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Tuesday Tip: DIY Pick Up Stick

Sometimes in paper crafting adding the smallest bits of bling can make all the difference to finish off a project.  However, getting them to cooperate may some times be a bit fussy!

Today I want to share a tip on how you can make your own Pick Up Stick using  Stampin’ Up! adhesive:  Multipurpose Liquid Glue (or as some refer to the green lid glue).

Have you ever stopped to consider the name… “Multipurpose”?  Why is it called that?  Something I think we may forget in our everyday crafting tasks – this wonderfully, useful adhesive is a 2-way glue!  Use it wet and it dries permanently.  Apply it and allow it to set/dry for a while and it becomes repositionable  and can be used for several purposes.  Sometimes I use this temporary bond to hold close a flap or enclosure I want others to be able to open and close (similar to velcro).  Or to make a custom post-it note.

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You only need 2 items to make this tool.  Your Multipurpose Liquid Glue (item number 110755, $4) and a stick of your choice.  I used a skewer I found in my kitchen and cut it to the size I found works well in my hands (approx. 5 inches).  You could use the end of a Qtip (after you have removed the cotton) or even a tooth pick (I would cut one pointy end flat across).  I have even considered using the back end of my piercing tool as I always have it handy; however, I use that rounded end for adding dimension to punched/cut flowers and such so I don’t really want it to be tacky.

To make the tool:

  1. Hold the skewer (or stick of choice) so that flat end is up.
  2. Add a drop of glue to the flat end and allow it to dry until it is firmly set and tacky.  (I let mine sit overnight)  I have a scrap of an old piercing mat that I keep on my desk which holds my piercing tool at the ready.  I also use it to stick sewing needles if I’m sewing on a card.  And now it also holds this handy tool.  It keeps the tip free of lint by standing upright and not rolling around in a drawer.

 

To use your new tool:

NOTE: Usually the first time I use it, I find it a bit to grabby.  So, I simply touch my finger to it a few times to transfer some oils off my hand and then it is ready to go.  

  1. Add a small dot of glue where you wish to place your embellishment onto your project.
  2. Touch the tacky tip of your tool (say that three times fast…) to your embellishment (such as a sequin, small die cut, bead, etc) to pick it up
  3. And place it right where you want it to go, onto the dot of glue.  If your tool newly made and the grabbiness is strong you can use your piercing tool to nudge it to release.  Usually, the small dot of glue it is enough to grab the item off my tool.

I have found that after a couple of weeks (depending on how much it has been used), I need to freshen it up.  I simply wipe as much of the tip off as possible and apply another drop of glue.  Let it sit a bit (or overnight) and wallah! Grabbiness is back.

So, there you go,  your DIY Pick Up Stick!  I hope it helps you get those pretty bits of bling where you want them to be.  Yes, I know you can buy a premade tool that will accomplish the same task at the store.  I used to have one.  I think it was around $7-10 way back when.  It had blue putty in the end and I found as it got older the putty would come off onto my embellishments.  It went into the garbage.  Why would I spend another $7+ on a tool when I have everything I already need to make my own.  I can buy some new embellishments with the money I save.  LOL!

Hope you have a happy stampin’ kind of day!