller tape to bind cardstock in card making and various sized boxes. The main advantages of using roller tapes are that they do not leak and avoid making bumps or warping.
If you have to quickly cover a large area, like making a mailbox at a low cost, Zip Dry Glue will come to your rescue. Though it slightly smells, it will not leave any wrinkles on the cardstock.
However, if you attach the cardstock to other materials, choose something compatible with both materials. Also, check if it is safe and toxin-free.
How to Remove Glue From Cardstock
Removing glue from the cardstock is easy when the adhesive is still wet. In this case, simply rub the adhesive with a clean cloth. You may find some residues even after clearing it at times. Do not force the stains out as it might damage the cardstock face. Instead, let it dry.
When the glue is completely dry, rub some alcohol or acetone onto the cardstock to remove the hardened glue. You can also remove the adhesive from a credit card in the same way.
- First, check out the cardstock quality. It will be easier to remove the glue remnants if it is of good quality.
- Use a heat gun to dry the glue completely. A hairdryer can also do the same job if not have one in-home.
- After that, take a cotton swab and pour some acetone or rubbing alcohol on it.
- Then, rub the cotton swab gently on the glue. The solvent will break the bond, and it will come off slowly.
- Pour some more solvent on the cotton swab if it seems still dried. Repeat the process until all the residues are entirely gone.
- Do not scratch if the cardstock is thin.
- Do not use too much force, or it will damage the cardstock’s surface.
Tips to Remove Glued Cardstock
Do not get upset if you made a mistake in attaching the cardstock or put the wrong one in your scrapbook project. I have made mistakes like this multiple times. But believe me, it is not rocket science to remove glued cardstock. So just calm down, and let’s work this out together following steps.
- We all have a clothes iron at home. Set the temperature level of the clothing iron at medium.
- One way to determine the right warmth level is to warm it and put it on a cloth for a few seconds, then put your fingers on it. If the fingers do not burn, it’s the proper heat.
- Then, put the cardstock on a table. Massage the iron on top of the cardstock for 10-15 seconds. The hard glue will break down slowly.
- Then, start peeling off from the corner. Don’t use force if you feel that the glue has not broken down. Raise the temperature slightly, then massage it again for 25–30 seconds.
- Finally, start peeling. I hope this time you can work this out.
After you separate the glued cardstocks if you still need to clean glue residues from their faces, read the topic I mentioned before.
- Make sure you set the temperature carefully. Or, the iron will fry the cardstock.
Can You Remove Super Glue From Cardstock
Yes, you can remove super glue from cardstock. The process is pretty straightforward:
- First, try to peel off the adhesive using a knife or your nail top.
- If this does not work, use rubbing alcohol or acetone. Pour the solvent on the cotton swab and massage it on top of the residue.
- The glue will start to break down and come off the cardstock. Repeat the process until you do not find any residues.
Can You Remove Spray Adhesive From Cardstock
Yes, removing spray adhesives is not a big deal. what you have to do:
- Pour some vinegar on a cotton swab. Don’t soak the cotton swab thoroughly.
- Now start rubbing the cotton swab onto the cardstock from the middle.
- Work your way outwards. The glue will come off with the cotton swab.
- If the cotton swab has dried, pour some more vinegar on it. Do this repeatedly until all residues disappear.
Crafting gets messy at times. And liquid glues are the main reason for this. As most cardstock glues are runny, they fall into the cardstock unwanted or sometimes seep through the cardstock.
In this article, we try to bring out all the common problems. I hope you find this article valuable for removing glue from cardstock.