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Old 10-04-2018, 02:41 PM   #1  
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Default 1/2" Foam Mounting Tape

Large rolls of the 3M brand have become very expensive, and the home improvement stores are not selling the large rolls. Craft suppliers seem to be selling rolls of just a few yards each.

There was some discussion of this back in December SCS, but I wonder if someone has new sources for it or experience with some of the alternatives to 3M brand tape that Amazon has: Bertech and Hx. The Amazon reviews on Bertech seemed mixed, and there are no reviews of Hx. Ordering from Uline can be expensive shipping, and I don't know if anyone has experience with their brand for card making.

I have one no name roll bought at a craft show that defies pulling the foam from the spool. Some leave a gooey mess on the scissors. It sure would be nice to have a source for large high quality rolls that don't run over $30.
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I get the giant rolls of 3M foam mounting tape from Amazon because I have Prime shipping. I first bought 1/2" because that calculated out to the best price per square inch. This time I calculated and 3/4" was the best price.
If you haven't bought a giant roll yet, they are as big as a dinner plate! I rewind some on an old tape spool to keep close at hand.
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Scotch seems to be discontinuing 1/2" tape, and going to the 3/4". At least that was the discussion a few months ago. (ETA, was it really back in Dec? My how time flies!!)

I have two different size rolls in my Amazon cart right now, but this is the best deal by far:
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...KIKX0DER&psc=1
I'm sure that's what harvestmoon is talking about.

I'll get some sometime, because right now I am using fun foam and glue and it works so well! But for the times I want narrow strips, the tape is the best choice, IMHO.
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The half inch width has been so convenient. I wonder how often I would have to cut it in half.
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I kind of looked at it like this.


1/2 inch tape was 3.7 cents per inch
3/4 inch tape was 1.6 cents per inch...plus it is half again as wide.

For the area covered, the 1/2 inch costs more than three times as much. (1.1 vs 3.7)


[Can you tell that I was a math major?]

For me, the price difference is worth it. When I use the tape I am often cutting it anyway, and if I cover large areas with the tape, it just takes less strips. Even if I have to cut strips that I didn't before, that price difference means it doesn't matter much!
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Well, ya got me there. Trouble is I am always thinking, 'On the other hand......' I make almost exclusively 5x7 cards and large square cards, and every bit of extras added to the base card gets me closer to needing that extra postage. (Sending Christmas cards is one expensive operation.)
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Scotch seems to be discontinuing 1/2" tape, and going to the 3/4". At least that was the discussion a few months ago. (ETA, was it really back in Dec? My how time flies!!)

I have two different size rolls in my Amazon cart right now, but this is the best deal by far:
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...KIKX0DER&psc=1
I'm sure that's what harvestmoon is talking about.

I'll get some sometime, because right now I am using fun foam and glue and it works so well! But for the times I want narrow strips, the tape is the best choice, IMHO.
Do you think that the $22 roll is thinner than this $32 roll, and that explains the price difference? It looks like it might be thinner from the picture. I like to have thicker for shaker cards. Then again, if it's not all that much thicker it wouldn't be worth the extra cost.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...6X6LDWYP&psc=1

Also is there a difference between the one that says "indoor mounting tape" and the other one?
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The label on both products is the same.

The difference is in the seller. One is Amazon. One is someone else with fulfillment by Amazon. Very common situation, and one that I always watch for.



What is written in the "title" of the listing can vary widely, as it is the person entering the information who decides what goes in there. Same in the description. Typos can be made (in this listing, for example, they typed 1/6 in thick in some places and 1/16 inch in others.)


To answer for the shaker cards...I just use 2 layers when I want thicker. I'm not into storing so many different products.
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Well, ya got me there. Trouble is I am always thinking, 'On the other hand......' I make almost exclusively 5x7 cards and large square cards, and every bit of extras added to the base card gets me closer to needing that extra postage. (Sending Christmas cards is one expensive operation.)

Using the 1/16" thick foam tape vs the 1/8" thick foam tape might help. There would still be dimension, but it would take more layers to put you into a higher postage bracket...

Diane - I'm with you on the "not into storing so many products" thing...!
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The label on both products is the same.

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OMG, I just looked at the links again and they ARE showing the same labels. I swear, yesterday they didn't! I refuse to believe I am entirely losing my mind. lol Anyway, thank you. You saved me $10.
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I did order the Amazon 3M 3/4" (38 yd.), and I was pleased to find the full spool was still narrow enough across to fit inside my Ikea Alex drawer.

Also - at least it's not like the added weight of a large sheet of fun foam on a card. That extra quarter inch will just have to do.

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Fionna, May I ask what glue you use with Fun Foam panels?
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I have been frustrated as well. I use a lot of foam tape making cards for charity. Finally, I found Tape Jungle has foam tape in different thicknesses and widths. The only downside is you have to buy a case. Which for me was OK since I use a lot plus I did share with friends.

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Fionna, May I ask what glue you use with Fun Foam panels?

I know you didn't ask me, but believe it or not, I use my ATG gun to stick fun foam panels down. You just press firmly, not too fast, and do that motion like you're making a check at the end. (That probably doesn't explain that flick of the wrist I'm talking about, does it? lol) I tried all sorts of glues, and nothing works as well as the ATG tape for me.
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First, I buy the THIN fun foam (1/16" thick) at Walmart in the crafts, at about 11 cents a sheet (assuming I'm remembering right).

To adhere to cardstock I'm using the green bottle Tombow Mono Multi. I need to put a little bit of weight on top (an acrylic block works great) and let it sit a little bit longer than I would gluing paper to paper.


Jennifer McGuire used tape runner before, and now uses Gina K's liquid glue the same way that I use the Tombow. That's where my technique comes from.
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