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Old 04-12-2009, 03:39 PM   #1  
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What's the difference between using heat and stick powder vs glue for adding glitter to your projects? And is SU! the only maker of heat and stick powder?
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Old 04-12-2009, 03:59 PM   #2  
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Heat-and-Stick offers a similar level of precision to VersaMark and embossing powder, letting you apply glitter only where you stamped, while even the lightest touch with a glue pen will almost always have overrun. It wouldn't surprise me that other companies offer it and SU! has simply brokered a deal to have it packaged for them by the manufacturer, but I've only seen this product in the SU! catalog.
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:03 PM   #3  
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I have another question for Heat n Stick--- how the heck do you use it!? I tried it before (my demo at the time recommended it), and it looked HORRIBLE!
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:12 PM   #4  
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Heat 'n Stick is sold under several different names. I can remember buying it in bulk several years ago. "Sticky Powder" is another name I've seen for it.

It does take a bit of practice to get the hang of using it. Basically you apply it just like embossing powder...that is, you stamp your image in embossing ink or Versamark and then dump your H&S on it, tapping off the excess. I always heat from the paper's underside and tilt the paper so it's got the best light. Then WATCH very carefully as you're heating...and STOP heating the second it changes appearance. Most of the time, overheating is the reason people can't get it to work right.

After you put your glitter or flock on the image, heat it very briefly again from the underside. This sort of re-heats the powder and then lets it cool off grabbing the material.
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There are a couple of different tutorials here:
http://www.biblicalstamps.com/instructions.shtml
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Old 04-12-2009, 05:11 PM   #6  
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I've used it before and really like it. I never really wondered about using glue or anything else until I saw a video tutorial on scrapsupply.com. It was about all of the different things she tried to get glitter to stick. It took many tries, with lots of different products, to get a look that I didn't think was as good as the heat and stick. And the heat and stick is quicker.
It is very easy to use. Stamp in versamark, then on your cardstock. Sprinkle the heat and stick powder and shake off the excess. Heat with your heating gun. Sprinkle on the glitter and shake off the excess. I can't remember if you have to heat it again after that or not...Anyway, it is totally worth it to me.
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Heat and stick powder holds the glitter better than regular glue. Regular glue doesn't grab as much of the glitter plus when the glue dries all the glitter falls out!
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I have the one made by stampendous and I like it. I use is exclusively for glittering images. I really think it is a great product that I wish I had discovered sooner.
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A Muse also sells the same type of product. It's called Simple Stick. If you click on the link it explains the product and how to use it. I actually like it better than the SU stuff. It doesn't clump like SU's.
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I also have the one by Stampendous - it's called Stamp N Bond. I really like it. I use it to apply glitter, flock and Pearl Ex. I also have the Palette Stamp & Stick Gluepad (with 2 refills), but couldn't get it to work properly. If anyone knows any tricks for the Palette gluepad, I would love to know about them.
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:08 PM   #11  
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in theory, would clear embossing powder do the same trick? or UTEE? I know UTEE is pretty thick and may not do the same, but the clear powder seems to be the same. For those that have the stick stuff and clear embossing powder, is it the same?
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NO it is not the same. The heat and stick powder actually melts to turn to GLUE and it is very sticky so it hold the glitter.

Seriously, everyone needs to just give it a try. There are other companies besides SU that make it. It really works wonderfully!
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I use O'so Sticky Powder its good enough to hold microbeads on! http://www.pennywisearts.com/tape.html - toward the bottom of the page.
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